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< RockpiS
Revision as of 12:07, 29 October 2019 by Stephen (Talk | contribs)

Work with ROCK Pi S Debian

Introduction to ROCK Pi S Debian

ROCK Pi S Debian is an easy to use desktop system. While working with ROCKPI4Debian, you will find it do well on playing music, playing video, Internet, Bluetooth and so on.

Here Need a USB to TTL serial cable. Or use SSH.

Debian Default User Account

Non-root User:

   User Name : rock
   Password  : rock

Install and update necessary packages

Add Radxa APT, see Radxa APT.

Install packages;

 $ sudo apt-get update
 $ sudo apt-get install -y rockchip-overlay rockchip-fstab
 $ sudo apt-get install -y linux-4.4-rockpis-latest rockpis-dtbo

Install xfce4 desktop

 $ sudo apt-get install -y xfce4
 $ sudo apt-get install -y xfce4-goodies task-xfce-desktop lightdm dialog tango-icon-theme

Network Connection

There are two methods for network connection. One is Ethernet and the other is WIFI.

Ethernet Connection

You can use a network cable (one end connected to the external network port or route) to connect your ROCK Pi S to the network. The ROCK Pi S will automatically configure the network for your surfing on the Internet.

To test the Ethernet, we need to follow the steps:
  • Switch to super user mode by command
 $ sudo su
  • Check whether the Ethernet is normal by command, ifconfig, which would show us a network card, eth0, and the Ethernet IP address. Also, use tool, ping, to connect to a normal domain.
 $ ifconfig
 $ ping
  • If failed to connect to a normal domain. , try
 $ sudo dhclient eth0

WIFI Connection

When there is not a network cable for your ROCK Pi S the WIFI connection is another good choice. ROCK Pi S supports 2.4G WIFI wireless network.

Here are the common commands.

  • Switch to super user mode
 $ sudo su
  • Open the WIFI
 $ nmcli r wifi on
  • Scan WIFI
 $ nmcli dev wifi
  • Connect to WIFI network
 $ nmcli dev wifi connect "wifi_name" password "wifi_password"


Update necessary packages

 $ sudo apt-get update
 $ sudp apt-get install -y rockchip-fstab rockchip-overlay
 $ sudo apt-get install -y linux-4.4-rockpis-latest # kernel version(>=
 $ sudo apt-get install -y rtl8723ds-firmware bluez

Check bluetooth service

 $ systemctl status bluetooth

Run bluetooth service

 $ etc/init.d/bluetooth start

Load bluetooth firmware

 $ sudo bt_load_rtk_firmware

Check bluetooth device

 $ hciconfig
 hci0:   Type: Primary  Bus: UART
         BD Address: 22:22:AA:8C:2F:93  ACL MTU: 1021:8  SCO MTU: 255:12
         UP RUNNING 
         RX bytes:1399 acl:0 sco:0 events:45 errors:0
         TX bytes:3441 acl:0 sco:0 commands:45 errors:0

Example: Connect to Bluetooth Speaker

Install pulseaudio packages

 $ sudo apt-get install -y pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pulseaudio

Add non-root user (here rock) to bluetooth and pluse-access group in file /etc/group

 $ cat /etc/group

Run pulseaudio

 $ pulseaudio --start

Connect using bluetoothctl

 $ bluetoothctl
 [bluetooth]# default-agent 
 [bluetooth]# power on
 [bluetooth]# scan on
 [bluetooth]# trust 77:EC:79:4F:6B:AC
 [bluetooth]# pair 77:EC:79:4F:6B:AC
 [bluetooth]# connect 77:EC:79:4F:6B:AC

Play songs and enjoy it.


Once login, click button: Suspend




  • U-boot version updated to 2017.09-02370-g6d65a50f1e
    • Add patch to make LAN MAC address stable based on CPUID
  • Kernel version updated to 4.4.143-28-rockchip-g8dbafd783043
  • Default serial console: UART0
  • Default non-root user: rock (password: rock)
  • Hostname: rockpis
  • Support SSH
  • Do not need to install rockchip-fstab package since /boot partition is auto mounted by systemd.



  • Kernel version updated to 4.4.143-23-rockchip-g394d86b2b38b
    • Support 3.5inch waveshare model B and C LCD
  • Default serial console: UART0
  • Default non-root user: rock (password: rock)
  • Hostname: rockpis
  • Support SSH