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Toradex Easy Installer

 
Note: Toradex Easy Installer is currently in Beta - feedback welcome!

The Toradex Easy Installer is a Linux-based application that provides a graphical selection of Operating System images that users may choose to install onto internal flash memory of Toradex modules in an extremely simple way.




Toradex Easy Installer is also suitable for fully automated volume production programming as it allows for no-touch installation of custom images.
In the future, Toradex Easy Installer will be the default software pre-installed on Toradex modules. It will initially be pre-installed on the Apalis i.MX6 and Colibri i.MX6. And eventually it will be pre-installed on Colibri i.MX7 and Nvidia TK1, as well as other future Toradex computer modules. Toradex will announce the pre-installed software change through a PCN for products in Volume Product state. We encourage you to share any feedback relating to your Toradex Easy Installer experience.

 

If you wish to use Toradex Easy Installer on a module where it is not pre-installed, you can download Toradex Easy Installer and use recovery mode (see Load Toradex Easy Installer section directly below).

If the Toradex Easy Installer is already pre-installed, you can jump to the Install Images section below).

Load Toradex Easy Installer

Module Download
Apalis iMX6 Toradex Easy Installer
Colibri iMX6 Toradex Easy Installer

Toradex Easy Installer Revision History and Roadmap

Unzip the Zip file in a local directory on a Windows or Linux host.

Apalis iMX6

  1. Connect the Carrier Board USB OTG port to your Linux or Windows host machine

    • Apalis Evaluation Board

      Connect X49 or X50 (USBO1_CL/USBO1)

    • Ixora Carrier Board

      Connect X9 on the underside of the Carrier Board. Be sure to remove JP2 to be able to use X9 in OTG Client mode.

  2. Enter recovery mode in one of this two ways:

    • Using hardware mechanism

      • Make sure the board is turned off.
      • Shorten the pads on the picture (e.g with a tweezer).

        Recovery mode pads Apalis i.MX6

      • Power on the board.

    • Using a command in U-Boot

      • Connect the serial port UART1 of the carrier board with your host computer.

        • Apalis Evaluation Board

          Depending on JP10/12 connect the serial debug console to the lower X28 using a null modem RS-232 cable or X29 using a regular USB cable.

        • Ixora Carrier Board

          Connect the serial debug console to X22 using a null modem RS-232 cable and a 10 pin IDC to 9 pin D-sub male connector (DTK or Intel standard).

      • Open a terminal on your host computer (115200 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, one stop, no hardware/software flow control).

        Power cycle the board and immediately press any key on the terminal

        Type on the U-Boot command line:

        bmode usb
        
  3. Use one of the following scripts on the host machine to download and run the Toradex Easy Installer through USB:

    • Windows: recovery-windows.bat
    • Linux: recovery-linux.sh

Colibri iMX6

  1. Connect the Carrier Board USB OTG port to your Linux or Windows host machine

    • Colibri Evaluation Board

      Connect X29 or X30 (USB_CL/USB_OTG)

    • Iris Carrier Board

      Connect X12 micro USB (close to the Ethernet connector)

  2. Enter recovery mode in one of this two ways:

    • Using hardware mechanism

      • Make sure the board is turned off.
      • Shorten the pads on the picture (e.g with a tweezer).

        Recovery mode pads Colibri i.MX6

      • Power on the board.

    • Using a command in U-Boot

      • Connect the serial port UART_A of the carrier board with your host computer.

        • Colibri Evaluation Board

          Depending on JP17/19 (and JP20/JP21 if you use a Carrier Board with V3.2 and later) connect the serial debug console to the bottom X25 using a null modem RS-232 cable or X27 using a regular USB cable.

        • Iris Carrier Board

          Connect the serial debug console to X13 using a null modem RS-232 cable and a 10 pin IDC to 9 pin D-sub male connector (DTK or Intel standard).

      • Open a terminal on your host computer (115200 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, one stop, no hardware/software flow control).

        Power cycle the board and immediately press any key on the terminal

        Type on the U-Boot command line:

        bmode usb
        
  3. Use one of the following scripts on the host machine to download and run the Toradex Easy Installer through USB:

    • Windows: recovery-windows.bat
    • Linux: recovery-linux.sh

If downloading gets stuck or fails with an error, try starting over from step 2. We have seen issue with some USB 3.0 controllers during enumeration: If you use a USB 3.0 capable device, try connecting a USB 2.0 hub between the USB OTG port and your host.

Note: This does not write the Toradex Easy Installer to flash, it only loads it into the modules memory. You will have to redo these steps if you power off your module.

Install Images

You should see a User Interface appearing on DVI-I/HDMI, VGA or on the parallel RGB (Unified Interface Display) port. If you can't use any of these these display options, you can access the user interface remotely over network using VNC. If you still have USB OTG connected the module provides connection via USB RNDIS. The modules default IP address on USB RNDIS is 192.168.11.1.

To install images directly over Internet, make sure that you connect Ethernet to a network which provides Internet access (the installer relies on DHCP to configure the IP address and http to download images). After some seconds you should see a list of images appearing.

Toradex Installer Main Menu

Alternatively you can download a Toradex Easy Installer image from our website and unzip/untar it on a SD Card or USB Flash Drive. Once you plug it into the target the images should appear in the list of available images with an icon indicating that it is an image found on a local storage device.

Module Download
Apalis iMX6 Linux
Colibri iMX6 Linux
Aplais/Colibri iMX6 WinCE 7 / 2013

To install an image, use an USB mouse to select and press the "Install (i)" button. You can also use an USB keyboard only: Use the arrows to select the image and press "i" to start installation. Follow through the instructions until installation begins. After the image has been successfully installed you should see the following message on your screen:

Toradex Easy Installer done

At this point, all data have been stored on internal flash and caches have been flushed (synced). It is not required to click on any of this three buttons, it is perfectly fine to just reset or turn off the system.