Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BeagleBone Black Ubuntu 13.04 with desktop... FAILURE!!

Flushed with success of getting Ubuntu 12.4 working with a Desktop I decided to see if Ubuntu 13.04 would work with a Desktop

I downloaded ubuntu-raring-13.04-armhf-3.8.13-bone20.img from http://circuitco.com/support/index.php?title=Ubuntu_On_BeagleBone_Black#Main_Process unzipped it and wrote the image to an 8GB microsd card using win32diskimager programme on my windows machine

The microsd booted and gave me the ubuntu 13.04 welcome and login prompt. which resulted in the Ubuntu command line prompt. I expanded the file system using the instructions at http://www.armhf.com/index.php/expanding-linux-partitions-part-2-of-2/ to maximise the space available for the desktop. another

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

and off it went installing again.  Four hours later I came back and saw the install was finished and rebooted the BBB and up came the familiar Ubuntu desktop and login prompt. However the mouse cursor was violently twitching and the desktop background flickering. I typed in the password, moved the mouse and the BBB froze and all the blue LED stopped flashing. I powered off the BBB and repeated the process and it still twitched and froze when the mouse was moved. Think I will stick with 12.04 desktop!!


  1. Did you play anu hd videos in ubuntu?

  2. No, as the box was never intended to be a media box