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pi3b+ on 64-bit Debian


On 03/14/2018, the 3b+ was released to the world. Rasbian saw an update to support the new board, but the debian buster preview image has not been updated since early January 2018. As a result, it does not by default work with the new 3b+. Yet the question is: just how difficult would it be to get it working?


Many of these ARM SBCs utilize device tree blobs (dtb files) to describe the hardware layouts of a particular board.

These dtb files are found in the boot partition. For example, on the latest rasbian (on a pi3b):

root@pi3b:/boot# ls -l *.dtb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 22264 Apr  1 09:33 bcm2708-rpi-0-w.dtb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 22020 Apr  1 09:33 bcm2708-rpi-b-plus.dtb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 21761 Apr  1 09:33 bcm2708-rpi-b.dtb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 21474 Apr  1 09:33 bcm2708-rpi-cm.dtb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 23044 Apr  1 09:33 bcm2709-rpi-2-b.dtb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 24503 Apr  1 09:33 bcm2710-rpi-3-b-plus.dtb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 24240 Apr  1 09:33 bcm2710-rpi-3-b.dtb
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 22952 Apr  1 09:33 bcm2710-rpi-cm3.dtb

Notice the bcm2710-rpi-3-b-plus.dtb file… that's what we're interested in.

Update config.txt

Specify the correct dtb file on the device_tree option:

node00:/mnt# cat config.txt
# Switch the CPU from ARMv7 into ARMv8 (aarch64) mode


# For details on the initramfs directive, see
initramfs initrd.img-4.14.0-3-arm64


haxx/projects/sbc/pi3bplus_on_debian64.txt · Last modified: 2018/04/04 10:20 by wedge