Piaware & dump1090 Install on Pi Desktop x86 - Updated '22

TL;DR - Is there a current procedure for installing on x86 hardware?

After years of faithful service, my Pi finally died. I was shocked to find out that the days of the $35 computer seem to have died along with it :roll_eyes: With the supply chain issues and (relatively) outrageous prices, I can’t help but eye the numerous retired x86 laptops I have laying around. I know they aren’t nearly as energy efficient, but they’re what I have and what I can afford. I’d venture a guess that I’m not alone in this situation.

I am in awe of the amount of effort @abcd567 , @obj , and others have put into troubleshooting non-Pi installs. Unfortunately, even after searching the Discussions, reading through numerous topics, and trying a variety of installs, I am still unsuccessful. I’m not well-versed in the ways of Linux/Debian, but I’m pretty good at following directions. I think a large portion of my troubles stem from the tips and workarounds recommended back in 2016, '18 or even '20 are no longer current.

I downloaded Debian Bullseye with Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC, did a clean install to the HDD on a Dell Latitude E6430. Based on something @abcd567 discovered, it aborted the use of the HDD and started over with an install to a USB flash disk. From there I tried installing the FA software with mods to ignore the BladeRF requirement, among other recommendations found in the Discussions, but still no luck. I’m still getting errors related to librtlsdr0 & librtlsdr-dev.

Am I simply failing to find the correct instructions regarding how to perform this non-typical installation?





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Thank you kind sir!

Is it still advised to install Pi Desktop on a USB flash drive, or does a HDD install now work?

It is possible both ways, on HDD / SSD (regular install) OR image burned to USB Flash Memory Stick and run in “persistent” mode.

First you have to burn the downloaded iso (2022-07-01-raspios-bullseye-i386.iso) to USB Flash Stick using a Disk imager tool like Win32Disk Imager or Raspberry Pi imager or Balena Etcher. Then plugin the USB Flash Sticick into your old computer and boot from the USB Flash Stick. You will get this screen:



You have two options:

OPTION (1): Choose “Graphical install”
This will replace the existing OS on HDD / SSD by the new OS raspios-bullseye-i386.


OPTION (2): Choose “Run with persistence”
Choose this option if you want to retain your existing OS on HDD / SSD.

The new OS will run directly from USB Flash Stick without removing existing old OS and without installing anything on HDD / SSD.

In “Run with persistance” mode, all software you install and all changes you make will be saved on the USB Flash Stick.




I went ahead and installed it on the USB stick and configured the BIOS to boot from USB before HDD.

I just wanted to thank you again for these scripts. The amount of BS is was going through trying to figure everything out on my own was very frustrating, but you had the perfect solution all along.