The Pine64 ROCK64 is a single-board computer.
- Rockchip RK3328 SoC
- 4x ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
- ARM Mali-450 MP2 GPU
- 1 / 2 / 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 16 MB SPI flash
- Micro SD card slot
- eMMC module option
- 1 Gb Ethernet
- 1x USB 3.0 host, 2x USB 2.0 host
- 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible GPIO
Installing openSUSE using an ISO
Some users reported a successful Tumbleweed installation from the (DVD or NET) installer ISO.
The ISO has been written to a microSD card, and installation performed via serial console, to the internal eMMC.
You may need to install
dtb-rockchip package, depending on your pre-installed bootloader configuration.
You can follow instructions from HCL:AArch64_EFI
Writing a disk image to the SD card
- Download the image you want (Leap is stable, Tumbleweed is rolling) from here:
If the direct links above do not work for you, please check the general download directory for the images.
- 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
- Insert the SD card with the openSUSE image into your board.
- Connect the board to your PC via serial port (optional, but helpful for debugging; USB-TTL serial cable needed).
- Connect the board to your monitor (via DVI/HDMI, optional).
- Power on the board.
- Walk through the first boot steps.
- Ethernet is configured to request an IP via DHCP, check your DHCP server for the board IP if used.
- Have a lot of fun...
Using proprietary TPL bootloader
openSUSE JeOS images are distributed with preinstalled bootloader. However, TPL (memory initialization) have appeared only in u-boot 2019.10, and some users report stability issues. Fortunately, proprietary Rockchip TPL may be easily reused instead of u-boot one if required. The bootloader consisted of opensource ITB image (available in u-boot-rock64-rk3328 package), opensource SPL image, and binary TPL image.
- Install u-boot-tools package for your host architecture:
zypper in u-boot-tools
- Download and unpack u-boot-rock64-rk3328 package with precompiled bootloader:
osc getbinaries hardware:boot u-boot:rock64-rk3328 openSUSE_Factory_ARM aarch64 rpm2cpio binaries/u-boot-rock64-rk3328-2019.07-153.1.aarch64.rpm | cpio -id
A new directory ./boot containing bootloader binaries will be created in the current directory.
- Download binary TPL binary:
git clone https://github.com/rockchip-linux/rkbin.git
Convert TPL binary into Rockchip image format:
mkimage -n rk3328 -T rksd -d rkbin/bin/rk33/rk3328_ddr_333MHz_v1.16.bin idbloader.img
mkimage tool is available in u-boot-tools package in your host system.
Append SPL binary to the end of idbloader.img image:
cat boot/u-boot-spl.bin >> idbloader.img
Use u-boot-spl.bin binary, not u-boot-spl.rksd.
Now we have the following bootloader files ready to be deployed to SD card:
- idbloader.img -- TPL/SPL image
- boot/u-boot.itb - ITB image
As root write the bootloader onto your SD card:
dd if=idbloader.img of=/dev/sdX seek=64 conv=notrunc dd if=boot/u-boot.itb of=/dev/sdX seek=16384 conv=notrunc sync