Recovery without Tow Boot
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(01-07-2024, 03:03 PM)apink Wrote: Perhaps someone in a chat room can help.  I have found more active feedback there:

https://matrix.to/#/#pinephone:matrix.org

Thanks for this, my friend. I’ll head over shortly to see if I can get some guidance in real time. I appreciate you.

(01-07-2024, 11:42 AM)jezek Wrote:
(01-07-2024, 01:07 AM)b34ux Wrote:
(01-06-2024, 06:04 PM)apink Wrote: Have you tried re-installing towboot?

https://tow-boot.org/devices/pine64-pinephonePro.html

https://github.com/Tow-Boot/Tow-Boot/releases

I have tried, however once I get Towboot on an SD card, I can't get my PPP to boot. No matter what I do I get a black screen and a steady green LED until I power it off. I can't seem to get my device to boot to a stage where I can then install Towboot, or any other software for that matter.

A week ago I tried to reinstall Tow-Boot using an SD card and also couldn't boot it. Then I realized, I made a mistake and I flashed the whole .tar.xz to the SD. There was an spi.installer.img file in the archive which should be used to flash to SD.

Than I had troubles to write to the SPI (a red screen with some error messages showed up). It helped to purge everything from EMMC (plugged via USB to Notebook and zeroed using dd command). After I was able to write new Tow-Boot.

Thankfully I avoided the misstep of flashing the wrong file to my SD card. I tried it on both a Mac and Linux machine, using both Balena Etcher and the dd method.

In regard to the eMMC, I (believe) I have already zeroed it as you’ve mentioned. Following this change I was expecting my PPP to boot from the SD card exclusively. Instead I seem to have put my phone into a state where I can no longer view or access my eMMC.

I’ve seen a few posts where it seems that users have been where I’ve been. I just can’t figure out what the next step is to join them in PinePhone Playland.
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Messages In This Thread
Recovery without Tow Boot - by b34ux - 01-05-2024, 12:42 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by apink - 01-06-2024, 06:04 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by b34ux - 01-07-2024, 01:07 AM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by jezek - 01-07-2024, 11:42 AM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by shulamy - 01-06-2024, 10:54 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by b34ux - 01-07-2024, 01:08 AM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by apink - 01-07-2024, 03:03 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by b34ux - 01-07-2024, 07:03 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by apink - 01-07-2024, 09:26 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by reky - 02-02-2024, 06:57 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by reky - 02-02-2024, 07:07 PM

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