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This is the 1/3 chapter of the Getting Started with IGEPv5 Tutorial Guide. In this first chapter, we will learn :

  • Connect some peripherals, including monitor and USB peripherals.
  • Boot the board and touring the default firmware.
  • Connect remotely to the board via Ethernet.

Upon completion, you will be ready to continue with chapter 2/3 that explains more advanced tasks.

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE IMAGE TO A RECENT RELEASE to ensure you have the latest features and bug fixes.


In this tutorial we are going to use the following peripherals:

  • IGEPv5 with its power supply
  • Monitor compatible with HDMI
  • micro-HDMI to HDMI cable
  • Network cable
  • USB keyboard and a mouse
  • PC
  • SD-card with demo image

Getting started

You will learn how to connect some peripherals and power up the board.


The board will connect to your HDMI monitor via its micro-HDMI connector. You can use a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable to connect the board to the monitor. By default the firmware tries to setup the better resolution for your monitor.


You may now plug the Ethernet cable into the 10/100 Ethernet jack of the board to get network access.


Now, plug your keyboard and mouse into any of the available USB


Finally, plug the SD-card into the SD-card socket. Make sure that the DIP switches are correctly configured. That's is all in OFF position except 5 and 7 that should be in ON position.


With all the peripherals attached, plug in the wall adapter (5V DC) and power on your board. You will see a few lights flash.

"Under the hood" the bootloader is preparing to load the linux kernel. The linux kernel loads and initializes the hardware and mounts the root file system. Finally, you will see a screen desktop.

Serial debug connection

Now you need a Null-Modem DB9 female-female serial cable. Connect the cable between the board and your PC. Open the serial on your PC using your preferred serial communications program (minicom) and configure the port as follows:

   no flow control (either software or hardware) 

Open the serial port and the debug shell prompt should appear. An empty password for root user should work to access to the shell prompt.

A detailed guide on how to connect via serial debug port can be found by following this link: Using serial debug port to communicate

You have successfully completed this chapter of the guide.

Continue this tutorial guide: [[What can I do with IGEPv2|2/3 - What can I do with IGEPv2]]
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