Debian Recovery SD card
Variscite provides a recovery SD card image that can be used to install the pre-built Debian images into the internal storage device of the SOM.
1 Download the recovery SD card image
from Variscite's FTP server: ftp://customerv:Variscite1@ftp.variscite.com/VAR-SOM-MX8/Software/debian/
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2 Write the image to an SD card
2.1 Using a Linux based host
Plug-in the SD card to your Linux HOST PC, run dmesg and see which device is added (i.e. /dev/sdX or /dev/mmcblkX)
$ gunzip mx8m-dart-debian-recovery-sd.vXX.img.gz $ sudo umount /dev/sdX* $ sudo dd if=mx8m-dart-debian-recovery-sd.vXX.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M; sync (Replace /dev/sdX with your actual device)
2.2 Using a Windows based host
Download Win32 Disk Imager from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/, install and run it.
Select the image file, and the SD card device - double check that the device is correct to avoid accidentally overwriting a different device.
Click on "Write".
No need to format the SD card before writing the image to it.
3 Recover NAND flash/eMMC
- Power-off the board.
- Insert the SD card into the SD card slot of the carrier board (DVK)
- Make sure the Boot DIP switches are set to SD card:
- Power up the board - it will boot into Linux from the SD card
3.1 Flash from command line
- Login as root (password root)
- From Linux command line, type the following
$ install_debian.sh - Flash Debian into eMMC
3.2 SD card image file tree
/opt/images/ └── Debian ├── rootfs.tar.gz └── imx-boot-sd.bin
The install_debian.sh script file is located at /usr/sbin/