redjr

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  1. @balbes150, Do your images support an m.2 SSD? I can't seem to get Linux to recognize mine. Using lsblk it does not show up. Rick
  2. Thank you so much for this. I now have my Station P2 up and running Armbian. I for one appreciate all the work you do with these new SBCs and variants of Linux/Armbian. Thanks again! Rick
  3. Noted. I just thought I could perhaps find some useful, related information here that would make my quest a little easier. I believe the architecture of the P1 and P2 are similar but use different ARM Rock chipset. Perhaps Firefly will start to post more information on the Station P2, Perhaps even a useful forum on their own site.
  4. I can't seem to get anything to boot from the SD card. Almost seems like it is disabled by the current Station OS installed on the P2. Can you explain? Thx.
  5. I've had some degree of success. I've been able to see the normal boot via a serial connection. Not sure what I'm looking at, but first things first! It's late here tonight, so will try again tomorrow and see if I can interrupt the boot process and get to U-Boot. Since it booted all the way tonight, I was left at $ console prompt. No Linux commands worked, so I'm not sure if I was sitting at the root of Station OS, or in U-Boot.
  6. Thanks for these tips. At some point, I'm going to try using the serial terminal access and interrupting the normal boot process as you say - and see what I can do. This may require the assistance of my son.
  7. Like you said, according to their documentation, it would seem there;s a way to build an SD card image and have it boot. However, I do find their docs rather vague, or just vague enough for someone like myself as to add to confusion rather than clarifying it. In my mind, the firmware on an SBC is something different than the OS. To upgrade the firmware you generally use a .bin file. To upgrade/replace the OS, you generally use a .img file. There is also another component used on SBCs called U-Boot. I've been reading a bit about u-boot, but it is not clear(to me), how you easily access it via the P2. Per the Firefly's vague instructions, I did use their SD Firmware Tool to burn a Ubuntu image to an SD card. I don't think this does anything more than simply using Balena Etcher to do the same thing. I then inserted the SD and it was not read. Station OS started to boot and initialize like normal. As was stated in an earlier post in this thread, it seems the P2 boot process is 'problematic'. Stating it should be CPU > SD > eMMC. If there's a way to clear the eMMC of Station OS(which I'm sure there is), then perhaps the SD card would be read and boot into Linux/Ubuntu 18.04. But in so doing are you also clearing out parts of the firmware, drivers, etc? I don't want to be too adventurous of fear of bricking this thing! They also show screen shots of a tool labeled, RKDevTool, but it is not shown on their site as an available download. They then go on to describe how to use it to upgrade a .img file. Sigh. WIth Station OS running you simply can't SSH into the system and get to the /root of Linux. And I don't see a way within Station OS, to drop down to the LInux level. All the other instructions in their 'user manual' assume you can get to Linux and run instructions. I can't see a way to do that yet, or have not yet discovered how to access and use u-boot.
  8. Many thanks balbes. Hope Firefly with send you an P2 soon for you to work with.
  9. Hi cry, I saw this earlier today when reviewing the Firefly docs on their wiki. (mo provided a link) I haven't delved into the contents yet, but some other links I found over the weekend, were even more cryptic on getting the SD to boot. One thing that puzzled me when playing with the P2, was that at a minimum, I thought that if I inserted an SD card without a correct boot image, that the board would just not recognize and basically not boot at all. Instead, it continued to boot into Station OS, so the user is left to infer that the SD wasn't even recognized! Interesting. Other Rock-based boards I have, simply don't boot when a non-recognized distro(or boot info) is inserted. That signals to me that at least the SD is being read on boot-up, just not recognized. I guess the P2 is different in it's design characteristics. I did however discover a lot of good information in the P2 user guide with respect to booting from various media. I still need to investigate further. I'll keep the thread updated as I learn new information. Good luck getting back to your home country.
  10. Just to emphasize... I did spend a fair amount of time looking specifically for an Armbian build for the P2. I kinda figured that the hardware between the P1 and P2 couldn't be that different. So, could a Linux build be that far behind? It was a futile exercise, so rather than beat my brain (and patients) to death, I thought I would simply ask. A simple 'no it's not available yet' like mo provided would have been sufficient rather than a lecture. I have a young son who is in IT and is a wizard at this stuff, and more so is a wizard at finding things on the internet - quickly. I seem to struggle to get at information, but in time, I usually find it. But, he landed his first professional job this past spring and moved away a couple weeks ago. So my local resource is gone now. As far as linux is concerned, I don't have a lot to offer, since I'm still such a rookie. I did not do this stuff professionally. It a hobby, and I learn slowly. It's site like this, and many others that I can learn from someone else who has already been there and discovered it. I'm sure Google would have found the 'Announcement page' had there been any posts related to the P2 + Linux builds, but since it didn't, I continued to look elsewhere. BTW, I too get excited about new releases of SBC hardware. And maybe this leads to frustration down the road, when a young, or new company doesn't have all the pieces in place - including software - when their product is released. I know this is the nature of the beast with new products, and the nature of upstarts in our fast-moving, technically related world we're all trying to stay up with. In the future, I will do more homework, until I exhaust all other possibilities before posting. I follow many, many upstarts and tech sites that routinely provide emails of updates to their products, and new firmware releases or updated to the software. This is not unheard of. Even Kickstarter and Indiegogo new companies. Thanks for helping.
  11. mo, The first link was very helpful. I know I was on their wiki at some point, but was focused on a compatible Linux build at the time, and overlooked their manual. I have just been reviewing and printing parts out that will be useful. Thanks again for being so patient with me. I've been messing around SBCs for a few years, just to tinker with them. I recently retired and now have more time to spend and learn, but alas my memory isn't as sharp as it was when I was in my 30s!
  12. Thanks for these links mo. I understand that this is new, so will wait for distros to catch-up with the hardware. User 150balbes is usually out in front of everyone with his builds, so I'll be following him with interest and any of his news.
  13. As a matter a fact TRS-80, I have been lurking around, and spending way more than 10secs. My apologizes for missing the Armbian Announcements page. I wasn't looking for general announcements, but one more specifically targeted at booting from SD on the P2. I've been looking much more broadly since the Station P2 is a fairly new SBC. I asked here because of other Armbian projects I've used. However, your attitude and sarcasm doesn't lend itself well for me or others to want to participate. For what it's worth, I'm a nebbie Linux user, and simply want to get the P2 up and running as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your help.
  14. Thanks mo for this information. I'll just have to wait. Is there anyway to get to the 'root' of the Station P2 OS, or is that locked down. I'm assuming it's some fork of Linux/Android? Is there some Firefly, or Armbian watchlist I can sign up for to be notified of any new distri releases?