BeagleBone Black is a tiny computer ideal for learning and prototyping with electronics. With this getting started tutorial you will be up and running with your BeagleBone in minutes. This guide is suitable for BeagleBone Black and BeagleBone Black Wireless.
It is good practice to always start with the latest software installed on your Beaglebone. There are 2 main variants depending on your intended use. LXQT includes a graphic desktop while the lightweight IoT doesn’t. Ensure that whichever one you choose is the correct version for BeagleBone Black.
It is recommended that you use a good quality micro SD card with at least 8GB of storage. In a BeagleBone, the micro SD card gets a much tougher workout than it would in something like a digital camera.
Your BeagleBone should now be on and running the latest Debian. If you want to write the image to your onboard eMMC, follow the instructions on http://elinux.org/Beagleboard:BeagleBoneBlack_Debian#Flashing_eMMC.
If your BeagleBone includes WiFi, you should be able to see it in the available WiFI networks from your computer. It will appear as BeagleBone-XXXX, where XXXX is a number that varies between boards.
You will then be greeted with the BeagleBone’s Terminal interface showing a message about upgrading your software.
First, you’ll need to connect your BeagleBone to the internet through your WiFi.
You should now have your BeagleBoard connected to your WiFi network.
You will be presented with instructions on how to upgrade your software. You can skip the part about connecting to the internet as you should already be connected.
Note that when pasting the password for Debian in the BaegleBlack’s Terminal window, it will be invisible but still there. Press Return after pasting it.
Note that some processes can take a while. If there is no prompt to action inside the Terminal window after entering a command, the process has not finished. While some processes display a progress message at the bottom of the window, others don’t.
Your BeagleBone Black is now ready!