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