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 Booting off CF Card 
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Post Booting off CF Card
Is it possible to boot off CF with a diskless Fit-PC?


Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:33 am
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Post Re: Booting off CF Card
If you mean the miniSD card, no, but a regular Compact Flash can be used with a special adapter that makes it look like a 2.5" HD.

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Richard Klingspetz
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Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:53 pm
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Post Re: Booting off CF Card
I tried to use a sandisk Compact Flash 4GB with a SATA adaptor as a small SSD.
When I go F2 to BIOS settings a can see the Compact 4GB as a primary drive. 8-)
I managed to install the Mageia 1 Linux from the Live CD to the CF, which is seen as /dev/sda.
No problem here. :)
Grub setup on disk MBR, /dev/sda is my choice.

I check again the BIOS: the drive, the only one, is set as boot device.

Then, I boot the FitPC2i and it can't find any OS. "no operating system found"
It just don't boot the CF ! :cry:

I tried to chain boot the CF with Grub on my bootable USB key: Grub doesn't see any disk, except the key itself. :?

Any idea please ?


Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:47 pm
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Post Re: Booting off CF Card
Self-reply :

I've found a page which claims that even if my CF-SATA adapter is bootable, not all CF are bootable ... :cry:
(and the compatible ones advertised are very expensive)

I think I'll go back trying to boot of SD...


Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:08 am
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Post Re: Booting off CF Card
Hello

We didn't test such adapters, so there may be a problem with an adapter. Before you are going to buy a bunch of different cards, please try them first

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Gabriel Heifets

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Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:28 am
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Post Re: Booting off CF Card
The SSD price have droped a lot, I've just bought 64GB SATA SSD to get rid of usb keys and have higher speed. 8-)

64GB is too much, I needed 8GB at most, but it's only 37€ so...


This time there won't be any problem to boot I hope :roll:

The CF Card and its adapter were just wasted money :cry:


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