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Step 6 - Communicating with BB-xM through the serial interface

At this stage Ubuntu does not have graphic user interface, (a GUI), so when you load up the BB-xM with your SD card all you should see is a command terminal. We will install the packages for the full GUI later on. First, Internet connection and serial interface between the BeagleBoard and your PC needs to be setup.

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The following step is optional as the Beagleboard should work as a standalone computer, like a PC, after completing the previous steps. All you need is a DVI monitor (connected via DVI-HDMI cable) as well as USB mouse and keyboard.


  1. Install minicom onto your PC by running the following commands in a command terminal.
    apt-get install minicom
  2. Make the serial connection and run minicom before booting the beagleboard. You should see the messages on the minicom screen like below
  3. After the booting of the kernel you need to log in. Our passwords shouldn't have changed so use
    login: ubuntu Password: temppwd
-- AlYoung - 2013-01-08
Topic revision: r1 - 2013-01-08 - AlYoung
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