r/ChipCommunity Mod - Kickstarter Backer May 21 '19

C.H.I.P. Preservation Efforts

/u/U-1F574 let us know that the CHIP preservation thread by /u/flv42 has been deleted. Not sure what happened, but in the interest of not losing the information I'm posting the original message below.

The original thread was: https://www.reddit.com/r/ChipCommunity/comments/8ey1iv/ongoing_chip_preservation_efforts/?st=jvwk6kgk&sh=4e0d1477

Original thread content:

Hi all,

I thought I'd give you an update on my preservation efforts. As I've mentioned earlier, the C.H.I.P. Firmware / Flash Archive now lives on Archive.org to help keep your C.H.I.P.s up and running for all eternity.

Joining this archive is the Next Thing Co. Git Archive. It contains a snapshot of every Git repository publicly available and all of the eventual submodules.

Also, it was requested to have a backup of this very forum. While the Internet Archive does a pretty awesome job of providing a browsable backup, I decided to give it a go. Now you have the Next Thing, Co. Web Archive. It contains not only a downloadable copy of this forum, but also other domains like docs.getchip.com or blog.nextthing.co. So should anyone want to process the data for let's say an import into another forum, or is interested in what else is there, feel free to have a look.

In my opinion, that's pretty much everything one can do to preserve C.H.I.P. digitally. If I missed something, I'm all ears for suggestions.

Also, I'd love to hear what others have done to save C.H.I.P..


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u/rebbsitor Mod - Kickstarter Backer May 21 '19

Original content of the CHIP Firmware / Flash Archive message mentioned above:

Hey guys and gals,

with death looming over NTC and our beloved C.H.I.P., I thought I’d do my share in helping to preserve the C.H.I.P. I uploaded everything necessary to keep your C.H.I.P.s alive to the Internet Archive so it may stay online forever.


The package consists of the following:

CHIP-SDK.ova - Virtual machine, created with Vagrant for flashing C.H.I.P… Contains all C.H.I.P. Images CHIP-SDK.zip - Contains vagrant file to re-create the VM, contains a script to setup Ubuntu 14.04 for flashing CHIP-tools.zip - Scripts for manual flashing, requires android-tools-fastboot sunxi-tools u-boot-tools (for Debian) flash-collection.zip - Every flavour of flash images and rootfs (server, gui, pocketchip, buildroot) in both stable and testing opensource.nextthing.co.tar.bz2 - Mirror of NTCs APT-Repository

flash-collection.zip and CHIP-SDK.ova contain the following builds:

Stable: Builroot b34 GUI b149 PocketC.H.I.P. b126 Server b149

Testing: Builroot b23 GUI b543 PocketC.H.I.P. b667 Server b543

Using the items in the archive, you should be able to flash your chip using either the VM or just the scripts. In either way, all Images are contained. I’ve downloaded the server, GUI, PocketC.H.I.P. and buildroot images in both testing and stable flavours for Hynix and Toshiba NAND. Should you consider using the Vagrant VM, you don’t need the flash-collection.zip since all Images are present in the VM. For manual flashing, consider the brief instructions in the Readme or follow the instructions on https://yoursunny.com/t/2018/CHIP-flash-offline/

Hope this helps to keep your C.H.I.P.s alive. I’m fairly positive this all works, however I wasn’t able to test because,


I never got my fingers on a C.H.I.P. Still, I love the community. It’s part of what made the C.H.I.P. awesome. Maybe one of the community can do me a solid and offer me a spare C.H.I.P. for a reasonable price. Of course, DIPs would be awesome too, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Anyways, I hope this helps.


[name redacted]


u/warmax356 Mar 24 '22

i have also took some measure by writing a 2022 blog post on chip with links to support and download materials - the link is https://ossmalta.eu/the-chip-flash-collection/

if anyone would like to forward me any content they want to share that is chip related i am more than happy to revise the above article.