Those who have been reading this blog may remember that I run Linux in a VirtualBox VM, and the host OS is Windows 8. I have tried recent Linaro binaries on PandaBoard by writing the image file (pandaboard.img.bz2) to an SD Card using Win32DiskImager. It has not worked well before, I realize now, due to lack of graphics drivers.
To get the graphics drivers on to the system partition requires that I mount the SD Card and run a shell script from my Linux VM. The problem being, getting the VM to see the internal SD Card reader of my laptop. Problem solved, the SD Card reader is a USB device and can be mounted by VirtualBox, once you install a proprietary extension and enable USB 2.0 in the VM settings.
How to install
Download Linaro 13.06. The instructions to prepare the SD card are under Binary Image Installation. I had some difficulty with disabling automount using dconf, but found Ubuntu’s Mount/USB instructions helpful.
I am now a happy user of Android 4.2.2 on the PandaBoard!
How does it run?
Here’s a list of positive observations:
- Display performance is flawless.
- WiFi works. Ethernet works after switching to Ethernet configuration eth0 under Settings.
- Browser works well. YouTube videos play all right. I haven’t tried any HD video yet.
- DVI and HDMI display ports work.
- Audio from the stereo output jack works.
Some negative observations:
- Bluetooth does not work.
- Often, the display is put to sleep and does not wake up. Switching from DVI to HDMI, or vice-versa, often wakes it up. HDMI audio does not work.
- No Google Play store, for obvious reasons.
- External USB webcam does not work.
- ADB interface stops working at around the time display is put to sleep.
- Lots of test apps installed, so you are reminded it is a development build.