Need help with this stuff....

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  1. Sathya
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    yes, beaglebone black. my uncle give me this stuff but i dont know how to use it. im zero at coding or programming any software or hardware. but i want to make my beaglebone works like a mini PC machine ( i mean, i can watch movie online or youtube or browsing with windows or linux installed )
    I've watch some youtube video about this topic, but he dosent tell anything about how to install windows like he did.
    i hope beaglebone black is strong enough to open youtube or online movie site. but i need some help to do that.
    my beaglebone have a:

    1. USB port
    2. Micro SD port
    3. Ethernet port
    4. Micro HDMI port
    5. Mini USB port
    6. DC 5 volt input

    I will wait any help from you all... what kind of stuff i need to make it works like i said above.

    Thanks:)

    :arrow:I know, my grammar getting worse than before or still same:!:
     
  2. FAST6191

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    I tend to find youtube tutorials for anything software related to almost always be out of date, even more so if it is hacking or oddball hardware related. Sometimes that is OK but most times it can send you down the wrong path (or a harder path) when instead something text based does better.

    https://elinux.org/BeagleBoardUbuntu (which I got to from https://beagleboard.org/p/robertcnelson-myopenid-com/ubuntu-6c7f26 ) looks like it has a simple image you can download, flash to a SD card (they will tend to link a nice program you open say here is my image, here is my SD card, make it happen) and then boot directly into (before sorting any network and whatever else issues).
    I will note that for many of these microcomputer things I tend to find live youtube watching to be a pain so instead I encourage people to look at the likes of youtube-dl or something instead and watch the downloaded videos in one of the very nice media players said microcomputers tend to have. Browsing might also be a bit tricky but probably better than most mobile phones and tablets.
     
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    so, i cannot watching youtube with that?
    or just browsing with chrome?
     
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    I forgot
    The specs of this SBC isn't particular nice, a 1ghz single core ARM CPU and 512mb of RAM probably isn't enough for watching modern YouTube videos, unless you want to watch them in 360p or something.

    Downloading videos and playing them in a media player should be fine, I imagine 720p might be doable for most content with that things specs. As FAST mentioned, using something like YouTube DL to download videos before watching them would probably be what you'd have to do.

    For web browsing, it probably won't be a good experience for most sites.

    As for OS, you're stuck with whatever ARM-based Linux distro will run on it, which probably isn't much. Installing it, as FAST mentioned, should be as simple as flashing a premade image.

    But TBH, that thing isn't really meant for what you want, media streaming and web browsinf and such, it's more for educational purposes and for very low powered embedded systems use.
     
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    ok, i see... is not a good spec for streaming YT or Netflix... but i want to try that also with installing a simple software from SD card like @FAST6191 said. but i cannot find the download link from beagleboard ubuntu site for the software. can you help me for that? maybe i'm not smart enough to search the link. Thanks.
     
  6. FAST6191

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    From that https://elinux.org/BeagleBoardUbuntu#All_BeagleBone_Variants_and_PocketBeagle


    "This image can be written to a 2GB (or larger) microSD card, via 'dd' on Linux or on Windows/Mac/Linux: https://etcher.io "

    Get prebuilt image: ............

    wget is a command line download program but the link itself there (I don't want to link it here, it is not against the rules I just don't want to have outdated links and contribute to the problem) will probably come down just fine in a normal browser download.
    You can verify it if you want with the SHA256 provided.

    After that I would grab that etcher program rather than messing with dd if this is your first time doing this sort of thing. From there it should be fairly obvious and you pop in the SD card after that and follow whatever it says on screen.
     
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  7. Sathya
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    I will wait 5 days more untill i got my micro hdmi for display connection thanks alot for your help. I hope it will be succes.
    and... I'll be back soon. Thanks!
     
  8. GensokyoIceFairy

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    In regards to the MicroSD, here's a small tip: run h2testw on any new MicroSD you buy online, particularly ones that are over 32GB, there's a lot of fakes out there, some of which the sellers aren't even aware are fake...

    Either way, FAST6191's advice doesn't need to be added to whatsoever. Particularly the advice about not using dd if you're not so proficient at the command line - I once overwrote the booted OS with an ISO stored on it with it once, how stupid of me :P
     
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