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pcDuino Setup

Finally some time to get my new pcDuino set up. Connected a USB keyboard, USB mouse to the USB ports. Plugged in to my network, connected the monitor to the HDMI port, and applied power. Green LED and nothing… Then, about 20 seconds later, the monitor showed a LXDE desktop. I reread the documentation and saw the statement that there is no display on the monitor until the boot process completes. I was used to all my other Linux systems (Raspberry Pi included) that display output the boot messages to the default display while starting up.

My excitement was short lived though. It seems I was suffering from the documented HDMI to DVI display issue described in the Display Issue Fix link on Sparkfun. Since my display was usable but washed out, I was able to download the files to the desktop and install the fix directly. After the reboot, the display was working!

Tomorrow, it will be time to check out the operation and performance in detail. My initial impression is that overall the pcDuino is a bit faster than the Raspberry Pi. Probably more a result of the 1GB memory than the minor speed difference.

Update: my monitor is 1080p (1920×1080), but the pcDuino HDMI is only outputting at 720p (1280×720). A quick search of the web and pcDuino site shows this is a known issue and fix should be out soon.


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