Rock960b/c debian stretch prebuild system image for AARCH64

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Currently 96rock’s (VAMRS) Rock960 board officially published for debian stretch image for 32bit ( they aren’t published for AARCH64 ), so I rebuilt their open source for supporting nvative AARCH64 at all with bundled LXDE.

Download link:

Rock960B ( RK3399 + 4GB lpDDR3 + 32GB eMMC )!cp1wRSZS!Lg35IENdY7eyzCLT5PpYZc81b3XCZexUYq9n46YP_ig

Rock960C ( RK3399 + 4GB lpDDR3 + your SDcard )!tltgXaAB!2LSn67qzKU_93qJEw0AKv1k-4KgQP3TsQjR4MEkn6kQ

This compressed binary contains many things: seperately kernel and u-boot image. But you don’t have to flash them in each, just use rkdeveloptool in toolbin.


  • Extract compressed file to somewhere to use them easily.
  • Move to extracted path.
  • Give permission “rkdeveloptool” binary to executive, use
  • Make your Rock960 board connected USB-C to your PC and turn to maskrom mode ( push both of maskrom and reset butttons, then release only reset )
  • Your host PC ( may Linux ) should detects new USB device, then it may allow to downloading mode with rkdeveloptool.
  • Then just write system.img to your board.
    Warning : all your datas in eMMC may deleted, back up your data before doing this !
  • It may takes for minutes, wait for done.
  • Then reset your board.

After boot up

You may see LXDE desktop within a minute, then connect to your WiFi, then make systems up to date with these.


How to know 64bit ?

Just make a C++ source and compile it, then run it for a test. ( before you may need get install g++ with this :  sudo apt-get install g++ )



Additional build info

My AARCH64 system image build in these options –

  • Default Rockchip configuration
  • Not supports SOC cameras ( a.k.a MIPI-CSI )
  • USB-C OTG supports as default option ( removable drive at host PC )

Recommended work to do after flashing image

  • Keep update your system via ‘apt-get’
  • Manage your power configuration – I don’t recommend to use power manager ( there’s many Rockchip DWM driver control errors )

Recommended for developers

  • Install ‘g++’ first.
  • LXDE’s X11 library is not much functional – need to consider non-acccelerated desktop graphics ( because MALi 8xx not suppors OpenGL ! – OpenGL|ES and OpenGL is not compatibled )