Problem running OpenWrt from SD card

kyak bas at
Sat Aug 27 15:15:50 EDT 2011


I would suggest using the latest u-boot. And read some instructions here: 
And read the 'fw_printenv' output on Ben. THis should help.

On Sat, 27 Aug 2011, Alan Post wrote:

> I have encountered this.  It is preventing me from flashing my
> NanoNote, actually.  I assumed I'd done something wrong.
> For a variety of reasons I need to boot from an SD card to flash
> my NanoNote, this procedure worked for me last time.  I haven't
> come to being able to effectively debug this one yet.
> Any clues at all would be an enormous help for me.  I've got two
> NanoNotes sitting on my desk waiting to be flashed and one friend
> who is far too patient with me. 
> -Alan
> On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 06:51:18PM +0200, Andrea Bolognani wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I’m trying to run the latest OpenWrt image from SD card in order to
>> try out some stuff without wearing out the NAND too much.
>> I’ve followed the instructions found on the wiki[1] and restarted my
>> Ben while pressing the M key: the kernel loads fine from SD, but after
>> a couple of seconds the following error message is displayed and the
>> system hangs:
>> 	Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init
>> I tried using the uImage on the SD card to boot the software image on
>> NAND and it works fine, while doing the opposite (kernel from NAND, rootfs
>> on SD) panics as well, so I guess the problem lies somewhere in the
>> compressed rootfs?
>> I’m currently compiling a minimal rootfs to test SD boot out; while I
>> wait for it to finish, has anybody encountered the same error before?
>> [1]
>> -- 
>> Andrea Bolognani <eof at>
>> Resistance is futile, you will be garbage collected.
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