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This is a page about TI's Cortex-A15 based; BeagleBoard-X15.

Availability

Boards:
BeagleBoard-X15 at Digi-Key
TI TMDSEVM572X at Digi-Key
Cables:
(USB to serial adapter) TTL-232R-3V3 at Digi-Key
x15 Fan at Digi-Key
Power Supply at Digi-Key

Vendor Documentation

Basic Requirements

ARM Cross Compiler: GCC

This is a pre-built (64bit) version of Linaro GCC that runs on generic linux, sorry (32bit) x86 users, it's time to upgrade...
Download/Extract:

~/

Test:

~/

Bootloader: U-Boot

Das U-Boot – the Universal Boot Loader: http://www.denx.de/wiki/U-Boot
eewiki.net patch archive: https://github.com/eewiki/u-boot-patches
Download:

~/

Patches:

~/u-boot

Configure and Build:

~/u-boot

Linux Kernel

This script will build the kernel, modules, device tree binaries and copy them to the deploy directory.

Mainline

Download:

~/

For v4.9.x (Longterm 4.9.x):

~/armv7-lpae-multiplatform

For v4.11.x (Stable):

~/armv7-lpae-multiplatform

For v4.12.x (Prepatch):

~/armv7-lpae-multiplatform

Build:

~/armv7-lpae-multiplatform/

TI BSP

Download:

~/

For TI v4.9.x:

~/ti-linux-kernel-dev

For TI v4.9.x: Real-Time

~/ti-linux-kernel-dev

For TI v4.9.x: Xenomai

~/ti-linux-kernel-dev

Build:

~/ti-linux-kernel-dev/

Root File System

Debian 9

User

Password

debian

temppwd

root

root

Download:

~/

Verify:

~/

Extract:

~/

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

User

Password

ubuntu

temppwd

Download:

~/

Verify:

~/

Extract:

~/

Setup microSD card

For these instruction we are assuming, DISK=/dev/mmcblk0, lsblk is very useful for determining the device id.

Erase partition table/labels on microSD card:

Install Bootloader:

~/

Create Partition Layout:
With util-linux v2.26, sfdisk was rewritten and is now based on libfdisk.

sfdisk
sfdisk >= 2.26.x
sfdisk <= 2.25.x

Format Partition:
With mkfs.ext4 1.43, we need to make sure metadata_csum and 64bit are disabled.
As U-Boot CAN NOT currently handle reading files with these newer ext4 options and so Debian 8 (armel/armhf) and Ubuntu 16.04 (armhf) fsck tools will operate correctly.

mkfs.ext4 -V
mkfs.ext4 >= 1.43
mkfs.ext4 <= 1.42

Mount Partition:
On most systems these partitions may will be auto-mounted...

Install Kernel and Root File System

To help new users, since the kernel version can change on a daily basis. The kernel building scripts listed on this page will now give you a hint of what kernel version was built.

Copy and paste that "export kernel_version=4.X.Y-Z" exactly as shown in your own build/desktop environment and hit enter to create an environment variable to be used later.

Copy Root File System

~/

Set uname_r in /boot/uEnv.txt

~/

Copy Kernel Image

Kernel Image:

~/

Copy Kernel Device Tree Binaries

~/

Copy Kernel Modules

~/

File Systems Table (/etc/fstab)

/etc/fstab

Remove microSD/SD card

2D Video Acceleration via Etnaviv Project

Vivante GC320 2D Acceleration via: Etnaviv
This sections assumes you have already installed your favorite xorg based window manager, such as lxde, lxqt, xfce, kde, gnome, etc... These are packages that need to be installed on top of your selected windows manager and an xorg.conf needed to correctly setup the video interface.
Verify your kernel has etnaviv support:

/etc/X11/xorg.conf

Comments

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