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Old 01-16-2014, 05:58 PM   #1
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MTB/NAND problems


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.
 
Old 01-21-2014, 12:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ !

Could you give some more specifications info about your drive, like model and size of this drive?

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Old 03-02-2014, 06:47 PM   #3
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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.
 
  


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