Action Item #497

Provide image file for PiBox release

Added by Hammel over 4 years ago. Updated almost 3 years ago.

Status:ClosedStart date:03 Feb 2016
Priority:HighDue date:
Assignee:Hammel% Done:


Target version:0.1.0 - Proof of concept
Severity:03 - Medium


Danny needs an image file he can dd to an SD card of the current PiBox release. This requires updating the mksd and mkinstall scripts to generate the image file instead of writing to a mounted card.


#1 Updated by Hammel over 4 years ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress
  • % Done changed from 0 to 10

I created an image file and tested on a RPi Model B. It won't work with a Model 2 (quad core) because that uses a different CPU. It will probably work with a B+ or A. You can get the image file here:

You need a 3GB or larger SD card for this. The image file is 2.5GB. To install:

dd if=pibox-pre-0.11.0.img of=/dev/sdcard bs=1M

Substitue the device name as appropriate, or use some other tool to do a byte copy to the SD card.

This will boot up to the PiBox Development Platform. Wait for the second boot - the first boot runs some setup stuff and then reboots into the working system. Use the root menu (right click on background) to get the Network Configuration tool. Configure your network and then copy in the .opk files from the original package. Use

ssh root@ipaddrr

with a password of pibox. Install the opk files with

opkg-cl install *.opk

Then reboot. That will get you the PiBox Media Server interface, which is what we'll use to control the IoT devices.

Let me know how this goes for you by updating this issue.

#2 Updated by Hammel over 4 years ago

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Did you try the image file yet? Ball's in your court on this one.

#3 Updated by Gale over 4 years ago

Unfortunately, a first pass was not successfully booting on my RPi 2B. I need to debug and see what's actually wrong

#4 Updated by Hammel over 4 years ago

That image doesn't work on RPi 2's. It only works on the RPi A, A+, B and B+. The 2 has a different processor (we talked about that yesterday a little). See

It looks like it might also work on a Compute Module and the Pi Zero, but I haven't tried that. I think I have A+ and B's. Mostly B's.

#5 Updated by Hammel over 4 years ago

Make that:

I have mostly B and B+'s. I couldn't remember what I had till I looked at this page to see the boards.

#6 Updated by Hammel about 4 years ago

If you have problems booting the image, take a look at this issue too: RM #460, RM #511

I'm tracking source changes to support PI2 against RM #511.

#7 Updated by Hammel almost 3 years ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Closed
  • % Done changed from 50 to 100

No need for this anymore. We can easily create the SD card from the binary release and install scripts.

Closing issue.

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