Other boot options than Sdcard for linux 5.x kernel?
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Hi,

I would like to use my Rockpro64 as a dockerplatform. Due to compatibility reasons I would like to use a 5.x linux kernel, and for reliability reasons I would like to boot from  something else than a SDCard.

So far I tried booting Armbian from eMMC, USB and NVMe but nothing worked. I'm using the uboot posted here:
https://github.com/sigmaris/u-boot/relea...ckpro64-ci

I tried a few others like debian as well, but nothing on 5.x kernel seems to work. From SDCard they all seem to work fine.

Could anyone point me to a possible solution?

Best regards,
MrA
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#2
(06-28-2021, 12:52 PM)MisterA Wrote: Hi,

I would like to use my Rockpro64 as a dockerplatform. Due to compatibility reasons I would like to use a 5.x linux kernel, and for reliability reasons I would like to boot from  something else than a SDCard.

So far I tried booting Armbian from eMMC, USB and NVMe but nothing worked. I'm using the uboot posted here:
https://github.com/sigmaris/u-boot/relea...ckpro64-ci

I tried a few others like debian as well, but nothing on 5.x kernel seems to work. From SDCard they all seem to work fine.

Could anyone point me to a possible solution?

Best regards,
MrA

I too failed to get Armbian or Manjaro to recognise my eMMC. But now Arch is perfectly feasible - as I write booting 5.13 kernel from eMMC. (See my post on pg 2 of that thread as well.)
  • ROCKPro64 v2.1 2GB, 16Gb eMMC for rootfs, SX8200Pro 512GB NVMe for /home, HDMI video & sound, Bluetooth keyboard & mouse. Arch (5.16 kernel, Openbox desktop) for general purpose daily PC.
  • PinePhone BraveHeart now v1.2b 3/32Gb daily driver, dual boot via p-boot with Mobian/Phosh on eMMC, Arch/Phosh on SDcard
  • PinePhone v1.2a 2G/16Gb that needs screen & USB board replaced
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#3
All due respect, using some other u-boot (that did not come with Armbian) is not really "using Armbian."  lol

Armbian comes with u-boot, in fact such low level customizations are the very raison d'être for Armbian in the first place.

There is a special tool however for installing to other media than sd card, called nand-sata-install (which is also available from armbian-config).  So, just burn your image to sd card (making sure to take all usual precautions), boot into it, then use those tools to install to the eMMC (or wherever you like).
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