Creating the SD card problems

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Creating the SD card problems

Postby adeshpande » Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:50 am

Hi everyone, I am trying to do Step 2 on the Parallella Quick Start Guide. However, my Win32 Disk Imager is not responding whenever I try to write the image. Here is what I have done. Please let me know if you see my problem or anything that would help me out. I would appreciate it.

1. Downloaded Win32 from this site: http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Too ... ager.shtml

2. Downloaded the 3rd file from this: ftp://ftp.parallella.org/sd_images (the one before the torrent)

3. Unzipped(Extracted) that file

4. Inserted my SD card into the laptop

5. Opened Win32 and searched for the file that I just unzipped, and then I pressed "Write". Then the program froze and aid "Not Responding"

Do you guys have any explanations or advice? I would GREATLY appreciate it
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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby Itimpi » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:18 pm

The basic steps appear fine, except for the fac the last one is not working. I have, however, seen many reports of problems using the SD readers built into laptops.

Most users report success using (very cheap) external USB SD card reader/writers.
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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby adeshpande » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:48 pm

I'm using a 32 GB Scandisk SD card
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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby adeshpande » Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:14 pm

Do we have to "mount" the file or something?
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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby adeshpande » Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:21 pm

DO I have to do anything with the rootfs.tar.gz file?
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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby 9600 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:10 pm

adeshpande wrote:DO I have to do anything with the rootfs.tar.gz file?


No, this is used with an alternate Linux procedure.

If you are downloading and unzipping the disk image and then failing when trying to write this to an SD card, it suggests a problem with either the SD card, the card reader, or the imaging software being used. In the case of the latter, it may be that for some reason the software doesn't get on with your particular card reader.

I would try searching for:

  • Known issues with your hardware and Win32 Disk Imager
  • Alternatives to Win32 Disk Imager

It looks as though the problem is not going to be unique to Parallella and you'd experience the same problem trying to write out an SD card for a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone etc. Of course, you could try this just to be sure!

Cheers,

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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby adeshpande » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:33 pm

On Raspberry Pi's website, it says that the SD card needs to be properly formatted. Is this also true for Parallella? If so, how do I format it correctly?
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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby adeshpande » Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:06 pm

This is what my SD is showing right now
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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby 9600 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:07 pm

So you've inserted an SD card and now managed to successfully write out the .img file using Win32 Disk Imager, before copying on those 3 files?

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Re: Creating the SD card problems

Postby adeshpande » Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:11 pm

I don't understand why it says 126 MB. Shouldn't it say 32 GB?
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