Step 2 – Getting Pickle Linux Booting – Attempt 2.2

19 10 2012

Short Version: Windows didn’t work to get the pickle-current.img onto the microSD card successfully to boot.

Longer Version:  Using win32DiskImager.exe and the pickle-current.img ended up with just a power light on the beagleboard-xm.  Even after the correct power was applied. My next leading candidate was essentially a badly written image to the microSD card itself since my demo card too was a Kingston card.  Anyway, so I dug around a bit and found this article on how to get a microSD card to boot for the raspberrypi (another ARM based board)…

http://russelldavis.org/2012/02/26/tips-forpreparing-an-sd-card-for-the-raspberry-pi-on-windows/

It certainly sounded like my problem so I took it to heart.  I looked for my external card reader but couldn’t find it so I proceeded anyway.

  1. I first formated the card using the Panasonic tool (including an overwrite) of the card.  Then I used win32DiskImager.exe to copy the image onto the card again.  — No dice. Same single power light on.
  2. I then found my external card reader and did a quick format with the utility again and copied the image over with win32DiskImager again. — No dice.  Same single power light on.
  3. Then I tried to do another complete overwrite, copy image with win32DiskImager.exe — No dice. Same single power light on.

Well that didn’t pan out like I had hopped. So I searched some more and came up with this website:

http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup

About more generically how to get your card ready for the RaspberryPi.  I went ahead and downloaded the “flashnul” utility. And then I tried….

  1. Quick format in Panasonic then the flashnul utility to copy the image over.  — No dice. Same single power light on.
  2. Full Overwrite in Panasonic then the flashnul utility to copy the image over. — No dice. Same single power light on.

Actually I may have only tried one of those permutations.  But the key is I gave up on Windows at this point.  I had tried to look at the disk and see what I could see as far as partitions, etc and none it was lining up so I abandoned ship.

The next attempt is going to involve Linux. I promise!

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