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

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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

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h1. Availability
Boards:
[BeagleBoard-X15|https://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?keywords=1777-1001-ND] at Digi-Key
[TI TMDSEVM572X|https://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?keywords=296-44003-ND] at Digi-Key
 
Adapters:
[Power Supply|https://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?keywords=1470-3102-ND] at Digi-Key
[Debug Cable (usb-serial)|https://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?keywords=768-1015-ND] at Digi-Key
[Replacement HeatSink|https://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?keywords=294-1098-ND] at Digi-Key
[Fan Kit|https://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?keywords=X15FANKIT-ND] at Digi-Key
 
h1. Vendor Documentation
 
official BeagleBoard-X15 Support Page: [http://www.elinux.org/Beagleboard:BeagleBoard-X15

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Basic Requirements

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h1. Basic Requirements
* Running a recent release of Debian, Fedora or Ubuntu; without OS Virtualization Software.
* ARM Cross Compiler -- Linaro: [http://www.linaro.org

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** Linaro Toolchain Binaries: [http://www.linaro.org/downloads/

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* Bootloader
** Das U-Boot

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 -- the Universal Boot Loader: [http://www.denx.de/wiki/U-Boot

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** Source: [http://git.denx.de/?p=u-boot.git;a=summary

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* Linux Kernel

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** Linus's Mainline tree: [https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git

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* ARM based rootfs

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** Debian: [https://www.debian.org

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** Ubuntu: [http://www.ubuntu.com

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h1. ARM Cross Compiler: GCC

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

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Download/Extract:

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wget -c https://releases.linaro.org/components/toolchain/binaries/6.4-2017.0811/arm-linux-gnueabihf/gcc-linaro-6.4.1-2017.0811-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.xz
tar xf gcc-linaro-6.4.1-2017.0811-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.xz
export CC=`pwd`/gcc-linaro-6.4.1-2017.0811-x86_64_arm-linux-gnueabihf/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-
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Test Cross Compiler:

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${CC}gcc --version
arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc (Linaro GCC 6.4-2017.0811) 6.4.1 2017070720171012
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.
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h1. Bootloader: U-Boot

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Das U-Boot

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 -- the Universal Boot Loader: [http://www.denx.de/wiki/U-Boot

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eewiki.net patch archive: [https://github.com/eewiki/u-boot-patches

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Download:

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

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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
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Configure and Build:

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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:

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h1. Linux Kernel
This script will build the kernel, modules, device tree binaries and copy them to the deploy directory.
h3. TI BSP
Download:
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git clone https://github.com/RobertCNelson/ti-linux-kernel-dev.git
cd ti-linux-kernel-dev/
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For TI v4.9.x:

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git checkout origin/ti-linux-4.9.y -b tmp
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For TI v4.9.x: Real-Time

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git checkout origin/ti-linux-rt-4.9.y -b tmp
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Build:

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./build_kernel.sh

Root File System

Debian 9

User

Password

debian

temppwd

root

root

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h1. Root File System
h4. Debian 9
|| User || Password ||
| debian | temppwd |
| root | root |
Download:
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wget -c https://rcn-ee.com/rootfs/eewiki/minfs/debian-9.23-minimal-armhf-2017-1012-1009.tar.xz
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Verify:

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sha256sum debian-9.23-minimal-armhf-2017-1012-1009.tar.xz
31419dacdde26c62ea17670d262c01bc562881f5129b43b822c5de1286ba29d35120fcfb8ff8af013737fae52dc0a7ecc2f52563a9aa8f5aa288aff0f3943d61  debian-9.23-minimal-armhf-2017-1012-1009.tar.xz
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Extract:

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tar xf debian-9.23-minimal-armhf-2017-1012-1009.tar.xz

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h4. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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User

Password

ubuntu

temppwd

Download:

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| ubuntu | temppwd |
Download:
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wget -c https://rcn-ee.com/rootfs/eewiki/minfs/ubuntu-16.04.3-minimal-armhf-2017-1012-1009.tar.xz
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Verify:

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sha256sum ubuntu-16.04.3-minimal-armhf-2017-1012-1009.tar.xz
b9c56cc566978addd00e9187fbf19bea3f3ef9ac4256927451043341a9ca1ad6cacc1a8c56649808e3bc27ca58f94dbe817b9e86e660780009a3535709823cc1  ubuntu-16.04.3-minimal-armhf-2017-1012-1009.tar.xz
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Extract:

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tar xf ubuntu-16.04.3-minimal-armhf-2017-1012-1009.tar.xz

Setup microSD card

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h1. Setup microSD card
*For these instruction we are assuming, DISK=/dev/mmcblk0, lsblk is very useful for determining the device id.

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export DISK=/dev/mmcblk0
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Erase partition table/labels on microSD card:

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

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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
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Create Partition Layout:

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*With util-linux v2.26, sfdisk was rewritten and is now based on libfdisk.

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sfdisk sfdisk
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sudo sfdisk --version
sfdisk from util-linux 2.27.1
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sudo sfdisk ${DISK} <<-__EOF__
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sudo sfdisk --unit M ${DISK} <<-__EOF__
4,,L,*
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Format Partition:

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

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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.

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h1. 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.
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Script Complete
eewiki.net: [user@localhost:~$ export kernel_version=4.X.Y-Z]
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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.

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export kernel_version=4.X.Y-Z

Copy Root File System

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

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h3. Set uname_r in /boot/uEnv.txt

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

Copy Kernel Image

Kernel Image:

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h3. Copy Kernel Image
Kernel Image:
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sudo cp -v ./ti-linux-kernel-dev/deploy/${kernel_version}.zImage /media/rootfs/boot/vmlinuz-${kernel_version}

Copy Kernel Device Tree Binaries

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h3. Copy Kernel Device Tree Binaries
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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

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h3. Copy Kernel Modules
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sudo tar xfv ./ti-linux-kernel-dev/deploy/${kernel_version}-modules.tar.gz -C /media/rootfs/

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h3. File Systems Table (/etc/fstab)

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

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h3. Remove microSD/SD card

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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:

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h3. 2D Video Acceleration via Etnaviv Project
Vivante GC320 2D Acceleration via: [Etnaviv|https://github.com/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:
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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
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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-armada-etnaviv
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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

Comments

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h1. Comments
Comments, feedback, and questions can be sent to: [eewiki@digikey.com

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Please use the Digi-Key's TechForum: [TechForum|https://forum.digikey.com/c/linux-on-arm/]