USB-C port with Linux


I have a Rock960 model A running Ubuntu 16 with the 4.4.103 Linux kernel (I downloaded the image from the 96boards website).

I’m trying to get video output over the USB-C port. Does this configuration support DisplayPort Alternate Mode? I’m not seeing any video output when I try a USB Type-C to DisplayPort Cable. I know the cable and monitor are good (verified with a laptop). Perhaps the 4.4 kernel is too old for DisplayPort Alternate Mode support? I see the patchset was merged to the kernel in June 2018 (so I’m guessing it is in 4.19):

Additionally, I tried a USB-C device that has Ethernet, HDMI out, VGA out, and a USB 3.0 type A port (Cable Matters 201014). I can’t get this device to work with the Rock960. The Ethernet adapter shows up on another PC as “0b95:1790 ASIX Electronics Corp. AX88179 Gigabit Ethernet”. It seems like the default Rock960 kernel config has "CONFIG_USB_NET_AX88179_178A"set so I should have this driver. Is there something I need to do to force the Rock960 USB-C port into host mode?


type c to HDMI/VAG adapter is supported, type C to type C display is not working yet. You need to update your kernel. If you know how to build the kernel, you can build the latest kernel and replace it. If you don’t want to bother, you can download the newer 18.04 image, we provide update-to-date kernel via repository for ubuntu 18.04.

and then

apt-get install linux-4.4-lastest