How to boot from SD
#1
Hi guys

I just received my PinePhone and one the first things I like to do is replacing the current operating system (Manjaro) with Mobian. So I googled up the instructions and ended up at
https://wiki.mobian-project.org/doku.php?id=install. I am using the JumpDrive method as it sounded the most comfortable but I am kind of stuck. I managed to flash the JumpDrive image to an SD card using Balena Etcher. But according to the instructions I am supposed to boot the phone from SD next. But I have no clue how to do that. I read somewhere it is supposed to boot automatically when I insert the SD in my phone, which I did. But nothing happens. I also checked the SD card for damage, but that is not the case. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

With kind regards,
TheBoneJarmer
#2
(12-17-2020, 09:58 AM)TheBoneJarmer Wrote: Hi guys

I just received my PinePhone and one the first things I like to do is replacing the current operating system (Manjaro) with Mobian. So I googled up the instructions and ended up at
https://wiki.mobian-project.org/doku.php?id=install. I am using the JumpDrive method as it sounded the most comfortable but I am kind of stuck. I managed to flash the JumpDrive image to an SD card using Balena Etcher. But according to the instructions I am supposed to boot the phone from SD next. But I have no clue how to do that. I read somewhere it is supposed to boot automatically when I insert the SD in my phone, which I did. But nothing happens. I also checked the SD card for damage, but that is not the case. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

With kind regards,
TheBoneJarmer

If you flashed Jumpdrive correctly, then insert that SDcard in your PinePhone, switch on the phone and you will be presented with the Jumpdrive screen on your phone. If this does not happen then 99.9% likely your flash of Jumpdrive is bad. Once Jumpdrive boots OK you can plug a cable between your PC and the phone and flash from your PC to the eMMC.

(See also the wiki here at Pine64.)
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#3
Some people haven't been able to boot from cards written by Etcher, but have had success using other software to write the card. It's not clear if this is a problem with a specific version or operating system, or even user error.
#4
If you're comfortable working from the command line in a Unix/Linux shell, "dd" works really well for flashing SD cards, but you'd better be REALLY certain you're writing to the correct device. (The thing about dd is that it's an old school Unix command which adheres to the ancient Unix philosophy of giving users enough rope to hang themselves.)
#5
(12-18-2020, 11:21 PM)Zebulon Walton Wrote: If you're comfortable working from the command line in a Unix/Linux shell, "dd" works really well for flashing SD cards, but you'd better be REALLY certain you're writing to the correct device. (The thing about dd is that it's an old school Unix command which adheres to the ancient Unix philosophy of giving users enough rope to hang themselves.)
I tried dd at first, but Pinephone couldn't read the SD card, so I used Etcher instead (which then worked).
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