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PHYTEC Order Number: VB090



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Creating a bootable SD card

Setting up SD Card Partitions for Bootloader and Linux RootFS

1. A new card must be setup with 2 partitions and 8 MB of free space at the beginning of the card. Use the following procedure with fdisk under Linux:

  • Create a new fat partition with partition id C. When creating the new partition you must leave 8 MB of free space at the beginning of the card. When you go through the process of creating a new partition, fdisk lets you specify where the first sector starts. During this process fdisk will tell you where the first sector on the disk begins. If the first sector begins at 1000 for example, and each sector is 512 bytes in size, then 8 MB / 512 bytes = 16384 sectors ==> your first sector should begin at 17384 to leave 8 MB of free space. The size of this fat partition only needs to be big enough to hold the zImage which is only a few megabytes. To be safe, make this partition 64 MB in size.
  • Create a new Linux partition with partition id 83. Make sure you start this partition after the last sector of partition 1! By default fdisk will try to use the first partition available on the disk, which in this example is 1000. However, this is our reserved space! You can use the remaining portion of the card for this partition. Write the new partitions to the SD card and exit fdisk.


2. Create filesystems on the partitions (you may need to remove and reinsert the card for Linux to recognize the new partitions created in the previous step and you need to replaxe sdx by the proper devices):

mkfs.vfat /dev/sdx1

mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdx2


3. Mount the partitions so that you can copy files to them:

mount -t auto /dev/sdx1 /mnt/sdx1

mount -t auto /dev/sdx2 /mnt/sdx2


4. Copy the images from the BSP to the card:

cp linuximage /mnt/sdx1/zImage

tar -xvzf root.tgz -C /mnt/sdx2


5. umount the partitions:

umount /dev/sdx1

umount /dev/sdx2


6. Copy barebox image and environment to the card using the script

./ /dev/sdx barebox.bin barebox_default_env





err_exit () {

  echo -e "Error: $1\n";

  echo -e "\tUse this script with parms: Device BareboxImage bareboxEnvironmentImage"

  echo -e "\tEx: /dev/sdb barebox.bin barebox_default_env"

  exit 1


[ -z "$DEV" ] && err_exit "device not found"

[ -b "$DEV" ] || err_exit "Device '$DEV' not a block device."

[ -f "$LOADER" ] || err_exit "barebox image not found"

[ -f "$ENVIRONMENT" ] || err_exit "barebox environment image not found"


echo "Writing bootloader '$LOADER' and environment '$ENVIRONMENT' to '$DEV'"


echo -ne "Writing loader: "

dd if="$LOADER" of="$DEV" bs=512 skip=2 seek=2 >/dev/null 2>&1 && echo "Ok" || echo "False"


echo -ne "Writing environment: "

dd if="$ENVIRONMENT" of="$DEV" bs=512 seek=4096 >/dev/null 2>&1 && echo "Ok" || echo "False"


Activating and deactivating cores

To determine the number of active cores use:
grep '^processor*:*' /proc/cpuinfo | cut -d : -f 2 | wc -l

Turning off a core, i.e. core #1 (cpu0):
echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/online

Reactivating core #1 (cpu0):
echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/online

Use "cpu1" for core #2, "cpu2" for core #3, ...

But please note:

i.MX6 Solo and Dual Lite will behave differently to a Quad with only 1 or 2 activated cores, anyway! Amongst others this is due to different width and speed of the busses.



Accessing GPIO inputs as interrupt from userspace

The Linux kernel offers an UIO-driver for this purpose. For usage see Linux-kernel-documentation within "DocBook/uio-howto.tmpl" or online this link:

Decreasing amount of available RAM

In order to change the amount of available RAM for example to 512 MB, you need to add "mem=512M" parameter within Barebox's environment.

For current BSP versions this means to add "mem=512M" within "/env/config-board" at the end of the line:

global.linux.bootargs.base="console=ttymxc3,115200 enable_wait_mode=off vt.global_cursor_default=0 consoleblank=0 mem=512M"

Out of 512MB RAM, 128MB will be allocated to GPU and 384MB for general uses. Depending upon your requirement you can change GPU memory size. In order to modify the GPU memory size you need to make modification in kernel
board config file.

Verwendung eines Nameserver anmelden

Damit auch bei fix eingestellten IP-Adressen ein Nameserver verwendet wird, sind die folgenden Einstellungen vorzunehmen:

In die /etc/resolv.conf gehört ein Eintrag der Art:

In der /etc/nsswitch.conf muß der Eintrag "hosts: files" erweitert werden zu "hosts:files dns".

Ein gültiger Default-Gateway sollte eingestellt sein, erkennbar daran, daß die Anweisung "route" eine Zeile "default" mit ausgibt.

Wo finde ich die Linux-Sourcen und sind diese schon an die PHYTEC-Module angepaßt?

Auf unserem FTP-Server finden Sie unter eine Auswahl unserer Module. Das darunter befindliche Verzeichnis "Linux/" beinhaltet die letzte(n) aktuelle(n) BSP-Version(en). Diese bestehen aus den fertig flashbaren Binary-Images sowie einem OSELAS-Tarball und der PTXdist-Toolchain.

Der OSELAS-Tarball enthält außer den letzten PHYTEC-Patches selber kaum Sourcen. Vielmehr ist es ein Regelwerk, mit dem PTXdist die Binary-Images erstellen kann. Dazu ist eine Verbindung zum Internet erforderlich, denn fast sämtliche Sourcen werden von dem Regelwerk aufgrund fest hinterlegter Links von dort geladen. Die Sourcen befinden sich also erst nach der Erstellung der Binaries auf Ihrer Festplatte und enthalten dann in der Tat auch sämtliche Anpassungen an Ihr PHYTEC-Modul.

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Setting boot mode DIP-switch

As being described within the manuals, for booting from SD card DIP-Switch S3 must be set to ON-ON-OFF-OFF. But in case that your baseboard is an OEM-board instead of that shipped within our RDKs, most probably this switch is not populated. In such a case you need to wire the according pads or close solder jumpers (see schematics of your OEM-board).


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