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Old 12-30-2007, 10:10 AM   #1
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run from an SD card?


Is there a distro out there that will run from an SD card? I have an idea for a home made photo frame that would require booting/loading from an SD card into a ramdisk, and was wondering if there was already a distro set up for this, or if you all had any input on which on to use.

Thanks!
 
Old 12-30-2007, 02:14 PM   #2
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Booting from an SD card should work like booting from a USB pen, and there are plenty out there to do this.

However, I'm a bit puzzled - why would you want to boot from an SD card? Surely you want the O/S for your photo frame to be built in, otherwise all your SD cards that you wanted to use would need to have an O/S on them.

Just out of interest, why are you trying to make a home-made SD photo frame? The shop-bought ones would be much cheaper and neater. Unless you're trying to do something special...

Have a look here for more info about USB Linux Distros:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
 
Old 12-30-2007, 02:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help, fuzzy.

Here's the idea: I want to give my mom a photo frame that has an 802.11 interface so that I can remotely add pictures. These don't exist. So, my idea is to build one from a mini-ATX board, a nice LCD screen, boot it from one SD card into a ram disk, and have one other SD card to store the pics (no hard drive). I can elaborate more if you'd like. (:

basically, I want the OS to boot up, load just the drivers for the VGA card, the 802.11 card and whatever GUI I use to display the pics. Very minimal.
 
Old 12-30-2007, 02:44 PM   #4
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There's this one, which seems quite similar:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Reso...047302&sr=1-15

But if you want to do all that, you may as well make a complete media centre.

It seems like a fun project, though.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 11:07 AM   #5
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I was wanting to build something similar to this:
Kodak Photo Frame

But this one seems pretty user unfriendly and cumbersome (not to mention expensive!)

We'll see how the project ends up. I think I have a good handle on how I want it to work.

I may post updates here (in case anyone is interested). And I still have plenty of other questions.

thanks!
 
  


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