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Hi, I'm new here and hope to be around more frequently as I am actively researching embedded systems.
I have a question or two in regards to a problem I am having with an NANDrive (that's the actual manufacturer) on a i486 arch board. It needs a bit of background story, I'll try to keep it brief.
I asked a friend who has more experience for advice on doing a custom install on this board, I didn't like the manufacture's systems. I showed him the board with a working bootable Debain Live USB (wheezy, which supports i486). He said I should just try the Debian Live install, we did that, and it failed due to lack of disk space. Although I was surprised that it was actually working at all because I didn't think that would work for this type of board with only an NAND disk.
Now after this I have been having a hell of a time trying to get any other OS to recognize the MTB disk. When I boot the Debian Live USB disk I can still detect the drive, and I tried formatting it to FAT32, added a file, read the file, still seems to work fine. But any other OS I put on it (via USB boot) just doesn't even acknowledge it.
First question: Is this a viable method of installation? I started thinking, maybe the only reason we don't install embedded like this normally is due to lack of USB and/or disk size. But now I am wondering if I broke the disk by doing this?
Second question: Is formatting these types of drives a normal thing to do? Somehow it seemed a bit taboo based on my research.
Lastly and most importantly: Can I fix it without going factory?
If I have to replace the memory it's not a major problem. This is a factory job and I'll have a guy come pick it up and reinstall the disk if need be, but certainly would like to avoid the hassle.
It is actually called NANDrive, you can find them via search engine. But actually it turns out this wasn't the problem.
I called the factory and they said I probably needed to tweak the BIOS. After some experimentation and a few phone calls we got it working! I guess this machine has tricky requirements to boot properly.