Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#12258 closed enhancement (fixed)

Create initramfs with NAND-support for Mikrotik Routerboards

Reported by: renne Owned by: developers
Priority: normal Milestone: Barrier Breaker 14.07
Component: packages Version: Attitude Adjustment 12.09 Beta
Keywords: initramfs ar71xx mikrotik routerboard Cc: rene@…


MIKROTIK Routerboards cannot be flashed via USB, serial, net or webinterface.

An initramfs with NAND-support has to be booted via BOOTP/TFTP to use wget2nand for flashing.

For OpenWRT-beginners, it's quite complicated to create an own initramfs from toolchain.

Please add a precompiled initramfs for MIKROTIK Routerboards/AR71XX with NAND-support to the download-server.

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comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by anonymous

Read wiki of rb411 and let me know if you find it useful!

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by renne

Yes, similar to my Dnsmasq-version for the RB493G ;)

I added your link to the installation instructions of the RB493G, ThanX ;)

But it will be better, if provides the initramfs for the (BETA-)releases itself, of course.

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by Del <delonly@…>

Sounds like something we should be able to do ourselves? I am considering buying this device, so I can hopefully contribute. Have any of you looked up documentation on how to set up initramfs with OpenWrt? Do we need any special knowledge on the nand?

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by renne

No, you do not need any special knowledge of the NAND. I only needed to enable initramfs- and NAND-support in the ImageBuilder. But I was a OpenWrt-newbie eight weeks ago, too. It's a hard start for a newbie if you have to fiddle around with the ImageBuilder booting OpenWrt for the first time.

That's why I suggested to provide pre-compiled initramfs-images on the download-servers.

You only need the initramfs-image to boot the Routerboard for flashing. Afterwards you just flash the generic ar71xx-nand image - or your own nand-image - with wget2flash. ;-)

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by jogo

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

12.09-rc1 and later (will) have an initramfs kernel available.

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by jow

  • Milestone changed from Attitude Adjustment 12.09 to Barrier Breaker 14.07

Milestone Attitude Adjustment 12.09 deleted

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