ACME Systems Arietta G25 bootstrap

I’m using the ACME Systems Arietta G25 256MB model for a project I’m working on, but their website only provides a bootstrap for the 128MB version. Let’s build a bootstrap for the 256MB version.

The instructions on their website are for Ubuntu 13.10, but I run Debian so these instructions are for Debian 7.

As per their instructions you need to enable the emdebian repository:

user@debian7:~$ sudo -i
root@debian7:~# apt-get install emdebian-archive-keyring
root@debian7:~# echo "deb squeeze main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/emdebian.list
root@debian7:~# echo "deb squeeze main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/emdebian.list

Even though I’m running Wheezy the repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/emdebian.list are for squeeze. This is necessary due to unavailable packages on Wheezy which are present in squeeze. Please see the Emdebian page for an explanation.

user@debian7:~$ sudo apt-get install libc6-armel-cross libc6-dev-armel-cross binutils-arm-linux-gnueabi u-boot-tools libncurses5-dev gcc-4.4-arm-linux-gnueabi cpp-4.4-arm-linux-gnueabi g++-4.4-arm-linux-gnueabi

Clone the bootloader from ACME Systems:

user@debian7:~$ git clone git://
user@debian7:~$ cd at91bootstrap
user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: git checkout origin/at91bootstrap-3.x -b at91bootstrap-3.x
user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: wget -O acme.patch
user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: patch -p1 < acme.patch
user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: make mrproper
user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: make acme_ariettasd_linux_zimage_dt_defconfig
user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: wget -O 256mb.patch
user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: patch -p1 < 256mb.patch
user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabi-

Now copy the generated zimage to the boot partition on the sdcard (/dev/sdX1, mounted here at /tmp/arietta/boot):

user@debian7:~/at91bootstrap$: sudo cp binaries/acme_arietta-sdcardboot-linux-zimage-dt-3.6.2.bin /tmp/arietta/boot/boot.bin

Boot the Arietta G25. You should have 256MB of RAM available now.

The 256mb.patch does two things to the at91bootstrap:
1) Changes the size of the memory initialized from 128MB (0x8000000) to 256MB (0x10000000)
2) Changes the Kernel command line to mem=256M so the additional memory is utilized by the Linux kernel

If you aren’t interested in setting up a build environment, you can find the 256MB boot.bin: here. WordPress does not allow .bin files, so you will need to rename to “boot.bin” before copying it to the sdcard boot partition.

Additionally if you want to automate building the bootstrap with Jenkins, here is a shell script you can put into a new Jenkins project to automatically build the zimage. You will need to manually install the toolchain (described above).

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