Talk:Prepare a bootable SD card to run Balsa

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The title should be changed, because the Balsa card is not really bootable. It can only be the target of a link boot

--Wes Peacock (talk) 15:24, 15 November 2013 (MST)

From an email from Kim Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:25:34 -0400


We can use a Live CD for the GParted step; also for the zsync, perhaps, because the LiveCD can mount a Win partition, I think. But can we use a Live CD system to untar the image? Even if it would untar into memory or a ramdisk or something, it wouldn't be saved after shutdown, right? There is mention of this here:


This needs to be tested.

--Wes 13:21, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

The Live CD can mount the SD card, so it can untar directly onto the card, from a tar file that was downloaded onto the Windows partition. Using rsync for new cards is inefficient, so untarring directly onto the card is better anyway. Using rsync is good when you want to upgrade or reset an existing card. Although it's nice to have just one set of instructions that covers everything, I think we should have separate instructions for upgrades and resets.

Note that the procedures will change substantially when we move to distributing disk images.

--Neil Mayhew 18:07, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

From an email: Kim Blewett <> Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:59:31 -0400

More ideas... I think I like using 'BalsaRoot' in the title.

"Create/Prepare a bootable SD card to run Balsa" "Create/Prepare a BalsaRoot bootable SD card"

QUESTION: Am I correct in thinking that this "bootable SD card" will NOT boot in an Eee the "standard" way, which involves changing a BIOS setting to allow SD boot?

If this is correct then I think we need to note it somewhere in the wiki, so we can point to it when Eee owners write in to say "I changed my BIOS and it doesn't work."

(I haven't been following this topic lately; in spring of 2009 it was still *only* Asus Eees that had this SD boot BIOS option; not Dell or other brands. This may have changed.)

--Wes Peacock 17:20, 29 March 2011 (UTC)