[Gta04-owner] [Tinkerphones] Progress GTA04 and Letux OS

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Wed Dec 20 18:40:27 CET 2017


Hi Thierry,

> Am 20.12.2017 um 09:23 schrieb tgrauss <tgrauss at f-gp.eu>:
> 
> Hello,
> 
> 
> 
> Thank you for the detailed information :)
> 
> You wrote about trying to compile qtmoko. I read some months ago that you had some success with it even if you didn't manage to fully compile it yet.
> 
Unfortunately such experiments take a lot of time blocking the host machine...
So they must wait until nothing else is urgent. But when is this :)
> Do you have a procedure (like below to install the Uboot) to be able to compile qtmoko like you did and so that we can try to fix the last issues on it ?
> 
Well, my last attempt simply followed exactly what Radek described:

https://github.com/radekp/qtmoko/blob/master/README

There are also some scripts which tryto automate this prosa description, but I am not sure if they represent the last attempt:

http://git.goldelico.com/?p=gta04-qtmoko.git;a=tree;f=goldelico;h=adbafe59ea1043c735bb85ec6dd1f77e2831b5a0;hb=166b3bcf5d53589a2c00752df7e10e54709551fe

If I remember correctly, build failed because of two issues:
* mounting loopback multiple times didn't work properly on my host (an i386 Debian inside Virtual Box)
* the download of the required/assumed cross-gcc did not work (version is no longer available in embedian and I am not sure if/how it can be built from sources)
> I would love to be able to use it as my daily phone :)
> 
Me too!

BR,
Nikolaus

> 
> Many thanks
> 
> 
> 
> Regards
> 
> 
> 
> Thierry
> 
> Le 2017-12-19 20:40, H. Nikolaus Schaller a écrit :
> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>>> Am 19.12.2017 um 18:51 schrieb Neil Jerram <neil at ossau.homelinux.net <mailto:neil at ossau.homelinux.net>>:
>>> 
>>> On 19/12/17 09:57, H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> What you should do: update your U-Boot in NAND.
>>>> 
>>>> To do this, use makesd gta04 / makesd gta04a5 to format
>>>> a "production image" SD card (dual partition). Insert
>>>> into your GTA04, press the AUX button and insert the
>>>> battery. This will flash the new U-Boot into NAND
>>>> (red screen) and from that moment on you have this new
>>>> feature in your U-Boot and can use the SD card for other
>>>> things.
>>> 
>>> Please could give us a reference to more detailed instructions for doing this?  I'm sorry, it's a while now since I last worked on my GTA04, but I am very interested to get this improvement in place, so many thanks to you and Andreas.
>> 
>> Ok, let's try (I hope I did not forget anything):
>> 
>> 1. get an µSD card yo do not need otherwise with at least 2GB
>> 2. plug into some SD card reader on a Linux host
>>    a recent Debian or Ubuntu is recommended
>>    It could even be the GTA04 if you manage to connect the SD reader through OTG and set up WLAN
>>    I currently use the OMAP5432EVM with Letux-OS
>> 3. find out which device name the SD card has (usually something like /dev/sdb)
>> 4. follow instructions at http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-makesd/ <http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-makesd/>
>> 
>>     wget -O makesd "http://git.goldelico.com/?p=gta04-makesd.git;a=blob_plain;hb=HEAD;f=makesd <http://git.goldelico.com/?p=gta04-makesd.git;a=blob_plain;hb=HEAD;f=makesd>"
>>     chmod +x makesd
>> 
>> 5. run (change /dev/sdb to your SD card reader if needed) as root
>> 
>>     DEV=/dev/sdb makesd gta04
>> 
>>    or
>> 
>>     DEV=/dev/sdb makesd gta04a5
>> 
>> 6. Insert µSD into your GTA04
>> 7. press the AUX button and keep pressed
>> 8. insert the battery (well, it should have been charged a little before)
>> 9. GTA04 should boot and the screen should turn red after some seconds
>> 10. take out battery and install your old µSD card (if you had one)
>> 11. boot as usual
>> 12. wipe out the µSD for reflashing if you do not want to store it
>> 
>> If anything fails, please cry for help :)
>> 
>> BR and good luck,
>> Nikolaus
>> 
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