I have been using the Raspberry Pi since it was 1st generation. But I bought my very first Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 along with a cheap Carrier Board . There are all manner of cool carrier boards. Just there is one problem. You can’t actually buy any of them. Supply Chain issues and stuff. LGB.
And that extends to the Pi Compute Module as well. There are a bunch of them……..but you can’t get ’em.
About the only one you CAN get right now is the CM4102032 with 2GB of Memory. Here is the data sheet for the CM4’s.
While it has an SD card slot (TF card slot, actually)………you can’t boot from it. Well, that’s new.
The eMMC memory has to be written to directly. Let me show you how.
As with most things……….I didn’t discover this. I am however documenting the steps I did for my own benefit here because I see more of this coming for me on the horizon. If you stumble across this and it helps………Great!
The directions come from this web site. If you click that link and never come back here………I get it. Jeff Geerling is a Pi guru and a half. His YouTube channel is a must see for Pi experimenters. I’ve learned tons there.
Anyway I’m doing this from a Mac. You need to power your Carrier board and be able to hook your Mac to your Carrier board via USB.
A jumper must be set on the board. nRPIBOOT must be hooked to ground. Here’s what it looks like on the board I am using.
Then you have to go to your Mac terminal and type the following commands. (HomeBrew needs to be installed first).
brew install libusb
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/raspberrypi/usbboot
Then cd into the usbboot directory and issue a make command.
cd usbboot make
Then finally run
Now provided you are hooked to your computer via USB your eMMC memory space will appear as an external disk and can be selected in Raspberry Pi Imager.
Done. Bob = Uncle.