[XSCE] sdcard for /opt and /library on xo 1.5

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Wed Jul 15 18:31:09 EDT 2015

On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 09:27:49AM -0400, Tim Moody wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jerry Vonau [mailto:me at jvonau.ca]
> > Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 3:56 AM
> > To: xsce-devel at googlegroups.com; Tim Moody
> > Cc: devel at lists.laptop.org; server-devel at lists.laptop.org
> > Subject: RE: [XSCE] sdcard for /opt and /library on xo 1.5
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > > On July 14, 2015 at 10:49 PM Tim Moody <tim at timmoody.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > I think the bottom line is that on this xo1.5 I need to use a usb
> > > thumb drive instead of this micro sdcard and its holder.
> > >
> > 
> > For what it's worth I've never had much luck using micro/SD
> > adapters in general.  If I recall correctly the 1.5's internal
> > micro card is held in a replaceable holder, might be just plain
> > easier to replace that one with the larger card and not have the
> > filesystem dangling out the side of the XO. ;) The XO's image file
> > will resize to fit the larger card but you'd have skip the custom
> > partitioning
> Very interesting idea.  James?

Me?  It will void your warranty.  Oh, wait.  Already out of warranty.

Yes, the XO-1.5 internal storage is microSD card in a cage, accessible
after disassembly of back panel.


Test the microSD card in the SD slot first; to make sure firmware can
operate with it.  No point if that won't work.


In that image, the cage is in locked position.  Record what you find,
especially the length of the card exposed to the right of the shiny

Failing to lock it afterwards will cause unpredictable behaviour;
thermal cycles and vibration may set the card adrift in the case.

To unlock, push the cage to the right with a force parallel to the

To open, lift the left edge.

Remove and replace the card.  (Continue to use ESD precautions on
these microSD cards, they are vulnerable).

Lower the left edge then push the cage to the left, with a force
parallel to the board, until (a) you have felt a click, and (b) you
see the same exposed width of the card.

Then with the system still disassembled, try an fs-update, and then
try booting at least ten times.

Yes, the filesystem should resize on first boot.  13.2.5 will quickly
resize to 16 GB, but beyond that it will take quite some time.  Use
the tick (check) key on first boot and watch the storage indicator so
you can tell what it is doing.

James Cameron

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