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Arch linux and official display

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:33 pm
by Seiduna
Hello rpi people,

I am thinking of finally getting rpi official display, but I am interested, does it depends on raspbian?
My flavour of choice is usually arch, but searching the web I could find instructions only for raspbian.
So my question is, can I combine rpi official display with arch os? (If so, are there any tutorials)
Are there other distros that support display?

Thank you

Re: Arch linux and official display

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:10 am
by DougieLawson
Seiduna wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:33 pm

I am thinking of finally getting rpi official display, but I am interested, does it depends on raspbian?
It depends on the hardware and bootcode - not Raspbian. The display works perfectly with Win10 IoT. I've never tried Arch on my RPi3B with the display.

Re: Arch linux and official display

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:32 am
by 6by9
The touchscreen part needs the appropriate kernel driver to be loaded which requests data from the VPU.
The rest is handled by the firmware by altering where the standard frame buffer device is routed.

Re: Arch linux and official display

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:58 am
by procount
I'm currently using the official 7" touchscreen whilst developing PINN to check all the OSes it can install (about 50 at the moment) are installing and working properly. The only one I recall that doesn't work out of the box is rtandroid which just needs some tweaks to config.txt to correct the resolution.

Re: Arch linux and official display

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:13 pm
by Seiduna
hello guys,

earlier today I managed to get on irc at #raspberrypi, where I was told that if I use 32 bit arch on rpi3 I should be fine. That kernel should have all drivers and such stuff. (noob terminology here)

so procount, your post warms my hart confirming that it works on almost 50 distros, but would be nice to see: "yes, it works on arch", but I'll take your answer as gold.

In any case, if I get stuck, I'll come back here to ask for your help.

Now to the fun part of buying display!

Thank you all for your time and input.

Re: Arch linux and official display

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:07 pm
by procount
Yes it works on Arch. :)