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I just got a zipit z2 with a 8gb sd card, and now I have no idea where to start. I have seen the guide on hunterdavis.com, and the videos made by hak5 but im not sure which one to use. If anyone can please advise me it would be great. My current skill level is NOOB! On a ubuntu 9.10 linux laptop. Which guide do you guys think would be most helpful and understandable for me? For the end result I would like to have rootnexus's new userland for simplicity, but again im not sure how or if I must have aliosa27's userland first. Any and all help is appreciated.

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For rootnexus' image this is what I did on a 4GB card and it worked fine.

- First format your card to fat32

- extract autoflasher to the root of the card

- extract wireless+x+audio.tar.gz and copy /boot/linux-2.6.29 to the root of the card

- rename linux-2.6.29 to kernel.bin

- insert the card in the zipit, turn on and wait.

- once it shuts down take the microsd out and back to the computer

- there are two files which you might want to keep just for the future:

gspsi.bin and gpspsi_helper.bin

- now you need to format and partition the sd.

you're going to want to have somewhere around 300MB for swap and the rest in ext3

you can do all that from gparted in ubuntu

- once thats done you just need to copy the image to the card. I followed this exactly

from rootnexus' site and it worked ok

Mounting Image:

Mounting using the offset method

offset should be 1536 on the original image for scratch

# mount -o loop,ro,offset=1536 image.img /path/to/mount/to


make sure you mount your device (mount /dev/sd# /media/sd#)

Copying files:

You want to make sure you preserve the file permissions and links: '

**cp -RvPp' will do just that.

# cp -RvPp /path/to/mounted/image/. /path/to/mounted/sd/card/partition/1.ext3

/path/to/mount/to is just somewhere to copy all the contents of the image into.

then once you have that somewhere you copy all of it with the second command to your device (/media/sd#)

That should be it.


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I've got some instructions here:


it makes things a little easier by packaging things together. Also, you don't have to use my userland image, others should work as well. If you have an 8GB card, you may want to use GParted on a Linux box to resize the partition to get the most use of it. Other than that, everything can be done in Windows with my instructions.

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