Day 1 - Arch linux installation

Submitted by matthiaslink on Sat, 2013-01-12 - 23:48

A couple of days before i got my little Raspberry PI. Thereof I had to read a lot of complains in internet that some SD Cards are not compatible with the device.

My choice was a Trascend 16GB <xxx> card that runs perfectly with the arch linux distribution; so here is my walkthrough to get this device up and running.

Choice of the distribution:
It was clear that the first of this tiny special things are going to run on linux. But what distribution should be taken. Actually the beginner guide from raspberrypi.org recommends Raspbian "wheezy". Some months ago i read about arch linux and i wanted to test it but had no time. This seems to be a good possibility to give arch linux arm a try; become a interesting system when Linux Magazine pressed this on a DVD some time ago.

Put the .img-file on the SD-card:
Really a problematic thing. I spend some minutes on that without any success so i will give you an information what happens; especially if you use a WIN system.

In the guide there is listed a tool called "Win32DiskImager" to write the image file on the SD-card. A big issue with this tool is that some internal card-readers, especially in notebooks, are incompatible with that tool (you'll find some complains in the net, too). So I really would suggest the tool Flashnul (ver. 0.994, 23.09.2008). I learned to love that piece of coding. What you can do:

  • Delete all partions (yes, you won't be able to do this with windows board tools, neither diskpart or disk management).
  • Load image-files on SD-card with drive letter or also by a drive list

Use this tool only if you open a cmd.exe with administrator rights. If not all seems to work during write process but your Raspberry won't start!!

Try to write your image to your SD-card with following command:

C:\>flashnul <driveletter of SD-card-reader>: -L path\to\iso\archlinux.is

Links:
*1  Flashnul  http://www.shounen.ru/soft/falshnul

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