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Radxa Rock + ROS, how to install?

asked 2014-06-03 03:12:58 -0500

Praetorian gravatar image

Hi All,

I'm new to microcontrollers and after taking a look around thought that the Radxa Rock looked like a good board to use for my Turtlebot2. From what I know so far, it dual boots Android and an Ubuntu variant I think is called Linaro. It's and ARM based board so do I just follow the ARM tutorial on the preinstalled Ubuntu or is there a better way (booting from MicroSD etc)?

I'm familiar with how to install and configure ROS on a regular Ubuntu install (Just installing indigo on Trusty on another PC) so just wondering if there's anything different that I need to be aware of.

Appreciate any help!

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answered 2014-06-03 04:13:24 -0500

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For the most part, you should be able to follow the Hydro UbuntuARM instructions.

If I remember properly, the Radxa has a fairly limited amount of internal flash storage, so to have enough space to install ROS I seem to remember having to repartition the internal flash and reimage the board. I know this required using Radxa's proprietary rkflashtool, but I can't seem to find the specific blog post I used as a reference. I remember hand-crafting a custom file that described the partition layout, and then pushing that to the board.

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The radxa rock has 8GB internal nand flash, 7G+ is for the linux rootfs. Download the server image here http://dl.radxa.com/rock/images/ubuntu/radxa_rock_ubuntu_server_140315_update.zip and flash it with rkflashtool.

Tom Cubie gravatar image Tom Cubie  ( 2014-06-03 22:22:48 -0500 )edit

Appreciate the advice ahendrix and Tom. I'll download the above and give it a go following the ARM instructions. Will reflashing lose the Android partition? Don't really care either way, just want to know. Cheers :)

Praetorian gravatar image Praetorian  ( 2014-06-03 23:21:34 -0500 )edit

I have created this page: http://wiki.ros.org/hydro/Installation/RADXA You can implement it after you have done it on RR.

Tom Cubie gravatar image Tom Cubie  ( 2014-06-03 23:38:36 -0500 )edit

Thanks Tom, above and beyond what I was expecting in terms of a response! I'll give it a go sometime this week and let you know how it went.

Praetorian gravatar image Praetorian  ( 2014-06-03 23:57:11 -0500 )edit

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