SD Card Issues On GTA02
jonevalencia at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 5 20:36:05 CEST 2008
I just purchased my FreeRunner and I have run into a couple of issues
dealing with the SD card. I researched and attempted a lot of
troubleshooting and am not sure where to go from here. Here is what I have
tried so far:
Initially I tried to install qtopia to the SD card to try out that
interface. I followed the instructions for the install and moved over the
rootfs. When I tried to decompress the tar, I received an "invalid tar
magic" error. I tried a couple more times and continued to receive that
I removed the SD card and accessed it from my linux host and was able to
complete the qtopia installation with no errors. I placed the SD card back
in the FreeRunner and was able to boot qtopia off the SD card with no
issues. It seemed stable and I had no running issues.
I then decided to try debian and downloaded it's installer. I ran the
installer and received the same "invalid tar magic" error during the debian
stage. I rebooted and attempted again several times with the same result.
It did not always happen in the same place, but it was the same error.
I upgraded uBoot to gta02v5 and the kernel and rootfs to the latest
Om2008.8. I tried the debian installer again with the same results.
I tried both running the installer again right after a failure and I tried
rebooting and then running the installer again. Still the same results. A
couple of times the unit locked up when I attempted to run the installer
again directly after a failure.
I read the information about slowing down the clock speed to allow for
slower cards. This is the original SD card, but I gave it a try anyway. I
created another boot menu entry with the added argument to max the speed at
10000000. I tried the debian installer again and had the same error.
I checked over the list of supported SD cards and tried a 2GB scandisk
thinking that maybe my SD card had an issue. Same results.
Is there anything that I missed or did not consider? Anything else I can
try? Could I have a bad SD controller?
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