Trying to FLASH SD Nand, Stuck on downloading bootloader

I am following the instructions here:

https://wiki.radxa.com/RockpiS/dev/sdnand-install

The Pi S is in maskrom mode, as I see the device listed with rkdeveloptool ld command.

However, upon inputting the command: sudo rkdeveloptool db rk3308_loader_ddr589MHz_uart0_m0_v2.06.136sd.bin

I get “Downloading bootloader…” and it just hangs there, I never get an indication that downloading the bootloader succeeded.

I have also tried to use RKDevTool on Windows, which also indicates the device is in Maskrom mode. This time trying to load the bootloader fails with an error “Download Boot Fail”.

Anyone have any ideas? If I can’t flash the SD NAND maybe my board is just DOA and I need to RMA with Allnet?

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That loader seems to be really new. Maybe try an older one?

https://dl.radxa.com/rockpis/images/loader/rk3308_loader_uart0_m0_emmc_port_support_sd_20190717.bin

I tried the old one and got the same result. At any rate, it appears that the newer rock pi s’s use a newer version of the RK3308 and would need the newer loader anyways.

Yes, newer ROCK Pi S with RK3308BS requires new loader since the operation voltage is different. Can you attache a serial console to check what’s happenning?

https://wiki.radxa.com/RockpiS/dev/serial-console

I don’t have a USB to TTL cable, but I did just order one. Interestingly enough I cannot get the board to boot via SD card either. I contacted Allnet China to get an RMA but they have seemingly ghosted me.

Ugh I bought PL2303TA chip and it doesn’t have support for 150000 baud rate. I should have paid more attention to the serial console guide. I’m ordering a FT232RL cable now.

I received my FTDI USB to TTL cable today, and I get no system startup information upon booting the board in Putty. Also the board will not boot via SD card. This thing is dead as a doornail other than the pretty green light that indicates it’s at least getting power. I’m trying to work with Allnet China on a replacement, but they have ghosted me. Can Radxa provide any help?

EDIT: The driver port settings do not go up to 1500000 for the baudrate, it maxes out at 921600. Could this be my issue?

Same problem, still exist