Banana Pi BPI-M3 New Image Release: Raspbian jessie 8.0 2018-5-28 V1.1


(ZB) #1

Banana Pi BPI-M3 New Image Release: Raspbian jessie 8.0 V1.1

1.About this release

  • This release is for banana pi M3 board which is based on Allwinner A83T, and it is based on Raspbian jessie 8.0 operation system with kernel 3.4.39.

2.What’s new in this release

  • Wi-Fi client supported

  • GMAC supported (TCP: 760M/s, UDP: 1M/s)

  • Bluetooth (with bluetoothctl) supported

  • IR function supported (getevent)

  • SATA supported

  • New eMMC supported

  • Camara ov5640: ffmpeg/cap/guvcview supported

  • HDMI 480P & 720P & 1080P supported

  • 1080P mpv supported

  • WringPi supported

3.Known limitations

  • OTG adbd is not work

4.Image link:

5.Thanks:

6.FAQ:


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(Aaron Gray) #2

@Jackzeng Is there a release the source code for building the boot partition and Raspbian distro ?


(ZB) #3

Hello,We could provide you bsp code and you can build your own raspbian according to our wiki.

  1. Install docker on your Linux PC

  2. Pull our docker image

  3. Clone our M3 bsp code and build it in docker

  4. prepare one raspbian image in your sd card

  5. use bpi-migrate to make your own image.

http://wiki.banana-pi.org/Getting_Started_with_M3


(Aaron Gray) #4

@Jackzeng Thanks I will first try your image.

One question: Is the SATA driver in the kernel so I can put Raspbian on SSD but still boot from SDCard ?


(Aaron Gray) #5

@Jackzeng - Booting okay but eth0 not initializing on startup.


(Aaron Gray) #6

wlan0 - does not seem to be working either.


(ZB) #7

Hello,

1.Is the SATA driver in the kernel so I can put Raspbian on SSD but still boot from SDCard ?

We built in SATA driver,but I didn’t try this like you said,you could have a try.

2.Booting okay but eth0 not initializing on startup.

Did you connect RJ45?

3.wlan0 - does not seem to be working either.

you need config your wpa_supplicant.conf, to start up wlan0, see WiFi Client from our wiki:http://wiki.banana-pi.org/Getting_Started_with_M3


(Aaron Gray) #8

Hi,

  1. Okay will be checking SATA configuration tomorrow hopefully.
  2. You guessed it RJ45 problem :slight_smile: But I had to write a new SD Card to get it to work. Once the image is upset it will not reconfigure by itself. ifconfig was showing the connection was up but ping was not seeing the router !
  3. Okay I will look into this tomorrow.

Done an apt-get update and Chrome still okay ! And apache2 installed and running !

Cheers !


(baskwo) #9

@Jackzeng Do you think it would be possible to make Docker works under bpi-m3?


(bpi team) #10

we have test docker works on BPI-M3,


(Aaron Gray) #11

@baskwo - Depending on what you are doing you would probably want SATA drive working first in order to run docker.

@jackzeng I still have not checkout running and booting from SATA as I got distracted by other tasks unfortunately, but WILL do ASAP.

But I have just got your Jessie distro upgraded to Stretch !

@sinovoip - will the existing eMMC boot from vfat on SATA as it is or would that require updating eMMC ? If not would it be possible to add it as a default to boot from say SDCard and if not then from SATA vfat ?


(ZB) #12

Cool,Aaron; I can do a test today,Lets check if M3 could boot from SATA.


(Aaron Gray) #13

@Jackzeng - I am just closing down for the day as its late I am in the UK.

I have mounted SATA using /etc/fstab before but booted (debian) using SDCard for uEnv.txt and uImage and associated *.fex and misc files.

I did the same on the M3


(ZB) #14

thanks for your information,I will check it later.


(Aaron Gray) #15

@Jackzeng - I did get builds of bpi-build and armbian Stretch built under docker on my i7 machine. I still cannot find a build for Raspbian though if you have a link I would well appreciate it.

If you want we can work closely together I can follow up what you have done reproducing it and doing docker builds and accompanying documentation on how to do the builds.

Also another issue on the M3 is the PowerVR GPU support. At the moment it does not seem to use GPU. The tell tail window drags and shake gives it away.

I though I found source code some time ago for the PowerVR SGX544MP1 but it does seem to be propitiatory though ?

@sinovoip - I think one of your Ubuntu builds had PowerVR support as the window drag and shake test showed it had support.

This looks like the .deb file for it possibly :- https://github.com/BPI-SINOVOIP/BPI-files/blob/master/debs/bpi-m3/xserver-xorg-video-gpu-bananapi-bpi-m3_1.0-15.10_armhf.deb


(ZB) #16

Thank you,we are building our new wiki recently,http://wiki.banana-pi.org/Main_Page

I would like to hear you can join us to complete it,if you have interest.

For building image, You can have a look in here:http://wiki.banana-pi.org/Getting_Started_with_M3#Make_one_raspbian_image

but if you use original image, you need to change something, I have no idea if our team will put a build on github, but be positive.

M3 could use opengl es 2.0 to support GPU, powerVR gpu I have no idea, but we can try to support it in recent image.


(Aaron Gray) #17

@Jackzeng - Ah your not building Raspbian from source then. I tried to find out how to do this but there does not seem to be any repo or instructions anywhere on the web.

I am going to probably go down the Armbian route then in the medium term. I need something working to act as a Node.js web server in the shorter term though so will stick with working with you on this.

I will put up the instructions and hopefully an image as well for the Stretch upgrade tomorrow.


(Aaron Gray) #18

okay moving to SATA is very easy, I over complicated it at first due to my past implementation without the SATA module being in the kernel.

Instructions :-

  1. Attach SATA drive and power to BPI

  2. bootup

  3. run ‘fdisk /sda’ and create three partitions :-

    • sda1 a 100MB vfat partition
    • sda2 an ext4 partition of the main paritition the bulk of the disk
    • sda3 a 8 or 16 GB swap partition
  4. mount the SSD

    mkdir /mnt/sda2

    mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/sda2

  5. copy main directories from SDCard ext4 root https://gist.github.com/AaronNGray/25308a2cf7c748cea1c93f4cb57ee0e4

    wget https://gist.githubusercontent.com/AaronNGray/25308a2cf7c748cea1c93f4cb57ee0e4/raw/d86391d664e3fe1cc0e6a29517280219aad84f6f/make.sh

    sudo chmod u+x make.sh

    sudo ./make.sh

  6. modify or copy /etc/fstab file system table from https://gist.github.com/AaronNGray/b9244a0b52b8f2b876be38c18e04dd94

  7. reboot !

And hopefully you should now have a functioning Raspbian running on the SSD but still booting from the µSD Card.

In order to boot from SSD the eMMC uEnv.txt needs modifying … Ideally we modify it to check the µSD Card first then if thats not inserted or bootable with a VFAT partition it should boot from the SSD’s VFAT sda1 partition.

@sinovoip - if you could chip in on this I would be grateful as I have not fully got my head around uBoot uEnv.txt scripts as I have not been able to find any documentation for it and the source code is next to impenetrable.

@Jackzeng - when this procedure is tested we can add it to the wiki


Trying to boot from SATA
(Aaron Gray) #19

I will write up the Stretch upgrade tomorrow as I want to do it again to verify my written instructions from last time are correct. There are a few points where you have to make decisions in the main upgrade step regarding file update decisions that I want to verify.


(Aaron Gray) #20

I was mistaken this is not working you cannot mount / in /etc/fstab :frowning: