Suggestion - quick-start SD card

Having got the Pico kit & beagle board primarily to explore the optical properties, as a non-Linux user, it is very  frustrating to have to go through a huge Linux learning cuve and download process to get the projector to show anything other than the DLP startup logo.

Can I suggest that it would be a huge help to many potential users if someone were to produce :

1) A complete installation with ready-configured media/image player and a few sample files that will just boot and show something interesting onscreen

I'm sure this wouldn't take more than a few minures for someone already familiar with the environment, but could take many days to achieve for someone who has to learn Linux along the way...

2) EIther

a windows app that formats a SD card & copies the above setup to it without needing Linux on the host PC. It seems riduclous to need to install a complete new OS just for format a card and copy some files onto it!


A ready-configured SD card that can be bought via Digikey or wherever.  SD cards are sufficiently cheap that maybe it would be possible to just include it in the pico kit.

The whole point of a devkit is to get people up & running quickly - an aspect that this kit doesn't seem to address well...

10 Replies

  • Hi,

    Thanks for your feedback!  We are actually in the process of making a pre-configured SD card available for purchase.  Stay tuned for more details in the next week or so...


  • In reply to GPark:

    Any news on the pre-configured SD card. I'm lost in Linux land.

  • In reply to Michael Wiltberger:

    Thanks for your continued interest.  There was a slight delay in the schedule, but I should be able to give you a better udpate about the pre-configured SD card availability by next week.  Its capability will be more similar to the first comment you had made.  

  • In reply to GPark:

    During past days ,we successful configure SD card in beagleboard and pico project that can display video demo. If you have some questions in linux or SD card configure .you can send email to me .I will support you by my best capacity !

  • In reply to liang cai10357:

    yeah! it's it wintech's demo.

  • In reply to liang cai10357:

    Really nice.  That is great progress.

  • In reply to Jason Thompson:


    The company Special Computing now offers pre-programmed SD cards with a demo video that plays automatically.  A link to the accesories they sell for the Beagle Board, including the SD card, can be found at and

  • In reply to GPark:

    It''s not clear from their site if it has a FAT partition to allow content to be updated on a Windows PC.

    Also the international ship cost quoted on their is ridiculous - there doesn't appear to be a cheap airmail post option.


  • In reply to GPark:

    I have the SD card for pico from, just got it today, but it does not work. Unable to read boot error. My card from ESC works but no demo for pico.

  • In reply to Michael Wiltberger:


    Try the steps below. Steps 6 and 7 below are the same as steps 5 and 6 on the site.


    If you have an SD card that you have configured or that has been configured for you, perform the following steps. You will need to do steps 1 through 7 the first time you use your Beagle Board with a pre-configured SD card. After performing these steps the content on the SD card will start playing at boot up with this Beagle Board without being connected to a PC.


    1. Connect the power supply to the Pico.
    2. Connect a serial cable to your PC and the RS232 connector on the beagle Board.
    3. Turn on the Pico. ( wait until step five to connect power to the Beagle Board)
    4. Open Tera Term Pro and select the Serial, port:COM1 (for the New Connection)
    5. Go to Setup (top of the window) and select serial port... You will see a number of selections on the Serial port setup pop-up window. configure as follows:  BAUD RATE - 115200, DATA - 8 bit, PARITY- none, STOP - 1bit, FLOW CONTROL – none. 
    6. Plug in the Beagle Board power (USB cable) and boot the Beagleboard with your configured SD card.  You should see something like what is shown below in the TeraTerm display.

    Texas Instruments X-Loader 1.41

    Starting OS Bootloader...



    U-Boot 1.3.3 (Jul 10 2008 - 16:33:09)


    OMAP3530-GP rev 2, CPU-OPP2 L3-165MHz

    OMAP3 Beagle Board + LPDDR/NAND

    DRAM: 128 MB

    NAND: 256 MiB

    In: serial

    Out: serial

    Err: serial

    Audio Tone on Speakers ... complete

    OMAP3 #


       7.  At the prompt #, enter the following commands. The Beagleboard will automatically boot from the SD card the next time it is reset.


                # setenv bootargs 'console=ttyS2,115200n8 console=tty0 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootwait'

                # setenv bootcmd 'mmcinit;fatload mmc 0 80300000 uImage;bootm 80300000'

                # saveenv

                # run bootcmd



      8. The next time you use your Pico kit with your configured SD card, apply power to the Pico then apply power to the Beagle Board once you see the BeagleBoard icon it will take a few seconds before

           the content starts playing on the Pico automatically.