cleaned up wiki page on how the flasher process works for BBB

tidied up my wiki page on the mechanics of the flasher process:

http://www.crashcourse.ca/wiki/index.php/BBB_software_update_process

feedback welcome.

rday

In “How to Update”, I would say “hold down the boot button near the large USB port”. This was literally the first thing I did when I got my BBB so I had to go to another page to find out which button was which. Or you could make hold down the boot button a link.

I have a picture here. Does that help? I tried the “button by the large USB” thing. It didn’t work for a lot of people.

http://circuitco.com/support/index.php?title=Updating_The_Software

Gerald

fixed.

rday

i added that link in the first section for completeness.

rday

Yes, I saw that. I was just letting Louis know we had tried his suggestion and that we had pretty pictures!

Gerald

I see now that you have the pretty picture on a different page (which most people probably land on before the page that I’m referencing), but my only suggestion was making it easy for someone reading the SW update page to locate the “boot button”.

I think that the written explanation you have there now is great!

Uh, it is on the SW update page. Right under step 11 that says to push the button. That is as close as i can gt it to the step.

Gerald

Sorry, I just realized that circuitco wiki links off to the crashcourse wiki, which I assume are Robert’s contributions?

So I was saying that his software update page could use more elaboration on which button to press. The CircuitCo software update page does have that picture pretty darn close to where the button is referenced.

OK. That is the one I maintain. He does reference it but maybe not in the right spot.

Gerald

i now link to the circuitco page right at the top of my wiki page.

rday

  tidied up my wiki page on the mechanics of the flasher
process:

http://www.crashcourse.ca/wiki/index.php/BBB_software_update_process

feedback welcome.

"WARNING: All the evidence suggests that you can't reflash your BBB
solely on USB power -- get a 5VDC power supply. "

I have contrary evidence. :wink:

I've flashed several times on USB power, so some evidence suggests you
might not need a 5VDC power supply. It might well be advisable, but
it also is clearly not necessary in all cases.

Also, traditional wikis allow people to make corrections like this
directly. Making edits by email is comparatively slow and tedious. :wink:

sadly, the instant i open up the wiki for edits, the spammers
attack. so i just gave up. but i'll add your observation, thanks.

rday

Also, traditional wikis allow people to make corrections like
this directly. Making edits by email is comparatively slow
and tedious. :wink:

  sadly, the instant i open up the wiki for edits, the
spammers attack. so i just gave up. but i'll add your
observation, thanks.

Captcha helps with wiki spam.

Also, you could perhaps limit edits to those logged in.

> tidied up my wiki page on the mechanics of the flasher
> process:

> http://www.crashcourse.ca/wiki/index.php/BBB_software_update_process

> feedback welcome.

"WARNING: All the evidence suggests that you can't reflash your BBB
solely on USB power -- get a 5VDC power supply. "

I have contrary evidence. :wink:

I've flashed several times on USB power, so some evidence suggests you
might not need a 5VDC power supply. It might well be advisable, but
it also is clearly not necessary in all cases.

Also, traditional wikis allow people to make corrections like this
directly. Making edits by email is comparatively slow and tedious. :wink:

  sadly, the instant i open up the wiki for edits, the spammers
attack. so i just gave up. but i'll add your observation, thanks.

Robert,

You fine with the harvesting of your wiki content for inclusion on
elinux.org? With applicable attribution and back links, of course.
An effort is ongoing to gather and centralize as much of the BBB stuff
as we can find.

Cheers
Bill