Install and Copy the SD Card

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RamperPro firmware updates and the SD card

The main software of the RamperPro is placed on the SD card that you place at the bottom of the unit. The RamperPro can update the firmware automatically when you connect it to the internet via a network cable. Please use the proper connection for this. The double "network" connectors next to the light sensor connector are not network connectors since these are MoCoBus connectors.

The network connector of the RamperPro is available next to the two USB connectors. Connect a network cable and make sure that this network cable provides internet access to the RamperPro. The RamperPro will then acquire an IP address via DHCP; this is the most common network configuration. Navigate to the firmware update screen (see system settings). The unit will then check if any updates are available. You can then update the firmware via this screen.

Major updates of the RamperPro firmware might require a complete new configuration of the SD card. The SD card is holding a slightly modified version of Debian Linux for the Raspberry PI. The RaspberryPi embedded Linux board is the base board for the RamperPro. We added all the required tools that the RamperPro software needs. You can always download the complete SD card image from www.elysiavisuals.com. This image might now always hold the latest version of the RamperPro firmware, but it contains the latest software that needs to be available. Always upgrade the RamperPro firmware itself when you downloaded and installed a new SD card image.

You need to copy the SD card image on an 8GB (micro) SD card after download. The following describes how to do this.

Install a fresh SD card

Please perform the following steps when you want to freshly install a RamperPro SD card:

  • Download the latest SD card image from this page.
  • extract the zipfile on your PC (this can be a OSX, Windows or Linux based system).

You need special software if you want to copy the contents of the zipfile to an 8GB (micro) SD card. This is how to do this. Please refer to http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup if you need a more elaborate explanation about how to create the SD card for the RamperPro.

Apple/OSX

We have seen that the zip tool on OSX contains a bug that results in a wrongly unzipped file. We recommend to download the Stuffit tool from the OSX App store. Stuffit extracts the downloaded zip file without problems.

  1. Download the automater script PiFiller from: http://ivanx.com/raspberrypi/
  2. Start the pifiller script and you will be lead to the process of loading the image to your (micro) SD card.

RamperPro tutorial - How to install a fresh SD card image from ElysiaVisuals on Vimeo.

Microsoft Windows

We have seen that the default zip tool from Windows is sometimes unable to extract the large zipfile that holds the firmware file. We recommend WinRAR to extract the file. 7-Zip seems to have difficulties with properly extracting the zip file.

  1. Insert the SD card into your SD card reader and check what drive letter it was assigned. You can easily see the drive letter (for example G:) by looking in the left column of Windows Explorer. You can use the SD Card slot (if you have one) or a cheap Adapter in a USB slot. Download the Win32DiskImager utility (it is also a zip file). You can run this from a USB drive.
  2. Extract the executable from the zip file and run the Win32DiskImager utility; you may need to run the utility as Administrator! Right-click on the file, and select 'Run as Administrator'
  3. Select the image file you extracted above.
  4. Select the drive letter of the SD card in the device box. Be careful to select the correct drive; if you get the wrong one you can destroy your data on the computer's hard disk! If you are using an SD Card slot in your computer (if you have one) and can't see the drive in the Win32DiskImager window, try using a cheap Adapter in a USB slot.
  5. Click Write and wait for the write to complete.
  6. Exit the imager and eject the SD card.

Linux

  1. Insert the SD card into your computer or connect the SD card reader with the SD card inside
  2. Install the ImageWriter tool from the Ubuntu Software Center
  3. Launch the ImageWriter tool (it needs your administrative password)
  4. Select the image file (example 2012-10-28-RamperPro.img) to be written to the SD card (note: because you started ImageWriter as administrator the starting point when selecting the image file is the administrator's home folder so you need to change to your own home folder to select the image file)
  5. Select the target device to write the image to (your device will be something like "/dev/mmcblk0" or "/dev/sdc")
  6. Click the "Write to device" button
  7. Wait for the process to finish and then insert the SD card in the RamperPro

Copy the SD card

We really recommend to clone your SD card so that you have multiple cards with the RamperPro firmware. Remember that you really rely on this SD card. A broken card means that you cannot use the RamperPro. Use the steps above to create multiple cards or clone the card with one of the tools that are availble for this.