Making a Debian 8 SD card for Wandboard

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How to make a Debian 8 SD card image for the Wandboard.

Step 1.

Format an SD card with the first partition for the root filesystem. Leave about one MB for u-boot and SPL unpartitioned before the first partition.

Download Debian 8 root filesystem from (using wget):,

Copy the files to the first partition of the SD card.

Install u-boot and SPL in RAW mode to the unpartitioned area before the rootfs.

Step 2.

Download the wandboard u-boot source and apply the patch below:

Step 3.

Copy kernel zImage from
to the boot folder on partition 1 in the SD card.

Step 4.

Flash the u-boot image to sdcard:

sudo dd if=SPL of=/dev/sdc bs=1k seek=1 oflag=dsync
sudo dd if=u-boot.img of=/dev/sdc bs=1k seek=69 oflag=dsync

Step 5.