VIM3 with Ubuntu bionic + Touch screen TS050

Here is the uart log from Android.
Pastebin There might be somethings missing in this as the audit keeps spamming.
The above is when I connect only TS050 to Vim3.

Here is Linux 4.9 without the update on TS050 without hdmi connecting.

From the log, I don’t think you use the right image.

Your kernel information, It’s NOT V190830 release.

[    0.000000] Linux version 4.9.186 (khadas@d27a8e5af0df) (gcc version 7.3.1 20180425 [linaro-7.3-2018.05 revision d29120a424ecfbc167ef90065c0eeb7f91977701] (Linaro GCC 7.3-2018.05) ) #12 SMP PREEMPT Tue Aug 13 11:06:23 CST 2019

The correct kernel information should be:

[    0.000000@0] Linux version 4.9.190 (khadas@d27a8e5af0df) (gcc version 7.3.1 20180425 [linaro-7.3-2018.05 revision d29120a424ecfbc167ef90065c0eeb7f91977701] (Linaro GCC 7.3-2018.05) ) #51 SMP PREEMPT Fri Aug 30 11:44:18 CST 2019

And the release information:

root@Khadas:~# cat /etc/fenix-release 

Can you try the right image ?

Sure trying this tonight. What about the Android pie V191101 logs I shared above which doesn’t respond at all on ts050.

I will try and get back to you. Thanks for the support

Ignore this version, there is no LCD support. Will release the dual screen image next time for Android.


Hey. Thanks for the correct version.

Its working fine now. I will test it and then try to port the drivers to mainline, If I can.
Just to inform you. I tried to run kodi on ts050 and it doesnt seem to display anything can just see the blurred cursor. Also is there anyway to rotate the display and use it in landscape?

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Kodi can’t work with the LCD, seems related to the resolution…

It’s very easy for mainline kernel to rotate the display. But for 4.9, I haven’t find a way to do this for Desktop…(no drm support)

The Android Firmware support the TS050 now.


Can I assume that VIM3/VIM3L will never support the TS050 on mainline ? Amlogic doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to upgrade from the ancient 4.9 kernel (which doesn’t support .NET Core 3.X on ARM64 Linux - only from 4.14 onwards) and the mainline work on the Amlogic support doesn’t even plan MIPI-DSI support (probably to do with licensing issues imposed by the MIPI consortium). So, unless Amlogic gives us an updated kernel, we’re stuck. Correct ?

Bottom line for us : with the Khadas LCD not working on anything > 4.9 and the HDMI output locked to 1920x1080 without any view on how to change that (even after hours reading in forums) which rules out every small HDMI LCD display, we can throw the VIM3L in the bin while it was our first choice to build an embedded device around. .NET Core 3 support is indispensible though for our use case.

I have the impression that all companies bringing new SBCs to the market just quote the hardware specs without even considering if there will ever be decent software support to enable those wonderful specs so they can support the true use case of SBCs : embedded devices. Nobody is counting on these boards to be a full desktop replacement. => HTPC is the only real use case that makes sense… Just my 2 cents…

I can’t deny this but as it says it is a DIY device for the users to get things working as per their requirements.

If you see any other SBC they’re all using legacy kernel and not using mainline. Mainline is only maintained by the community users.

I was planning on looking into porting lcd from 4.9 to 5.4 but been very busy lately. And also I don’t have a strong knowledge of kernel development. So it will be a very slow process. If you have good knowledge in kernel development then you can help me with it.

Exactly they’re not ready to be desktop replacement as not all components have a working Linux driver, but it is getting there.

I’d love to help and I do have proper low level C development skills, but what I understood from the mainline development is that, even when looking at the roadmaps of the Amlogic support in mainline up to 5.5, DSI is mentioned as ‘not supported’. As DSI is not standardised and the specs for Amlogic are most likely only available under NDA, it’s virtually impossible for an individual to engage on this alone. I’ve done such projects in my professional carreer and it’s literally manyears of work. So, at best we can hope for 5.6 support, but as 5.4 is just out, I think we’re talking about at best 1-2 years out…
I think I’m going to revert to R-Pi, or maybe to a custum i.MX8 implementation as at least the last one has a strong backing company spending lots of money supporting their chipsets.
Problem with Amlogic, AllWinner and similar low cost SoC providers is that they really target the phone and tablet mass markets, with these SBCs being very low on the priority list to do anything with. Very understandable, but unfortunate for those hoping to build something with a relative low volume on these wonderful devices.

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Hardkernel published SoC datasheets for the N2 and S922X and A311D are pin compatible and share the same BSP sources; which are available and provide an example (prior art) that can be reworked or cribbed from. I’m not personally sure what’s involved with TS050 support but the usual scenario is that Amlogic wrote some kind of monolitic driver that will need to be deconstructed between several kernel subsystems to be done “properly” before being sent upstream. So the only thing stopping a mainline driver is time and curiosity/motivation :slight_smile:

Upstreaming it will take long time but atleast it will be good if someone who is curious to get it work on Mainline can put in sometime and effort to get it ported to mainline.

Hoping someone will take the initiative to get it ready :smiley:

Hi @numbqq Is the MIPI DSI support now available for mainline kernels now for VIM3? For kernel 5.7?

No, only support on 4.9 now.

Okay thanks @numbqq, can you tell me when can khadas plan to add MIPI support to kernel 5.7, because MIPI CSI camera is also not working in it. Or if its possible just add support to screen rotation in kernel 4.9. Its very frustrating using ubuntu in portrait mode on touchscreen. Just a light suggest to satisfy all.



Did you find a way to rotate it and use in landscape mode?

I’ve read in other Linux forums that you can do it with xrandr, but don’t have a MIPI screen yet to test it. You could give it a try

You can rotate it in server (the framebuffer console), but it is locked to portrait in 4.9
I have gone back and forth to rotate the screen, but with no luck…

however here is my experience to say, why xrandr, or arandr, won’t work in 4.9…
The mipi display is Identified as a “generic display”, to be exact (screen1), meaning system has no control over it, other than it is a video output, it is literally invisible to those two functions…

an example xrandar command would be like this…
xrandr --output eDP1 --rotate left
here you can Identify that, eDP1 is the Display output interface…

now supposed you wanted to do the same with mipi screen…
xrandr --output LVDS --rotate left

This only results in errors because, as per the system, there is no screen on the mipi port,

if you tried, xrandr --output screen1 --rotate left
also becomes an error, as that is not a valid output…

In general, using a normal DE with portrait is kinda bad, especially in a small screen like the TS050, is just not optimized, the buttons are too small to click, and it becomes cramped and unless you had something like a mobile UI, for example, Plasma mobile DE or something…

you’ll be living sideways for now…


@Electr1 you are the man (or woman :smile:), thanks for the info


very much like a housewife

Is it perhaps now possible to have both Touch Screen TS050 and HDMI connected display working at the same time?