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Models covered
GPD (?GamePad Digital) Pocket

- Screen size: 7" - 128GB MMC, 8GB RAM

Overall Status

Core Components


Boot Standard Kernel:


LAN network card:


Detect CD/DVD:


Detect hard drives:


Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling




Sleep / Suspend




- OpenGL


- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)


Switch to External Screen



- Built-in (Trackpoint)


- Built-in (Touchpad)






Keyboard's Hotkeys


Legend :
{OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable
{i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a non-free driver and or firmware



Works via KMS in default kernel and X configuration, but the (landscape-format) display chipset is taken from a portrait-mode tablet so may need rotation under some configurations. The kernel seemed to figure it out automatically for me, however grub and Debian-Installer end up sideways (don't hurt your neck!). X is sideways too but can be configured to rotate via normal means, for example with something like xrandr --output DSI-1 --rotate right in an initialization script.

Backlight control is available by injecting values into /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness but is not currently detected by the xrandr or the xbacklight utility when KMS is used (problem specific to Intel Bay Trail/Cherry Trail chipset support as of the time of writing, 2018-06-01). Booting with the nomodeset kernel parameter can supposedly work around this, but changing acpi_backlight boot parameter seems to have no effect currently. The backlight is extremely bright for my tastes, so I tend to set it to 25 rather than the default 100.


Due to (slated to be fixed in PulseAudio 12), the HDMI audio driver must be blacklisted so that the internal speakers and headphone jack will work. This can be done by putting blacklist snd_hdmi_lpe_audio into a new file named something like /etc/modprobe.d/snd-hdmi-lpe-audio-blacklist.conf and rebooting.


Touchpoint works, though the device lacks a "middle" button. If you like having "chord-middle" behavior, this can be enabled via xinput set-prop "pointer:SINO WEALTH Gaming Keyboard" "libinput Middle Emulation Enabled" 1 in your X initialization.

Touchscreen works but needs rotation to match the landscape screen. This can be set in your X initialization with xinput set-prop "pointer:Goodix Capacitive ?TouchScreen" "Coordinate Transformation Matrix" 0 1 0 -1 0 1 0 0 1. After waking from hibernation, the touchscreen can act erratically, but this behavior can be corrected by unloading and reloading the goodix kernel module. (Suspend/resume does not seem to exhibit this problem, only hibernation.)

Power Management

Working well as of Linux 4.16.0 (now in Buster). Can boot earlier kernels (for example, during installation) but for maximum thermal control and battery life as well as charging speed, 4.16.0 or later is highly recommended. Waking from hibernation appears to cause the USB-C port to cease performing power distribution negotiation and relegates charging to 5V (this can probably be worked around by unloading and reloading the fusb302 kernel module but I haven't tried yet, also this doesn't seem to be a problem with suspend/resume, only hibernation).


Supported except that currently means you need to obtain a working configuration file (e.g., from the ChromiumOS repository linked in that bug report) and make it available to the kernel somewhere it will find it, for example /lib/firmware/brcm/brcmfmac4356-pcie.txt. Lack of this file will manifest during installation as the WiFi device getting detected and SSIDs are listed, but you'll be unable to actually connect to any of them.

If you're installing with a netinst image and need working WiFi during installation, you'll likely want a powered USB hub so you can provide the file when prompted without unplugging the boot media from the (only) USB-A port. It's possible that with a new enough installer image (booting linux 4.16.0 or newer) the USB-C port could be used for this instead. Worst case, you can use something like fdisk to add a third partition to the install media (after the EFI and ISO partitions), format it and use the "Execute a shell" option during an advanced installation to mount the extra partition and copy the file to the correct path on the ramdisk, then unload the brcmfmac kernel module and go back through the network hardware detection step.

System Summary


lsusb -v | grep -E '\<(Bus|iProduct|bDeviceClass|bDeviceProtocol)' 2>/dev/null

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         3 
  iProduct                2 xHCI Host Controller
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0000:0000  
  bDeviceClass          255 Vendor Specific Class
  bDeviceProtocol         1 
  iProduct                2 BCM2045A0
      (Bus Powered)
  (Bus Powered)
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 258a:0111  
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  iProduct                2 Gaming Keyboard
      (Bus Powered)
  (Bus Powered)
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                2 xHCI Host Controller

USB Host controllers entries (without OHCI, UHCI, EHCI) are removed too.



Some configuration files and sample outputs.

  • [get | view] (2018-07-30 14:32:29, 2.7 KB) [[attachment:brcmfmac4356-pcie.txt]]
  • [get | view] (2018-07-30 03:18:08, 0.2 KB) [[attachment:calibration.conf]]
  • [get | view] (2018-07-30 03:18:21, 0.1 KB) [[attachment:monitor.conf]]
  • [get | view] (2018-07-30 03:18:32, 0.2 KB) [[attachment:trackpoint.conf]]
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