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Cables

Before we can talk to the board, we need to be properly connected to it. The three cables you will need here are:

  • the power supply that came with the board
  • a straight through serial cable (not a null modem or cross over cable)
  • an Ethernet cable

While the Ethernet cable is not strictly necessary as you can load files over the UART to U-Boot, it is significantly faster and will make open source development a much smoother process. So save yourself the hassle and get an Ethernet cable.

Once you have these cables, start connecting and configuring your system:

  1. Connect the serial port on your host computer to the serial port on the board using a serial cable
  2. Connect the Ethernet jack on your board to your local network with an Ethernet cable
  3. Start a terminal emulation program (Minicom or HyperTerminal) on your host computer with the settings:
    • 57600 baud
    • 8 data bits
    • parity none
    • 1 stop bit
    • h/w flow control off
  4. Connect the power cable to the board to power it on
  5. Hopefully you should see some LEDs flashing on the board
  6. Do not worry about what the board is doing right now as we will reset it as needed