CoreELEC for Libre

These instructions explain how to install and boot CoreELEC on supported Libre SBC's from µSD Card by use of a Windows PC. The instructions can easily be adapted for other Operating Systems.

Supported devices

  • La Frite
  • Le Potato

Requirements

  • Personal Computer with Internet Access
  • Memory Card Reader
  • A compatible Class 10 (USH 1/V 10) or better μSD Card (LePotato)
  • USB Flash Drive (LaFrite)
  • Image Writing Software

Image writing software

Application Function Linux Mac Windows
balenaEtcher Bootable Media Creator X X X
UNetbootin Bootable Media Creator X X X
USBImager Bootable Media Creator X X X
DDRescue / DDRescue-GUI Disk Utility X
Disk Utility Disk Utility X
Rufus Bootable Media Creator X

Preparation

  • Visit the CoreELEC website
  • Select a version to download
  • The Download Helper will pop up
  • Select Skip that and just show me all download options
  • Download the generic image (CoreELEC-Amlogic-ng.arm-xxx-Generic.img.gz)
  • Write the downloaded image to a μSD Card or USB Flash Drive

Installation

Device Edition DTB SoC
La Frite 1G CoreELEC-Amlogic-ng.arm-xxx-LaFrite.img.gz S805X
Le Potato 1G/2G CoreELEC-Amlogic-ng.arm-xxx-LePotato.img.gz S905X
  • Insert the µSD Card or USB Flash Drive
  • Power on the device

Install CoreELEC to eMMC

La Frite

  • ensure the latest firmware is installed
  • write the downloaded image to La Frite’s eMMC using the included USB cable

Le Potato

CoreELEC 9.2.8 (Legacy)

  • write CoreELEC to a μSD Card
  • boot LePotato with the μSD Card inserted
  • attach the eMMC module when prompted to
  • once CoreELEC is booted:
  • SSH into to the device and type: lepotatotoemmc

CoreELEC 19.x (Matrix)

In CoreELEC 19.x the script is currently broken. Following workaround is suggested:

  • follow the instructions above and install CoreELEC 9.2.8 (Legacy) to eMMC
  • once CoreELEC 9.2.8 is booted from eMMC:
  • update to CoreELEC 19.x

Device Support

For support unrelated to CoreELEC, please refer to the Libre User Support Forums.

Notes

The above instructions also can be used to create a bootable USB Flash Drive.