ChuckNorris
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Booting Raspbian from a laptop

Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:59 pm

I've got a question that is bugging the living hell out of me.
Google is useless to answer it, every search I've entered, every variant, has made google tell me that nobody has even thought to ask this before. That the thread simply does not exist. So, here goes:

I have an HP laptop, it's pretty freaking sweet. It has an SD card reader, three USB ports, HDMI and VGA outputs, widescreen, laptop has the number pad on the side (unlike most stupid laptops), ethernet, wifi, etc.
The only problem is, I don't have any way of properly using it.
The harddrive died.
I've been able to boot it into Chromium OS off a USB stick, but that is just basically total and complete shit.
On top of this, I have an SD card with raspberry pi on it, but my Pi motherboard is dead.

So, here's my question: Is there any way to possibly boot into raspberry pi OS from the laptop?
No, not using it for its monitor, not using it for its keyboard, not networking with it, not any of the crap google gave me with my searches.
What I seek to do is this: I connect a bootable device (SD card, USB stick, even the spare 4 GB SATA Solid state harddrive I have sitting around would be fine) to the laptop, and boot into raspbian from that. On the laptop.
It has 4 GB of RAM, 2 GHZ processing power, it's pretty great. And if chromium OS can detect all devices in it, surely raspbian can too. Not to mention chromium being a linux build.

So, is there some way that this is possible? Even if it means multiple partitions where the first one boots into a shell that detects the second one to boot raspbian partition, that'd be fine too. I don't know how to do this stuff myself, or I would, sorry. My knowledge of this is only medium.

Thanks for your time.

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Re: Booting Raspbian from a laptop

Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:57 pm

ChuckNorris wrote:
So, here's my question: Is there any way to possibly boot into raspberry pi OS from the laptop?
NO. (The cpu - processor - that the RPi uses is different from the one in your HP laptop.)

But you could possibly boot into any number of linux systems that WOULD run on your laptop.
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Re: Booting Raspbian from a laptop

Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:00 pm

... or, Yes.

Raspbian is just Debian recompiled for Arm hard float.

http://www.debian.org/

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Re: Booting Raspbian from a laptop

Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:05 pm

What DeeJay said. You can not use raspbian or any Raspberry Pi OS with an x86 CPU, but you can boot regular Linux off of a USB stick/drive. I have done exactly that with both ArchLinux and Ubuntu (I think it was 12.04...). It works fine.

Something like this may help as well (I just bought one to resurrect an old HP laptop I have laying around...) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091H ... os_product
Pi with ArchLinux running a minidlna/samba home server

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Re: Booting Raspbian from a laptop

Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:16 pm

By the way it's generally simple to replace HP laptop drives. You could slot in any old 2.5" drive you can beg or borrow.

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Re: Booting Raspbian from a laptop

Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:58 pm

ChuckNorris wrote:...stuff...
Hmmmm? http://cerebrux.net/chux-a-new-linux-di ... ck-norris/

So, here's my question: Is there any way to possibly boot into raspberry pi OS from the laptop?
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 63&t=56801

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