Linux for MK802

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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby robb01 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:21 am

Just a big thank you for the image. Works well.
Could not access (i.e. mount) the main partitions on the internal flash drive though. Have others tried/succeeded?
Had thought of installing Lubuntu to this flash drive but no install script or gparted?
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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby tucco » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:40 pm

Maybe a silly question, but: Isn't much easier install Linux onto Android using loop disk? There are even several apps in Google Play. I have installed Debian in MK802II and enjoy both Linux and Android. I use Linux for Ham Radio SDR and Android for media playing.
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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby usodimare » Sat May 18, 2013 4:17 pm

I have tried to prepare the mk802-lubuntu sdd (linux procedure) but once inserted in my mk802+ (1GB RAM, 4 GB NAND) it doesn't boot.
The sdd (nominal 16 GB) has two partitions: one 16 MB plus that with the (presumable) mk802-lubuntu image 1.7 GB.
The remaining is unused. That is surprising since the <lubuntu-1204-rikomagicuk.img> file is 7.5 GB.
May be un incorrect download? Could you kindly provide the md5 checksum for <lubuntu-1204-rikomagicuk.img> and/or that of the compressed archive <lubuntu-1204-rikomagicuk.7z>

Thank you for the assistance.

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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby rkuehn » Thu May 30, 2013 7:26 pm

Hi all,
I downloaded the image, put it on the micro SD, and it started.

Now my problems - maybe they result from my little knowledge...

Language support for German:
when trying to install language support for German, I run into an error. But as there are 4 possible reasons, I can not identify the real problem.

Wired LAN:
I bought an USB-LAN stick and now I struggle with getting it run.
Any idea or place to look for?

I realize a long reaction time of 10 or more seconds if I want to e.g. change system settings. I'm using a SanDisk mirco SD card 16GB.

Thanks in advance.


Anybody out there with similar problems and a solution?
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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby imagomundi » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:23 am

Finally I managed to install Lubuntu 12.04. on my 802 II. Works fine at first sight - but I do need GERMAN language to be able to use my keyboard with this layout.

Installed package "lightdm-gtk-greeter" as suggested but the 2 commands to enable this feature as suggested in "help" are not successful.

Could someone please give a step-by-step what to do. Are there any more packages to install - not only "lightdm-gtk-greeter"

EDIT: Two more suggestions/problems/issues: how can I install the virtual keyboard "ONBOARD"? Installation from "Ubuntu Software Center" is possible but has no real effect (keyboard does not show up).

Any chance to install a regular BT dongle and get it to work as easy as it does under Windows?

EDIT II: "ONBOARD" is now ON BOARD - remaining unsolved the German language issue and the BT dongle question
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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby poshat » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:03 pm

Bought mk802 with 1Gb. cat /dev/procinfo - CPU: a10b / sun5i.
I tried different Linux distributions for mk802, but one does not work.
I can make a specific U-Boot and kernel, but how to choose the right one.
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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby fordfasterr » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:53 pm

I have a stash of working usb drivers for the mk802. (I do not take credit for them as I did not originally compile them..)

I am using the lubuntu miniand kernel: 3.0.36-t1+ #14 PREEMPT Tue Jul 3 12:27:08 EST 2012 armv7l armv7l armv7l GNU/Linux

I was surprised to test them on several different brand usb nics and they worked without much hassle.

I recall originally downloading them from the web and doing some mods to them but anyway they are attached...

The most recent usb_nic I used was a dm9601 based unit (shows up in lsusb as: 0fe6:9700 Kontron (Industrial Computer Source / ICS Advent) DM9601 Fast Ethernet Adapter)...
lsusb shows it like this:

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Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0fe6:9700 Kontron (Industrial Computer Source / ICS Advent) DM9601 Fast Ethernet Adapter

You will need to create at least 1 directory to get them in the right place (see the readme.txt file in the attachment) then just issue this command as root or sudo...

modprobe dm9601

You should be able to see the driver loaded using this command: lsmod

(here is a shot of mine..)

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root@miniand:~# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
8192cu                512561  0
qf9700                  8827  0
dm9601                  9126  0
usbnet                 25687  2 qf9700,dm9601
usb_net drivers for mk802 Linux (ubuntu)
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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby ritvvijparrikh » Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:23 am


Hello Guys, I am a newbie. I have a MK802 IV with 2GB RAM. I downloaded the Ubuntu Distr (1.5 GB) on the first page of this discussion. I then followed the steps as described for MAC:

1. diskUtil unmountdisk /dev/__

2. sudo dd if=lubuntu-1204-rikomagicuk.img of=/dev/[INSERT YOUR SD DISK NO HERE]

The step two took almost 1.5 - 2 hours and then finally it said its done. I attached the SD Card (8GB) to the MK802 and started it. Sadly, it went to Android instead of Ubuntu. Why did it not boot for me?

Can someone please advice?
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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby andykirby » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:27 am

The steps for installing linux on the MK802 III,IIIS and IV are different to the mk802. It involves flashing a linux kernel to the recovery partition of the NAND.

Also the SD card images will be different.

Linux for MK802IV is still in development and a guide will be posted soon. Meanwhile you can read these threads to get an idea of how it works and how linux is progressing with the mk802IV



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Re: Linux for MK802

Postby ritvvijparrikh » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:52 am

Oops! I spent last 2-3 days downloading different IMG files and trying to get them working on MK802 IV. Thank you so much. I am really really eager to run Ubuntu on my MK802 IV and then a development environment for my projects up on it. I will wait for the release of an easier to install Ubuntu for MK802 IV. Do you have an expected timeline? E.g. in next 1 month, 2 months, 6 months, etc?
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