This short introduction will show you how to get the BeagleBone Black quickly up and running

The BeagleBone Black is the newest minicomputer of BeagleBoard.org, Texas USA. The "Black" version is the very latest board and just starting fresh on the market. It is significantly cheaper and faster than the previous version "white". In addition, an HDMI interface was added to simply connect the board with a screen.

Facilities:

We will need the following to get started:

1 x BeagleBone Black
1 x Mini-A Cable (comes with the BeagleBone Black)
1 x HDMI D to HDMI cable
1 x power connector 5V 1 to 2A (or a PC USB connection)
1 x USB Hub, Keyboard, Mouse
1 x network cable
1 x TV

Connect the cable

Step 1: Connecting the HDMI cable

bbsg02The BeagleBone Black comes with a somewhat unusual HDMI D Adapter. A special HDMI D to HDMI A Cable So it is needed. The smaller end of the cable is plugged into the BeagleBone, the larger end is plugged into the TV. The BeagleBone bbsg03is in contrast to the Raspberry Pi no yellow component output. This means that only one device can be used with HDMI support or you need a special BeagleBone 'landscape' with an LCD.

Step 2: Connect the USB hub + keyboard / mouse

There are on the BeagleBone just a 1 full size USB port. To use the mouse and keyboard at the same time, you needed a small USB hub. USB hub plugs into the BeagleBone, then keyboard and mouse into the USB hub. You may be better to use a USB hub with Stromsnchluss if later power-hungry devices to be connected.

Step 3: Ethernet cable and Mini-A USB connecting cable

The BeagleBone Ethernet Adapter supports 10/100 and the provided by the manufacturer cable is a Mini-A USB cable. However, this is not used in the Raspberry Pi Micro-B Cable! It can also be a PS3 controller charging cable can be used, as this has the same specification.

Power is supplied via the mini USB port A or, alternatively, a 2.1mm power adapter to the base can be used next to the USB port

Step 4: Power supply

bbsg05The other end of the Mini-A USB cable is not as exotic, type-A USB cable. Just plug in the wall adapter, as shown below.

System Disks & Storage

The BeagleBone comes with an onboard flash memory (about 2 GB). However, most of the space is already used by the OS anyway angstroms. However, can be directly run by the pre-install the system and it does not have, as with the Raspberry Pi, will only be copied one operating system on SD cards. To later to have more memory available, or to run another operating system, there is a micro SD port on the unit. Sooner or later you need an SD card anyway, because the system uses the most memory itself.

Start BeagleBone Black

Step 5: Turn on the power

When starting the BeagleBone a small blue LED that signals the start-up flashes. The screen displays a login screen is shown, preset with auto-login. In the bottom status bar the attached keyboard should be visible. After 20-30 seconds of waiting time, the computer loads a Windows-like environment with icons on the left side, a BeagleBone logo top right and a bar menu.

Configuring Date and Time: Step 6

BeagleBone Change DateMany websites, such as Google that use https, deny access until the correct date and time is set. To put this simply restart the terminal as shown. Then the command

date - set = "01 MAY 2013 10:00:00" Enter. Where the date and time are of course to be set to the current time. To test the result is simply 'date' command-name to the terminal. Now, the date and time should be set correctly.

Step 7: Configuring German keyboard (QWERTZ)

BeagleBone SettingsIn the system settings (System Settings), click Keyboard. Then 'add Country' click. 'Germany' search and 'add' button. After that should be both 'USA' and 'Germany' listed. Best 'Germany' in the list prioritize as first item. Even if you delete the option 'USA', it may happen that the system settings will return to the 'USA'. Does not seem to be quite stable. In such a case, simply choose again, "Germany '.bbsg14

Step 8: Check the system settings

BeagleBone System MonitorTo check the general system settings such as memory and file system usage and display, you can use the 'System Monitor' program, which can be found under System Tools Application. CPU usage, network usage, free disk space and partitions can be displayed. This falls directly that the onboard memory is almost completely used by the operating system. So not much left for other programs or as a memory. A micro SD card is an option here to get more memory.

Step 9: Surfing the Web

bbsg19The BeagleBone Black comes with a number of good web browser. We once Chromium, an open-source browser based on Google Chrome started. The browser runs very good, but the speed is still slower than on a notebook or desktop PC. None of the browser has installed at the beginning of Flash. So watch videos via HTML5 or install the Linux version of Adobe Flash.

Step 10: What Next?

The good thing about the BeagleBone is that many operating systems are supported. Android, Ubuntu are only 2 options. Visit  BeagleBoard.org website for more information and further links to the OS distribution. Some systems require a little more expertise than others for the installation. However, the community forums to help with the selection.

Have fun with the new BeagleBone!


Note - Firmware

The currently shipped firmware of the BeagleBone Black is A5A. As far as it is stable. However, there is no sound support for HDMI. This is a problem inasmuch as there is no audio output. However, this should be corrected according to the manufacturer in one of the next versions. If for urgent projects really audio support is needed, you can do it with 'landscapes' try to be placed on the Beagle Board. The latest information on the status of the firmware can be found on beagleboard.org -> News.

Note - Restart

Occasionally you need, as with all machines, a restart. This can be done in two ways. Under 'System / Shut Down' you can simply the 'Restart' button option, or use the small reset button on the board. The reset button is the button on the edge, as shown in the picture.

It is best not to use the third option and simply pull the plug!