This post is about installing Debian (BeagleBone Black – 2GB eMMC) 2014-03-27 and Flashing the eMMC using a Mac running OSX 10.9 Mavericks.
I decided to get a head start on using Debian with the BBB which is soon to tbe the default OS installed on them.
These are the steps I used today to get up and running:
- Download image from http://beagleboard.org/latest-images
- Use Unarchiver to extract disk image
- Download PiFiller to copy the disk image to the SD card
WARNING: Do not insert the SD card yet, PiFiller will tell you when
- Run PiFiller and follow the directions
- Choose the disk image
- Insert the SD card
- Verify that PiFiller has found the correct device
- Some more verifying, click OK a couple of times
- Now wait awhile, it took about 20 minutes on my MacBook Pro
Holy Cow! The dialog box opening and closing gets really annoying to watch!
- All set when you get the “Your SD card is ready” message
- Eject the SD from the Mac OS then remove it from the computer
- With the BBB unplugged, no network, USB, video, power cables, insert the SD card into the BBB
WARNING: The SD card pokes out of the back of the BBB enough that it is easy to bump it and cause it to eject. Especially when plugging in a USB or HDML cable. It pays to be slow and patient when manipulating the BBB with an SD card in place.
- Get ready: When plugging in the BBB you will need to hold down the Boot button until all 4 USR lights turn on
– While holding down the Boot button insert a 5V 2A power supply, release the Boot button when all 4 USR lights turn on
- Now the USR buttons should start blinking in a seemingly random pattern, this should go on for 20 to 60 minutes depending on the OS and SD card
- When the USR lights all light-up again the eMMC has been flashed with Debian
- Remove the power adapter
- Remove the SD card
You are now ready to plug-in the devices you want to work with and enjoy Debian
More information about installing operating systems on the BeagleBone Black: