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[TUTORIAL]how to install linux, xbmc or openelec on micro sd

sniffersniffer Posts: 228WeTek Community Member
edited March 2016 in Tutorials
sorry for that not all pictures are uptodate
  • WeTek Play
  • Micro SD (minimum 4 GB
  • PC/Mac
Software and Tools:
OpenELEC for WeTek Play
Win32 Disk Imagger - http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
SD Formatter 4.0 for SD/SDHC/SDXC- https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/
Free Winrar - http://freedownloadwinrar.net/all-languages
Installation:

1. Download SD Formatter 4.0 for SD/SDHC/SDXC
click on this link -> https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/
scroll down the page and click on this button
knip1.png then click on knip2.png

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click on save

if it is done you see in the left under corner this
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click on it
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click on setup
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click the left button
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click on B]Next >[/B
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click on B]Install[/B

you get now a popop window click on yes
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click on B]Finish[/B
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click on the icon on you desktop
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if you this get you have no card in your reader so put a card in your reader and clcik on Refresh
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click on B]Format[/B
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click on B]OK[/B
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click on B]OK[/B
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click on B]OK[/B

now is your sd card Ready
2. Download OpenELEC for WeTek http://update.wetekos.com:8080/download ... 0.0.img.gz

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Click B]Save[/B (left tab)

on the left bottem corner you see this if you use google chrome
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click on it
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if you get this wondow it means you have no unpack programm for the tar.br2
so you need to install winzip or winrar we use the free version from winrar
Download http://freedownloadwinrar.net/all-languages
choose your language and click on it Example English (64 bit)]
winrar01.png
Click on B]Save[/B
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this you see on the bottem from your browser, click on it
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click on B]Install[/B
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click on B]OK[/B
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click on B]Done[/B
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this window open automatic
browse to OpenELEC-Amlogic.WeTek.Play.arm-5.0.0.img.gz

browse to the place you have download the wetek-openelec.tar.bz2 file
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click with the recht mouse button and choose out the menu "Extract here"
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keep in mind location where you extracted this archive.

3. Doawload Win32 Disk Imager http://sourceforge.net/projects/win3...atest/download

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click on B]Save[/B
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on the bottem from your browser you see this click on it
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click on B]Run[/B then yes
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click on B]Next >[/B
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click on B]Next >[/B
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click on B]Next >[/B
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click on B]Next >[/B
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click on B]Next >[/B
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click on B]Install[/B
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click on B]Finish[/B
oops dont check launch win32Diskimage it dont works si i need admin rights
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Right-click on app icon and select Run as Administrator)
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Note: After installation Win32 Disk Imager application is located at:
Windows 64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\ImageWriter
Windows 32 bit: C:\Program Files\ImageWriter
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Click on blue Folder icon and browse for wetek-openelec folder, where inside you will find .img file, and select it.
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Now, you should select from Devices dropdown menu, letter which represents inserted Micro SD card
Once when You selected Micro SD card, click on B]Write[/B, confirm everything what Image Writer may ask
you and wait that application burn .img file to Micro SD

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click on B]Yes[/B
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click on B]OK[/B
8. Once when burning process is done, remove Micro SD from PC, and insert it in WeTek Play
9. Reboot or turn ON WeTek Play and it will boot directly in OpenELEC.

Comments

  • PhyshBournePhyshBourne Posts: 72WeTek Community Member
    Re: [TUTORIAL]how to install linux, xbmc or openelec on micr

    for apple mac os x i recommend the apple pi baker…! :idea:
  • rjcoginrjcogin Posts: 3WeTek Community Member
    Re: [TUTORIAL]how to install linux, xbmc or openelec on micr

    Hi, I wonder if anybody can help me? i have installed OpenElec on to a microSD following the above directions. However, the capacity of the card drops from 64gb to 128mb. is there a way to install the bootable openelec and keep the full capacity of the card?

    Thanks for you help.
  • Re: [TUTORIAL]how to install linux, xbmc or openelec on micr
    rjcogin wrote:
    Hi, I wonder if anybody can help me? i have installed OpenElec on to a microSD following the above directions. However, the capacity of the card drops from 64gb to 128mb. is there a way to install the bootable openelec and keep the full capacity of the card?

    Thanks for you help.
    Please open a new thread/toppic for your issue.
  • tomtomclubtomtomclub Posts: 16WeTek Community Member
    how to update OpenELEC-Amlogic.WeTek.Play.arm-5.0.0.img.gz >? OpenELEC-WeTek_Play.arm-5.95.5 only black screen
  • maczbmaczb Posts: 14WeTek Community Member
    You Have to 4 files unpack from tar file (from directory target) and upload to update on wetek.

  • You can download the latest build on the OpenELEC website

    more info: http://tutorials.wetek.com/tutorial/10
  • bejebeje Posts: 12WeTek Community Member
    pls update in the initial post the link for the Win32 Disk Imager. Link is broken: has dots (...) in the name. I manage to download it from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

    One question: is this formater doing something more special than the plain simple windows format?

    Thanks.
  • MC117MC117 Posts: 3,707Administrator - WeTek Community Manager
    beje wrote: »
    pls update in the initial post the link for the Win32 Disk Imager. Link is broken: has dots (...) in the name. I manage to download it from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

    One question: is this formater doing something more special than the plain simple windows format?

    Thanks.


    Sometimes after a installation, thew mSD cards to be adjusted to it's original size.

    Thanks for the heads up on the link :D

    Best Regards

  • NE0NE0 Posts: 808WeTek Community Member
    One question: is this formater doing something more special than the plain simple windows format?
    Yes id does more special things then a Windows format.

    win32diskimager explanation:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Win32DiskImager
  • bejebeje Posts: 12WeTek Community Member
    i meant SD Formatter 4.0 for SD/SDHC/SDXC. For Win32 Disk Imager is sure thing... :)
  • NE0NE0 Posts: 808WeTek Community Member
    More information about SD Card Formatter:
    - https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/
    - https://www.sdcard.org/about_sda/member_companies/index.html

    The formatting procedure is not exactly described but it is not the same as using Windows or Mac OS tools
  • bejebeje Posts: 12WeTek Community Member
    ok. understood. it seems this is the difference:
    This software formats all SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards and SDXC memory cards. SD Formatter provides quick and easy access to the full capabilities of your SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.
    The SD Formatter was created specifically for memory cards using the SD/SDHC/SDXC standards. It is strongly recommended to use the SD Formatter instead of formatting utilities provided with operating systems that format various types of storage media. Using generic formatting utilities may result in less than optimal performance for your memory cards.
    The SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards have a "Protected Area" on the card for the SD standard's security function. The SD Formatter does not format the "Protected Area". Please use appropriate application software or SD-compatible device that provides SD security function to format the "Protected Area" in the memory card.
    I will reinstall my openelec after I will format with this utility...

    something strange though: the utility is not recognizing my card when in the internal card reader. But when I have an external one it recognize it as a SD card
  • mauromauro Posts: 29WeTek Community Member
    Hi there!!

    I hope this is the right thread for my issue regarding OE on mSD.

    I have an OE wetek box where I've installed Android (1.1.5) on NAND and I'm trying to run OE on mSD.

    To prepare the mSD I used different metods included the one of this tutorial, the create_installstick.exe from OE, and dd command under linux but nevewr got it working.

    I did also try different mSD, same issue

    I have the OE 5.0.8 .img

    When the box run with Android I can browse the mSD card

    Any hint?

    Thx
  • mauromauro Posts: 29WeTek Community Member
    More info about mSD card and booting OE from it

    I played with the mSD card and I've discovered that there are 2 partitions, ext4. This is the log when I start the box

    Reading through with not much of a clue about 99% of it, I can find this msg "unable to use mmc 0:1 for fatload" apparently just before the machine give up with the mSD and chang for internal boot (my best guess)

    I create the OE SD card with win32....

    Cheers
  • mauromauro Posts: 29WeTek Community Member
    SOLVED.

    Sorry to have bothered you all. At the end it was my mistake to consider the generic openelec image good for the wetek box :( As soon as I downloaded the right image no problem whatsoever arose using either win32diskimage or dd command with linux.

    If to keep clear records on this thread the admin consider delete my last comment please go ahead!!

    thanks
  • NE0NE0 Posts: 808WeTek Community Member
    @mauro

    Please consider to download the most recent build of OpenELEC http://openelec.tv/get-openelec

    You can find more information on what build to use here: http://www.wetekforums.com/v/index.php?p=/discussion/27120/openelec-6-0-3-release-for-wetek-play-openelec/p1
  • mauromauro Posts: 29WeTek Community Member
    @NE0
    Thanks.
    i downloaded the 6.0.3 and all is fine!

    Now I'm trying to let the wifi access point to work (enabled but not transmitting the signal) and I think this is a different thread...

    Cheers
  • NE0NE0 Posts: 808WeTek Community Member
    Glad to hear that it works.

    Please check this thread for WiFi tethering.
    http://www.wetekforums.com/v/index.php?p=/discussion/26836/workaround-tethering
  • dangerdreddangerdred Posts: 17WeTek Community Member
    I'm getting the 'press power key to boot from sdcard' message but pressing the power key either once or keeping it pressed the system still boots into android
  • NedScottNedScott Posts: 1,123WeTek Community Member
    You might want to try another mSD card. Most cards these day will boot things fine, but there have been cards that simply won't boot any computer/product. Back when the Raspberry Pi came out in 2012, which required an SD card to do anything, people discovered a lot of flash media that wouldn't boot it (or anything else, for that matter). Some minor/low level thing inside the card wasn't "right" or something.

    It's less common now, but it's the first thing to try if you can't boot from an mSD card.


    former WeTek Support team member, now just a friendly volunteer.
  • dangerdreddangerdred Posts: 17WeTek Community Member
    Is there any list anywhere of bootable msdcards?
  • MC117MC117 Posts: 3,707Administrator - WeTek Community Manager
    List no, but the major known mSD cards works

    Sandisk, Samsung, Kingston, lexar ....

    Best regards

  • MC117MC117 Posts: 3,707Administrator - WeTek Community Manager

    I'm getting the 'press power key to boot from sdcard' message but pressing the power key either once or keeping it pressed the system still boots into android

    Install this build using We.Update

    https://mega.nz/#!rARzCSJa!WBcQOQK0LZWbpq0ypmAYLcPAk9B3OYLdNkKpLWhLNgw

    It will solve that issue for sure

    Best regards

  • dangerdreddangerdred Posts: 17WeTek Community Member

    I'm getting the 'press power key to boot from sdcard' message but pressing the power key either once or keeping it pressed the system still boots into android

    Install this build using We.Update

    https://mega.nz/#!rARzCSJa!WBcQOQK0LZWbpq0ypmAYLcPAk9B3OYLdNkKpLWhLNgw

    It will solve that issue for sure

    Best regards

    weUpdate doesn't see the file you linked on my mSDcard - I rebooted into recovery which took an unusually long time and found my RCU didn't work when recovery loaded. I used my mouse and could see the file on the mSDcard there in recovery so not sure why weUpdate can't see it.

  • dangerdreddangerdred Posts: 17WeTek Community Member

    I'm getting the 'press power key to boot from sdcard' message but pressing the power key either once or keeping it pressed the system still boots into android

    Install this build using We.Update

    https://mega.nz/#!rARzCSJa!WBcQOQK0LZWbpq0ypmAYLcPAk9B3OYLdNkKpLWhLNgw

    It will solve that issue for sure

    Best regards

    weUpdate doesn't see the file you linked on my mSDcard - I rebooted into recovery which took an unusually long time and found my RCU didn't work when recovery loaded. I used my mouse and could see the file on the mSDcard there in recovery so not sure why weUpdate can't see it.

    EDIT: Think weUpdate didn't see the file as it was older than what I was already running?

  • MC117MC117 Posts: 3,707Administrator - WeTek Community Manager
    The file i sent you is newer than the build you had.

    It's indeed very strange

    I'll tackle this so we can check also

    Thanks for the head's up.

    Best regards

  • dangerdreddangerdred Posts: 17WeTek Community Member

    The file i sent you is newer than the build you had...

    I reformatted the mSDcard and it worked OK - weUpdate could see the file and updated OK - now to see if this has solved my booting from mSD into openelec problem.
  • dangerdreddangerdred Posts: 17WeTek Community Member

    The file i sent you is newer than the build you had...

    I reformatted the mSDcard and it worked OK - weUpdate could see the file and updated OK - now to see if this has solved my booting from mSD into openelec problem.
    No, still the same - message to 'press power key to boot from sdcard' but still going to nand Android
  • dangerdreddangerdred Posts: 17WeTek Community Member
    Apologies for all the posts - got it to boot openelec from mSDcard after I formatted the card in windows as opposed to SDformatter.
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