dd or ImageWriter on Ubuntu

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by nmalservet » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:21 pm

i share my first experience because i don't really understand why this solution works but it works.

I've tried to install raspbian and archlinux on 2 sd cards with the command line dd but my raspberry doesn't boot. Always the red light, without nothing more...

I think it was a problem of cards but i have tried to use ImageWriter on Ubuntu, and these 2 cards works, with these 2 systems.

So if ImageWriter solve my problem, i don't know why, because this tool use dd...
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by Jim JKla » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:21 pm
I have used both with Ubuntu an i've had no issues since however I have been using Win32DiskImage on windows I did find dd harder than ImageWriter but that was down to Gui versus Command line. ;)
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by jackokring » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:30 pm
dd worked with Mint linux (Ubuntu debian fork), the hardest part was working out which device in /dev was the correct device, and not using a subpartition device. i.e. /dev/sdc not /dev/sdc1. I had no such luck with the RISCOS image though, and spent little time figuring it out.
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by jamesh » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:34 pm
I use dd on Ubuntu. Works for me.
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by adamd1008 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:07 am

I just wanted to add that I've also had the same experience as nmalservet. Using the dd command with the bs=XX switch set to 4M and again to 1M, as per the instructions, didn't work for me for either 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian or 2012-12-16-wheezy-raspbian. After having another thought about fixing the pi and suspecting my SD card was broke, I used Win32DiskImager (on Windows, of course) and, surprisingly, this actually worked (for 2012-12-16; I didn't bother with the older one).

Is it possible that those in this thread that dd worked for changed the command-line arguments from what the instructions specified?

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by Spid » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:06 am
As Lubuntu is my main Distro, use ImageWriter and it always works, though use GParted first to create one partition on SD Card.
I will always assume you are running Raspbian for desktop and Raspbmc for XMBC !
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