[Freedombox-discuss] How to create the proper boot partition on a USB or SD card?

Nick Hardiman nick at internetmachines.co.uk
Thu Jan 31 13:38:22 UTC 2013

There are a few ways round this. I think this way is the simplest because you don't have to tackle connectivity, bootloader upgrade, file system creation or other sysadmin tasks. 

* I use Nick's latest FreedomBox image (https://www.betweennowhere.net/tracker/freedombox-unstable.tar.bz2) to create a pre-loaded SD card.
* I test it on a dreamplug with factory-supplied settings. If the tests pass, 
* I mail that SD card to you (If I use a micro-SD card with a full size adapter, you can use either the dreamplug's external SD slot or open it up to get at the internal slot).
* we tackle any glitches with your new system

Would that help you? Or would you rather get stuck into the system administration?

Nick Hardiman
nick at internetmachines.co.uk

On 30 Jan 2013, at 19:11, Jack Wilborn <jkwilborn at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Nick, thanks for the response....  I don't know if I can exactly
> answer that question.  The problem I have is I've had a dreamplug (DP)
> for about 3 weeks and can only boot and run the manufacture installed
> software.  I wish to get to work with the Freedom Box stuff and see
> what I can do.  I would like to install the new bootloader so I can
> use the current images.
> I can get on the Internet, but it's flaky and only with a Windows PC.
> My Linux box doesn't see my WiFi card and I only have an iPhone 4 with
> a USB or WiFi and neither work on my Linux box.
> What I would like to do is be able to make the SD and the USB into the
> proper configuration or FS for the Linux to read the images off.
> First I guess I'll have to replace the bootloader, I'm pretty
> technical, and I like to understand what I'm doing before the action
> so I don't brick the device.
> SO I need to be able to make the installation of both the bootloader
> and the images to be read off the USB stick.  I can read and write the
> USB stick with my Linux box if need be.  But I can't access the SD
> card from anything but a laptop that only has windows on it.
> Does what I'm asking for make sense?
> I hope you have an answer..
> Thanks for your time...
> Jack
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM, Nick Hardiman
> <nick at internetmachines.co.uk> wrote:
>> Hi Jack,
>> Do you want
>> * a pre-installed SD card, that boots Debian and works without upgrading the Dreamplug bootloader?
>> Or do you want
>> * a method of upgrading the bootloader that does not involve the Internet, and
>> * an SD card with all the FreedomBox development environment on it?
>> Many thanks,
>> Nick
>> Nick Hardiman
>> nick at internetmachines.co.uk
>> @intmachines
>> On 30 Jan 2013, at 14:47, Jack Wilborn <jkwilborn at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hello, I am new with the DreamPlug (which I have and am running in
>>> it's original state) and am not a Linux wizard.  I posed a couple of
>>> these questions to Nick D.   On his suggestion I am posting them here
>>> for assistance from users that have a working DP.
>>> The basic problem here is that I don't have a good Internet connection
>>> and NO Internet to my Linux box.  I have a dual boot Windows 8/Debian
>>> Linux on a quad core 386 (i5-3450) with 32G of memory and a Atheros
>>> WiFi card that is not detected by Debian, and works under Windows.  So
>>> some of the parts of creating an image is not applicable to my venue
>>> and others as I've found out.
>>> I have a couple of questions, first can you create the proper FS on a
>>> USB memory stick to install the current with the original bootloader?
>>> I understand this is probably a negative, so can I create the proper
>>> FS on the USB stick or SD (when I get the proper hardware) via the
>>> Dreamplug original software?  If all else fails, then does someone
>>> know the proper steps to create the bootloader on a USB stick to
>>> update the bootloader without turning my DP into a brick.
>>> The following is the original note to Nick...
>>>> Nick, one of the problems I have now is that they want me to format
>>>> the SD card to a fat partition (with mkdosfs) and then to build a
>>>> partition with ext3 (I would change it to ext2 based on your
>>>> suggestion), but I have no way to interface with the SD on my Linux
>>>> box.
>>>> Can this be done under dos?  At least the initial format. Or better
>>>> yet, how about using the DP to format this properly, is the software
>>>> on the DP usable to build this file system? I do have it up, blinking
>>>> and talking via it's Linux.  I can find the SD card or the USB card
>>>> OK.
>>> Any assistance would be of great value to me.  Also any information
>>> will be gathered for other in the same boat.
>>> Thanks
>>> Jack
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