For our tests we’ll use the CLI (command line interface) version of Armbian. Download the image from https://www.armbian.com/bananapi-m64/
Flash it with 7zip piped to dd
sudo apt update && sudo apt install p7zip
Search for your sdCard and unmount all partitions. Maybe blkid helps here.
sudo umount /dev/mmcblk0p* sudo 7za x Debian_stretch_next.7z -so | sudo dd of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=4M
After I plugged in the sdCard to the board the operating system started with the boot process. The bpi-m64 has 3 small (RGB) LEDs on the board. Only the red one lights up. After a few seconds the network card started to blink.
You can either configure the operating system with UART over USB, see here http://blog.rothirsch.tech/SBCs/banana_pi/bpi-m64/#!UART or
you configure it over SSH. Therefore I did a scan on my network with nmap do find the new board
sudo nmap -sn 192.168.0.0/24
If you are not sure wich of them are the new one you can scan each of them or try to connect to ssh port 22.
sudo nmap -A 192.168.0.100
So we can connect to the board over SSH port 22. The password is 1234
ssh -p 22 firstname.lastname@example.org
Besides that you can see hardware information you have to change your password.
Unfortunately the board is not official supported by Armbian. This is because the maintainer of the bpi-m64 is not that accurate with information about there products. Nevertheless, the developers at Armbian working hard on getting this boards to run. So why not donate to them if you can do something with your board. You can directly donate to them over their site. A second option is, that you buy the bpi-m64 directly over our site http://bpi.rothirsch.tech/BananaPi/#!bpi-m64. We will donate an euro to Armbian for each board we sell.
Before we do a few benchmarks we upgrade the system first.
apt update && apt -y upgrade
sysbench --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=20000 run
7z to dd http://mark.koli.ch/howto-whole-disk-backups-with-dd-gzip-and-p7zip)
This site represents a simple test for UART function on a bpi-m64.
For the test I used
Some sites report that a wrong connection to the PINs could destroy the board. So please be careful.
The TX and RX PINs are crossed on my configuration. So I have to plug in the TX Pin on the USB connector to RX on the Banana Pi board and vice versa.
Plug in the 3 PINs on the Banana Pi and connect it with your PC or Notebook. On this device open a terminal and run
screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200
Now you can start the Banana Pi and the control it over your host.