1. Download u-boot files for Armbian
Download the u-boot file for the corresponding memory version of LicheePi 4A from the Action or Releases section of chainsx/thead-u-boot.
2. Flash u-boot to EMMC (required)
If there is a DIP switch, set it to EMMC mode. Press the BOOT button on the board and connect lpi4a to the computer using a data cable. Then perform the following operations:
sudo fastboot flash ram ./firmware/u-boot-with-spl.bin sudo fastboot reboot sleep 10 sudo fastboot flash uboot ./firmware/u-boot-with-spl.bin
For installation of drivers, refer to the Sipeed official Wiki.
3. Flash the system
Option 1: Flash the system to an SD card
You can use Etcher or other software.
Option 2: Flash the system to EMMC
(1) Use the UMS (USB Mass Storage) feature of u-boot (experimental):
Interrupt the u-boot countdown by pressing `Ctrl^C` when counting down using the serial port to enter the u-boot command line, then enter the following command:
ums 0 mmc 0
The EMMC will be mapped as a USB Mass Storage device on the computer, and you can use Etcher or other software to flash it.
(2) After booting from the SD card, use the
dd command to copy the Armbian image to the EMMC.
4. Support status
It is recommended to use the legacy version based on T-Head SDK.
The edge version based on the mainline currently does not support the SD card slot and can only drive a single core of the CPU.
Make sure to check flashing guide!
Enable 3D Acceleration (Ubuntu variant only):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:liujianfeng1994/panfork-mesa sudo add-apt-repository ppa:liujianfeng1994/rockchip-multimedia sudo apt update sudo apt dist-upgrade sudo apt install mali-g610-firmware rockchip-multimedia-config # In order to install additional packages with hardware acceleration support like chromium sudo apt install chromium-browser
Check this link to see what software supports hardware acceleration:
In order to enable 3D acceleration on Kodi: