Kodi / XBMC for Wandboard

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How to make an Kodi (XBMC) SD card for the Wandboard

First, download the rootfs from http://download.geexbox.org/snapshots/

Choose rootfs named geexbox-devel-20150507-r7ff0910.cuboxi.tar.xz

SD card creation

About instruction:

Step 0. Prepare cross-building

Useful information for setting up cross-building can be found in the Basic board support package (on wandboard Downloads page) : read doc/wand-dev.pdf

Then setup environment in your running shell, with for example :

export ARCH=arm
export CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabi-

Also check that tools bc, lzop and git are installed on your system.

Step 1. Build u-boot bootloader

Clone u-boot from https://github.com/wandboard-org/u-boot-fslc.git

Build u-boot (we use the SPL u-boot, since that can boot on all Wandboard variants)

make wandboard_spl_defconfig

Step 2. Prepare kernel

Clone kernel source from https://github.com/wandboard-org/linux

Don't forget to select a branch :

git checkout wandboard_imx_3.10.53_1.1.0_ga

Build kernel as a zImage :

make wandboard_defconfig
make menuconfig

Change GPU driver from v3.10.53 to v3.10.17 (drivers -> mxc support drivers -> mxc vivante gpu -> gpu driver version)

make zImage

Step 3. Prepare device tree

Build kernel dtb from the same git as above ( https://github.com/wandboard-org/linux )

make imx6q-wandboard.dtb
make imx6dl-wandboard.dtb

Step 4. Partition the SD card

Partition your SD card in two partitions, but leave some space before your first partition, around 128kB is more than enough.

partition 1: 8MB for fat16 format, then set boot mode using fdisk.
partition 2: rest of size for ext4 format.

Step 5. Format SD card

Format /dev/sdx1 as FAT16 and ext4 type for /dev/sdx2.

Step 6 Make SD card bootable

Copy SPL image to the unpartitioned are before the first partition using command the command:

# sudo dd if=SPL of=/dev/sdX bs=1k seek=1 oflag=dsync

Create a directory named boot in /dev/sdx1 and copy u-boot.img, zImage, wandboard dtb files (you'll find them in arch/arm/boot/dts/) into it.

Step 7. Prepare rootfs

Extract Geexbox rootfs tar file to /dev/sdx2 from http://download.geexbox.org/snapshots/geexbox-xbmc-imx6-cuboxi/


Getting started

Log in with root / root

(login only needed on the debug console)