On 11/27/19 5:22 PM, Benson Muite wrote:

On 11/27/19 5:00 PM, Nigel Sollars wrote:
Well done!,

I was waiting to see how this one went.  in the meantime Arch pushed out a 5.4.0-1 kernel,

archrock 5.4.0-1-ARCH #1 SMP

[    0.000000] Linux version 5.4.0-1-ARCH (builduser@leming) (gcc version 8.3.0 (GCC)) #1 SMP Tue Nov 26 02:44:10 UTC 2019
[    0.000000] Machine model: Pine64 Rock64

Looks like the Lima driver got some work ( more info inside dmesg ) among other cleanups


On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 8:43 AM agharta82@gmail.com <agharta82@gmail.com> wrote:


Finally I've found the solution!


So, first for all  SPI flash should be ERASED: fedora aarch64 does not have spi boot images (at 2019-11-27). To erase spi follow this link: https://github.com/ayufan-rock64/linux-u-boot/releases/download/2017.09-rockchip-ayufan-1065-g95f6152134/u-boot-erase-spi-rock64.img.xz

It may be worth opening an issue in Pagure for this, not sure how it should be best included in the arm installer for Fedora.

Second, install fedora-arm-installer package, then create a new ad-hoc script; this script for rock64 that I have made works well:

File is placed into folder /usr/share/arm-image-installer/boards.d/ and named rock64-rk3328

Made one change, put  file in socs.d/rk3328 and added a softlink from boards.d/rock64 to socs.d/rk3328

Not sure if names I choose are the most appropriate.

# write uboot
echo "= Writing idbloader.img for $TARGET .... on media $MEDIA"
dd if=$PREFIX/usr/share/uboot/$TARGET/idbloader.img of=$MEDIA seek=64; sync; sleep 5
echo "= Writing u-boot FIT image for $TARGET .... on media $MEDIA"
dd if=$PREFIX/usr/share/uboot/$TARGET/u-boot.itb of=$MEDIA seek=16384; sync; sleep 5
# set console for Rockchips

I'm not sure about SYSCON because my serial adapter does not works at 1500000 baudrate, so I can't test it. I have leaved it at default. Hope someone can test and correct it if required.

References to find right dd seek:  http://opensource.rock-chips.com/wiki_Boot_option#Boot_from_SD.2FTF_Card

Next, download fedora aarch64 31 minimal xz image and:

arm-image-installer  --image=Fedora-Minimal-31-1.9.aarch64.raw.xz  --resizefs --media=/dev/THE_SD_MEDIA --target=rock64-rk3328 --addconsole  (and other stuff)

Insert sd into Rock64 and power on!

Connect HDMI cable, IT WORKS AND YOU CAN BOOT (a part of it)!!!

Wait a bit (by default search for ipv6 ip).

Connect Keyboard and follow on screen setup to set root password, Timezone etc...



Benson, feel free to integrate it to Pagure, and make a new fedora-arm-image-installer package.

Can start on this, though I do not have this board, so cannot really test it. Let me know if you have used Pagure or Git, usually it is good for the person who found the solution to add it to the repository. If still want me to do it, can do so.

It seems you already forked the repository, so feel free to make your additions there. There is a pull request at:


Really guys, I am very very very happy!

Have a fantastic day!!!