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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

Adapters:
Power Supply at Digi-Key
Debug Cable (usb-serial) at Digi-Key
Replacement HeatSink at Digi-Key
Fan Kit at Digi-Key

Vendor Documentation

official BeagleBoard-X15 Support Page: http://www.elinux.org/Beagleboard:BeagleBoard-X15

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:

~/
wget -c https://releases.linaro.org/components/toolchain/binaries/6.4-2017.08/arm-linux-gnueabihf/gcc-linaro-6.4.1-2017.08-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.xz
tar xf gcc-linaro-6.4.1-2017.08-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.xz
export CC=`pwd`/gcc-linaro-6.4.1-2017.08-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-

Test Cross Compiler:

~/
${CC}gcc --version
arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc (Linaro GCC 6.4-2017.08) 6.4.1 20170707
Copyright (C) 2017 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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:

~/
git clone https://github.com/u-boot/u-boot
cd u-boot/
git checkout v2017.01 -b tmp

Patches:

~/u-boot
git pull --no-edit git://git.ti.com/ti-u-boot/ti-u-boot.git ti-u-boot-2017.01
git checkout 590c7d7fe15d06a4d708403d3234bcd01cd039e1
 
wget -c https://rcn-ee.com/repos/git/u-boot-patches/ti-2017.01/0001-beagle_x15-uEnv.txt-bootz-n-fixes.patch
 
patch -p1 < 0001-beagle_x15-uEnv.txt-bootz-n-fixes.patch

Configure and Build:

~/u-boot
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=${CC} distclean
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=${CC} am57xx_evm_defconfig
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=${CC}

Linux Kernel

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

TI BSP

Download:

~/
git clone https://github.com/RobertCNelson/ti-linux-kernel-dev.git
cd ti-linux-kernel-dev/

For TI v4.9.x:

~/ti-linux-kernel-dev/
git checkout origin/ti-linux-4.9.y -b tmp

For TI v4.9.x: Real-Time

~/ti-linux-kernel-dev/
git checkout origin/ti-linux-rt-4.9.y -b tmp

Build:

~/ti-linux-kernel-dev/
./build_kernel.sh

Root File System

Debian 9

User

Password

debian

temppwd

root

root

Download:

~/
wget -c https://rcn-ee.com/rootfs/eewiki/minfs/debian-9.2-minimal-armhf-2017-10-10.tar.xz

Verify:

~/
sha256sum debian-9.2-minimal-armhf-2017-10-10.tar.xz
31419dacdde26c62ea17670d262c01bc562881f5129b43b822c5de1286ba29d3  debian-9.2-minimal-armhf-2017-10-10.tar.xz

Extract:

~/
tar xf debian-9.2-minimal-armhf-2017-10-10.tar.xz

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

User

Password

ubuntu

temppwd

Download:

~/
wget -c https://rcn-ee.com/rootfs/eewiki/minfs/ubuntu-16.04.3-minimal-armhf-2017-10-10.tar.xz

Verify:

~/
sha256sum ubuntu-16.04.3-minimal-armhf-2017-10-10.tar.xz
b9c56cc566978addd00e9187fbf19bea3f3ef9ac4256927451043341a9ca1ad6  ubuntu-16.04.3-minimal-armhf-2017-10-10.tar.xz

Extract:

~/
tar xf ubuntu-16.04.3-minimal-armhf-2017-10-10.tar.xz

Setup microSD card

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

export DISK=/dev/mmcblk0

Erase partition table/labels on microSD card:

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=${DISK} bs=1M count=10

Install Bootloader:

~/
sudo dd if=./u-boot/MLO of=${DISK} count=2 seek=1 bs=128k
sudo dd if=./u-boot/u-boot.img of=${DISK} count=4 seek=1 bs=384k

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

sudo sfdisk --version
sfdisk from util-linux 2.27.1
sfdisk >= 2.26.x
sudo sfdisk ${DISK} <<-__EOF__
4M,,L,*
__EOF__
sfdisk <= 2.25.x
sudo sfdisk --unit M ${DISK} <<-__EOF__
4,,L,*
__EOF__

Format Partition:

for: DISK=/dev/mmcblk0
sudo mkfs.ext4 -L rootfs ${DISK}p1
 
for: DISK=/dev/sdX
sudo mkfs.ext4 -L rootfs ${DISK}1

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

sudo mkdir -p /media/rootfs/
 
for: DISK=/dev/mmcblk0
sudo mount ${DISK}p1 /media/rootfs/
 
for: DISK=/dev/sdX
sudo mount ${DISK}1 /media/rootfs/

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.

-----------------------------
Script Complete
eewiki.net: [user@localhost:~$ export kernel_version=4.X.Y-Z]
-----------------------------

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.

export kernel_version=4.X.Y-Z

Copy Root File System

~/
sudo tar xfvp ./*-*-*-armhf-*/armhf-rootfs-*.tar -C /media/rootfs/
sync
sudo chown root:root /media/rootfs/
sudo chmod 755 /media/rootfs/

Set uname_r in /boot/uEnv.txt

~/
sudo sh -c "echo 'uname_r=${kernel_version}' >> /media/rootfs/boot/uEnv.txt"

Copy Kernel Image

Kernel Image:

~/
sudo cp -v ./ti-linux-kernel-dev/deploy/${kernel_version}.zImage /media/rootfs/boot/vmlinuz-${kernel_version}

Copy Kernel Device Tree Binaries

~/
sudo mkdir -p /media/rootfs/boot/dtbs/${kernel_version}/
sudo tar xfv ./ti-linux-kernel-dev/deploy/${kernel_version}-dtbs.tar.gz -C /media/rootfs/boot/dtbs/${kernel_version}/

Copy Kernel Modules

~/
sudo tar xfv ./ti-linux-kernel-dev/deploy/${kernel_version}-modules.tar.gz -C /media/rootfs/

File Systems Table (/etc/fstab)

sudo sh -c "echo '/dev/mmcblk0p1  /  auto  errors=remount-ro  0  1' >> /media/rootfs/etc/fstab"

Remove microSD/SD card

sync
sudo umount /media/rootfs

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:

debian@BeagleBoard-X15:~$ dmesg | grep etnaviv
[    5.372076] etnaviv gpu-subsystem: bound 59000000.bb2d (ops gpu_ops)
[    5.372086] etnaviv-gpu 59000000.bb2d: model: GC320, revision: 5301
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-armada-etnaviv
/etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "Builtin Default Monitor"
EndSection
Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Builtin Default fbdev Device 0"
        Driver          "armada"
EndSection
Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Builtin Default fbdev Screen 0"
        Device          "Builtin Default fbdev Device 0"
        Monitor         "Builtin Default Monitor"
EndSection
Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier      "Builtin Default Layout"
        Screen          "Builtin Default fbdev Screen 0"
EndSection

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