Review of Beaglebone



Scoring

Product Performed to Expectations: 8
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Demo was easy to use: 8
Support materials were available: 8
The price to performance ratio was good: 8

TotalScore: 52 / 60
  • avo3  avo3
    Level 1  RoadTester since Feb 27, 2012


  • Evaluation Type: Evaluation Boards
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: RaspberryPi
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: Installing the usb drivers on Windows

  • Detailed Review:

    I finally receive the packet from Element 14

    BIG THANK`S Element 14

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    Could it be…

     

    Yes, yes it is the BeagleBone (if You can see the smile on my face)

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    and the box included:

     

    BeagleBone board in anti-static bag of course SAFETY FIRST

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    USB cable

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    and…

    the altoids can

     

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    wonder what is in side

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    SD 4 Gb sd card with Linux on it

    Yep …”Explore Infinite Possibilies…”

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    Rest of statement on the paper so glad that they mensioned that the company not include the ethernet cable. They should write it on the box

    What more interesting the BeagleBoard is design to fit this altoid can perfectly or the can is design to fit the board

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    But for the future You must be extra careful when You put the board in the can.

     

    Why?

     

    Because it is not equipped with rubber feet’s (LEARF)

    As a matter of fact the bottom side of the board is not protected against shortcut.

    BE CAREFULLY  when You putting it on conductive surface.

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    So I just put out the BeagleBord out of the box. I choose the Windows XP as my system in with I will be working with the board.

    I try to install the USB driver on it (included on the sd card) but it doesn’t work at all.

    The on one of the forum I read that is big problem with FTDI drivers for that board, and I found out about another when I try to install drivers

     

    "The language isn't support to Automatic installaion driver system"

     

    so You must install some extra language for Windows.

     

    Later I found this page which was very helpful:

     

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/beagleboard/JpDZRx5jbTU

     

    and another which I use to solve the FTDI driver problem:

     

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/beagleboard/FlFYX3XPbO4/XdiTtv5J2fcJ

     

    THANK YOU GUYS FOR THAT

     

    I finally use the Ethernet connection because I find out it will be the easiest way.

    Just plug the board to the power supply and use the Ethernet cable to connect the board with Your router.

    I use some program to find  the BeagleBoard ip address and just write it on the Mozilla Firefox (with I used).

    And the friendly Cloud9 software appears with demo programs.

    Of course the blinkLED was the first program I know way overkill

     

    In conclusion:

     

    - for the usb connection at Windows software

    - for the lack of bottom side cover against shortcut

    - for the high price for the shield

     

    +for the price of BeagleBone

    +for the design

    +for the cloud9 software

    +for demo programs




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