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HOWTO Install Arch Linux ARM on the Banana Pi

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Edited by danboid at Mar 23, 2016 13:24

LeMaker host some old BPi Arch installation images on their website. You might still want to install these, or even better Ryad's Arch image if you want to use the non-free graphics drivers which only work with the old sunxi 3.4 kernels. Otherwise you are probably better off installing Arch Linux ARM (ALARM) from the latest official ALARM armv7 tarball.

The BPi is not currently an officially supported ALARM platform but I have been successful in installing Arch to the SATA drive of my BPi by following the ALARM installation instructions for the Cubieboard 2:

Go to the installation tab on that page for the installation instructions.

The only step I did differently for installing on the BPi instead of a Cubieboard is in Step #6 of 'Install to a (micro) SD card' where I did the following instead:

  1. # wget http://dl.linux-sunxi.org/nightly/u-boot-sunxi/u-boot-sunxi-mainline/u-boot-sunxi-mainline-latest/u-boot-sunxi-mainline-bananapi.tar.xz
  2. # tar xvf u-boot-sunxi-mainline-bananapi.tar.xz
  3. # cd u-boot-sunxi-mainline-bananapi-VERSION
  4. # dd if=u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=1024 seek=8
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You can download and use the cubieboard's u-boot boot.scr file unmodified on the Banana Pi.

During partitioning I created a 2 GB swap partition on my HD unlike the install guide but that's up to you if you bother with a swap partition.

Here's how to enable sound under 4.4.0 / 4.4.1:

http://forum.lemaker.org/forum.p ... 2998&extra=page%3D1

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