Getting Started with M64

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Introduction

BPI-M64

Overview: BPI-M64 respbian linux
  Banana Pi BPI-M64 is a 64-bit quad-core mini single board computer. It features 2GB of RAM and 8GB eMMC. It also has onboard WiFi and BT. On the ports side, the BPI-M64 has 2 USB A 2.0 ports, 1 USB OTG port, 1 HDMI port, 1 audio jack, and lastly a DC power port. The processor is pin-to-pin comptialbe with R18, so it comes with two versions:M64 and M64-R18

A64 Key Features

  • 1.2 Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor-A64
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 8G EMMC
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
  • WiFi (AP6212) & Bluetooth

R18 Key Features

  • 1.2 Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor-R18
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 8G EMMC
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
  • WiFi (AP6212) & Bluetooth

Development

Basic Development

Prepare to develop

 * Prepare 8G/above TF card, USB-Serial interface, PC with Ubuntu System
 * Using your USB-Serial Connect debug console on M64

Load your first image on M64

 1.You could download latest image from our forum
 
 2.Install bpi-tools on your system
 * apt-get install pv
 * curl -sL https://github.com/BPI-SINOVOIP/bpi-tools/raw/master/bpi-tools | sudo -E bash
 
 3.After you download the image, insert your TF card into your Ubuntu
 * Execute "bpi-copy xxx.img /dev/sdx" to install image on your TF card.
 
 4.After step 3, then you can insert your TF card into M64, and press power button setup M64

Load your first image on M64 EMMC

 * Run your M64 with TF card
 * Copy "xxx-sd-emmc-xxx.img.zip / xxx-sd-emmc-xxx.img" to your USB disk
 * Plug your USB disk in M2U
 * After M64 recognise USB disk, execute "bpi-copy xxx-sd-emmc-xxx.img.zip / xxx-sd-emmc-xxx.img" to install image on EMMC
 * Then power off M64, take TF card out, power on M64

Advanced Development

How to build uboot & kernel

Install tools

LCD 5" & LCD 7"

  • Execute "bpi-bootsel", you'll see a list of boot files
  • Find "BPI_A64_LCD7.img.gz"
  • Then execute "bpi-bootsel /usr/lib/u-boot/bananapi/bpi-m64/u-boot-with-dtb-bpi-m64-lcd7-8k.img.gz"
 A64 bootsel lcd7.png

Touch screen

GMAC

Use iperf3 to test gmac

1. On PC Terminal:

  • Execute "iperf3 -s"

2. On M2U console:

  • TCP test: "iperf3 -c serverIP"
  • UDP test: "iperf3 -u -c serverIP"

A64 Gmac test.png

Bluetooth

  • Use bluetoothctl tool to operate BT
  • Execute "bluetoothctl"
  • If you don't know how to use bluetoothctl, type "help", you will see more commands
  • Execute these commands:

A64 bluetooth.png

WiFi on A64

WiFi Client

You have two ways to setup WiFi Client

1. Use commands to setup WiFi client

  • ip link set wlan0 up
  • iw dev wlan0 scan | grep SSID
  • vim /etc/wpasupplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
  • network={ ssid="ssid" psk="password" priority=1 }
  • wpa_supplicant -B -dd -i wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
  • dhclient wlan0

2. Use UI interface to setup WiFi Client

Clear boot

Camara function

We use HDF5640 camara.

Ov5640 camara.png

Guvcview

  • Use your UI interface to operate camara
  • Applications -> Sound & Video -> guvcview

Shell

  • We also have built-in command in "/usr/local/bin" to test camara
  • "./test_ov5640_image_mode.sh" to test picture taking function
  • "./cameratest.sh" to test video recording function

IR function

  • Execute "getevent"
  • Use your IR device to send information to A64

WringPi

RGB 1602 LCD

  • Execute "/usr/local/bin/bpi_test_lcd1602.sh"

0.96 Inch OLED Display

  • Execute "/usr/local/bin/bpi_test_52pi.sh"

8x8 RGB LED Martix

  • Firstly you need a GPIO Extend Board for 8x8 LED Martix

WringPi LED Martix Extend Board.png

  • Execute "/usr/local/bin/bpi_test_gpio40.sh"

File System

  • read only system change to read & write mode: "mount -o remount,rw /"

FAQ