Tinkerboard with a 7inch Raspberry Pi 3 display


So I bought a Tinkerboard which was slightly more expensive than the Raspberry Pi 3.
So far, not noticing much difference except for slightly lacking intuitive interface for a non-linux user.
The main concern is initial lock down of the device. I am still not 100% sure it is locked down.
I reset the default username from what it was and password, but interestingly upon first screen lock
the password I used failed.
Reboot took me right back into the the desktop which was a plus because I thought for sure I would
have to reimage it.
I used the Debian image from the Tinkerboard site.
I set up a user account, removed the default account, set up wifi and then shutdown.
I created an image file of that SD using Win32Disk Imager.
It takes surprisingly much longer to create an image than to write the image, but creating is basically the reverse
of writing.

Note: A Raspberry Pi image will not work on the Tinkerboard that I have found, you must download the image from their site if you are not good at creating
Linux images.
I also downloaded the Android version, installed it using the same process, but it was quite limited so I rebuild with the Linux Debian image.

To create SD:
Launch win32 disk imager. Enter the path of the file you downloaded in the Image File field.
Be sure to select the correct device for your SD card, for me it defaulted to my 3TB usb drive which would have sucked
if it was overwritten. :)
Click Write and it will write the image to the SD.

To Create Image:
Enter the full path and file name where you want to write the image file. i.e. c:\images\myTinkerboard.img
Be sure to select the correct device for you SD card from your Tinkerboard.
Click Read and it will begin writing the image to your directory. This takes quite a while so find something else to do.

As far as the display, the touchscreen works fine with the Tinkerboard.
Set up is literally duplicated including the GPIO pinouts.
I was however unsure about the SDA/SPC cables because the Tinkerboard has two sets.
I decided to use the same GPIO pins as the pi since they were labled similar and did not use the
two blue GPI pins labled similar. I am not sure what the differences are, but since the pi version
worked, I will stick with that.
I have seen some forum posts about it not working so possibly they selected the wrong pins.