4.11. Garz & Fricke based boards

Garz & Fricke have a variety of Freescale i.MX based boards. Most boards are shipped with the redboot bootloader, newer boards are shipped with a combination of a shim (U-Boot based) non interactive loader and a Linux based rescue system called ‘Flash-N-Go’.

4.11.1. Santaro (i.MX6)

This board comes with Flash-N-Go. It boots from the internal eMMC boot0 partition. To put barebox on this board boot the system up in the Flash-N-Go system by holding the user button pressed during startup. The barebox image can be transferred via network or any other medium the Santaro supports. You can backup the original bootloader with:

cat /dev/mmcblk0boot0 > /mnt/mmcblk0boot0.backup
cat /dev/mmcblk0boot1 > /mnt/mmcblk0boot1.backup

The original bootloader can be restored by copying the backup files back to the device.

To install barebox on the board do:

echo 0 > /sys/block/mmcblk0boot0/force_ro
cat barebox-guf-santaro.img > /dev/mmcblk0boot0

The board will come up with barebox after restart. Should you end up with a nonworking barebox or otherwise brick your board this way write a mail to s.hauer@pengutronix.de. There’s a way to put the board into SD/USB boot mode, but this requires opening the case.