I mostly use Manjaro XFCE as my daily desktop for development but switch to Ubuntu/Debian for packaging and testing internal apps.
After since I discovered Manjaro i3 edition, I am becoming a big fan of Manjaro i3 edition. Special thanks to @Spikerguy for all his efforts in adding the VIM3 to arm-profile.
Intent is to document here (in case I loose my sticky notes) since there is no VIM3L arm-profile yet.
Goal: Boot Manjaro i3 edition from VIM3L microSD with Android Pie installed to eMMC.
Using Manjaro Desktop. At the time of writing the VIM3 device profile is using package “linux-vim” which is good otherwise there would have been extra manual steps.
- $ pamac install manjaro-arm-installer
- Insert a card reader with microSD to your Desktop
- $sudo manjaro-arm-installer
Go through the steps to select the VIM3, i3 edition, microSD drive …
Wait for the installation to complete.
We are not done yet. If you start the VIM3L without the following changes, the VIM3L will boot loop.
- Compile the mainline u-boot using fenix for VIM3L.
And this is IMPORTANT,
Copy the u-boot.bin from fenix/build/u-boot-mainline-v2021.01/ and NOT from fenix/build/u-boot-mainline-v2021.01/fip/ to the microSD boot partition(“BOOT_MNJRO”).
Or You can download the pre-compiled u-boot from here khadas-no-fip-uboot.tar.gz (will expire after 30 days). Copy u-boot.vim3l.nofips.bin to the microSD boot partition(“BOOT_MNJRO”) and rename the file to u-boot.bin
- Replace the content of boot.ini in the boot partition(“BOOT_MNJRO”) of the microSD card with this
if fatload mmc 0:1 0x1000000 u-boot.bin; then go 0x1000000; fi;
- In the microSD boot partition(“BOOT_MNJRO”), change FDT in /extlinux/extlinux.conf to this
- Wifi Fix - In you root partition(“ROOT_MNJRO”) of microSD
$ sudo ln -s nvram_ap6398s.txt brcmfmac4359-sdio.khadas,vim3l.txt
Now you are ready to boot the VIM3L with Manjaro i3 edition.