96Boards – CE Debian Reference Platform Build 15.12 – HiKey
- Build URL: https://ci.linaro.org/jenkins/job/96boards-reference-platform-debian/BOARD=hikey,label=docker-utopic-amd64/35/
- Kernel packages: https://builds.96boards.org/snapshots/reference-platform/components/linux/hikey/17
- ALIP Rootfs: http://snapshots.linaro.org/debian/images/alip-arm64/55
- Grub UEFI: http://builds.96boards.org/snapshots/reference-platform/components/grub/5
- ARM TF / EDK2 UEFI: http://builds.96boards.org/snapshots/reference-platform/components/uefi/34/release/hikey
This guide describes how to get started with the CE Debian Reference Platform Build, release 15.12, for HiKey.
For more information about the HiKey development board, please check https://www.96boards.org/products/ce/hikey/
The CE Debian RPB 15.12 – HiKey build is composed of the following artifacts:
- ARM Trusted Firmware, EDK2/UEFI and Grub2
- For more information about the reference bootloader used by HiKey, please check Reference-Bootloader-Hikey
- Pre-built files: http://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/bootloader
- Linux Kernel:
- Upstream plus extra changes for a better hardware support
- Git: https://github.com/rsalveti/linux.git
- Branch: reference-hikey-rebase
- Debian “Jessie”
- ALIP (LXDE based)
- Custom 96Boards artworks and default settings
- Additional packages provided by linaro-overlay
- Kernel and initrd loaded from the rootfs (under /boot)
Closed source binaries
The following components requires a closed source binary for better hardware support:
- TI wlan firmware (
- Git: http://git.ti.com/wilink8-wlan/wl18xx_fw
- Branch: R8.6
- Extra firmware files available from firmware-linux
- Mali (not yet included by default)
Downloading the pre-built binaries
The build is mainly composed by two image files (boot and rootfs), but to avoid incompatibilities issues with older bootloaders, or different partition tables, it’s also recommended to flash the bootloader.
Flashing and booting from the external SD Card is not supported by this release.
wget http://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/bootloader/l-loader.bin wget http://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/bootloader/nvme.img wget http://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/bootloader/fip.bin wget http://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/bootloader/ptable-linux-4g.img wget http://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/bootloader/ptable-linux-8g.img wget http://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/bootloader/hisi-idt.py
CE Debian RPB image:
wget https://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/hikey-boot-linux-20151214-35.uefi.img.gz wget https://builds.96boards.org/releases/reference-platform/debian/hikey/15.12/hikey-rootfs-debian-jessie-alip-20151214-35.emmc.img.gz gunzip hikey-*
To flash the bootloader the recovery mode is required. For more information about the recovery mode, how to enable and use, please check https://github.com/96boards/documentation/wiki/Reference-Bootloader-Hikey#enabling-recovery-mode
Now you need to identify if your device contains 4G or 8G of eMMC (LeMaker produces 2 HiKey versions, one with 4G and another with 8G of storage). The
ptable-linux file will differ depending on the board you have.
On recovery mode, flash the bootloader with the following command:
sudo python hisi-idt.py --img1=l-loader.bin -d /dev/ttyUSB0
Then on a 4G compatible device:
sudo fastboot flash ptable ptable-linux-4g.img
Or the following on a 8G compatible device:
sudo fastboot flash ptable ptable-linux-8g.img
Then flash UEFI:
sudo fastboot flash fastboot fip.bin
ttyUSB0 to the right interface name that gets exported to your host system.
Make sure to reboot the board after updating the partition table (
ptable-linux), otherwise flashing the rootfs might fail.
Boot and Rootfs
Fastboot is required to flash both the boot and rootfs images.
To avoid bug 117, it’s recommended to flash both the boot and rootfs images via recovery mode (after running
Flashing boot and rootfs:
sudo fastboot flash boot hikey-boot-linux-20151214-35.uefi.img sudo fastboot flash system hikey-rootfs-debian-jessie-alip-20151214-35.emmc.img
Once flashed, make sure recovery mode is not enabled (pin3-pin4 on J15), that you don’t have any sd card in place (since it first tries to boot from sd card, boot order can be changed with sudo fastboot oem bootdevice [emmc|sd]), then just reboot the board and enjoy :-)
For known issues and more information about this release, please check https://github.com/96boards/documentation/wiki/ReferencePlatform