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"hwpack" means a "hardware-specific package".


Latest hwpacks for various Allwinner devices are available from:

You can also create a new hwpack by using sunxi-bsp tools.


Please refer to BSP guide for hwpack automatic installation.



You can extract the downloaded hwpack file by running:

tar -xf *_hwpack.tar.xz


After unpacking you will have three directories:

  • bootloader: contains sunxi-spl and u-boot;
  • kernel: contains kernel uImage and script.bin;
  • rootfs: contains some configuration files and kernel modules.

Updating an SD-card with u-boot from a hwpack

u-boot consists of two files in the bootloader directory:

  • sunxi-spl.bin
  • u-boot.bin

You need to write them into fixed areas of your SD-card:

dd if=sunxi-spl.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=8
dd if=u-boot.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=32

...where /dev/sdX is your SD card (make sure you use the correct device name here).

If you do this on an already existing SD-card image you may also want to clear the u-boot environment area, to remove any old settings that may have been saved there and return to the (very reasonable) u-boot defaults:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=544 count=128