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IYada
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booting intel aero compute board

Hi,

I have recently purchase an intel aero compute board which I plan to use with one of my quads. My first doubt is that the board doesnt boot. Does it come with any operating system? My eventual aim is to replace whatever it has with ubuntu 16.04.When I connect the board to the power supply the GNU GRUB 2.0 window appear with only one option "boot" but after that it restarts. As indicated here "https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/90-(References)-OS-user-Installation 90 (References) OS user Installation · intel-aero/meta-intel-aero Wiki · GitHub I am supposed to update Yokto first. All I am doing is connecting it to keyboard, mouse, HDMI cable and powering using wall socket adapter.

Another question is that the board says it can run on 5/20V DC supply (I surely read it few days back but cant find it now) while the power cable has a warning tag that says Intel aero 12V/2A. How shall I connect to my 5800mAh 12V battery. Can I directly attach it with the battery by using a suitable connector.

I would appreciate any help regarding this.

Thanks,

Indrajeet

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idata
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Hello indsy,

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero Compute Board.

 

Let me investigate your query and get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

Regards,

 

Casandra
IYada
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Hi,

Could you get the chance to look into this issue? I tried installing normal ubuntu 16.04 anyway but I am not able to do that. I can go to boot manager by pressing Esc key and can select the bootable usb but get a message that "file '/boot/' not found" and then the computer restarts. I would really appreciate your help regarding this.

Thanks,

Indrajeet

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Indsy,

 

 

Thank you very much for your patience.

 

Indeed the Intel Aero Compute Board comes with Yocto Linux pre-installed and as a first step you should download and flash the updated version of this image by following the steps in the following links:

 

https://software.intel.com/sites/default/files/managed/25/d5/Intel-Aero-Compute-Board-Getting-Starte...

 

https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup

 

This Yocto build is pre-configured and highly customized for Intel Aero.

 

 

Afterwards you can follow the steps for the Ubuntu installation:

 

https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/90-(References)-OS-user-Installation

 

 

In regards to your questions about the power supply you can check out the following community thread:

 

https://communities.intel.com/thread/110975 https://communities.intel.com/thread/110975

 

 

 

Please let me know if this helps or if I can assist with anything else,

 

Regards,

 

Casandra

 

 

 

IYada
Beginner
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Hi Casandra,

Thanks for your reply but this unfortunately is not helpful at all. As per your first link (the pdf file) it says connect everything and once you connect the power supply linux will automatically boot. It doesnot in my case.

1. Once I power on, I get a screen as shown in "Intel_fig1". After that another screen pops up which reads booting "boot" but then board restarts and this keeps happening.

2. The first screen has few options and if I press "e" to edit the command before booting I get what is shown in "intel_fig2" where I can select "F10" to boot or "F2" to get into command line.

3. If I press "F10" the board restarts and if I press "F2" I get into grub command line mode as shown in "intel_fig3". I tried searching over internet as to how to boot but I am not successful. I cant even complete some set of instructions because I cant locate initrd.img file.

Do you know what instructions I am supposed to follow or why my board doesn't automatically boot with yokto at the first place. As I said before I tried installing normal ubuntu from a bootable usb but I am not. It says some boot file not found and restarts. There is nothing wrong with the usb or ubuntu image as I have used that many times in the past.

I would really appreciate any help in this. I am also trying to contact intel's costumer care to actually return or replace the board but their URLs don't work and no one picks the phone.

Thanks,

Indrajeet

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Indsy,

 

 

Can you please tell me what Ubuntu version you are running?

 

 

The version that is compatible and should be used can be found on the following link:

 

https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/thank-you?country=US&version=16.04.3&architecture=amd64 by clicking the download now option.

 

 

You can also check out the following community thread: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/issues/291

 

 

Let me know if this helps.

 

 

Regards,

 

Casandra
IYada
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Hi Casandra,

Thanks for your reply. I was trying to install 16.04.4 from the same website. I have now tried ubuntu 16.04.3 from the link you privided but I still get the same error. It says some boot file not found and restarts. The other github link you sent is that user was not able to install flight controller after installing ubuntu; my problem is neither yokto is booting nor I am able to install ubuntu. Do you think its a power supply issue? I am using 12V 2A wall socket adapter. Do you recommend any particular adapter that I can buy. I tried flashing "intel-aero-image-intel-aero-1.6.1.iso" also but without luck. First screen (which I showed in intel-fig1) now shows another option called "install" but when I try it the board restarts.

Indrajeet

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Indsy,

 

 

For information in regards to the Power Supply you can check out the following threads and links:

/thread/110975 https://communities.intel.com/thread/110975

https://ark.intel.com/products/97178/Intel-Aero-Compute-Board https://ark.intel.com/products/97178/Intel-Aero-Compute-Board

 

https://communities.intel.com/thread/124985It is possible that you will need to go through multiple tries to boot.

 

 

Let me know if this helps,

 

Regards,

 

Casandra
IYada
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Hi Casandra,

This link (https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/01-About-Intel-Aero 01 About Intel Aero · intel-aero/meta-intel-aero Wiki · GitHub) says that the power supply cable adapter should have come with the board but I did not receive any cable adapter. I am using a 12V 2A adpater I have. I am following the instructions (word by word) to install iso images you pointed out in your last reply. Everything is fine till I click on install and then the board restarts. It happens again and again no matter how many times I try. One of the thread you mentioned talks of power supply for powering the drone. I am not even getting to that stage when I put the board on my drone. Given that the power cable did not come with the board, yokto doesn't automatically boot as per the instructions and I am not able to install anything, do you think that there is some other issue with the board and I should ask for a replacement? I do not want that as it means more delay and I am not sure if the one I will get will not have this issue. I hope this board is not only for Aero drone and doesn't work otherwise.

Indrajeet

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Indsy,

 

 

The link you are referring to is a guide for the Intel Aero Ready to fly Drone, which comes with the list of components that you have listed.

 

The Intel Aero Compute Board does not have a wall socket power adapter. A barrel cable adapter is provided. So a power cable does not come with the Aero Compute Board.

 

Recommended power adapter specs:
  • 5V DC
  • 3A (15 watts) minimum
  • cable: 5.5mm x 2.1mm barrel connector (OD / ID), center-pin positive

Can you please confirm you have the latest BIOS installed? You can check the Bios version by doing the following:

  1. Restart Board and press "Esc" when the boot splash image is displayed.
  2. Select "Setup Utility"
  3. What is the InsydeH20 Version?

The InsydeH20 Version should be Aero-0.1.00.16 which is the latest.

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Casandra
IYada
Beginner
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Hi Casandra,

Thanks for your reply. I was using a 12V 2A adapter, may be that is the problem. I will find 5V and 3A adapter and check. The bios version is Aero-01.00.03. How to install the latest bios. this link (https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-setup 02 Initial Setup · intel-aero/meta-intel-aero Wiki · GitHub ) gives a set of instructions. do they (rpm command) work on grub command line? that I can take the latest bios version into a usb and copy it to Aero disk space using the grub command line I can access?

Indrajeet

IYada
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Hi Casandra,

Can you please tell me how to update the BIOS if I do not have the operating system running and can only use grub commands. I can not use rpm command with grub. In the link for initial set-up (https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-setup 02 Initial Setup · intel-aero/meta-intel-aero Wiki · GitHub) third bullet point under heading "Flashing the BIOS" says that if the computer reboots automatically and endlessly a cold reboot is required. I assume it means restarting computer from power button which I did but to no avail.

Indrajeet

idata
Community Manager
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Hello indsy,

 

 

In order to install the Ubuntu 16.04 image you will first have to follow the steps in the following link: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/90-(References)-OS-user-Installation# installing-ubuntu-on-intel-aero

 

As the guide mentions, you will first need to upgrade to the latest Yocto image and flash the BIOS, FPGA, Flight Controller.

 

Check if everything works, and afterwards you can install Ubuntu 16.04. It will replace Yocto and keep the BIOS, FPGA and Flight Controller.

 

 

In regards to installing the Ubuntu image on the Aero board, you can access the link for the Ubuntu 16.04 image :

 

https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/thank-you%3Fcountry%3DUS%26version%3D16.04.3%26architecture%... https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/thank-you?country=US&version=16.04.3&architecture=amd64

 

Click "download now" and this should make the Ubuntu16.04 image available (the download will start).

 

The Ubuntu 18.04 is not yet compatible with the Intel Aero Compute Board so you will need the 16.04.

 

 

 

I hope this proves helpful.

 

 

Regards,

 

Casandra
IYada
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I have ordered a 5V 3A wall socket adapter which will come tomorrow and I will check with it. May be power supply is the problem. Probably I am not be able to explain my problem. I go as per these instructions. In order to upgrade Yokto I need to flash Intel Aero linux distribution. I can make a bootable usb (I am using correct image and making it using Etcher exactly as per instructions), go to bios, select boot from usb and then click on "install" but then the board REBOOTS. The instructions do not say what to do if that happens. I am not able to go past that stage and so not able to do anything. You asked me last time about the bios version. It is not latest but I do not know how to upgrade bios if the board is not working. The set of instructions to upgrade bios uses an rpm command which doesn't work with grub. Is there a guidelines as to what to do if the board restarts while installing.

If changing the adapter do not work, I will just look for returning the board and either get it checked by Intel tech guys or ask for a new one. I tried searching if I can get a telephone number where I can contact technical support team but could not find. Do you know any such number?

Thanks,

Indrajeet

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Indsy,

 

 

Could you send me a print screen of the error message you get when you run the rpm commands? Maybe I can get a better picture this way.

 

Also, let me know how it works with the 5V 3A wall socket adapter.

 

 

Thank you,

 

Casandra
IYada
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I will let you know how it works with the power supply tomorrow. when I run rpm in grub command it just says "error: cant find command 'rpm'". I saw some videos too, I am not supposed to run the command in grub. According to the tutorial I should first flash iso image of yokto and then update the bios. However, I am not able to flash the intel aero image because computer reboots after I hit the install button. A windows (attached) pops up saying booting "install" and the it reboots.

Thanks,

Indrajeet

IYada
Beginner
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Hi Casandra,

The board works fine with the 5V 3A power adapter. It was just 1 hour job to make everything work. Thanks for your help. If possible please put recommended power supply information on the website. At present it just says anything between 5-20V would work and doesn't talk of amperes. I wasted days for an hour's job because I did not know I need a 5V 3A wall socket adapter.

Thanks,

Indrajeet

idata
Community Manager
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Hello indsy,

 

 

Thank you for coming back to me with the result, I am very happy it worked.

 

Thank you for your suggestion, I will pass it on.

 

I wish you good luck in your future projects.

 

 

Regards,

 

Casandra
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