[ltp] booting from sd card

Richard Neill linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Tue, 25 Nov 2008 01:05:20 +0000

Hendrik-Jan Heins wrote:
> Hello,
> This topic has probably been raised more than once already, but I
> think it's worth raising it again:
> I own a Thinkpad X61s (T7300). It contains an internal sd card slot. I
> also know 3 people with an X61s 7500.
> We all tried to get a boot from an sd card in the card slot, but to no
> avail. Even worse: when selecting a boot device from the boot list
> (F12), it doesn't even show up as a bootable device.
> When I plug the same sd card in an usb card reader and plug that in
> the x61s, I can actually boot from it!!! So why isn't this working
> from the internal usb device? It can't be too difficult, as even the
> Asus Eee can do it.

As far as I know, it's the same reason that you can't boot the X2 or X3 
series from the internal CF slot: i.e. the BIOS just doesn't support it. 
There's no good reason *why* it isn't supported; it just isn't.

Can you chainload a bootloader on it by having grub on the hard disk?