uimage instead of zImage

Edward Vidal <vidal.develone@...>

Still struggling with zImage not booting on my beagleboard.

 Any help with this issue will be appreciated.
With a zImage the follow was the error I was getting.

VFS: Cannot open root device "ubi0:rootfs" or unknown-block(0,0): error -19
Please append a correct "root=" boot option; here are the available partitions:
VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
User configuration error - no valid root filesystem found
Kernel panic - not syncing: Invalid configuration from end user prevents continu

I did a Search for Image zImage uImage


the difference between bz image and z image is in compression mode
not only compression mode
there are many differnces

A uImage file is a kernel with a modified header for u-boot. A tool called mkimage is used to convert a zImage (regular kernel compressed image) to a uImage file. And No, zImage files, as they are, are not compatible with U-Boot. You must convert them

make zImage - Creates a gzip’d kernel image that must be installed manually.
make bzImage - Creates a bzip2’d kernel image that must be installed manual
fdisk /dev/sdb
Welcome to fdisk (util-linux 2.22.2).

Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them.
Be careful before using the write command.

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sdb: 3904 MB, 3904897024 bytes, 7626752 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0008bd36

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *        2048       63487       30720    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sdb2           63488     7626751     3781632   83  Linux
mkfs.vfat -F 16 -n  "boot" /dev/sdb1
mke2fs -j -L "rootfs" /dev/sdb2

Go to location where zImage is located.

cd /home/vidal/img_beagleboard102113/beagleboard
I found this by doing a grep on my build that had a uImage.

mkimage -A arm -O linux -T kernel -C gzip -a 80200000 -e 80200000 -n myuImage -d zImage uImage
Image Name:   myuImage
Created:      Wed Oct 23 09:31:11 2013
Image Type:   ARM Linux Kernel Image (gzip compressed)
Data Size:    4642760 Bytes = 4533.95 kB = 4.43 MB
Load Address: 80200000
Entry Point:  80200000
Transfer files to DOS partition.

cp /home/vidal/img_beagleboard102113/beagleboard/MLO /run/media/vidal/BOOT/
cp /home/vidal/img_beagleboard102113/beagleboard/u-boot.img /run/media/vidal/BOOT/
cp /home/vidal/img_beagleboard102113/beagleboard/uImage /run/media/vidal/BOOT/


bootcmd="mmc rescan 0; fatload mmc 0:1 0x80200000 uImage; bootm 0x80200000"
dvimode="hd720 omapfb.vram=0:8M,1:4M,2:4M"
console="ttyO2 console=tty0,115200n8"

cp /home/vidal/img_beagleboard102113/uEnv.txt /run/media/vidal/BOOT/uEnv.txt

ls -la /run/media/vidal/BOOT/
total 4942
drwx------. 2 vidal users   16384 Dec 31  1969 .
drwxr-x---+ 3 root  root       60 Oct 23 09:40 ..
-rw-r--r--. 1 vidal users   47932 Oct 23 06:35 MLO
-rw-r--r--. 1 vidal users  346220 Oct 23 06:36 u-boot.img
-rw-r--r--. 1 vidal users     206 Oct 23 09:26 uEnv.txt
-rw-r--r--. 1 vidal users 4642824 Oct 23 09:33 uImage

cd ../rootfs/
Extract rootfs on Linux partition.

tar jxvf /home/vidal/img_beagleboard102113/beagleboard/core-image-sato-sdk-ex-beagleboard-20131021212900.rootfs.tar.bz2

Hit any key to stop autoboot:  3  2  1  0
mmc0 is current device
gpio: pin 173 (gpio 173) value is 0
gpio: pin 4 (gpio 4) value is 0
SD/MMC found on device 0
reading uEnv.txt
206 bytes read in 3 ms (66.4 KiB/s)
Loaded environment from uEnv.txt
Importing environment from mmc ...
4642824 bytes read in 315 ms (14.1 MiB/s)
Booting from mmc ...
## Booting kernel from Legacy Image at 80200000 ...
   Image Name:   myuImage
   Image Type:   ARM Linux Kernel Image (gzip compressed)
   Data Size:    4642760 Bytes = 4.4 MiB
   Load Address: 80200000
   Entry Point:  80200000
   Verifying Checksum ... OK
   Uncompressing Kernel Image ... Error: Bad gzipped data
GUNZIP: uncompress, out-of-mem or overwrite error - must RESET board to recover
resetting ...

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