Sunday, 22 July 2012

BeagleBone Angstrom


used recommended

xz -dkc my_image_file.img.xz | pv | sudo dd of=/dev/your_sd_card

boots ok, logging in as root.
not familiar with opkg package manager, but first steps seems straightforward.

opkg update 

opkg upgrade

fuck, no motion/ffmpeg on opkg, ...girding my loins;

git clone git://



make install

Well, this seems to work with the lifecam at 320x240, struggled at 1280x720! Ram? 
Not working for the easycap DC60, but it is picking up the em28xx module.
No ffmpeg, (it's not installed), can't seem to install patchutils, let alone media_build drivers either. Feeling a bit lost without apt-get, going to bask my head against Ubuntu again for a while. Lots of new palettes on this motion installation though (17!).


  1. I just downloaded the latest SD image for my version A5 BeagleBone and it has ffmpeg installed now.

    I still haven't figured out how to get sound recording from my USB webcam yet.

  2. I stuck with Ubuntu after this post... I'm not using a webcam (the video capture device is a different driver), I'm not recording any audio and I'm only using ffmpeg through motion - so I don't really think I can offer any useful advice here. Is it registering any audio devices for that camera?

  3. I've been looking at Ubuntu myself but I've been having a heck of a time getting the SD card to boot.

  4. oh, really? I forget exactly which method I used now, but it's some flavour of the RobertCNelson kernel

    Looks like I've got 12.04, but I'm out of date as mine is only 3.2.25 psp20.

    I'm still not happy with the stablity of the easycap driver, or the functionality of the em28xx driver.

    Did you have any luck with the sound yet?

  5. I sorted out the Ubuntu thingy (version 3.2.32-psp25 from RobertCNelson) and it seems pretty groovy. I had grown frustrated with not being to get packages like motion. The pre-built Ubuntu packages are much more plentiful.

    I'll letcha know how things go.

    BTW I happened to know what "bufo" meant since I'm into toads and reptiles. 8-)


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