Beagleboard:Booting Ubuntu on BeagleBoard Black

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This page shows you how to boot Ubuntu on your BeagleBoard Black.

Main Process

The steps described here are steps you must take before installing any version of Ubuntu described in this Wiki.

  1. You must first decide which version you want to run.
    • This page has the image files for 3 options for installing Ubuntu/Debian on a micro SD card to boot from
      Your 3 options are
    Ubuntu Precise 12.04.2 LTS
    Ubuntu Raring 13.04
    Debian Wheezy 7.0.0
    • You have two current options to flash the eMMC
      Your 2 options are (click the name for download location)
    [Ubuntu]
    [Debian]
  2. After you have downloaded the .img.xz file you want, use a program such as 7zip to extract the image file
  3. Insert the micro SD card into your computer
    • Using a micro SD to SD or micro SD to USB adapter is fine
  4. Use Win32 Disk Imager to write the image onto your micro SD
    1. Run Win32 Disk Imager
    2. Make sure the drive letter corresponding to your micro SD card is selected
    3. Select the unpacked image file
    4. Press 'Write' and wait for Win32 Disk Imager to finish - this should take a few minutes
  5. After Win32 Disk Imager has finished remove the micro SD card from your computer

You are now ready to follow directions below that correspond to the version of Ubuntu/Debian you downloaded.


  1. Put the micro SD card into the powered-off BeagleBoard Black
    • Make sure your BeagleBoard Black is connected to a powered-on display via HDMI
  2. While holding down the 'boot' button (button closest to the micro SD card slot), apply power to the BeagleBoard Black
    • You must use an external 5V power supply, USB power will not work
  3. Continue to hold down the 'boot' button until the 4 LED lights begin to flicker
    • If more than 15 seconds have passed without the lights beginning to flicker, remove the power and try again
  4. The Linux penguin should flash in the upper left-hand corner of your display
  5. After approximately 2-3 minutes you should be prompted for a username and password
    • Username is: ubuntu
    • Password is: ubuntu
    • Note: echo is turned off for typing in password
  6. You should now be in the command terminal for Ubuntu
    • Anytime you want to boot from micro SD to Ubuntu from now on start at step 6
  7. If you wish to load LXDE you can refer to Loading LXDE section.

Booting Debian From Micro SD

The process for booting the Debian version on this download page is nearly the same.
The difference comes when you boot from the micro SD on your BeagleBoard Black

  1. The Linux penguin in the upper left corner of your display will stay there until you are prompted to log-in
  2. The log-in credentials will be different
    • Username: debian
    • Password: debian

Flashing Ubuntu/Debian to the eMMC From Micro SD

  1. Download the Ubuntu image from [here] and the Debian image from [here]
  2. Use a program such as 7zip to extract the image file
  3. Insert the micro SD card into your computer
    • Using a micro SD to SD or micro SD to USB adapter is fine
  4. Use Win32 Disk Imager to write the image onto your micro SD
    1. Run Win32 Disk Imager
    2. Make sure the drive letter corresponding to your micro SD card is selected
    3. Select the unpacked image file
    4. Press 'Write' and wait for Win32 Disk Imager to finish - this should take a few minutes
  5. After Win32 Disk Imager has finished remove the micro SD card from your computer
  6. Put the micro SD card into the powered-off BeagleBoard Black
    • Make sure your BeagleBoard Black is connected to a powered-on display via HDMI
  7. While holding down the 'boot' button (button closest to the micro SD card slot), apply power to the BeagleBoard Black
    • You must use an external 5V power supply, USB power will not work
  8. Continue to hold down the 'boot' button until the 4 LED lights begin to flicker
    • If more than 15 seconds have passed without the LEDs beginning to flicker, remove the power and try again
  9. The Linux penguin should flash in the upper left-hand corner of your display
    • If you are flashing the Debian image the penguin will stay up for a minute or two
  10. After approximately 1 minute you should be prompted with a log-in screen
  11. Leave the board be for about 10 minutes, the image is being flashed to the eMMC
  12. After about 10 minutes have passed the 4 LEDs should be solid and not flickering. Remove the power, remove the mirco SD, and then re-apply power to the board
  13. It will take a minute or two for the board to boot to the log-in screen
    • Ubuntu
    Username is: ubuntu
    Password is: temppwd
    • Debian
    Username is: debian
    Password is: temppwd
    • Note: echo is turned off for typing in password
  14. You should now be in the command terminal for Ubuntu/Debian and your BeagleBoard Black will boot here from now on.
  15. If you wish to load the LXDE interface then follow the instructions in the Loading LXDE section.


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