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    Hi all,
    is there any other possibility how to boot without Kermit app?
    I’m using VoidLinux distribution and there is no Kermit, C-Kermit app. 🙁

    Oh… what a fail :-/
    I’ve just scrolled down on this page, and I see that there is Minicom app which is in VoidLinux so I’ll try it 😉


    Can someone tell me, how can I boot over U-Boot from minicom?
    1. I did copy whole image of Archlinux to SD card as mentioned here: http://wiki.espressobin.net/tiki-index.php?page=Boot+from+removable+storage+-+ArchLinux
    2. Insert SD card to SD card slot.
    3. Plugin 12V
    4. Plugin USB to my PC (VoidLinux).
    5. There is some output from starting EspressoBin but I can’t write anything there:

    I’ve tried “Echo” function from MiniCom app, but it’s not possible to insert there normal text, I can delete whole output and if I write some comands after “Marvell>” there is no response.

    Can anyone help me please?

    Wayne Yang

    Have you ever tried other PC? I try putty on windows system and follow the instruction, system is able to boot up normally. I think your issue is related to PC setting.


    No, I haven’t tried another PC, I just tried it at home. I can try it on Fedora22 (work PC), but I think that it isn’t problem of the PC.


    I had some trouble with minicom. Then I remembered that screen does serial connections as well and is simpler and easier in my experience. Worked perfect for me. Just do
    sudo screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200


    Cool man, I’ll check it.

    I’ve tried to boot from Windows manchine and it works. I’m going to switch it back to Linux 😛


    Text from https://pastebin.com/2rYyChgi `
    Welcome to minicom 2.7.1

    OPTIONS: I18n
    Compiled on Apr 18 2017, 20:09:48.
    Port /dev/ttyUSB0, 21:47:55

    Press CTRL-A Z for help on special keys

    Booting Trusted Firmware
    BL1: v1.2(release):armada-17.02.0:
    BL1: Built : 09:42:03, Jun 2 2NOTICE: BL2: v1.2(release):armada-17.02.0:
    NOTICE: BL2: Built : 09:42:04, Jun 2 20NOTICE: BL31: v1.2(release):armada-17.02.0:
    NOTICE: BL31:

    U-Boot 2015.01-armada-17.02.0-g8128e91 (Jun 02 2017 – 09:41:51)

    I2C: ready
    DRAM: 2 GiB
    Board: DB-88F3720-ESPRESSOBin
    CPU @ 1000 [MHz]
    L2 @ 800 [MHz]
    TClock @ 200 [MHz]
    DDR @ 800 [MHz]
    Comphy-0: PEX0 2.5 Gbps
    Comphy-1: USB3 5 Gbps
    Comphy-2: SATA0 5 Gbps
    Now running in RAM – U-Boot at: 7ff2b000
    U-Boot DT blob at : 000000007fa18168
    SF: Detected W25Q32DW with page size 256 Bytes, erase size 4 KiB, total 4 MiB
    PCIE-0: Link up (Gen1-x1 2.5GHz, Bus0)
    SCSI: SATA link 0 timeout.
    AHCI 0001.0300 32 slots 1 ports 6 Gbps 0x1 impl SATA mode
    flags: ncq led only pmp fbss pio slum part sxs
    Net: neta0
    Hit any key to stop autoboot: 0
    *** ERROR: `serverip’ not set
    *** ERROR: `serverip’ not set
    Bad Linux ARM64 Image magic!



    Hit any key to stop autoboot: 0
    *** ERROR: `serverip’ not set
    *** ERROR: `serverip’ not set
    Bad Linux ARM64 Image magic!

    was an error and board side, not at the side of terminal emulator.


    @stappers – as you can see from my comment I wrote, that I couldn’t type there anything.
    Fortunately @cuddlepuncher helped me with screen and it works like a charm 😉


    So the actual error was “can’t type anything”.

    The change in terminal emulator to get it working,
    was most likely a change to a terminal emulator that doesn’t check CTS/RTS.
    (CTS Clear To Send, RTS Request To Send )

    In minicom it can be disabled by setting “Hardware Flow Control: No”
    at serial port settings.


    putty works with serial port, and I used it to setup the initial u-boot.

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