Installing

Raspberry PI

Raspberry Pi 2 or 3

The installer will install the Raspbian Linux Operating System and the FPP software onto the SD card. You will need to copy the contents of the FPP .zip file onto a SD card and boot the Pi using the SD card. Upon boot, the NOOBs installer will take over and install Raspbian and the Falcon Player.These instructions will guide you through installing the NOOBs image on your SD card that will allow you to easily install the OS and FPP as well as recover your card if the OS becomes corrupted.

  • Insert an SD card that is 8GB or greater in size into your computer.
  • Format the SD card so that the Pi can read it

Windows

  • Download the SD Association's Formatting Tool1 from https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/eula_windows/
  • Install and run the Formatting Tool on your machine.

    We recommend using the SD Card Association utility because the built-in Windows format utility will only format the first partition that Windows recognizes which will not properly re-format some USB drives or drives that have previously been used with the NOOBs installer.

  • Set "FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT" option to "ON" in the "Options" menu

  • Check that the SD card you inserted matches the one selected by the Tool
  • Click the "Format" button

Mac

  • Download the SD Association's Formatting Tool from
  • https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/eula_mac/
  • Install and run the Formatting Tool on your machine.

    We recommend using the SD Card Association utility because the built-in format utility may only format the first partition that the OS recognizes which will not properly re-format some USB drives or drives that have previously been used with the NOOBs installer.

  • Select "Overwrite Format"

  • Check that the SD card you inserted matches the one selected by the Tool
  • Click the "Format" button

Linux

  • We recommend using gparted (or the command line version parted)
  • Format the entire disk as a single vFAT partition
  • A command-line script called formatSD.sh is available in the git repository for those who prefer the command-line.
  • Download the latest release of the Falcon Player image for the Pi from the link at the top of this post.
  • Extract the contents of the downloaded FPP .zip file onto the formatted SD card. The 'OS' and 'default' subdirectories should be visible in the top level directory on the SD card.
  • Insert a USB flash drive into the Pi. This will be used for sequences, media, FPP configuration, and logs once FPP is running.
  • Insert the SD card into your Pi and connect the power supply to boot the Pi and install FPP. Your Pi will now boot into NOOBS and will automatically start installing the FPP image onto your SD card.
  • Once the install is complete, the Pi will automatically reboot into Linux, and start FPP. All further interaction with FPP will be via the web UI accessible via http://Your_ip_address

Tip: To Open and select Windows, click on View, Windows and select the Window(s) that you wish to have open.

Tip: If you have a monitor connected and the display is not visible during the NOOBs install, you may need to select the correct output mode for your display by pressing one of the following number keys on your keyboard;1. HDMI mode this is the default display mode.2. HDMI safe mode. Select this mode if you are using the HDMI connector and cannot see anything on screen when the Pi has booted.3. Composite PAL mode. Select either this mode or composite NTSC mode if you are using the composite RCA video connector4. Composite NTSC mode

Raspbery Pi Zero

The Rasppbery Pi Zero does not have an ethernet adaptor which the other Pi devices do. Therefore the following workarounds have been used to install the initail software:

1. Use a Raspberry Pi 3

Download the FPP image and unzip onto a to a MicroSD card , plug it into the PI 3 and let it install. Once the PI 3 comes up, configur its wireless to your home network and change the storage option to the SD card.
Note: You may need to make the storage device change twice because the first time it causes a reboot but leaves it as no storage device selected. Selecting the SD card again causes it pin that option. Confirm that the PI 3 connects to the WIFI network, Then powered it down , removed the SD card and insert that into the Pi Zero.

2. Use USB ethernet dongle

If you do have this option , then the install process is the same as any other Pi. You can use that dongle to connect to your ethernet network and then replace it with a Wifi dongle after the install.

Beagle Bone Black or Beagle Bone Green

These instructions will guide you through installing the BBB images on your micro-SD card to easily get FPP up and running on the BBB.

Running FPP on BBB micro-SD

Using the micro-SD card for the FPP OS means that the USB slot must be used for either a USB flash drive or you must connect a USB hub if you need to attach other USB devices.

  • Write FPP BBB SD disk image to micro-SD card using "Win32 Disk Imager"
  • Download and install the Win32 Disk Imager from the following link:http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/files/latest/download
  • Extract the .img file from the FPP BBB SD image .zip file
  • Insert a 2GB or larger micro-SD card into your computer
  • Run the Win32 Disk Imager application
  • Select the correct disk drive letter for the micro-SD card.

NOTE: Double-check that this is the correct drive letter as the Win32 Disk Imager will overwrite any data if you select the incorrect drive letter

  • Select the extracted .img file
  • Press "Write" and wait for the image to be written to the micro-SD
  • Disconnect power from the BBB if it is powered up
  • Insert micro-SD card into the BBB
  • Insert a USB flash drive for FPP storage.
  • Hold the Boot Button (S2) on the top of the BBB (near the micro-SD slot) and while holding the button, connect power to the BBB. Continue holding the S2 button until the blue LED's start to flash. (Some users have reported not being required to do this step if they have been using the BBB already booting off the micro-SD card)
  • The BBB should boot up running FPP off the micro-SD. The boot process will automatically resize the main disk partition to fill up the micro-SD card, and this will automatically reboot. The whole process should take under a minute and then FPP will be up and running.
  • Once the BBB has rebooted, FPP will be automatically started. All further interaction with FPP will be via the web UI accessible via http://Your_ip_address

Running FPP on BBB eMMC

Using the onboard eMMC on the BBB to run FPP eliminates the need to use a micro-SD for FPP OS storage. The micro-SD can be used for media storage which frees up the USB slot for other use.

  • Write FPP BBB eMMC disk image to micro-SD card using "Win32 Disk Imager"
  • Download and install the Win32 Disk Imager from the following link:http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/files/latest/download
  • Extract the .img file from the FPP BBB SD image .zip file
  • Insert a 2GB or larger micro-SD card into your computer
  • Run the Win32 Disk Imager application
  • Select the correct disk drive letter for the micro-SD card.

Note: Double-check that this is the correct drive letter as the Win32 Disk Imager will overwrite any data if you select the incorrect drive letter

  • Select the extracted .img file
  • Press "Write" and wait for the image to be written to the micro-SD
  • Disconnect power from the BBB if it is powered up
  • Insert micro-SD card into the BBB
  • Do NOT have a USB flash drive plugged in. If there is a flash drive plugged in, the BeagleBone eMMC installer will try to copy the contents of the USB drive to the eMMC along with the OS.
  • Remove any Capes installed on the BBB as recommended by Beagleboard.
  • Hold the Boot Button (S2) on the top of the BBB (near the micro-SD slot) and while holding the button, connect power to the BBB.

Note: BeagleBoard recommends powering the BBB via the USB power input when installing to the eMMC. We have had one report of possible bricking of a BBB but are not certain yet what caused it, so we feel it is best to follow their recommendation.

  • Continue holding the S2 button until the blue LED's start to flash. (Some users have reported not being required to do this step if they have been using the BBB already booting off the micro-SD card)
  • Note: The blue LEDs should flash in sequence and continue to flash for the next 5-25 minutes depending on micro-SD speed.
  • Wait until the LED's stop flashing and turn off.
  • Note: This may take 5-25 minutes depending on the speed of the micro-SD card.
  • Disconnect power from the BBB
  • Remove the micro-SD card.
  • Insert a formatted micro-SD card or USB flash drive for FPP storage. If you need to reformat a SD card for use as FPP storage, you can follow the instructions in the FPP Raspberry Pi Install Notes to use the SD card Association tool to reformat the card.

Note: if you want to use micro-SD for storage, then once FPP is up you will need to configure the storage device on the settings page in FPP and reboot. FPP will not automatically use the micro-SD instead of the USB flash.

  • Re-apply power to the BBB and it should boot up running FPP off the eMMC.
  • Once the BBB has booted, FPP will be automatically started. All further interaction with FPP will be via the web UI accessible via http://Your_ip_address

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