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Hello there!


after some tinkering i finally managed to boot Armbian_20.09_Arm-64_buster_current_5.8.10 from SD on my X96 box, using meson-gxl-s905x-p212.dtb

Now i want to install to eMMC and i learned that 

sudo /root/install-aml.sh

should take care of that.  From what i understand i also need to copy u-boot.ext and name it u-boot.sd (although im not sure if that applies to my situation)

After doing those steps and booting with sd card removed, i am getting the following: 





I tried to search for answers, but i'm completely lost. I dont have a lot of linux experience, let alone armbian.

If someone could point me in the right direction, that would be very much appreciated.



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No error at this end of eMMC installation ?


Some answers here: https://forum.armbian.com/topic/12988-armbian-for-amlogic-s905x3/page/7/?tab=comments#comment-101887


Moreover, on my X96 (Air 4/32Gb version), the most efficient file is meson-sm1-sei610-ethfix.dtb (ethernet speed is fixed at 100Mb because 1000Mb doesn't work on this kind of box).


I suppose that your bootloader in eMMC is broken now and you need to reinstall the android firmware to get to a clean starting point. 


For that, you need the stock firmware of your box, USB cable Male<->Male and USB Burning Tool.


Good luck !

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Looks like i was lucky and my bootloader ist still functional.

With the suggested dtb, i was getting stuck on "starting kernel"  I assume this dtb is no good for regular x96 (without suffix) ?

However meson-gxl-s905x-p212.dtb seemed to work so far, thernet and wifi both work out of the box, so i assumed its good to use.


I followed your link and followed balbes150's advice on how to start the mmc script

su -


The part that still confuses me is "u-boot.sd"


So far, what i  did was to rename the u-boot-s905x-912, that i found on my SD card after burning the image,

to u-boot.ext  (follwing OP from this post)




Where is u-boot.sdsupposed to come from?


Anyways, i reburned the image to my SD card, sucessfully booted from that, installed to eMMC (without any Errors) but

boooting wirthout SD still looks like in my first post.



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If you are able to see these 2 drives (ROOT_EMMC and BOOT_EMMC) after booting with the SD Card, that means your eMMC is broken (I was in the same situation here: https://forum.armbian.com/topic/12988-armbian-for-amlogic-s905x3/page/7/?tab=comments#comment-101796)


Moreover, to boot from an SD card, you need to copy file u-boot.sd to u-boot.ext. But after, to copy the installation on the eMMC, doesn't touch any file (even u-boot files) !



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