Making an Beaglebone SDcard

I have been looking everywhere for this but have not yet found anything that makes sense - to me of little linux knowledge.

Narcissus generates image files of Angstom tyles in a .tar.gz format.

I am used to using windows + a .img format.

How do you achieve generate an SDcard from this .tar.gz image?

I can use either Windows or Linux - but can somebody please point me towards how to do this.

Thanks

You may find this helpful.

http://circuitco.com/support/index.php?title=BeagleBone#Image_Files

Gerald

Hi Gerald,

...the images are "cat"ed or "dd"ed (Linux Host) to the
SD card, which includes the partition table to be written.

But do I have to do, if I want to write the image to a 16GB card and
not to the default 4GB card, which comes with my beaglebone?

Best regards,
mcc

Gerald Coley <gerald@beagleboard.org> [12-08-15 18:20]:

Just write the 4 GB image to your card. Then, the simple thing to do
would be to use something like GParted[1] to expand the main partition
and file system to fill the entire 16 GB card.

[1]:http://gparted.org/

-Andrew

BeagleBone is 4G. Writing a 4G image to a 16G card will give yo an expensive 4G card.

Gerald

Hi Gerald,

well spotted! :slight_smile:

...which is exactly the reason for asking my question :wink:

Gerald Coley <gerald@beagleboard.org> [12-08-15 18:48]:

I have already visited the support site.

http://circuitco.com/support/index.php?title=BeagleBone#Image_Files

What I cannot (as yet) get my head around is that nearly all the image files I have used - whether linux or windows based are labelled something like *******.img.tar or *******.img - or ********.tar.gz and if necessary to decompress in windows produce a ******.img file which is a straight ‘write’ with Win32DiskImager or in linux to provide a group of files/folders that include some files that help with the build - take Ubuntu or Debian Wheezy .

The http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardUbuntu for example - where you use the script sudo ./setup_sdcard.sh --mmc /dev/sdX --uboot “board” after downloading and decompressing it.

The Narcissus generated image file that I downloaded did not seem to include the ‘script’ parts like this included or at least I certainly could not seem to get past that stage?

Have you looked at http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/demo/beaglebone/ ?

I have already visited the support site.

http://circuitco.com/support/index.php?title=BeagleBone#Image_Files

What I cannot (as yet) get my head around is that nearly all the image files
I have used - whether linux or windows based are labelled something like
*******.img.tar or *******.img - or ********.tar.gz and if necessary to
decompress in windows produce a ******.img file which is a straight 'write'
with Win32DiskImager or in linux to provide a group of files/folders that
include some files that help with the build - take Ubuntu or Debian Wheezy .

The http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardUbuntu for example - where you use the
script sudo ./setup_sdcard.sh --mmc /dev/sdX --uboot "board" after
downloading and decompressing it.

The Narcissus generated image file that I downloaded did not seem to include
the 'script' parts like this included or at least I certainly could not seem
to get past that stage?

In that situation, Angstrom has a script to just format the sd card,
and relies on your to dump the *.tar to the correct partition..

Grap the 'mksdcard.txt' script..

And then follow:
"How to Unpack and Boot the Demo Image - the hard way"
(on the same http page)

Regards,

Thanks Robert + Koen.