The USB-powered BeagleBoard is a low-cost, fan-less single board computer that unleashes laptop-like performance and expandability without the bulk, expense, or noise of typical desktop machines.
OMAP3530 processor highlights:
- Over 1,200 Dhrystone MIPS using the superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 with highly accurate branch prediction and 256KB L2 cache running at up to 600MHz
- OpenGL ES 2.0 capable 2D/3D graphics accelerator capable of rendering 10 million polygons per second
- HD video capable TMS320C64x+ DSP for versatile signal processing at up to 430MHz
- USB power via complete chip-set with minimal additional power-consuming logic
Expansion capability and power options to satisfy your imagination:
- DVI-D for connecting digital computer monitors
- Compatibility with a huge collection of USB peripherals including hubs, keyboards, mice, WiFi, Bluetooth, web cameras, and much more
- MMC+/SD/SDIO interface for memory or wireless connectivity
- S-Video out for connecting your NTSC or PAL television or wearable visor
- Stereo audio in and out for a microphone and headphones or speakers
- Power via typical USB chargers for cell phones from your laptop, from an automobile adapter, from batteries, or even from a solar backpack
- ARMv7 Cortex-A8
- TI OMAP 3530 720MHz
- Full SD
Install to a SD card
Replace sdX in the following instructions with the device name for the SD card as it appears on your computer.
- Zero the beginning of the SD card:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1M count=8
- Start fdisk to partition the SD card:
- At the fdisk prompt, delete old partitions and create a new one:
- Type o. This will clear out any partitions on the drive.
- Type p to list partitions. There should be no partitions left.
- Type c to set the DOS Compatibility flag.
- Now type n, then p for primary, 1 for the first partition on the drive, 63 for the first sector, and then +100M for the default last sector.
- Type t, then c to set the first partition to type W95 FAT32 (LBA).
- Type a to set the bootable flag on the first partition.
- Type n, then p for primary, 2 for the second partition on the drive, then press ENTER twice to accept the default first and last sector.
- Write the partition table and exit by typing w.
- Create and mount the FAT filesystem:
mkfs.vfat -F 16 /dev/sdX1
mount /dev/sdX1 boot
- Create and mount the ext4 filesystem:
mount /dev/sdX2 root
- Download and extract the root filesystem (as root, not via sudo):
bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-armv7-latest.tar.gz -C root
- Move boot files to the first partition:
mv root/boot/* boot
- Install the U-Boot bootloader:
mv MLO u-boot.img boot
- Add the boot partition to fstab:
echo "/dev/mmcblk0p1 /boot vfat defaults 0 0" >> root/etc/fstab
- Unmount the two partitions:
umount boot root
- Insert the SD card into the BeagleBoard, connect ethernet, and apply 5V power.
- Use the serial console (with a null-modem adapter if needed) or SSH to the IP address given to the board by your router.
- Login as the default user alarm with the password alarm.
- The default root password is root.
- Initialize the pacman keyring and populate the Arch Linux ARM package signing keys:
pacman-key --populate archlinuxarm
Install the U-Boot package
- In order to receive updates to the U-Boot bootloader, after logging into the system type:
pacman -Sy uboot-beagleboard
Permanent MAC address
- Edit /boot/uEnv.txt
- Set smsc95xx.macaddr in the optargs variable, for example: