HCL:BananaPi M2+

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The Banana Pi M2+ is a mini size development board (65mm*65mm) Allwinner H3 SoC.

BananaPi M2+

Technical Data

  • Alwinner Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 H3
    • 4x ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.296GHz
    • Mali400 MP2 @ 600Mhz
  • 8GB eMMC onboard
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet Port
  • WiFi and BlueTooth onboard
  • MicroSD card connector
  • USB OTG Port
  • 2 USB Host connectors
  • HDMI, LIRC, Camera Interface
  • 40-pin expansion header

Writing a disk image to the SD card

  1. Download the image you want (Leap is stable, Tumbleweed is rolling) from here:
    JeOS image E20 image XFCE image LXQT image GNOME image KDE image X11 image

    If the direct links above do not work for you, please check the general download directory for the images.

  2. As root extract the image onto your SD card (replace sdX with the device name of your SD card).
    WARNING: all previous data on the SD card will be lost. Check first if the device you have selected is really your SD card!
     xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX iflag=fullblock oflag=direct; sync
  3. Insert the SD card with the openSUSE image into your board.
  4. Connect the board to your PC via serial port (optional, but helpful for debugging; USB-TTL serial cable needed).
  5. Connect the board to your monitor (via DVI/HDMI, optional).
  6. Power on the board.
  7. Walk through the first boot steps.
  8. Ethernet is configured to request an IP via DHCP, check your DHCP server for the board IP if used.
  9. Have a lot of fun...
Default login is root:linux, works on serial console, via ssh, GUI.

Enable Wifi and Bluetooth Support

The onboard Wifi and Bluetooth implemented by a AP6212 module. This needs a firmware loaded which is provided by the kernel-firmware package. To enable it a symlink needs to be added:

cd /lib/firmware/brcm
ln -s brcmfmac43430-sdio.AP6212.txt.xz brcmfmac43430-sdio.sinovoip,bpi-m2-plus.txt.xz