Zero 3W: any working Linux images, where's Android?

Hi Piotr,

Thanks for your miniarch image.

Can you point me to the source for the AIC8800 driver that works with Linux 6.7?

I have source from three places and it’s all the same, and doesn’t seem to want to compile under 6.7.

I also ran into the wifi problem when using the official Debian Bullseye image (b3 release) at the time. This is the answer I received from the Radxa support team:

We have upgraded the wireless module on 3W after it was released from Wi-Fi 4 to Wi-Fi 6. This unfortunately means the existing system released before the change does not support this new module.

You can see if you have the new module by checking if there is a sticker on the wireless module. If you remove the sticker there is no engraving on the metal shield of the module. Wi-Fi 4 module does not have a sticker, and the module is engraved with “AP6212” which is the part name.

If you have the new module, you can try out the following RC image:

And indeed, wifi works with the b6 release. I believe in the meantime the have updated the link to the image on the official doc page.

No way to boot with this image!
Same boot errors as always!

But the following image (bulleyes - xfce - b4 - dec 19, 2023) boots free!

If anybody likes ArchLinux - i prepared updated image:


I’ve received my board. I tested with an old u-boot and re-used my cli (weston) rootfs.
running for some hours without wifi, 55~56C (heatsink), maybe it can easily reach 60C with wifi.

Every 1.0s: cat /sys/devices/virtual/therma...  zero3w: Fri Jan  5 19:45:42 2024


Unfortunately, there is no wifi yet, i think i will need a new u-boot or something else:

dmesg|grep wifi                                                                             
[    8.224806] [WLAN_RFKILL]: wlan_platdata_parse_dt: Can not read wifi_chip_type, set default to rkRFKILL]: wlan_pl
atdata_parse_dt: wifi_chip_typeata_parse_dt: enable wifi power control.                                             
[     power controled by gpio.                                                                                      
[    8.224879] [WLAN_RFKILL]: wlan_pl8.224895] [WLAN_RFKILL]: rfkill_set_wifi_bt_power: 1 

If someone has instructions to build the latest mainline u-boot that can work with BSP kernel (two partitions or one single partition is fine), please post.

There is a high probability that this device has software. If you have zero 3w, try it.

TX66 Smart Rockchip RK3566

Looking good


This image with identical features can be tried.

Do i understand the WIFI4 board has AP6212 and the new one is AIC8800?
Do the AIC8800 now used on every board-configuration, or is there any differentation, like the 1 and 2GB RAM variants gets AP6212 wifi and the others gets the AIC? If there is no differentation like this, how can i make sure i get the AP6212 variant? I plan to use the board with OpenBSD, which doesn’t supports AIC8800 yet.


where can I build the linux image from ground up,
it seems that the npu driver on recent debian image not working

There is only the very first batch(500pcs) offer AP6212, then we get the feedback from users that the 8GB version offers WiFi 4 is not good. So all the later version are shipping with AIC8800.

Thanks! I could get it to boot easily, but the onboard 8GB eMMC was not recognized for some reason.

When booting the latest b6 debian-xfce image, it properly sees both eMMC and sdcard.

May you pls update kernel on Miniarch?
(in term logged as root with Inet access run: start 1 and start 4)
Also I uploaded updated image…

Indeed, it now detects the emmc properly! Thanks for the work!

I want to flash an ubuntu to my 3W. Is there a option to edit the before.txt to join my wifi and enable ssh on first boot? I can’t edit the file via 7zip.

thanks in advance

edit: I use armbian untested automated build. This is working well for the moment. Thx to @TheMichalos for the info.

I have managed to build EDK2 with some patches for the Zero 3W, I assume it should work with the 3E aswell.

I have managed to install OpenBSD, FreeBSD and NetBSD.
Generally WIFI doesn’t works and eMMC works only in NetBSD. Otherwise it seems to be working, but the board gets really hot, so a proper cooling solution is needed.
I tested HDMI only with OBSD, with some play in the UKC it works.

Using EDK2 I have managed to boot into latest Alpine linux aswell.

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Feel free to test it:

Here is a binary: