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[Bug 1078559] [NEW] Installation fails on OMAP4/Pandaboard (RevA2)


You have been subscribed to a public bug by Winston Smith (smith-winston-101):

After performing a BRAND NEW installation of ubuntu-12.10-server-
armhf+omap4.img on an OMAP4 Pandaboard (Rev A2), the system apparently
completed the installation, the installer asked if it could reboot, I
saw the "Requesting system restart" message and nothing further

I then went to manually power cycle the unit, but it does nothing at
all, I don't even see the u-boot messages coming up.  The activity LEDs
on the board also behave differently from a normal boot (STATUS1 comes
on and stays lit, there is no other LED activity, including the Ethernet

NOTE:  That this behavior is exactly the same as when I tried to upgrade
an existing 12.04 system to 12.10 (see bug #1076447)

If I mount the SD card on Mac OS X, and run the 'ls' command, it appears
that the fat32 partition is corrupt or damaged:

mbp:~ winston$ ls -al /Volumes/SERVICEV001/
ls: MLO.    ␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀␀剅䥖䕃ざ㄰t.biꤨ䅭: No such file or directory
total 28836
drwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff     1536 Jan  1  1980 .
drwxrwxrwt@ 7 root   admin      238 Nov 13 22:10 ..
drwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff      512 Nov 13 17:49 .Spotlight-V100
drwxrwxrwx@ 1 winston  staff      512 Nov 13 17:49 .Trashes
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff     4096 Nov 13 17:49 ._.Trashes
drwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff      512 Nov 13 22:10 .fseventsd
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff    26960 Oct 17 18:28 MLO
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff       72 Nov 14  2012 preEnv.txt
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff       39 Oct 17 18:28 preEnv.txt-old
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff       97 Oct 17 18:28 preEnv.txt-serial
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff       97 Nov 13 19:54 preEnv.txt.bak
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff      119 Nov 14  2012 uEnv.txt
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff      119 Oct 17 18:28 uEnv.txt.bak
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff  4276960 Nov 14  2012 uImage
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff  4276960 Oct 17 18:28 uImage.bak
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff  1853248 Nov 14  2012 uInitrd
-rwxrwxrwx  1 winston  staff  4318492 Oct 17 18:28 uInitrd.bak

NOTE2: After writing the image to the SD card and before attempting to boot, you must replace preEnv.txt with preEnv.txt-serial otherwise there is no console and you cannot perform the installation (this is not documented that I could see!).

** Affects: live-installer (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: armhf install omap
Installation fails on OMAP4/Pandaboard (RevA2)
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