Upgrade Via a USB-C Cable

Upgrade On Windows


  • Download the USB Upgrade Tool and extract it.
  • Run setup_v2.x.x.exe to install the tool for VIMs upgrading:
    Image of USB_Upgrade_Tool_Setup_V208

Upgrading Steps

Make sure that you have right installed the USB Upgrade Tool, then follow the below steps to upgrade:

  1. Open USB_Burning_Tool_v2.x.x.exe, click ‘File–>Import image’ to chose an image for VIMs.
  2. Connect VIMs and PC with an USB-C cable(VIMs will power on automately).
  3. Let VIMs enter into upgrade mode to complete the upgrading:
    • Long press Power key without release
    • Short press Reset key and release
    • Count 10 seconds and release the Power key to enter into upgrade mode
  4. Your PC should have found VIMs device as upgrade mode if you correctly follow the above operations.

    Now all you need to do is to click Start button of the tool and wait the upgrading to complete:
    Image of USB_Upgrade_Tool_Setup_V208


  • Click Stop button first, then close the tool to quit current upgrading operation.
  • Extra power supply is required in some case your PC cannot provide enough current for the upgrading.

Upgrade On Ubuntu


$ sudo apt-get install libusb-dev git parted

Get burning tool

Image burning tool on Ubuntu is in repository utils.

$ git clone https://github.com/khadas/utils

Or just pull it if you have cloned this repository.

$ cd /path/to/utils
$ git pull

Install burning tool

You need to install USB rules and create some links.

$ cd /path/to/utils

You will see this if successed.

Installing Amlogic flash-tool...


Host PC: Ubuntu 16.04


Installing USB rules...
[sudo] password for nick:
Installing flash-tool...

Installing Rockchip flash-tool...


Host PC: Ubuntu 16.04


Installing USB rules...
Installing flash-tool...
Installing Khadas burn-tool...

NOTE: Root privilege required.

Check the USB driver

You should bring your VIMs board enter upgrade mode. See VIM1/VIM2 enter upgrade mode.
Check the USB driver.

$ lsusb | grep Amlogic
Bus 002 Device 036: ID 1b8e:c003 Amlogic, Inc.

The message means that your board is recognized.

How to burn image on Ubuntu

There are two commands can be used to burn image: burn-tool and aml-burn-tool.

  • General command burn-tool:
$ burn-tool -v aml -i /path/to/image
  • Amlogic platform command aml-burn-tool:
$ aml-burn-tool -i /path/to/image

You will see the logs if successed.

Rebooting the board ........[OK]
Unpacking image [OK]
Initializing ddr ........[OK]
Running u-boot ........[OK]
Create partitions [OK]
Writing device tree [OK]
Writing bootloader [OK]
Wiping data partition [OK]
Wiping cache partition [OK]
Writing boot partition [OK]
Writing data partition [OK]
Writing logo partition [OK]
Writing system partition [OK]
Do you want to reset the board? y/n [n]? y
Resetting board [OK]

For more usage please refer to docs.

Uninstall burning tool

$ cd /path/to/utils

NOTE:This burning tool has only been verified on Ubuntu 16.04.

See also