Congratulations on your new DLP Pico Projector Development Kit. This
is where you can find some demos to try it out with your Beagleboard.
Oh, you haven't bought one yet?
Here's how to get one
The Pico projector can display the video output from the Beagleboard.
The Beagleboard needs to be configured in VGA display mode in order to
interface to the Pico projector. A VGA-based Beagleboard SD card
configuration is available for download. The SD card is configured
with a video demo that starts when the Beagleboard completes booting up.
Note: Currently, The SD cards and the instructions below for configuring an SD card are compatible with BeagleBoard versions up to version B5 only. An updated instruction set is in development with a planned availability date in late June.
Configure SD with partition images
Wait!!! OK so you don't want
to configure the SD card yourself. Alright, then contact our friends at
Special Computing. You can purchase a preconfigured SD card from
. If you obtain a preconfigured SD card then proceed to step 5 in the instructions below.
configure the SD card yourself. You'll need a
2GB or greater SD card
that works with your Linux host to configure Linux on your Beagleboard.
The SD card needs to be formatted into a two-partition configuration and
loaded with the images of preconfigured partitions.
If you already have a Linux host
Format the SD card, two alternative methods. Both methods
assume a 2GB SD card. If you're using a larger SD card then
you can proportion the partitions in a similar ratio as in the
With the SD formatted and mounted on your Linux host, extract
the partition images to the SD card. The commands assume you're in the
directory where the image files reside otherwise type the full path
of the image file. Replace /media/beagle_fat with your SD fat
partition mount point, same for /media/beagle_ext3.
sudo tar xvjf pico-sd-fat.tar.bz2 -C /media/beagle_fat
sudo tar xvjf pico-sd-ext3.tar.bz2 -C /media/beagle_ext3
Make sure you umount both SD card partitions once your SD card
has been configured.
sudo umount /media/beagle_fat
sudo umount /media/beagle_ext3
Boot the Beagleboard with your newly formatted SD card.
You should see something like shown below in the TeraTerm display.
Texas Instruments X-Loader 1.41
Starting OS Bootloader...
U-Boot 1.3.3 (Jul 10 2008 - 16:33:09)
OMAP3530-GP rev 2, CPU-OPP2 L3-165MHz
OMAP3 Beagle Board + LPDDR/NAND
DRAM: 128 MB
NAND: 256 MiB
Audio Tone on Speakers ... complete
OMAP3 beagleboard.org #
At the prompt #, enter the following commands. The
Beagleboard will automatically boot from the SD card the next time
it is reset.