[Arm-dev] hikey 960?

Skorpeo Skorpeo skorpeo11 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 23:33:50 UTC 2018

Ok makes sense, just thought maybe someone has some secret sauce...  Just
for the sake of posterity here is what I was able to achieve so far:

I am able to get to the install screen using the iso after after installing
UEFI on the board but then it blanks out

I am also able to make it work using .dtb following the debian instructions
here: https://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/96Boards/HiKey960 (using
the reference kernel in the bottom in order to make stuff work - so I guess
not mainline...) and then transplanting centos aarch64 rootfs to that, i.e.
only userspace tools (I think that's the term used?).

Finally, I can't donate a board :( but being creative,  I may be able to
set up remote access to mine if that would be helpful.  I could have you
ssh into a system that is connected to its serial console (via usb).


On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 3:30 PM Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:

> On 10/25/2018 04:50 PM, Skorpeo Skorpeo wrote:
> > Has anyone been able to install centos using iso on a Hikey 960?  The
> > wiki says "The Hikey from 96boards mostly works, but setup is complex.
> > The installer currently cannot be used as one would traditionally
> expect."
> >
> > Any guides out there on how to get it to work?  I am only able to get it
> > to the initial installation menu but no further, I tried playing with
> > various kernel parameters but to no avail.
> >
> > Any guidance or suggestions would be appreciated!
> I have no idea .. if someone wants to donate a board, I'll try to figure
> it out and put the info on the wiki.
> There could be several sticking points .. are all the drivers in the
> mainline kernel.
> The main issue here is those machines are armv8 (aarch64) but they do
> not have uefi support .. that means that the standard CentOS-7 aarch64
> installer will not work.
> What you would instead need to do is BASICALLY either use armhfp (32bit)
> install .. OR create a 64bit image similar to or armhfp 32 bit images
> and then use a 64bit uboot.
> I have no idea if our uboot has 64 bit compiled software for that board
> .. and we would need to create a 64bit image (which we need to try to do
> anyway).
> One thing to keep in mind is our armhfp distro is designed for the hobby
> type boards .. BUT our aarch64 distro is designed to run on large 64bit
> UEFI arm servers, but hobby boards that don't follow the UEFI standard
> and have limited RAM (that board as 3GB), etc.
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