LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 04-25-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
Completely Clueless
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Marbella, Spain
Distribution: Many and various...
Posts: 816

Rep: Reputation: 69
Booting from an SD card


Hi guys,

So anyway, I've used a program called Unetbootin to create an Ubuntu 8.10 Live CD installation on a 4Gb SDHC card with a physical write-protect switch. It runs just like a live CD (only much faster obviously) and cannot be written to, thus ensuring its integrity. But there's a big catch; it won't boot from the machine I created it for as its BIOS doesn't support such 'exotic' boot media. Boots up fine with a usb/sd adaptor on everything else though (typical!)

So I need a Grub guru to suggest a workaround so the card can be booted sequentially via the traditional boot sector on the machine's hard drive. This would be really neat if a solution could be found as this machine (a sub notebook) doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, but does have an SD slot in the side which this card slides flush into nicely, unlike using a USB pen drive which is sticky-outy is liable to get snapped off (in my frequent experience).

Any ideas?

TIA, CC.
 
Old 04-25-2009, 01:41 PM   #2
linus72
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Gordonsville-AKA Mayberry-Virginia
Distribution: PocketWriter/MinimalX
Posts: 5,087

Rep: Reputation: 338Reputation: 338Reputation: 338Reputation: 338
This ain't my turf with SD cards but you could try

PLOP Bootmanager(floppy/CD/USB)
SuperGrubDisc

hope that helps some...

( http://linux.derkeiler.com/Newsgroup.../msg00011.html )

( http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=712557 )

( http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/de...il/004902.html )

Also, I believe DSL can frugal install to SD cards-Debian based-may be your best bet?
 
Old 04-25-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
hurry_hui
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2008
Location: Near Jakarta
Distribution: Slackware, Arch, Slax, Porteus, Tiny Core, Slitaz
Posts: 355
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 51
This might be possible. Install grub on your SSD (do not forget to create /boot partition and format it). Edit your menu.lst / grub.conf hence it lists your SD as root partition in which you put Ubuntu kernel. And kernel should be compiled to include block devices as SD cards.

This might work only if Grub can see your drive geometry.

CMIIW.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 06:24 AM   #4
Completely Clueless
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Marbella, Spain
Distribution: Many and various...
Posts: 816

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 69
Thanks, guys.

Well, I'm going to give it a shot. I've come across some additional info off the net on how to go about this, but it's pretty complicated and will really stretch my current Linux knowledge level to its absolute limit. Doubtless I'll have to return here for assistance from time to time!
BTW, interesting about CF cards being natively IDE. What a pity that for all the many card slots this netbook has, there's no CF one. :-(
Looks like it's SD or bust!
 
Old 04-28-2009, 09:27 AM   #5
Completely Clueless
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Marbella, Spain
Distribution: Many and various...
Posts: 816

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 69
Quote:
Originally Posted by hurry_hui View Post
This might work only if Grub can see your drive geometry.
AFAIK, Grub is independent of drive geometry translations, so this at least shouldn't be a problem.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DSL: old pc - ethernet card - booting tigertim71 Linux - Hardware 3 02-25-2009 08:03 AM
Not booting with TV card (LE 2005) dominik81 Mandriva 25 10-11-2005 03:07 AM
Network booting with PCMCIA card lotus49 Linux - Software 1 12-17-2004 10:18 PM
network card / booting hejduk Linux - General 2 03-12-2002 03:18 PM
Booting Halting - Network Card LiquidIce Linux - Newbie 1 04-20-2001 06:09 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:15 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration