Questions on Wifi and SD cards for BeagleBone Black/Android

One: How can I get Wifi on the Black when it is running Android? I am using this Wifi dongle: http://www.adafruit.com/products/814, and a tutorial to set it up with a BeagleBone White: http://learn.adafruit.com/beaglebone/wifi.

Two: How can I get the BeagleBone Black to recognize the rest of the space on the microSD card? I want to use the rest of the space on the microSD card for storage for apps and games for Android to run.

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An important question I need to ask is, what software are you running on your BBB?
Angstrom? Android? Ubuntu? Knowing this will help me help you.

If you are using Angstrom:
That tutorial should work as explained on that page you posted. If that isn’t good for you, you can try following this link. It says it uses an Edimax dongle but the dongle you have should be fine because it uses the same chipset.

As for your second question, it depends on what you are running on the board and if you are booting from the micro SD card. More info from you is needed to answer that one.

Thanks,
Tommy

I am using Android, and I am booting it from the microSD card.

Okay well I noticed that you got your answer to your WiFi question in another post you had so I will skip that.
As far as utilizing all of the space on your micro SD this wiki page is the best I have for you right now. That tutorial is written for regular Linux OS’s so I’m not sure if it will work on Android. I will try it myself and see what happens.

Never mind that link. I tried and, as I suspected, it doesn’t work. Android doesn’t have the packages required in the tutorial.

Could this work?

It might work. But be careful. You will be responsible if it bricks your BBB

How about this tutorial? It seems less invasive, but I’m not sure if it gets rid of the Android image on the SD card…

My guess is yes on getting rid of the Android image. Anytime you format a storage device chances are it will wipe whatever is on it. Except for extending a partition like in that link I sent you, I have yet to see a format method that doesn’t wipe everything first.

About the method that might brick the BBB, I think I could still boot from the SD card couldn’t I? Or am I wrong? If I do brick it, then would the space on the eMMC be corrupted?

You cannot brick the board. You may not understand how to unbrick it, but you cannot brick it.

Gerald

So then this method of extending the partition could work?

That sounds dangerously like a challenge! I do have an ESD test rig
at my disposal...can every pin on the expansion connectors withstand
an IEC 15KV air-gap discharge?!? :wink:

...but within context: No, it is not possible to mess up the contents
of the eMMC memory up bad enough to "brick" the BeagleBone. Insert a
properly formatted SD card configured to flash the eMMC memory, hold
down the boot button, and you are set to go (after waiting an hour or
so for the eMMC flash update to complete). :slight_smile:

You cannot brick the board. You may not understand how to unbrick
it, but you cannot brick it.

Gerald

About the method that might brick the BBB, I think I could still
boot from the SD card couldn't
I?<http://hipstercircuits.com/unbrick-beaglebone-black-without-erasing-emmc/>

Or am I wrong? If I do brick it, then would the space on the eMMC be

corrupted?

It might work. But be careful. You will be responsible if it
bricks your BBB

Could this
<http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2066307>
work?

An important question I need to ask is, what software are
you running

on your BBB?

Angstrom? Android? Ubuntu? Knowing this will help me help
you. If you are using Angstrom: That tutorial should work
as explained on that page you posted. If

that isn't good for you, you can try following this link. It
says it uses an Edimax dongle but the dongle you have should
be fine because it uses the same chipset.

As for your second question, it depends on what you are
running on the

board and if you are booting from the micro SD card. More
info from you is needed to answer that one.

Thanks, Tommy

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