ODROID-XU microSD Card Installation

  1. Insert the microSD Card into your computer and observe which device it registers as by typing ls /dev/sd*. If you are uncertain, remove the microSD Card and the entry should go away. Once you know which device your microSD Card is, follow the instructions below replacing /dev/sdX with the name of the microSD Card in your system.
  2. Begin partitioning the microSD Card by typing fdisk /dev/sdX
    1. Initialize a new partition table by selecting o, then verify the partition table is empty by selecting p.
    2. Create a boot partition by selecting n for ‘new’, then p for ‘primary’, and 1 to specify the first partition. Press enter to accept the default first sector and specify +16M for the last sector.
    3. Change the partition type to FAT16 by selecting t for ‘type’ and e for ‘W95 FAT16 (LBA)’.
    4. Next, create the data partition for the root filesystem by selecting n for ‘new’, then p for ‘primary’, and 2 to specify the second partition. Accept the default values for the first and last sectors by pressing enter twice.
    5. Press p to ‘print’ the partition table. It should look similar to the one below.
    6. Disk /dev/sda: 15.9 GB, 15931539456 bytes
      64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 15193 cylinders, total 31116288 sectors
      Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
      Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
      I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
      Disk identifier: 0x811634cb
         Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
      /dev/sda1            2048       34815       16384    e  W95 FAT16 (LBA)
      /dev/sda2           34816    31116287    15540736   83  Linux
    7. Finally, commit the changes by selecting w to ‘write’ the partition table and exit fdisk.
  3. Format the Partitions
    1. Format partition 1 as FAT by typing mkfs.vfat /dev/sdX1
    2. Format partition 2 as ext4 by typing mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdX2
  4. Install u-boot to the microSD Card
  5. wget http://s3.armhf.com/dist/odroid/odroidxu-uboot.img
    dd if=odroidxu-uboot.img of=/dev/sdX bs=512 seek=1
  6. Install the desired root filesystem to the microSD Card (ubuntu trusty in this example)
  7. wget http://s3.armhf.com/dist/odroid/ubuntu-trusty-14.04-rootfs-
    mkdir boot
    mkdir rootfs
    mount /dev/sdX1 boot
    mount /dev/sdX2 rootfs
    tar xJvf ubuntu-trusty-14.04-rootfs- -C rootfs
    cp rootfs/boot/boot.ini boot
    cp rootfs/boot/zImage boot
    umount boot
    umount rootfs
  8. The microSD Card is now ready to boot. Note that for ubuntu installations, the login userid is ubuntu and the password is ubuntu. Likewise for debian installations, the login userid is debian and the password is debian.

Tip: The package cache has been flushed to reduce the size of the images. Run apt-get update after boot to update the package cache, then run apt-get upgrade to ensure the latest updates are installed.