Banana Pro

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The Banana Pro (also often referred to as Banana Pi Pro) is a SBC from the manufacturer LeMaker. You can see the specifications here. By now, this article only covers the installation using the tarball, which is very similar to the installation of the Banana Pi.

This article is very similar to the Banana Pi, though the description there doesn't apply fully to the Banana Pro. Also, users have to be familiar with installing an Arch system (Partitioning, formatting, etc.), as this will only cover the installation of the base system. Further configuration won't be covered here.

Note:
  • The device is not officially supported by the ALARM project, i.e. please refrain from submitting patches, feature requests or bug reports for it.
  • Ensure to install the root file system on the first partition, otherwise it will not boot. (e.g. sda1, sdb1, ...).

Installation

Install base system to a SD card

Zero the beginning of the SD card (sdX):

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1M count=8

Download the root filesystem, bootloader and the required .scr file (will be saved in your current working directory):

# wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-armv7-latest.tar.gz
# wget http://pkgbuild.com/~tredaelli/alarm/bananapro/boot/u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin
# wget http://pkgbuild.com/~tredaelli/alarm/bananapro/boot/boot.scr

Use fdisk to partition the SD card:

# fdisk /dev/sdX

and format it:

# mkfs.ext4 -O ^metadata_csum,^64bit /dev/sdX1

Create a mountpoint if needed and mount the root partition, on which Arch Linux will be installed later on. Replace sdX with the device name of your SD card. (e.g. sdc)

# mkdir <mountpoint>
# mount /dev/sdX1 <mountpoint>

Extract the root file system to the root partition of your SD card:

# bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-armv7-latest.tar.gz -C <mountpoint>

Copy the bootloader (u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin) and boot file:

# dd if=/path/to/u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=8
# cp /path/to/boot.scr <mountpoint>/boot
# umount <mountpoint>
Note: It is very important to dd the .bin file in the first place (before copying the .scr file)! Doing otherwise may lead to denial of boot.

After inserting the SD card into the slot on the bottom, your Banana Pro should boot properly and prompt you with a console.

Install base system to a SD card and SATA/USB device

Note: Do not partition your SD card in this procedure.

This part covers the procedure of installing your system on a SATA/USB device. The only required part of the system, that has to be on the SD card, is the bootloader. The other parts may reside on an external device. In the following, sdX represents your SD card and sdY represents the SATA/USB device.

Zero the beginning of the SD card:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1M count=8

Download the required files if you have not done it already:

# wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-armv7-latest.tar.gz
# wget http://pkgbuild.com/~tredaelli/alarm/bananapro/boot/u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin
# wget http://pkgbuild.com/~tredaelli/alarm/bananapro/boot/boot.scr

Install the bootloader to the (whole) SD card:

# dd if=/path/to/u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=8                       

You can eject the SD card now, if you want.

Use fdisk to partition the SATA/USB device:

# fdisk /dev/sdY

and format it:

# mkfs.ext4 -O ^metadata_csum,^64bit /dev/sdY1

Create a mountpoint if needed and mount the root partition. Again, sdY1 is the root partition of the SATA/USB device (sdY), on which Arch Linux will be installed.

# mount /dev/sdY1 <mountpoint>
# bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-armv7-latest.tar.gz -C <mountpoint>
# cp /path/to/boot.scr <mountpoint>/boot
# umount <mountpoint>

This whole guide is inspired by the installation procedure for the OlinuXino Lime2 with a few adaptations.

Network

The network is by default configured by systemd-networkd.

LAN

Ethernet will work out of the box when connected to a DHCP server.

WLAN

To become wlan working you have to install the needed firmware and WPA supplicant which uses the kernel module brcmfmac.

# pacman -S firmware-ap6210 wpa_supplicant

Login

These are the default logins for a new installation.

Type Username Password
Root root root
User alarm alarm

The root account is locked by default for SSH login. Login as normal user and use su - to become root.

See also