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LCD no longer works in Armbian 5.83 Pine64

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I’m using the Pine64 2GB Kickstarter’s board with the official LCD, running Armbian 5.25 Pine64 Debian (Jessie) 3.10.104 image. Everything works fine, display in terminal only and touch screen with the desktop. Now I would like to upgrade to the latest stable Armbian version (which on download page is 5.83). However now I can’t enable the LCD, although the download page says:

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Pine64’s own LCD with touchscreen support can simply be activated in /boot/armbianEnv.txt by setting pine64_lcd=on and adding gt9xxf_ts to /etc/modules followed by a reboot.

 

It was a couple years back, I don’t remember exactly, but seems that was the same way I’ve used to enable the screen in old 5.25 Armbian. I’m no Linux kernel developer, but searching through the forum on the topic I found several mentions of “kernel recompile” - is there no other ways to enable the LCD in 5.83? Or I better stay with the old 5.25 Armbian? 

 

Just to clarify and rule out any hardware issues: I still have the uSD card with 5.25, swapping it back and everything shows up on the LCD. But booting the card with 5.83 and the LCD is blank, although everything works fine over ssh as well as on HDMI screen, if I connect it...

 

Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you all very much in advance!

Mac Ha

Armbian 5.35 Pine64.png

Edited by Mac_Ha
Corrected latest version to 5.83 instead of 5.38, attach screenshot

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Hi

I am in the same situation with my Pine64+. LCD do not work.

Both
Armbian Buster mainline based kernel 4.19.y
Armbian Bionic mainline based kernel 4.19.y

 

If I try modify /boot/armbianEnv.txt I can not see line pine64_lcd=off
But I added line pine64_lcd=on

No picture in the LCD

 

But if I trying with
Armbian Xenial desktop legacy kernel 3.10.y

I can see line pine64_lcd=off in the armbianEnv.txt
After changed  off -> on LCD is OK

 

Whats is happening with current versions.
Is there any way make the LCD working

 

br: Kaarme42

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18 hours ago, kaarme42 said:

Both


have the same kernel and we don't support 3rd party hardware if its not specifically declared. As you can see on the download pages ... some 3rd party works, for else is everything but switching it on.
 

18 hours ago, kaarme42 said:

Whats is happening with current versions.

 

Modern kernel is basically written from scratch by community. And if we (community) didn't develop that, support for that LCD does not exits.

Displays are not my field so I can't give you any useful tip except ... have you tried to boot images for Pinebook perhaps? 

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Thank you for answering.


Sorry but i can not test other hw than Pine64 (kickstarter)

 

"Modern kernel is basically written from scratch by community  "

 

Yes I understand that this is voluntary job.
My skills is so low level that I can not  help community.

Pine64 is quite old and smart people uses newer HW

 

Br: Kaarme42

PS. I can read quite well but writing is terrible. Sorry about that.

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13 minutes ago, kaarme42 said:

Pine64 is quite old and smart people uses newer HW


Actually is quite the opposite. Older hardware - if it is some serious one - is usually eventually properly supported. Pine64 is not exactly the best example since it was so poorly designed and poorly made ... but eventually, after a few versions, hardware become better, with less design errors. In the same time community kernel - the only real option to use this (Allwinner A64 based) hardware - become usable.
 

18 minutes ago, kaarme42 said:

My skills is so low level that I can not  help community.


I always cherish and welcome anyone to take some load from us. Weather this is some bash coding, moderating or board maintaining. None of that require any low level kernel hacking skills: easy coding, dealing with people, organising small data.

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