Le Potato: I would like to the OS to reside and boot from a USB SSD: a device that is designed for wear and tear, unlike the SD card.
Is it possible to install a boot-loader that transfers execution to a USB SSD for booting up an OS (Ubuntu / Raspian etc.)? If yes, then a link to setup instructions is appreciated: thank you
Thanks for the prompt reply.
I believe that you are indicating that the GitHub Flash tool will flash an eMMC (attached via USB) with a boot loader AND the operating system: replacing the SD card. No more SD card.
If my understanding of the above is correct, I think it is possible to do the same with a SATA-SSD or NVMe-SSD attached via USB?
Thank you for clarifying. Given that I do not want to use an eMMC, then I am required to install a micro SD card with a boot loader. Please review / comment on my plan:
- flash & install sd card: aLibre (Ubuntu) image to a 32GB micro SD card
- flash the same image to a USB connected SSD from MacBook using Raspberry Pi installer
- connect the SSD via USB
- configure bootloader to select the USB drive
As I understand it: flashing the SD card with the Libre-ubuntu image installs the bootloader. Is it possible to configure this bootloader to execute Ubuntu installed on the USB-SSD?
Your guidance / comments are helpful. Thank you
Wipe the MicroSD card and only use libretech-flash-tool to write the bootloader. Writing a full image will cause it to boot from the image.
libretech-flash-tool works from MacOS (Intel) Ventura?
We don’t support MacOS. Use a Linux based machine or VM.
If I have a 2nd new micro SD card and connect it via USB to La Potato, will libretech-flash-tool work? Thanks
Yes, it will work. Just make sure you target the right device. If connected via USB, it should be /dev/sda (if only one device).
System now boots from the USB-NVMe drive.
The ethernet LEDs fails to illuminate and does not connect to the network. I tested the cable with a second Potato (SD card only) and the ethernet LEDs illuminate.
I tested the ethernet by booting ubuntu from a good SD card (no NVME): ethernet = good / working.
What can be done to troubleshoot ethernet? I am using a 2.4 A power source.
There’s a mismatch between the bootloader and the Linux kernel. Can you provide the output of