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Boot the Meles

Prepare

Necessary

  • Meles
  • eMMC larger than 16GB
  • Power supply
    • The Meles is powered by a Type-C port with an input voltage of 5V.

Optional

  • USB to TTL serial cable
  • Ethernet cable
    • Meles supports Internet access via WIFI or Ethernet.
    • Ethernet cables are used to connect the Meles to the local network and the Internet.
  • USB Type A to Type C Cable
    • Required to use the fastboot command to burn an image into the EMMC.
  • USB Keyboard and Mouse
    • The Meles features four USB-A ports and can be equipped with a full-size keyboard and mouse.
  • Monitor and HDMI cable
    • The Meles is equipped with a full-size HDMI connector. It is recommended to use a monitor that supports HDMI.
    • Supports up to 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolution.

Download images and tools

You need to use the fasboot utility to burn the image into the eMMC.

  • Commands for installing the fasboot utility on Linux: sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb.

You will need to download the following three files:

  • u-boot-with-spl-meles-4g.bin or u-boot-with-spl-meles.bin
    • Choose according to the meles memory size, 4G choose u-boot-with-spl-meles-4g.bin, 8G choose u-boot-with-spl-meles.bin
  • boot-meles-20240417_155900.ext4
  • root-meles-20240417_155900.ext4

Download the system image from Resources Download.

Write images

Here are the steps on how to burn an image to an eMMC using the fasboot utility on a Linux system, If you want to boot with an SD card, click here: Install an image to MicroSD Card.

  • First snap the EMMC into the slot on the back of the meles

Install-eMMC

  • Use the Type-A to Type-C cable to connect the meles to the PC.

    • Type-A port connects to the PC's Type-A port, and Type-C port connects to the meles' Type-C port.
  • The following steps need to be performed to put the Meles into burn mode

    • Press and hold the Meles Download Button
    • Reconnect to Type-C port
    • Release the Download Button

Download Button

  • Enter the following command to view the PC side and the device will appear
$ lsusb | grep T-HEAD
Bus 001 Device 045: ID 2345:7654 T-HEAD USB download gadget
  • Execute the following command to start burning
    • The u-boot-with-spl.bin file is divided into u-boot-with-spl-meles-4g.bin and u-boot-with-spl-meles.bin, depending on the memory size of the meles you have.
    • 4G choose u-boot-with-spl-meles-4g.bin, 8G choose u-boot-with-spl-meles.bin
$ fastboot flash ram u-boot-with-spl-meles.bin
$ fastboot reboot
$ sleep 5
$ fastboot flash uboot u-boot-with-spl-meles.bin
$ fastboot flash boot boot-meles-20240417_155900.ext4
$ fastboot flash root root-meles-20240417_155900.ext4
  • The following figure represents a successful burn-in

Write Success

Power on

Connect the Meles with a Type-C cable using an adapter (5V) and a HDMI cable to screen.

When the system boots up, the screen Meles is connected to will show the Debian desktop.

Troubleshooting

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