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Old 01-23-2018, 06:29 PM   #1
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LeMaker Banana Pro and Slackware ARM


Hi, I recfefently got a Banana Pro from LeMaker and would like to know if somebody have an advise on how to put Slackware ARM on it ?

Anybody knows if Slackware ARM can boot on that thingy or is it needed to build a special kernel or anything else ?

Any advisec on where to start ?
 
Old 01-23-2018, 06:30 PM   #2
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Here is the product details:

http://www.lemaker.org/product-banan...ification.html
 
Old 01-24-2018, 12:15 AM   #3
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ftp://ftp.arm.slackware.com/slackwar...L_BANANAPI.TXT
 
Old 01-24-2018, 06:37 AM   #4
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Perfect, will take a look, thanks for the info, I dont know how I have not noticed that.
 
Old 01-27-2018, 07:16 AM   #5
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Anything else, just drop it here?
 
Old 01-27-2018, 09:29 AM   #6
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Sure, I am buying a USB TTL cable to connect to my banana pro, in some way I can not make it work with other distros.
SD card is ok as it boots without problem on a raspberrypi1 and 3 and same power supply too. I want to see what
the bananapro says during power up, its a brand new, never used it.
 
Old 01-27-2018, 12:07 PM   #7
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SD card is ok as it boots without problem on a raspberrypi1 and 3 and same power supply too. I want to see what the bananapro says during power up, its a brand new, never used it.
Just be aware that SD cards may run Slackware ARM on some devices without any problems. While the same SD card on other devices may cause you problems.

I have very much first hand experience of this with Samsung EVO cards on the Raspberry Pi 3 running Slackware ARM. They work flawlessly on the RPi1 and RPi2, but on the RPi3 it's somewhat of a miracle if I can get Slackware ARM installed. Incidentally, Samsung EVO cards seem to work ok on the RPi3 when running Raspbian.
 
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Old 01-27-2018, 12:31 PM   #8
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Hmm, thanks for the heads up, I will try buying a new SD card also, my SD is Kingston btw. Anyway the reason I want to get the TTL cable is exactly this to see probably some more info on why it doesnt go further. I am very doubtful that I bought a bricked thing. Although is it possible, but it is worth investigating a bit more.
 
Old 01-27-2018, 02:50 PM   #9
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maybe look up : this thread
or this one?
 
Old 01-27-2018, 04:09 PM   #10
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Hmm, probably worth a try. Many thanks !
 
Old 01-28-2018, 02:20 PM   #11
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Just be aware that SD cards may run Slackware ARM on some devices without any problems. While the same SD card on other devices may cause you problems.

I have very much first hand experience of this with Samsung EVO cards on the Raspberry Pi 3 running Slackware ARM. They work flawlessly on the RPi1 and RPi2, but on the RPi3 it's somewhat of a miracle if I can get Slackware ARM installed. Incidentally, Samsung EVO cards seem to work ok on the RPi3 when running Raspbian.
This is a very important post, even if a little off-topic. Thanks for your feedback Penthux! I've been also mainly using Samsung EVO cards on a few Raspberry Pi2 boards and they run very well, superior speed/access time compared to any other cards I tried.
On other non-Raspberry boards I played with, I had some issues with these Samsung EVO cards and the only ones I found generally compatible and stable performing (although lazier than Samsung EVO) were Sandisk Ultra Class 10 - I usually find only the white labeled ones (Adafruit also likes them):
https://cdn-shop.adafruit.com/1200x900/1583-04.jpg
https://cdn-shop.adafruit.com/1200x900/2692-00.jpg

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Old 01-29-2018, 02:16 AM   #12
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This is a very important post, even if a little off-topic. Thanks for your feedback Penthux!
Until I start talking about Kate Upton's anatomy, it's not off-topic.

I wouldn't say it was very important, but it's worth bearing in mind. You don't know how any SD card is going to perform until you've tried it. Plus you can generally get a problematic card to work flawlessly with other ARM OS on the same devices or the same OS on other devices. Sometimes manufacturers change components, or chips, and the card brand/version you once depended on for being reliable isn't anymore, for no obvious reason(s). I've found this a lot with Verbatim and PNY SD Cards on the Raspberry Pi's - as a consequence I don't use these cards anymore.

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I've been also mainly using Samsung EVO cards on a few Raspberry Pi2 boards and they run very well, superior speed/access time compared to any other cards I tried.
On the Raspberry Pi 1 & 2 I would agree that Samsung EVO or Pro/Pro Plus cards are the best. I use them exclusively on these devices.

On the Raspberry Pi 3, I have found Kingston UHS-I U3 cards are hard to beat for speed and reliability.

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On other non-Raspberry boards I played with, I had some issues with these Samsung EVO cards and the only ones I found generally compatible and stable performing (although lazier than Samsung EVO) were Sandisk Ultra Class 10 - I usually find only the white labeled ones (Adafruit also likes them):
https://cdn-shop.adafruit.com/1200x900/1583-04.jpg
https://cdn-shop.adafruit.com/1200x900/2692-00.jpg
The Orange Pi Plus seems to accept any and all micro SD cards. I haven't found a bad one yet, unless it was already faulty, or so cheap it was unbranded.

The Hummingboard range are a bit of a hit-n-miss affair regarding micro SD cards, but I've found Samsung EVO work well with Slackware ARM on these devices.

Now then. Kate Upton has the most gorgeous... <snip>
 
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:54 PM   #13
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Until I start talking about Kate Upton's anatomy, it's not off-topic.
Now why would you mention that? ... oh dear...

You're right, they change the microcontrollers on these memory cards, especially the fabless companies, that's why I tried to stick with the Samsung EVO (Samsung has their own factory) and considered them universally compatible until I noticed that the Sandisk ones are better and also learned about your experience now. I have my reservations with Kingston as I had a lot of failures with their cards under heavy usage, I use/like their RAM modules though.

You should put you valuable experience somewhere where it gets more visibility - maybe start a new thread / post it in the Slackware ARM HW related docs / sarpi /fatdog sites.

Now, back to LeMaker (big) Banana Pro

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