Can not get board to boot up reliably
(04-24-2017, 01:41 AM)Leo Wrote: *** I have read many of the threads regarding power and firmware and tried without success

Hi Leo,

I also have/had these kind of startup problems. I did some test to see if they were power related, but
i don't think that is the case. If there is an issue i believe it has to do with correct initialisation order of
some registers in the Allwinner. I did not have the time to really do some in depth research, so I first
made a workaround by letting the kernel panic on soft lockups and auto reboot. At least this will result
in an auto retry without having to toggle power. 

I used the latest kernel from longsleep and did some custom kernel options. I have noticed that i was
unable to get my board to lockup at boot. Even with bad power supply (only 4.3Volt) the board still
boots fine. I think the fix is triggered by compiling the kernel without preemptive support; see also my
kernel config. If you don't want to compile the kernel you can also download my version at:

Sorry, i forgot my setup:

-Using a Pine A64+ 2GB (tested with and without the wifi addon module)
-Tested with apacer 16GB and 32GB MicroSD card.
-Tested with hdmi to vga converter (and monitor connected) and without converter (headless setup).
-Using standard debian image from forum and updated with -> apt-get update followed by apt-get upgrade and followed by pine64_update scipt from longsleep to get latest kernel and uboot
-Downloaded latest kernel source from longsleep and made custom changes to kernel settings with 'make ARCH=arm64 -j4 menuconfig all' -> see config attached to this item.
-Compiled kernel on the Pine64 with custom config by using -> 'make ARCH=arm64 -j4 all'
-Installed kernel modules with 'make ARCH=arm64 -j4 install'
-Reused initrd and dtd from longsleep; only replaced kernel in /boot dir and changed uboot kernel name.

Rebooted the unit and did many power tests. Low power, reboots, quick power off/on etc....

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Messages In This Thread
Can not get board to boot up reliably - by Leo - 04-24-2017, 01:41 AM
RE: Can not get board to boot up reliably - by pkfpeters - 06-12-2017, 08:25 AM

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