How to customize keyboard, time zone?


dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

system language:

# Debian -->
dpkg-reconfigure locales
# Ubuntu -->
update-locale LANG=[options] && dpkg-reconfigure locales

console font, codepage:

dpkg-reconfigure console-setup

time zone:

dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

screen settings on H3 devices:

# Example to set resolution to 1920 x 1080, full colour-range and DVI
h3disp -m 1080p60 -d -c 1

screen resolution on other boards:

nano /boot/boot.cmd

# example:
# change example from 
# disp.screen0_output_mode=1920x1080p60 
# to 
# disp.screen0_output_mode=1280x720p60

mkimage -C none -A arm -T script -d /boot/boot.cmd /boot/boot.scr

screen resolution interactive - only Allwinner boards with A10 and A20 with legacy kernel:

# Example to set console framebuffer resolution to 1280 x 720
a10disp changehdmimodeforce 4

Other modes:

0 480i
1 576i
2 480p
3 576p
4 720p 50Hz
5 720p 60Hz
6 1080i 50 Hz
7 1080i 60 Hz
8 1080p 24 Hz
9 1080p 50 Hz
10 1080p 60 Hz

How to alter CPU frequency?

Some boards allow to adjust CPU speed.

nano /etc/default/cpufrequtils

Alter min_speed or max_speed variable.

service cpufrequtils restart

How to downgrade a package via apt-get?

This is useful when you need to fall back to previous kernel version.

apt-get install linux-image-sun8i=5.13

This example is for H3 legacy kernel. Check this page for others.

How to toggle boot output?

Edit and change boot parameters in /boot/boot.cmd (not recommended) or variables in /boot/armbianEnv.txt:

- console=both
+ console=serial

Recompile boot.cmd to boot.scr if it was changed:

mkimage -C none -A arm -T script -d /boot/boot.cmd /boot/boot.scr


Serial console on imx6 boards are ttymxc0 (Hummingboard, Cubox-i) or ttymxc1 (Udoo).

How to toogle verbose boot?

Using Armbian 5.05 to 5.20 you would need to touch/rm /boot/.force-verbose to increase boot verbosity. With more recent Armbian builds you would have to alter the verbosity= line in /boot/armbianEnv.txt (defaults to 1 which means less verbose, maximum value is 7).

How to provide boot logs for inspection?

When computer behaves strange first step is to check power supply and integrity of boot media (armbianmonitor -c "$HOME"). Then look into kernel logs. We made a tool that grabs info and paste it to an online pasteboard service. Please increase boot verbosity as shown above (verbosity=7), reboot and then run

sudo armbianmonitor -u

Copy and past URL of your log to the forum, mail, …

How to change network configuration?

To get Wi-Fi working simply use nmtui, a simple console based UI for network-manager (an example how to set up an AP with network-manager can be found here). To deal with different Ethernet/Wi-Fi combinations there are six predefined configurations available, you can find them in those files:


By default /etc/network/interfaces is a copy of /etc/network/interfaces.default

  1. BONDING: your network adapters are bonded in fail safe / “notebook” way.
  2. DEFAULT: your network adapters are connected classical way.
  3. HOSTAPD: your network adapters are bridged together and bridge is connected to the network. This allows you to have your AP connected directly to your router.
  4. All interfaces are handled by network-manager (nmtui/nmcli or using the GUI)
  5. Router configuration for Lamobo R1 / Banana R1.
  6. Switch configuration for Lamobo R1 / Banana R1.

You can switch configuration with copying.

cd /etc/network
cp interfaces.x interfaces

(x = default,hostapd,bonding,r1)

Then check / alter your interfaces:

nano /etc/network/interfaces