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Jetson Initial Boot Up and JetPack Install

Author: Alvaro Pintado

Date: Last modified on: 06/16/16


  • This tutorial is for setting up the Jetson TK1 or TX1 for any application, not specifically for the Haaga ACR

Tutorial Prerequisite

This tutorial assumes:

  1. You are familiar with Linux and basic command lines.

Booting Up the Jetson TK1

Follow the steps listed below to power up the Jetson and view its contents.

  1. Connect Jetson to monitor via HDMI
  2. Plug in ac adapter to Jetson (12V 4.2A) (press Power button if needed)
  3. Login in using the default login
    1. Username: Ubuntu
    2. Password: Ubuntu

Putting the Jetson in Recovery Mode

In order to flash the latest os, clone your current disk on your Jetson, or install the development software from JetPack, the Jetson must be in recovery mode before you begin the JetPack installation process. Follow the proceeding steps to put the Jetson in Force Recovery Mode. I suggest reading the steps before attempting the procedure.

  1. Turn the Jetson off.
  2. Have the ac adapter plugged in
  3. Hold the Force Recovery button then hit the Power button
  4. After about 2 seconds hit the Reset button
  5. After another 2 seconds let go of the Force Recovery Mode

A simple way to check if you have successfully set the Jetson into Force Recovery mode is to have it connected to a monitor. The screen should be black and not boot-up to the login screen.

Installing JetPack

JetPack is the development kit by Nvidia for the Jetson TK1 (and TX1) that allows you to flash the latest OS and gives you more development tools. In order to install it and read more details about it, follow the steps below.

Read step 3 and keep in mind with what you're attempting to achieve

  1. On your host OS machine, I suggest creating a directory where JetPack will install its files that will allow you to interact with the Jetson
  2. Go to Nvidia's Embedded Downloads page:
  3. Download the lastest version of JetPack for L4T (Linux 4 Tegra)
    1. Note: JetPack as of the date of this tutorial must be installed on a Ubuntu 14.04 x64 machine (virtual machines not recommend) to your JetPack directory.
    2. Note: Uncheck “Flash OS” which is selected to install a new L4T by default in the JetPack installation settings, this option will flash your Jetson with the latest L4T and erase and overwrite your current contents
  4. Change the permissions of the file by running the following command in your terminal
      $ chmod +x JetPack-${VERSION}.run 
  5. Run the file, using the following command
      $ ./JetPack-${VERSION}.run 
  6. The Jetpack Installer will launch and you can begin changing the installation settings for your needs.
jetson_computer_bootup_jetpack.txt · Last modified: 2016/10/22 22:42 by alvaropintado