Beaglebone Black LESSON 2: Getting Started

In this lesson we show you how to boot up your Beaglebone Black, and how to connect via the Putty SSH terminal client, and how to remotely run the graphical desktop on your PC. If you do not already have your Beaglebone Black, you can pick up one HERE.

The Beaglebone black has only one USB connection, so I find the easiest way to work with it is to just connect by a remote desktop, instead of trying to connect screen, keyboard, and mouse directly to the Beaglebone. This lesson will get you started so you can get connected and talking to your Beaglebone.

19 thoughts on “Beaglebone Black LESSON 2: Getting Started”

  1. Hi! I don’t understand…
    I’m fine until the IP address but do not appear numbers appears this
    eth0 Link encap: Ethernet HWaddr 6c: ec: eb: 5d: 5b: 80
    inet6 addr: fe80 :: 6eec: EBFF: fe5d: 5b80 / 64 Scope: Link
    RX packets: 1 errors: 0 dropped: 0 overruns: 0 frame: 0
    TX packets: 48 errors: 0 dropped: 0 overruns: 0 carrier: 0
    collisions: 0 txqueuelen: 1000
    RX bytes: 86 (86.0 B) TX bytes: 10393 (10.1 KiB)
    Interrupt: 40
    maybe I connect the ethernet cable bad
    connect the cable to the BBB and the other side to where?
    excuse me but my language is Spanish, the English is difficult for me to hear

  2. Hello my teacher,
    I want to ask you about my connection, when I tried to connect it, it does not give me the IP address and I don’t know what is the problem. Also I have checked my all connections and everything was correct.
    Please my teacher can you help me with this problem?
    Thanks in advance and kind regards

  3. Hi my teacher,
    we have tried many times to solve this problem that happened to me and finally we found the solution. The problem was with the sharing of the network in my computer, also I will write these steps and if anyone face the same problem then you can flow these steps to solve it
    1) Go to the ((Start Menu)) in your computer —> then to (( control panel)) —->then (( Network and Internet)) or ((Network and Sharing Center Settings))
    2) Then write click on ((Wireless Network Connection)—-> go to properties—> then ((Sharing tab))——> check on the box that indicates to (( Allow other network users to connect through this computers Internet connection)).
    Hope this will be helpful.

  4. Hello Mr. Paul.
    I want to ask you about connection via WiFi dongle. Im trying to use RTL8188CU USB wifi card but i can’t do it. Could You help me with this problem. I think that also other users of BBB platform, as I, would like to connect to the platform via WiFi . What do You think about it?
    Best Regards from Poland

  5. Howdy,
    Lesson 2 is real helpful. I could have saved myself a lot of grief if I found this a week ago.

    Very impressive work you are doing,
    Gary Levin
    Samaria Israel

  6. Hello Mr. Paul.
    I am having a strange problem. First of all i don’t have L terminal
    on my board i have Q Terminal and i my keyboard layout is acting all weird and when i try to access chromium then it tells me that you should run chromium as normal user. Can you please help me with keyboard problem.


    1. Hello Puneet,
      Did you find a solution to your problem??
      I am also facing the same issues that I have Q terminal and keyboard mismatch is happening when giving input.
      It would be very helpful if you help me in resolving these issues
      Looking forward to your reply.


  7. hello my teacher
    ive just get confused about the password that you enterd to run the vncserver!!!
    whats that password? how did you get it?
    ecvuse me for my bad english

  8. Hi Paul – I am learning a lot from your lessons. I am using the cloud9 ide terminal window to do everything in your lessons such as writing and running python scripts, copy/paste to clipboard, and linux commands. So I am unclear on what features tightvnc has that cloud9 doesn’t. What am I missing?

  9. Strange Question
    what’s the program are you using for recording the tutorials ?
    how many cameras you have for recording ?
    Thanks In Advance

  10. Dear Sir,
    I tried many times with beaglebone but the sentence appear to me:
    ((Error in application beagle
    No space left on device))
    I can’t understand what is the problem?
    Please can you help me?
    Thank you so much.

  11. Greetings from Singapore!
    Thank you so much! I finally found the right resource to start on my Beaglebone Black! yay! No longer feel lost on how I could start on my Beaglebone black board. A thumbs up for your lesson. Please make more lesson ya. I would love to hear it from you!

  12. can’t seem to load the bbb drivers in win 10 from beaglebone getting started, anyone done this yet, if so please help. it says incompatible. I tried to run it as admin and in compatible mode, didn’t work.

    help please

  13. Hi Paul

    Great website! I am having trouble connecting to the beagle bone webpage the one where we type into the browser. How can I check my error? Does my Lan settings have to be in a particular way?

    Kind regards

  14. Hello,

    I found this info. good but I am getting errors, e.g. the screen after I put in my IP address is duplicating at an enormous speed. Can you help?

    It just repeats screens until I cancel out the screen with my mouse and then all screens disappear.

    I tried with the BBB and the BBBW.


  15. Hello teacher!
    I can not get my IP adress from the brownser. I can easily get the first IP 192…. running, but not the second one. It appears a bunch of letters and numbers that is not an IP.
    Could you help me?

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