Need help to get SPIDEV to work on RockPi 4B

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I'm trying to get the SPI ports to work in a RockPi 4B board.


I've done the following:

  • Installed the Armbian_20.11.6_Rockpi-4b_focal_legacy_4.4.213.img.xz image



  • There is a entry at: /sys/class/spidev/spidev0.0, but nothing at /dev/spidev/


Next, I built libmraa, which fails to run any examples with SPI, as it can initialize any SPI devices.


What am I missing, Hope you can help me


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On 1/22/2021 at 5:06 PM, martinayotte said:

It won't appear as subfolder, but as direct node /dev/spidev0.0 ...

Also, check with "dmesg | grep spi" ...


Hi, thanks for the swift answer, wasn't expecting that.


There are no nodes named /dev/spidev0.0 (or similar).


I get the following from dmesg|grep spi (slightly cropped)


[...] rockchip-spi ff1c0000.spi: no high_speed pinctrl state
[...] ffffffc0f7f737f8: buggy DT: spidev listed directly in DT
[...] WARNING: at drivers/spi/spidev.c:722
/skipping some lines/
[...] rockchip-pinctrl pinctrl: pin gpio3-7 already requested by ff1c0000.spi; cannot claim for fe30000.ethernet


I should say that the device is only connected to wifi and not ethernet. Hope you can push in the right direction.



Edited by xkcd
Add info on /dev/spidev0.0
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On 1/25/2021 at 10:02 AM, piter75 said:

Are you sure you are actually using SPI 0?

It's not routed out to GPIO pins and its pins are indeed used by ethernet interface.

Shouldn't you set bus 2 or 1 according to which GPIO pins you decided to use?

I'm not sure of anything. That's is why I asked here. I can't understand what I'm doing wrong or are supposed to do.


I tried to use SPI bus 1 as suggested here:

but that leads to a kernel panic when I reboot (how does one get out of these, without writing a new image).


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