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Re: Debian Installer on Pine64+ (no serial console)

Hi Andrei,

Did you get any answer on this?  I’m thinking of replacing my armel hardware (a couple of OpenRD boxes and a SheevaPlug) with something more modern, and the Pine64+ looks like a good candidate, but I’ll need to be able to install Debian.

More general question —  What is the status of support for the ARM64 at this point in time?  Is there an on-going project that I can help test?


> On May 1, 2019, at 9:27 AM, Andrei POPESCU <andreimpopescu@gmail.com> wrote:
> [I seem to recall a previous discussion about this but can't find it 
> anymore]
> Hi,
> I've been trying to install Debian on the Pine64+ using the Debian 
> Installer (Buster RC1).
> This is mostly for educational/backup purposes as I already have a 
> working buster installed with debootstrap.
> To make things more interesting, I don't have serial console, only a 
> HDMI screen (TV), USB keyboard and internet access.
> Steps
> 1. Write pine64_plus.img.gz to an SD card
> 2. Write an .iso to a USB stick (I used the netinst)
> 3. Boot from the SD card with the USB stick inserted
> The system boots, successfully probes the USB stick and displays the 
> GRUB menu on the HDMI output (with some strange characters instead of 
> bars, but still readable).
> At this point I'm stuck because the USB keyboard is not active 
> (something missing in GRUB?) and GRUB has no timeout.
> As the filesystem on the stick is ISO9660 I also don't know of an easy 
> method to edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg to add a timeout (I'm assuming the 
> USB keyboard will work as soon as the D-I kernel is booted).
> In theory it should also be possible (and nicer) to just create some 
> filesystem on the SD card (writing the image already creates a 
> partition) and copy the necessary files to start D-I there (which 
> ones?).
> Suggestions?
> Kind regards,
> Andrei
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