Building and Installing Linux uImage on the NXP i.MX RT050 EVK Board Print

This note explains how to install a bootable Linux image to the SD Card of the NXP i.MX RT105 EVK board. Having installed a Linux image to the SD Card, you would be able to boot Linux on the target automatically on any power up or reset cycle.

Instructions of how to build the sample Linux image (rootfs.uImage) from the Emcraft software distribution is described in Building Linux.

To install the sample Linux image (rootfs.uImage) from the Emcraft software distribution just follow the instructions:

  1. Make sure that SD Card is formatted.
  2. Remove SD Card from the NXP i.MX RT1050 EVK board, and plug it into PC.
  3. Find out a /dev/sdX device the system has assigned to your SD Card:
  4. $ dmesg | tail
    sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] 31116288 512-byte logical blocks: (15.9GB/14.8 GiB)
    sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Cache data unavailable
    sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Cache data unavailable
    sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    sdb: sdb1

  5. Mount the first partition of the SD Card, and copy rootfs.uImage file:
  6. $ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt
    $ cp rootfs.uImage /mnt

  7. Umount, and safely remove the SD Card:
  8. $ sudo umount /mnt
    $ sync

  9. Insert the SD Card back to the SD Card holder on the NXP i.MX RT1050 EVK board. Power on the EVK board. Connect to the serial console, and make sure that Linux boot up to console:
  10. U-Boot SPL 2022.04 (Sep 25 2023 - 08:16:21 +0000) Trying to boot from MMC1 U-Boot 2022.04 (Sep 25 2023 - 08:16:21 +0000) DRAM: 32 MiB Core: 71 devices, 13 uclasses, devicetree: separate MMC: FSL_SDHC: 0 Loading Environment from MMC... OK In: serial@40184000 Out: serial@40184000 Err: serial@40184000 Net: eth0: ethernet@402D8000 Hit any key to stop autoboot: 0 8277462 bytes read in 1470 ms (5.4 MiB/s) ## Booting kernel from Legacy Image at 80007fc0 ... Image Name: Linux-5.15.71 Image Type: ARM Linux Multi-File Image (uncompressed) Data Size: 8277398 Bytes = 7.9 MiB Load Address: 80008000 Entry Point: 80008001 Contents: Image 0: 8269856 Bytes = 7.9 MiB Image 1: 7530 Bytes = 7.4 KiB Verifying Checksum ... OK ## Flattened Device Tree from multi component Image at 80007FC0 Booting using the fdt at 0x807eb02c Loading Multi-File Image Loading Device Tree to 81e81000, end 81e85d69 ... OK Starting kernel ... Booting Linux on physical CPU 0x0 Linux version 5.15.71 ( (arm-none-eabi-gcc (GNU Arm Embedded Toolchain 10.3-2021.10) 10.3.1 20210824 (release), GNU ld (GNU Arm Embedded Toolchain 10.3-2021.10) #2 Mon Sep 25 08:03:11 UTC 2023 CPU: ARMv7-M [411fc271] revision 1 (ARMv7M), cr=00000000 CPU: PIPT / VIPT nonaliasing data cache, PIPT instruction cache OF: fdt: Machine model: NXP IMXRT1050-evk board ..... Run /init as init process [71] Jan 01 00:00:01 Running in background / # mmc0: new high speed SDHC card at address 0007 mmcblk0: mmc0:0007 SD8GB 7.42 GiB mmcblk0: p1 Micrel KSZ8081 or KSZ8091 402d8000.ethernet-1:02: attached PHY driver (mii_bus:phy_addr=402d8000.ethernet-1:02, irq=POLL) fec 402d8000.ethernet eth0: Link is Up - 100Mbps/Full - flow control off / # ls bin hello.ko lib proc sys var dev httpd linuxrc root tmp etc init mnt sbin usr / #