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DanielV

Dual-boot Armbian + Android

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Hello everyone! it is possible to make dual-boot between Armbian and a Android custom rom on Orange pi pc (h3)? I have only a sandisk extreme 64gb U3. I haven't other cards where to put Armbian and Android separated.
Thanks in advance!

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While it's possible in theory, it's not supported in practice. Armbian for H3 relies on mainline u-boot and SPL, so unless you can properly chainload one u-boot from the other or manage to load legacy kernel + script.bin from the legacy u-boot, you won't be able to easily switch between the systems.

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I think that KotCzarny from IRC (#linux-sunxi @ freenode) managed to boot Android (compiled by him) using mainline U-Boot. However, HDMI needed some special kernel command line option to be set in U-Boot in order to work. I'm not sure if just any Android version would work. Additionally, you would need HDMI patches for U-Boot and enable boot selection user interface in build config file.

 

It is doable but not something I would like to spent time on.

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