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Installation on Bifferboard (Linux Debian Lenny, kernel 2.6)


I used this distribution assembled by Graham Marshall. I tried several variants and found this Debian distro as the most functional.

1. Download everything you need

Here is ready-to-work AXON rootfs image based on Sunspot distro. wget http://repository.interplaymedium.org/AXON-microserver/Debian/AxonMicroserver_v1.0_Debian_Bifferboard_rootfs.tar.gz kernel
wget http://repository.interplaymedium.org/AXON-microserver/Debian/vmlinuz-2.6.32.2 and flash utility wget http://repository.interplaymedium.org/AXON-microserver/Debian/bb_upload8.py

2. Prepare a serial cable

You need a serial cable to flash kernel on Bifferboard. This is a simple how-to. You can assemble your own USB-UART adaptor based on FT232R, or buy breakout board form SparkFun. Please pay attention to that 1-port and 2-port bifferboard has a different serial pinout.

1-port Bifferboard serial pinout

7 8 9 10
GND serial in serial out +3.3v

2-ports Bifferboard serial pinout

1 2 3 4 5
GND N/C serial in serial out +3.3v

3. Flash kernel with a serial cable

python bb_upload.py /dev/ttyUSB0 vmlinuz-2.6.32.2 don't forget to change /dev/ttyUSB0 into your path. You can find the path by typing ls -l /dev/serial/by-id/ in case of any problems this is original detailed instruction on the Bifferboard website.

3.1. Flash kernel without a serial cable (not tested)

Here is some alternative instructions You need to download bb_eth_upload.py utility from here python bb_eth_upload.py <ethernet interface> <mac address> <Image>

4. Untar and copy rootfs on external media (SD card or USB memory stick) sudo tar -xvvf <path to your mounted media> axon_microserver_v1.0_filesystem.tar.gz

4.1. Change network settings

Edit <path to your mounted media>/etc/network/interfaces file for your local network settings (you can find detailed "how-to" concerning Debian network configuration here). sudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces By default it is set up for eth1 DHCP discovering and wlan DHCP leasing in ad-hoc mode.

5. Install and setup minicom as a serial console

sudo apt-get install minicom and set it up sudo minicom -s

You have to:

  1. change the port (see above, point 2.)
  2. turn off "hardware flow control" and "software flow control"
  3. in "modem and dialling" parameter setup remove everything to "J" point

This is more detailed instruction. Use it in case of problems.

6. Run it

After re-flashing ans setting up you may

  1. plug a serial cable in (we recommend to have one because it gives you an ability at least to control the booting process)
  2. start terminal
  3. insert rootfs SD card (or plug USB memory dongle) in
  4. plug the power in
  5. wait awhile (it would be great to have USB sound dongle with some speakers plugged in, it informs you with a message when the booting is finished)
  6. try to connect to the AXON network and open AXON microserver interface in the web-browser http://axon (in the case of problems with wifi connection just try to use eth address for testing)

default login and password "root:root"

AXON microserver rootfs image has pre-installed:

Unlike an original Sunspot distro, AXON microserver rootfs image has pre-installed:

  • lua
  • dropbear
  • mc
  • vgrabbj
  • dnsmasq

References

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