[Gta04-owner] GTA04A5 charging?

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Thu Jul 13 14:28:25 CEST 2017

Am 13.07.2017 um 06:33 schrieb H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>:

Hi Rainer,

> Am 12.07.2017 um 16:58 schrieb Rainer Blome <rainer.blome at gmx.de>:
> This issue comes up so often that I wonder if anything can be done to fundamentally avoid it. 
> The auto-boot voltage level should be high enough so that full boot is likely to succeed before the boot process itself drops voltage to the power-off level, no? Sounds like the level at which the system auto-boots is currently too low, at least for some batteries.
> Can the auto-boot voltage level be changed?

No. Or well, it can * after* the first successful boot. But it is reset to hardware defaults after removing the battery.

> Another avenue might be a separate OS instance that boots fast enough, 
> dedicated to charging only. Many Android systems use this technique, and successfully so, it seems to me.

There is indeed a known trick: switch the charger to 500mA capability in U-Boot (or even MLO), i.e. within the first 5 seconds.
Then, the GTA04 can run continuously from USB charger (drawing ca. 400mA from the 500mA provided).

We even have some disabled fragment sitting in our U-Boot and an issue report for this:



In earlier U-Boot/MLO we had another patch:


But this was never worked out or tested. AFAIR it did *not* work as in the source code.

And it needs someone who wants to write and debug a patch.


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