Manjaro arm on Amlogic Tv box?

Don’t use linux-vim I see too many kernel panic on normal use on my Khadas vim3 test. Stay on upstream kernel for now as currently that is the most stable so far.

Noted, thanks. So with current linux-vim, kernel panic is also occurring other devices not specific to GTKPro alone.

Yes, linux-5.11.y or linux-5.12.y had been stable. So far, I have not encounter any kernel panic with linux kernels and Panfrost (mesa-git) seems to work well on Xfce DE. With the new mesa 21.1.0 released, will it be better to switch to mesa 21.1.0 instead?

Yes all my S922x are on mesa only and it is very stable.

Hello, that sounds very interesting for us user of a X96AIR/MAX+ box.
Please share the “How to” of using this kernel:
linux-amlogic-512
Thanks in advanced.

@spikerguy: fits to your same intention linux-aml?

Add the following to /etc/pacman.conf, update your package lists and you can easily install the kernel using pacman or pamac.

[archlinuxdroid]
SigLevel = Optional
Server = http://archlinuxdroid.tk/archlinuxdroid/aarch64

But I am not sure if the kernel is so much different to @spikerguy’s last kernel. At least some time ago he wrote that he planned to switch from tobetter’s kernel source to chewitt’s kernel source which above kernel is based upon.

I still have to test @spikerguy’s last kernel myself …

great, it works:

uname -a
Linux X96AIRP3 5.12.0-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Apr 27 15:05:55 AST 2021 aarch64 GNU/Linux

I"m using the last unstable release 20210517 together with meson-sm1-x96-air-1000.dtb also from CHEWITT @ LIBREELEC branch.

Unfortunately the no-sound-card problem still exist:

mesg | grep sound
[    3.244646]   No soundcards found.

loaded modules are:
lsmod | grep snd
snd_soc_hdmi_codec     20480  1
snd_soc_meson_axg_sound_card    16384  0
snd_soc_meson_card_utils    16384  1 snd_soc_meson_axg_sound_card
snd_soc_meson_g12a_tohdmitx    20480  1
snd_soc_meson_axg_tdmout    24576  1
snd_soc_meson_codec_glue    16384  1 snd_soc_meson_g12a_tohdmitx
snd_soc_meson_axg_frddr    36864  3
snd_soc_meson_axg_fifo    20480  1 snd_soc_meson_axg_frddr
snd_soc_meson_axg_tdm_interface    16384  2 snd_soc_meson_axg_sound_card
snd_soc_meson_axg_tdm_formatter    16384  2 snd_soc_meson_axg_tdm_interface,snd_soc_meson_axg_tdmout

I would say the problem is in the u-boot.ext. The used doesn’t fit so perfect to the box-u-boot.

I’ve extracted/unpacked from the firmware a uboot and partition file. Could it be helpfull to get a working u-boot.ext @strit ?

Any idea or advice are warmly welcome :grinning:

You should ask @spikerguy as he is the one doing those images. Pretty sure the images for vim2 and vim3 relies on having android uboot on the eMMC.

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Hello @strit, thanks for your support and the great job!

I did unpacked with:
\AMLogicTools_V7.1.0_Donate\tmp\level1

14.05.2021 19:26 602 aml_sdc_burn.ini
14.05.2021 19:26 1.302.384 aml_sdc_burn.UBOOT
14.05.2021 19:26 9.639.936 boot.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 1.301.872 DDR.USB
14.05.2021 19:26 438 dtbo.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 1.118 image.cfg
14.05.2021 19:26 2.077.040 logo.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 540.748 odm.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 155 platform.conf
14.05.2021 19:26 3.768.396 product.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 16.326.656 recovery.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 1.110.630.620 system.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 4.096 vbmeta.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 413.401.308 vendor.PARTITION
14.05.2021 19:26 82.807 _aml_dtb.PARTITION

Hello @spikerguy, which file can you use to create a right u-boot.ext for the X96AIR-box?

I have uploaded my .dtb and u-boot.ext here: 4.98 MB folder on MEGA
Maybe it helps you …

I’m sorry to say but no improvement.
No matter how of any combination of u-boot.ext & meson-sm1-x96…dtb:

  • no soundcard detected / no sound-over-HDMI
  • no Wifi
  • no Bluetooth

I would say the problem is in the hardwaredetection/interface of u-boot.ext.

My box is running very stable and with a good performance with both kernel 5.12 (VIM & AMLOGIC) and branch unstable.

May be @spikerguy can help: which file can you use to create a right u-boot.ext for the X96AIR-box?

Thanks in advance.

btw:
A good tutorial for compiling uboot.ext? - General Chat - Armbian forum
→ But it looks like the u-boot.ext Balbes uses is one without de binaries from Amlogic, since he is chaining his bootloader after the boards own u-boot, so memory initialization and soc initialization is already done.
Chainloaded uboot images for amlogic - Amlogic CPU Boxes - Armbian forum

Mostly Odroid N2 if soc is S922 or S905X3/4 b
Coz Idr which soc is x96air box

sorry but very unlikely, I’ve tested several .dtb. Nothing worked.

But why can coreelec boot with its own kernel and with the s905x3_4g_1gbit.dtb the box operates perfect?
I know they are using other Kernel 4.9 but why are so big differences to the .dtb???

I am still stuck in a mixed feeling on moving from tobetter to chewit.
My plan is to make linux-aml from chewitts source and rename linux-vim to linux-odroid
I need to first make sure that I use the right replacement else it will break existing installations.

They use 3.4 isnt it ? also they use legacy codes so its almost same like android dtb. IDK much about it though but it works for them.

no they use
Linux CoreELEC 4.9.113 #1 SMP PREEMPT Wed May 12 13:32:16 CEST 2021 aarch64 GNU/Linux
Simply copy sm1_s905x3_4g_1gbit.dtb and rename dtb.img
and everything of the box is working: HDMI-sound, Wifi, BlueTooth etc.

My idea and questition is: can I use the start system (which runs perfekt with X96AIRP3) 0.fat and switch then to manjaro system 1.img?
from coreelec 0.fat:


from Manjaro 1.img:

CoreELEC:~ # lsmod
Module Size Used by
ir_rc6_decoder 16384 0
ir_nec_decoder 16384 0
ir_lirc_codec 16384 0
lirc_dev 24576 1 ir_lirc_codec
meson_ir 16384 0
rc_core 40960 6 ir_rc6_decoder,ir_nec_decoder,ir_lirc_codec,meson_ir,lirc_dev
hci_uart 86016 1
btqca 16384 1 hci_uart
btbcm 16384 1 hci_uart
btintel 24576 1 hci_uart
8021q 36864 0
bluetooth 425984 27 hci_uart,btintel,btqca,btbcm
8822cs 2715648 0
joydev 24576 0
mali_kbase 507904 3
nfsd 364544 3
exportfs 16384 1 nfsd
nfs_acl 16384 1 nfsd
wireguard 139264 0
ip6_udp_tunnel 16384 1 wireguard
udp_tunnel 16384 1 wireguard
wifi_dummy 16384 0
amvdec_vp9 135168 0
amvdec_vc1 69632 0
amvdec_real 45056 0
amvdec_ports 249856 0
v4l2_common 16384 1 amvdec_ports
videobuf2_dma_contig 20480 1 amvdec_ports
videobuf2_memops 16384 1 videobuf2_dma_contig
v4l2_mem2mem 28672 1 amvdec_ports
videobuf2_v4l2 28672 2 amvdec_ports,v4l2_mem2mem
videobuf2_core 49152 3 amvdec_ports,v4l2_mem2mem,videobuf2_v4l2
amvdec_mpeg4 65536 0
amvdec_mpeg12 110592 0
amvdec_mmpeg4 40960 0
amvdec_mmpeg12 49152 0
amvdec_mmjpeg 36864 0
amvdec_mjpeg 40960 0
amvdec_mh264 172032 0
amvdec_h265 163840 0
amvdec_h264mvc 57344 0
amvdec_h264 151552 0
amvdec_mavs 61440 0
amvdec_avs 69632 0
amvdec_avs2 221184 0
stream_input 208896 12 amvdec_h265,amvdec_mavs,amvdec_mh264,amvdec_h264mvc,amvdec_ports,amvdec_real,amvdec_vp9,amvdec_h264,amvdec_avs2,amvdec_mpeg12,amvdec_avs,amvdec_mmpeg12
decoder_common 196608 18 amvdec_h265,amvdec_mavs,amvdec_mjpeg,amvdec_mh264,amvdec_mmpeg4,amvdec_h264mvc,amvdec_mmjpeg,amvdec_ports,amvdec_real,stream_input,amvdec_vp9,amvdec_h264,amvdec_avs2,amvdec_mpeg12,amvdec_avs,amvdec_vc1,amvdec_mmpeg12,amvdec_mpeg4
firmware 28672 18 amvdec_h265,amvdec_mavs,amvdec_mjpeg,amvdec_mh264,amvdec_mmpeg4,amvdec_h264mvc,amvdec_mmjpeg,decoder_common,amvdec_real,stream_input,amvdec_vp9,amvdec_h264,amvdec_avs2,amvdec_mpeg12,amvdec_avs,amvdec_vc1,amvdec_mmpeg12,amvdec_mpeg4
media_clock 45056 14 amvdec_h265,amvdec_mavs,amvdec_mh264,decoder_common,amvdec_ports,firmware,stream_input,amvdec_vp9,amvdec_h264,amvdec_avs2,amvdec_mpeg12,amvdec_avs,amvdec_vc1,amvdec_mpeg4
amlvideodri 24576 0
videobuf_res 16384 1 amlvideodri
videobuf_core 32768 2 amlvideodri,videobuf_res
videodev 290816 6 amlvideodri,v4l2_common,amvdec_ports,videobuf2_core,v4l2_mem2mem,videobuf2_v4l2
fuse 131072 1
media 40960 1 videodev
fbcon 61440 0
bitblit 16384 1 fbcon
softcursor 16384 1 bitblit
font 20480 1 fbcon

or simply replace kernel.img with manjaro kernel-amlogic
and SYSTEM with manjaro basic system?

Hello. I try to install manjaro arm on my H96max x3 s905x3 4Gb DDR3 (I thing) 1gb lan and bcm wifi module. I have the same problem if some dtb work sound or some dtb work ethernet.
I try libreelect image have kernel 5.11 ¿mainline? and work all, sound, wifi, ethernet 1gb, but the colors are strange.
Libreelect not have u-boot.ext. I flash lattest android in my box and try again, but when load chainloader uboot (u-boot.exe) the box have panic and reboot.
This dmesd is working but strange colors.
LibreELEC (community): nightly-20210519-f9d2c33 (AMLGX.arm)

I try diferents uboot and never work.

Please can help me?

LibreELEC:~ # ethtool eth0
Settings for eth0:
        Supported ports: [ TP    MII ]
        Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                1000baseT/Full
        Supported pause frame use: Symmetric Receive-only
        Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
        Supported FEC modes: Not reported
        Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                1000baseT/Full
        Advertised pause frame use: Symmetric Receive-only
        Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Advertised FEC modes: Not reported
        Link partner advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                             100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                             1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full
        Link partner advertised pause frame use: No
        Link partner advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Link partner advertised FEC modes: Not reported
        Speed: 1000Mb/s
        Duplex: Full
        Auto-negotiation: on
        master-slave cfg: preferred slave
        master-slave status: slave
        Port: MII
        PHYAD: 0
        Transceiver: external
        Supports Wake-on: d
        Wake-on: d
        Current message level: 0x0000003f (63)
                               drv probe link timer ifdown ifup
        Link detected: yes

---------------------------
[    0.787917] meson-dw-hdmi ff600000.hdmi-tx: Detected HDMI TX controller v2.01a with HDCP (meson_dw_hdmi_phy)
[    0.788947] meson-dw-hdmi ff600000.hdmi-tx: registered DesignWare HDMI I2C bus driver
[    0.790011] meson-drm ff900000.vpu: bound ff600000.hdmi-tx (ops meson_dw_hdmi_ops)
[    0.791256] [drm] Initialized meson 1.0.0 20161109 for ff900000.vpu on minor 0
[    0.936763] [drm] kms: can't enable cloning when we probably wanted to.
[    1.104640] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 240x67
[    1.147265] meson-drm ff900000.vpu: [drm] fb0: mesondrmfb frame buffer device
[    1.151237] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: IRQ eth_wake_irq not found
[    1.151257] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: IRQ eth_lpi not found
[    1.151465] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: PTP uses main clock
[    1.152870] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: User ID: 0x11, Synopsys ID: 0x37
[    1.152897] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet:         DWMAC1000
[    1.152906] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: DMA HW capability register supported
[    1.152913] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: RX Checksum Offload Engine supported
[    1.152920] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: COE Type 2
[    1.152927] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: TX Checksum insertion supported
[    1.152933] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: Wake-Up On Lan supported
[    1.153043] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: Normal descriptors
[    1.153051] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: Ring mode enabled
[    1.153058] meson8b-dwmac ff3f0000.ethernet: Enable RX Mitigation via HW Watchdog Timer
[    1.153866] libphy: stmmac: probed
[    1.156598] dwc3-meson-g12a ffe09000.usb: USB2 ports: 2
[    1.156615] dwc3-meson-g12a ffe09000.usb: USB3 ports: 1
[    1.160469] dwc2 ff400000.usb: supply vusb_d not found, using dummy regulator
[    1.160672] dwc2 ff400000.usb: supply vusb_a not found, using dummy regulator
[    1.161144] dwc2 ff400000.usb: EPs: 7, dedicated fifos, 712 entries in SPRAM
[    1.163145] xhci-hcd xhci-hcd.3.auto: xHCI Host Controller
[    1.163263] xhci-hcd xhci-hcd.3.auto: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
[    1.163468] xhci-hcd xhci-hcd.3.auto: hcc params 0x0228fe6c hci version 0x110 quirks 0x0000000000010010
[    1.163545] xhci-hcd xhci-hcd.3.auto: irq 36, io mem 0xff500000
[    1.164390] usb usb1: New USB device found, idVendor=1d6b, idProduct=0002, bcdDevice= 5.11
[    1.164402] usb usb1: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=2, SerialNumber=1
[    1.164410] usb usb1: Product: xHCI Host Controller
[    1.164417] usb usb1: Manufacturer: Linux 5.11.10 xhci-hcd
[    1.164423] usb usb1: SerialNumber: xhci-hcd.3.auto
[    1.165297] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
[    1.165372] hub 1-0:1.0: 2 ports detected
[    1.166003] xhci-hcd xhci-hcd.3.auto: xHCI Host Controller
[    1.166024] xhci-hcd xhci-hcd.3.auto: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
[    1.166043] xhci-hcd xhci-hcd.3.auto: Host supports USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
[    1.166147] usb usb2: We don't know the algorithms for LPM for this host, disabling LPM.
[    1.166327] usb usb2: New USB device found, idVendor=1d6b, idProduct=0003, bcdDevice= 5.11
[    1.166337] usb usb2: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=2, SerialNumber=1
[    1.166346] usb usb2: Product: xHCI Host Controller
[    1.166352] usb usb2: Manufacturer: Linux 5.11.10 xhci-hcd
[    1.166359] usb usb2: SerialNumber: xhci-hcd.3.auto
[    1.167055] hub 2-0:1.0: USB hub found
[    1.167100] hub 2-0:1.0: 1 port detected
[    1.175087] libphy: mdio_mux: probed
[    1.375190] libphy: mdio_mux: probed
[    1.388949] printk: console [netcon0] enabled
[    1.388966] netconsole: network logging started
[    1.389953] ALSA device list:
[    1.389964]   #0: X96-AIR
[    1.392925] Freeing unused kernel memory: 6208K
[    1.407886] Run /init as init process
[    1.407902]   with arguments:
[    1.407909]     /init
[    1.407918]   with environment:
[    1.407925]     HOME=/
[    1.407934]     TERM=linux
[    1.407941]     boot=UUID=2005-3715
[    1.407950]     disk=UUID=0a873cbb-ffce-4fbe-8bb5-e47b8015635b
[    1.407958]     mac=00:df:12:00:0a:6f
[    1.503822] usb 1-1: new high-speed USB device number 2 using xhci-hcd
[    1.523287] Checking disk(s):  UUID=2005-3715 UUID=0a873cbb-ffce-4fbe-8bb5-e47b8015635b
[    1.663397] usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=05e3, idProduct=0610, bcdDevice= 4.01
[    1.663426] usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[    1.663439] usb 1-1: Product: USB2.0 Hub
[    1.663448] usb 1-1: Manufacturer: GenesysLogic
[    1.711163] hub 1-1:1.0: USB hub found
[    1.712230] hub 1-1:1.0: 4 ports detected
[    1.784099] usb 2-1: new SuperSpeed Gen 1 USB device number 2 using xhci-hcd
[    1.812030] usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=05e3, idProduct=0616, bcdDevice= 4.01
[    1.812057] usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[    1.812067] usb 2-1: Product: USB3.0 Hub
[    1.812075] usb 2-1: Manufacturer: GenesysLogic
[    1.839144] hub 2-1:1.0: USB hub found
[    1.839652] hub 2-1:1.0: 4 ports detected
[    1.949513] fsck: CP437: Invalid argument
[    1.949737] fsck: fsck.fat 4.1 (2017-01-24)
[    1.950013] fsck: /dev/mmcblk0p1: 76 files, 14699/65501 clusters
[    1.950326] fsck: STORAGE: clean, 11/3674112 files, 470818/14696448 blocks
[    2.079862] usb 1-1.1: new low-speed USB device number 3 using xhci-hcd
[    2.189200] usb 1-1.1: New USB device found, idVendor=1bcf, idProduct=0005, bcdDevice= 0.14
[    2.189226] usb 1-1.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[    2.189234] usb 1-1.1: Product: USB Optical Mouse
[    2.210620] loop0: detected capacity change from 0 to 206312
[    2.261302] input: USB Optical Mouse as /devices/platform/soc/ffe09000.usb/ff500000.usb/xhci-hcd.3.auto/usb1/1-1/1-1.1/1-1.1:1.0/0003:1BCF:0005.0001/input/input0
[    2.262339] hid-generic 0003:1BCF:0005.0001: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [USB Optical Mouse] on usb-xhci-hcd.3.auto-1.1/input0
[    2.347871] usb 1-1.4: new low-speed USB device number 4 using xhci-hcd
[    2.382422] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p2): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null). Quota mode: disabled.
[    2.452930] usb 1-1.4: New USB device found, idVendor=1a2c, idProduct=0e24, bcdDevice= 1.10
[    2.452957] usb 1-1.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[    2.452967] usb 1-1.4: Product: USB Keyboard
[    2.452975] usb 1-1.4: Manufacturer: SEM
-------------------------------

Sorry can’t paste full dmes, I don’t know why

Maybe you can get an idea from this topic/thread (at least for me with an H96 max X3 and green board, it was very helpfull): H96 Max X3 Specifics only - General Chat - Armbian forum

Not work.
I think have a problem whith the bootloader, at least flashed diferent bootloader and now boot.
Work 1gb lan and hdmi sound.
System: Host: MiTv Kernel: 5.12.1-1-MANJARO-ARM aarch64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 Distro: Manjaro ARM
Machine: Type: ARM Device System: Khadas VIM3L details: N/A serial: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
CPU: Info: Quad Core model: N/A variant: cortex-a55 bits: 64 type: MCP
Speed: 1908 MHz min/max: 100/1908 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1908 2: 1908 3: 1908 4: 1908
Graphics: Device-1: meson-g12a-vpu driver: meson_drm v: N/A
Device-2: meson-g12a-mali driver: panfrost v: kernel
Device-3: meson-g12a-dw-hdmi driver: meson_dw_hdmi v: N/A

       Message: Unable to show advanced data. Required tool glxinfo missing. 

Audio: Device-1: meson-g12a-dw-hdmi driver: meson_dw_hdmi
Device-2: axg-sound-card driver: axg_sound_card
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.12.1-1-MANJARO-ARM running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: yes
Network: Device-1: meson-g12a-dwmac driver: meson8b_dwmac
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 2a:99:xx:xx:xx:xx
Device-2: pwm-clock driver: pwm_clock
IF-ID-1: ip6tnl0 state: down mac: 00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00

I try to solder UART to see what is the problem

What u-boot recomend? mainline, chainloader?

How did you flash another bootloader? I also have a H96max X3 and are struggling to get it to boot.

X96max+ 1000Mb ethernet fix.
Sound and 1Gb Eth. works !!!

Tested on img VIM3 kernel 5.12.1 XFCE

Based on> meson-sm1-x96maxplus-vim100m.dtb

Changed DTB

ethernet-phy@0 { #max-speed = <0x64>; to max-speed = <0x3e8>;

meson-sm1-x96maxplus-vim1000m.dtb

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