Connect beaglebone black to laptop.

Hello, I am having the beaglebone black and today I got the HDMI cable for it. When I connect the hdmi cable to my dell laptop(N4110), I do not get anything on the screen. My question is:

  1. Is it possible to connect the beaglebone black with the laptop display? if it is possible then,
  2. Is it necessary to connect power supply while connecting the HDMI cable, can it work with the USB power?
  3. What set up is required on laptop to display via HDMI cable.

Thank you.

Gulp! You are connecting an output to an output! You cannot connect the HDMI and expect it to show up on the screen.


What I did to view the desktop of my linux installation was installed a vnc server on the beaglebone and installed a client (was actually a chrome app) on my laptop, and then connected through a remote desktop type interface.

To do this I did the following (from

Run these commands as super user:

# opkg update
# opkg install x11vnc
# x11vnc -bg -o %HOME/.x11vnc.log.%VNCDISPLAY -auth /var/run/gdm/auth-for-gdm*/database -display :0  -forever