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Configuring Gumstix Software

Instructions for installing and configuring software on gumstix overo


Connecting to USB Console


The Overo can be configured by connecting to its USB console.

  1. Once the Overo is turned on and the USB cable connected between the Overo console port and host machine, the USB device should appear in /dev/ on the host machine. On Linux, e.g., it is /dev/ttyUSB0, and on Mac it is, e.g., /dev/tty.usbserial-A9006R4Z. If you not see the device in /dev/, you probably need to install the FTDI device driver, which can be found here. 

  2. Connect the console. Mac comes with the "cu" program, and it may be available for Linux.
    sudo cu -s 115200 -l /dev/tty.usbserial-A9006R4Z
    You can also use kermit, which is usually installed with Linux:
    sudo ./wermit -l /dev/ttyUSB0
    set flow-control none
    set carrier-watch off
    set speed 115200

DEPRECATED - Installing a New Image (OS and software)

 NOTE: This section is deprecated since we're using pre-made Ubuntu images with SPAN.

The Gumstix Overo has a NAND flash drive and MicroSD reader. To install a new image on the NAND drive, you'll first need to install an image and boot from the MicroSD drive.

  1. Follow the instructions here to partition, format, and install the image on a MicroSD drive. NOTE: you'll need to use Linux since the second partition is ext3, which is not supported on Mac or Windows. You can also perform these steps using the Overo since it runs Linux.
    • You can find pre-built images here.
  2. We want to boot from the MicroSD. By default, the Overo boots from the NAND drive. todo
  3. Follow the instructions here to install the new image on the NAND drive.


Installing Java and DataTurbine

  1. Install java using "apt-get":
    apt-get install jamvm
  2. Next, copy the DataTurbine jars onto the Overo. NOTE: you can't run the DataTurbine installer jar on the Overo since it requires a gui. Instead, install DataTurbine on another machine and copy the rbnb.jar to the Overo.



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