Setting Up the pcDuino

Arduino Computers & Mobile Technology
Setting Up the pcDuino


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My friend Mike Hord of Sparkfun has shot this quick video showing how to set up a pcDuino. If you’re not hip to this microcontroller, it’s a system-on-a-board running linux, and you program it by plugging the board into your TV via HDMI and simply plugging in a USB keyboard and mouse. It has the same pins as the Arduino for easy adoption.

16 thoughts on “Setting Up the pcDuino

  1. Brian Williams says:

    Purple fingernails on hairy hands are a bit off-putting…

    1. Sean says:

      Hey, they are far cooler than my hairy fingernails and purple hands.

    2. ON⦅⩑⦆AIR Tom, KG4CYX (@VXO) says:

      I’m generally more fond of deep blue with a glitter top coat, myself.

  2. mupeg says:

    I’ve been messing with mine for a few months now and I have very few complaints compared to the amazing things it can do. It really is a competent little computer and it’s very easy to access the IO in multiple languages. I’ve got mine setup to start a VNC session at boot so I don’t even need the extra monitor or keyboard/mouse. Very cool product. Cheers!

    1. tonyv says:

      I’d love to hear how you set up your board to boot into VNC. How about a tutorial somewhere?

      1. tonyv says:

        Never mind. I Googled ‘pcDuino VNC’ and found the info. It works great!

        1. mupeg says:

          Good deal!

  3. tonyv says:

    I just got my pcDuino a few days ago, and have been very impressed with its ease of setup, it’s I/O capabilities, and how FAST it is.

    I have a couple of BeagleBoardXMs, but they are just too slow and don’t have the I/O capabilities I want. I was never interested in the BeagleBone — lots of I/O, but no on-board video and too expensive. The new Beaglebone Black has video and is faster, smaller, and cheaper, but the specs of the pcDuino are still better. I haven’t tried a Raspberry-PI.

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