Pandora As Boot Device For Host Computer


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Will it be possible to have an iso or some kind of x86 linux system in a partition on the Pandora (on the SD card, I would assume) and, when the Pandora is connected via USB to a host computer, to boot the computer from that iso or partition like a live CD?

Or, what would be *really* awesome but I doubt will be possible, I remember reading about something called a BlackDog a while back (their site appears to be down right now, I don't know if they're still around. Here's the Wikipedia page.) that would plug into a computer via USB and essentially take over the computer's keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Could something similar work using the Pandora?

I know that neither of these are likely to be official features, I'm just curious as to whether the Pandora's hardware/configuration/anything that could affect this make either of these scenarios theoretically possible.
 

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Well, given that your computer supports boot from usb, the first idea should be totally feasible...

As for the second one, well, I'm at a loss there, but would need a lot of work imo, but once again, what do I know... BlackDog is linux based, so most, if not everything, should be available to learn from atleast.
 

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BigTruck said:
Will it be possible to have an iso or some kind of x86 linux system in a partition on the Pandora (on the SD card, I would assume) and, when the Pandora is connected via USB to a host computer, to boot the computer from that iso or partition like a live CD?
The pandora would have to act as a usb mass storage devices for one of the sd cards, which might not be possible or require bios modifications.
 
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I think it will be possible but if is envisaged in bios but i don't see the need : key usb are cheap now and more useful for that.

But often the question is interesting , it will be very useful than Pandora work as USB mass storage when connecting to another computer :) for computer which don't have SD readers for example and don't have wifi ... like phone for example , or media center or linker NDS as Acekard RPG :)
 

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Arialia said:
But often the question is interesting , it will be very useful than Pandora work as USB mass storage when connecting to another computer :) for computer which don't have SD readers for example and don't have wifi ... like phone for example , or media center or linker NDS as Acekard RPG :)
Unfortunately most phones don't support the correct type of USB to read usb mass storage devices. I found this much to my disapointement when researching an idea I once had.
 
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Pleng said:
Arialia said:
But often the question is interesting , it will be very useful than Pandora work as USB mass storage when connecting to another computer :) for computer which don't have SD readers for example and don't have wifi ... like phone for example , or media center or linker NDS as Acekard RPG :)
Unfortunately most phones don't support the correct type of USB to read usb mass storage devices. I found this much to my disapointement when researching an idea I once had.


Yes but i thinking for example as my phone ( sony ericsson ) who works as USB Mass storage when it is connected to my PC via USB :) , in fact it demand if i want is working as Usb mass storage or as Phone ;)

and my Acekard RPG works as USB mass storage ( access only for his NAND FLASH ) when connected with my computer, very useful to transfer data to it : i dislike manipulate µSD , it is so little :p

argh my usb SD reader is broke this morning :huh:

i must 'stole' my son's SD reader to write homebrew wii on SD :rolleyes:
 
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sindbad said:
BigTruck said:
Will it be possible to have an iso or some kind of x86 linux system in a partition on the Pandora (on the SD card, I would assume) and, when the Pandora is connected via USB to a host computer, to boot the computer from that iso or partition like a live CD?
The pandora would have to act as a usb mass storage devices for one of the sd cards, which might not be possible or require bios modifications.
Wouldn't it be plausible to emulate a mass storage device that grabs the USB?
 
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Holokauston said:
Wouldn't it be plausible to emulate a mass storage device that grabs the USB?
Hmm, I certainly hope so. And I hope its abstracted enough so that the host computer doesn't directly access the SD card. The purpose being that I can have the SD card formatted in ext3 or some other non-windows filesystem, and still access it on the rare occasion I would have the Pandora plugged into a running windows machine. I am planning on having an ftp server installed on the Pandora though, so I suppose I could always use that if I had to.
Edit: Oh, speaking of which, I heard talk of this but I don't remember seeing any definitive answer. Are the Debian armel packages going to work more or less 'out of the box'™, are they going to require some sort of modifications, or are they not going to work at all? There's quite a few packages there that I'd want on my Pandora.

On a not-very-related note, I bought my 4GB SD card back in 2006 when I got my GP2X. I just checked prices for them on newegg, and I can get a 16GB SD card for the same price I bought my 4GB (~$60). Quadruple the storage in 2 years. That's pretty damned awesome.
 
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