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AML-S805X-AC (La Frite)


Flashing aml-s805x-ac firmware

Requirements 1

  • Install required packages on your computer:
sudo apt-get install git wget python3 python3-usb
  • Clone pyamlboot2 repo.
git clone --single-branch --branch gxl
  • Install dependencies.
pip3 install -r pyamlboot/flash-fw-requirements.txt



You can connect the serial port to see the flashing progress.

picocom -b 115200 /dev/ttyUSB0
  1. Connect a USB Type A to USB Type A cable to your computer.


  1. Hold down 'Uboot' button on La Frite and connect the USB type A from your computer to La Frite.


USB port to use in La Frite is the closest to the IR sensor and to the pin header.


[ 2449.189746] usb 1-3.1.3: new high-speed USB device number 10 using xhci_hcd
[ 2449.210745] usb 1-3.1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=1b8e, idProduct=c003, bcdDevice= 0.20
[ 2449.210746] usb 1-3.1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[ 2449.210747] usb 1-3.1.3: Product: GX-CHIP
[ 2449.210748] usb 1-3.1.3: Manufacturer: Amlogic

Check available firmware

./pyamlboot/flash-fw firmware --board aml-s805x-ac


Available firmware for 'aml-s805x-ac' board:
  file: latest.bin
  file: u-boot-2019-04-r1.bin
  file: u-boot-2019-04-r2.bin
  file: u-boot-2019-04-r3.bin
  file: u-boot-2019-04-r4.bin
  file: u-boot-2019-04-r5.bin
  file: u-boot-2020-04-r1.bin
  file: u-boot-2020-04-r2.bin
  file: u-boot-2020-04-r3.bin

Start flashing

In this case, we will use latest.bin which points to the latest firmware available. At the moment of writing this is u-boot-2020-04-r3.bin.


You can also check the flashing status on the HDMI output. If you do, you will be sure the flashing procedure finishes correctly.

cd pyamlboot
./flash-fw firmware-flash --board aml-s805x-ac --fw-file latest.bin


$ ./flash-fw firmware-flash --board aml-s805x-ac --fw-file latest.bin
Firmware 'latest.bin' downloading for 'aml-s805x-ac' board
100% [........................................................................] 16611967 / 16611967sh: 1: Syntax error: end of file unexpected
flashing cmd: sudo ./ --script flash-firmware.scr --fdt /tmp/tmp40d88480 --ramfs latest.bin aml-s805x-ac

Using GX Family boot parameters
ROM: 2.4 Stage: 0.0
Writing /home/daniel/wd/amls805x/pyamlboot/files/aml-s805x-ac/u-boot.bin.usb.bl2 at 0xd9000000...
Writing /home/daniel/wd/amls805x/pyamlboot/files/usbbl2runpara_ddrinit.bin at 0xd900c000...
Running at 0xd9000000...
ROM: 2.2 Stage: 0.8
Running at 0xd900c000...
Writing /home/daniel/wd/amls805x/pyamlboot/files/aml-s805x-ac/u-boot.bin.usb.bl2 at 0xd9000000...
Writing /home/daniel/wd/amls805x/pyamlboot/files/usbbl2runpara_runfipimg.bin at 0xd900c000...
Writing /home/daniel/wd/amls805x/pyamlboot/files/aml-s805x-ac/u-boot.bin.usb.tpl at 0x200c000...
Writing /tmp/tmp40d88480 at 0x8008000...
Writing flash-firmware.scr at 0x8000000...
Writing latest.bin at 0x13000000...
Running at 0xd900c000...
TE: 15714845

BL2 Built : 15:21:18, Aug 28 2019. gxl g1bf2b53 - luan.yuan@droid15-sz

set vcck to 1120 mv
set vddee to 1000 mv
Board ID = 11
CPU clk: 1200MHz
DDR enable rdbi
DDR use ext vref
DQS-corr enabled
DDR scramble enabled
DDR4 chl: Rank0 16bit @ 1200MHz

bist_test rank: 0 13 00 26 2b 17 3f 13 00 27 2c 19 3f 1f 1f 1f 1f 1f 1f 1f 1f 1f 1f 1f 1f 661
Rank0: 1024MB(auto)-2T-18
Set ddr ssc: ppm1000-
Load fip header from USB, src: 0x0000c000, des: 0x01400000, size: 0x00004000, part: 0
New fip structure!
Load bl30 from USB, src: 0x00010000, des: 0x013c0000, size: 0x0000d600, part: 0
Load bl31 from USB, src: 0x00020000, des: 0x05100000, size: 0x0002b400, part: 0
Load bl33 from USB, src: 0x0004c000, des: 0x01000000, size: 0x00092000, part: 0
NOTICE:  BL3-1: v1.0(release):53f813e
NOTICE:  BL3-1: Built : 15:51:23, May 22 2019
[BL31]: GXL CPU setup!
NOTICE:  BL3-1: GXL normal boot!
NOTICE:  BL3-1: BL33 decompress pass
mpu_config_enable:system pre init ok
dmc sec lock
[Image: gxl_v1.1.3390-6ac5299 2019-09-26 14:09:24 luan.yuan@droid15-sz]
21 0d 34 00 e9 b5 40 53 5b 00 ad 6c 12 e4 21 02
[29.796041 Inits done]
secure task start!
high task start!
low task start!
ERROR:   Error initializing runtime service opteed_fast

U-Boot 2020.04+ (Jun 11 2020 - 02:06:49 +0000) Libre Computer AML-S805X-AC

DRAM:  1 GiB
MMC:   mmc@74000: 0
Loading Environment from SPI Flash... SF: Detected gd25lq128 with page size 256 Bytes, erase size 64 KiB, total 16 MiB
Error (-1): cannot determine file size
In:    serial
Out:   serial
Err:   serial
[BL31]: tee size: 0
Net:   eth0: ethernet@c9410000
starting USB...
Bus dwc3@c9000000: Register 2000140 NbrPorts 2
Starting the controller
scanning bus dwc3@c9000000 for devices... 1 USB Device(s) found
       scanning usb for storage devices... 0 Storage Device(s) found
Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0

  *** U-Boot Boot Menu ***

     Boot USB
     Boot eMMC
     Boot PXE
     Boot DHCP
     eMMC USB Drive Mode
     Detect USB Devices
     U-Boot console

  Press UP/DOWN to move, ENTER to select


Error: usb.core.USBError: [Errno 110] Operation timed out

If you get the next following error when you are trying to flash the board firmware:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./", line 126, in <module>
  File "./", line 88, in load_uboot
    self.write_file(os.path.join(self.bpath, self.TPL_FILE), self.UBOOT_LOAD, large = 64, fill = True)
  File "./", line 62, in write_file, b, large, fill)
  File "/home/daniel/wd/amls805x/pyamlboot/pyamlboot/", line 232, in writeLargeMemory
    self._writeLargeMemory(address+offset, data[offset:offset+writeLength], \
  File "/home/daniel/wd/amls805x/pyamlboot/pyamlboot/", line 213, in _writeLargeMemory
    ep.write(data[offset:offset+blockLength], 1000)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/usb/", line 387, in write
    return self.device.write(self, data, timeout)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/usb/", line 943, in write
    return fn(
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/usb/backend/", line 819, in bulk_write
    return self.__write(self.lib.libusb_bulk_transfer,
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/usb/backend/", line 920, in __write
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/usb/backend/", line 595, in _check
    raise USBError(_strerror(ret), ret, _libusb_errno[ret])
usb.core.USBError: [Errno 110] Operation timed out

Just be sure you are using an USB 2.0 and not an USB 3.0 port in your machine.

Last update: June 28, 2020