LibreELEC boots from external media (SD-Card or Thumbdrive), so you need to write the image to SD/USB storage.
Note: The operation of VIM1, VIM2 and VIM3 is almost the same, so this document will take VIM1 as an example.
- [x] Download the Win32DiskImager.
- [x] Extract and install it on your Windows PC.
- [x] An SD Card and a Card Reader or a Thumdrive (U-Disk) is required, make sure there is nothing important on your card as ALL the data will be erased after the following operations.
Download The LibreELEC Image
Write Image to SD/USB Storage
There are two ways to write a LibreELEC image to SD/USB storage:
- Run Win32DiskImager.
- Insert the SD/USB storage into your PC, it should appear as a new drive letter.
- Select the .img file and verify that the destination drive letter is correct, then click
- When the write-process is complete, you can safely remove the SD/USB storage by right-clicking on the drive in “Windows Explorer” and selecting “Eject”.
Get The SD/USB Storage Device Node:
After you’ve inserted the SD-Card to your PC, use
dmesg | tail to find out which /dev/sdX it is located at.
You can also use
fdisk, It should look something similar to /dev/sdX:
$ sudo parted -l ... Model: Mass Storage Device (scsi) Disk /dev/sdb: 3997MB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: msdos Disk Flags: Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 1 16.5MB 3989MB 3973MB primary fat32 boot
Make sure the disk is unmounted:
$ sudo umount /dev/sdb1
dd to write the disk image into SD/USB storage:
sudo dd if=LibreELEC-S905_SD_USB.aarch64-17.6_20180122-KVIM.img of=/dev/sdb bs=4M && sync
sync flag is to ensure that all changes are synced to the SD/USB storage before removing it.
Eject the SD/USB storage:
$ sudo eject /dev/sdb
Boot LibreELEC from the SD/USB storage
In order to boot from the SD/USB storage, you need Android running on the eMMC to activate the Multi-Boot.
2 to activate the Multi-Boot:
1). Keys mode (Side-Buttons)
2). Activate Multi-Boot using Android.
- Click select and choose
- Click update, then the system will reboot and boot from the external media image stored on the SD-Card.
Note: Don’t use your PC as a USB-Host to supply the electrical-power, lest Multi-Boot will fail to activate!
- Android N has a permission issue; Your bootable SD card will be damaged, if you attempt to use it to boot.
- Android O also has a permission issue. If you want to boot Ubuntu with Linux 4.9 please refer to this guide.