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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby gceline » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:29 pm

Well if you didn't do anything or didn't rename anything, then it is likely you have the wrong files (murphy's law) - recommend you download and copy the correct files into the folder and once you are sure you have the correct bit.bin file for the model you have, rename it to parallella.bit.bin
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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby Dr.BeauWebber » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:18 pm

Sorry, I did not do any of these extra steps people are mentioning (on my windows SD card writing).
It just all worked for me.
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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby linux_illiterate » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:27 pm

Thanks for this excellant guide. Having never used linux in my life I have successfully got my Parallellla booted up and running through Putty and TightVNC (as well as using the prolific cable initially to check the boot process.)

My question: I can't seem to find the compiled binary for xtemp and can't work out how to compile xtemp in the parallella-utils directory. I'll need the dummies guide :)
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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby Dr.BeauWebber » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:13 pm

Well done !
Hmm, Something must have changed.
I will see if I can sort somethong over the next few days, but I am away from my hardware.
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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby FHuettig » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:14 pm

linux_illiterate wrote:Thanks for this excellant guide. Having never used linux in my life I have successfully got my Parallellla booted up and running through Putty and TightVNC (as well as using the prolific cable initially to check the boot process.)


Good job! You have endless possibilities now...!

linux_illiterate wrote:My question: I can't seem to find the compiled binary for xtemp and can't work out how to compile xtemp in the parallella-utils directory. I'll need the dummies guide :)


It should be as simple as going to the parallella-utils directory and typing "make xtemp."

Code: Select all
> make xtemp
gcc -o xtemp xtemp.c -Wall -lX11 -pthread
>


The xtemp executable is just called 'xtemp' without any extension. To run it you need to specify the path, i.e. "./xtemp". You can also install it so you can run it from anywhere by typing "sudo make install." Then just type 'xtemp' (or better 'xtemp &') to run it, no need to be in the parallella-utils directory.

If it's not building for you, let me know what errors or messages you get.
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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby linux_illiterate » Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:11 am

Thanks Fred

I must have tried every derivation of the make except that :) i think I was trying make xtemp.c

I tried to run it from putty but it said ERROR: Unable to open X display, so I double clicked it from TightVNC and its working - hooray
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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby Stocky » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:21 am

I am using windows. I don't understand where i am supposed to find devicetree.dtb and ulimage
I unzipped the downloads from the quickstart guide and burned the ubuntu image. SD was burned but i see no files there.
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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby Rotti1961 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:31 am

Stocky wrote:I am using windows. I don't understand where i am supposed to find devicetree.dtb and ulimage
I unzipped the downloads from the quickstart guide and burned the ubuntu image. SD was burned but i see no files there.

After you burned the SD Card (in Windows), you see a Partition on the SD Card called BOOT, which is empty.
Rename the FPGA bitfile and copy it to that BOOT Partition as mentioned in the guide.
Then unpack kernel-hdmi-default.gz - you get (with 7zip) "kernel-hdmi-Default". Open this with 7Zip again and you see "devicetree.dtb" and "uImage". Drag and drop these files to the BOOT Partition as well.

The SD Card contains a second Partition, with Ext4 filesystem (which you can't see in regular Windows). Paragon provides a free Driver for Ext4 under Windows - then you can see this 6.5GB Partition (root) as well.

Did that yesterday and worked well for me. System starts up, but is very slow when moving Windows around. Continue with the guide(s) from DrBeauWebber today to update and tweak the System - thank you for these guides - excellent usefull.
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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby AndyC » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:07 pm

Dear Dr. Beau Webber

Thanks very much for this guide.

Would it please be possible for you to post a link to the Maplin PSU you mention as I am unable to find it.

Many Thanks

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Re: A Beginners Guide to getting started with the Parallella

Postby ejp62 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:02 pm

Hi,

I recently got my parallella board with the large heatsink.
My first attempt to make the board run is making a headless system,
and connecting it to my router.

After making the SD card according to the instructions (using 7010, headless images)
the card seems to boot: the router recognizes it, giving me the correct MAC address
and also the right hostname linaro-nano.

However, pinging the board is not possible: the result is 100% packet loss.
Maybe I am forgetting to do something essential?
What do I need to do so I can open a ssh session?

Many thanks in advance!
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