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Giada NI-A20 - need help for old unsupported board


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Greetings! I have acquired for cheap this old board. It runs an old Android (4.x) and I'd like to run Armbian on it, but lack the knowledge to do that by myself.

The idea would be to start with booting a Linux a SD image, then attempt to install it on the onboard flash in place of Android.

The board is not for sale anymore and the manufacturer removed any mention of it from their site, however Archive.org has a copy along with related files, manuals, firmware etc:  https://web.archive.org/web/20140701064007/http://www.giadatech.com/index.php?act=pShow&id=36


The board presents itself when not in USB host mode as "SoftwinerEvb" which appears to be a tablet of some sort.


When in FEL mode it returns


USB device 001:003   Allwinner A20     1651660f:80515778:52564848:0401b1b0


I also was able to retrieve some data using adb shell:


root@android:/ # lsmod

sunxi_emac 12965 0 - Live 0x00000000
gps_power 2023 0 - Live 0x00000000
pcf8563 7808 0 - Live 0x00000000
vga_resolution 3916 1 - Live 0x00000000
rtl8150 8115 0 - Live 0x00000000
uvcvideo 54664 0 - Live 0x00000000
videobuf_dma_contig 3817 0 - Live 0x00000000
videobuf_core 15292 1 videobuf_dma_contig, Live 0x00000000
mali 115734 13 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
ump 30154 7 mali, Live 0x00000000 (O)
gpio_sunxi 6918 0 - Live 0x00000000
sun7i_ir 6559 0 - Live 0x00000000
nand 221273 12 - Live 0x00000000 (O)



dmesg output is attached.



I never tried to build a new one or adapt an existing image to a new or non supported board

and I hope to find some directions to do that without bricking this device.

I tried to read the documentation at linux-sunxi.org, but it's huge and I found hard to even

understand where to start.

Thanks for any help.









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