I have a Panda Board ES. I am not able to get it to boot. I sent it back to SVTronics to get it checked and they said that the board is OK; I am the one who is not able to configure it properly.

After doing a little research and following all the directions on the Panda Board and Ubuntu website, I am still not able to get the board to boot. I think the problem is how I am formatting the SD card. I am using disk utility for Mac to format the SD card to "MSDOS(FAT)" partition.

I would like to know how to format an "SD Card" on a Macintosh to install Ubuntu on it for Panda Board ES.

  • $\begingroup$ This is not the correct place to ask this question - as it does not pertain to the Raspberry Pi. May I suggest you check the support site and/or forums for the Panda Board $\endgroup$
    – Steve Robillard
    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:59
  • $\begingroup$ I have already done that ... its kind of a dead community there .. that is why I asked this question here, thinking that someone might be able to remedy the situation $\endgroup$
    – Killer_Alien_Monk
    Dec 5, 2012 at 16:56
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    $\begingroup$ There is a new stackexchange site Robotics. They might be able to help. $\endgroup$
    – Jivings
    Dec 5, 2012 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Manishearth Glad to help :) $\endgroup$
    – Jivings
    Dec 6, 2012 at 18:45

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It's possible that your problem is not the filesystem format (although you should probably using Linux EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 instead of MS-DOS/FAT). Is the bootloader installed properly?

Here are some posts on putting an Ubuntu bootloader on an SD card:

More broadly, have you looked at this wiki, dedicated to putting Ubuntu on Panda boards? http://www.omappedia.org/wiki/OMAP_Ubuntu_Main

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer. I was able to resolve the issue. I was not using the dd command properly. Also FAT partition on SD card is ok for running linux. $\endgroup$
    – tinyhook
    Dec 11, 2012 at 1:56

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