Beagles are tiny computers ideal for learning and prototyping with electronics. Read the step-by-step getting started tutorial below to begin developing with your Beagle in minutes. This step may or may not be necessary, depending on how old a software image you already have, but executing this, the longest, step will ensure the rest will go as smooth as possible. Download the lastest Debian image from beagleboard.
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Apart from the BeagleBoard itself 1 , you will need:. You should at all times be careful not to damage the BeagleBoard by static electricity on your body. Keep yourself earthed frequently, by touching some earthed metal such as a central heating radiator or a metal-cased computer. When you approach the BeagleBoard, you should do so from the edge, and touch one of the metal connector shells first. A fast and easily customised operating system for ARM devices.
It requires a regulated 5 volts DC input, and has a barrel connector of the most common size. The BeagleBoard itself will consume something like 1 amp, but may need more in some circumstances, most notably at start-up. But with the BeagleBoard-xM a 3 amp supply is recommended to ensure that there is enough power available for the integrated USB hub. Realistically, you will probably want your BeagleBoard on a network. The monitor with digital input is a must. They serve in two entirely different ways.
SDHC cards will work too, though at present the extra capacity will be wasted. Setup General You should at all times be careful not to damage the BeagleBoard by static electricity on your body. Turn it all on! AlignEx facilitates easy toggling of the settings, for testing purposes. Note the small modification listed if you want to turn them back on again. A suggested case design, requiring moderate drilling and filing skills, together with a parts list is given here and a slightly earlier version, with unused room inside for the power supply can be seen here.
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When you buy BeagleBone Black, pretty much everything you need to get going comes with it. You can just plug it into the USB of a host computer, and it works. The goal of this chapter is to show what you can do with your Bone, right out of the box. For someone new to the BeagleBoard. Many of the recipes in this book will work on the other Beagles too, but the Black is where to begin.
How to get started with a BeagleBoard
The BeagleBoard-xM is a 8. There is basically all you need to build a simple desktop computer. Well, almost. Before being able to run anything useful, you have to first power the board and then build a microSD card with an useful distribution on it. First tip : connect your BeagleBoard-xM to your computer through the serial port.
BeagleBone Cookbook by Mark A. Yoder, Jason Kridner
Get started with this small, open platform for device development. The BeagleBoard is an inexpensive platform for hobbyists, academics, and professionals who are learning Linux and small systems. Figure 1 shows the BeagleBoard-xM. View image at full size. The following sections show you how to source required components, set up, and test the console.