Honesty, I have no idea, but i hope this points you in the right direction.
It should be very similar to:
I think the important part is under "Booting in the final system"
setenv mainlineLinux yes
(too many people bricked their plugs so they have have an extra step
and the sheeva installer writes a new uboot along with the kernel and
filesystem to help prevent this.) Im sure you found the instructions
for using the open u-boot.
Do note in the instructions they are trying to use UbiFS instead of JFFS.
Im not sure I would overwrite the U-boot with what they suggest either.
but the procedure for overwriting the nand should be very similar.
I would try it with jffs first. You may have to compile kernel support
to read the rootfs, but you should at least see your kernel boot. (and
it will fail with something similar to "Kernel panic - not syncing:
VFS: Unable to mount root fs".)
And as always if you actually figure it out. Update the wiki :)
Quoting Derek Atkins <warlord(a)MIT.EDU>:
I just received my SheevaPlug shipment yesterday, and today I've been
trying (and failing) to install Fedora 12 onto it. I'm trying to set up
the plug to boot off nand. Unfortunately the instructions on the wiki
are pretty sparse. I'd consider myself a Fedora expert, but I'm
definitely new to ARM and embedded systems (modulo some time I spent
with a TuxScreen system about a decade ago).
I've downloaded the f12 root filesystem and modified it as per the wiki.
I also downloaded the 184.108.40.206 kernels from
(as per the wiki), but I
have no idea if these are the "right" packages to use. I only chose
this because it's the version of the kernel my F12 laptop is running).
Then I downloaded the sheevaplug installer (again, as per the
fedora arm wiki), but of course it didn't work on my fedora-12 64
system; the problem was that runme.php needed "<?php" instead of just
"<?" in order to get php to run... and even when running in an su
environment, it still thought I wasn't root.
After trying to comprehend the sheevaplug-installer readme, googling to
figure out where to find the uboot-custom.txt, and then finally getting
the installer running, then I get the dreaded "No valid NAND flash
**** Burning uboot and environment variables ... This will take few
Open On-Chip Debugger 0.4.0 (2010-02-22-22:59)
Licensed under GNU GPL v2
For bug reports, read
trst_and_srst separate srst_gates_jtag trst_push_pull srst_open_drain
dcc downloads are enabled
Error: No valid NAND flash driver found (0)
Available NAND flash controller drivers:
**** openocd FAILED
**** Is the mini USB cable connected?
Luckily my sheeva is still running its original config. uboot is
working (albeit with the default version):
** MARVELL BOARD: SHEEVA PLUG LE
U-Boot 1.1.4 (Jul 14 2009 - 06:46:57) Marvell version: 3.4.16
So... can someone help me wipe out the debian installation and install
fedora-12? I think there are enough hits on the web to reflash my
uImage, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to flash the
rootfs.tar.gz into mtd2.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
Member, MIT Student Information Processing Board (SIPB)
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