Creating Bootable USB and Installing OS (Ubuntu Desktop 18.04)¶
This tutorial demonstrates how to create a bootable USB drive and install Linux OS(Ubuntu Desktop 18.04) onto the ODYSSEY - X86J4105.
A Working Computer
A USB Drive(>= 8GB is recommended)
Keyboard and Mouse
Creating a Bootable USB¶
Step 1 - Download the Operating System Image¶
Download your required OS Image to your local drive. In this tutorial, Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 is used to demonstrate to install into the ODYSSEY - X86J4105.
- You can download Ubuntu OS Image from here.
Step 2 - Prepare your Bootable USB¶
Format the USB drive. If you are a Windows user, you can format the USB drive by right-clicking the USB Drive and select
FAT32 for the File System.
Step 3 - Download Flash Burner¶
Download the Open Source Flash burner balenaEtcher. Download the version according to your operating system(Windows/macOS/Linux).
Step 4 - Writing the OS Image into USB¶
Select the downloaded Operating System Image, select the formatted USB Drive and Flash! Now, the bootable USB is all set to go.
Installing Operating System (Ubuntu)¶
Step 1 - Selecting Bootable USB as Boot Device¶
Plug in your bootable USB, Monitor and keyboard to ODYSSEY - X86J4105, and power up. When booting up, keep pressing
F7 to enter the Boot Manager Screen. And use ↑ and ↓ Key on keyboard to select your bootable USB.
In this Tutorial,
UEFI: Mass Storage Device 1.00 is the bootable USB.
Step 2 - Installing the OS¶
Install ubuntu and press Enter. Follow through the installing instructions on the screen, i.e. system language, user name, location and etc.
Note: For detail steps of Installing ubuntu, you can follow this video for more information. The Installing part starts at 3:20 in the video.
Step 3 - Reboot and Enjoy New OS!¶
If everything goes well, ubuntu should be installed on the ODYSSEY - X86J4105 and you can start enjoying your new OS!
How to Upgrade the BIOS¶
BIOS is also like an OS and can be upgraded to fix bugs and enhance performance of the ODYSSEY - X86J4105. Here is the instruction how to upgrade the BIOS version on ODYSSEY - X86J4105.
Current Latest BIOS Version and Changelog¶
You may check in the BIOS main page for BIOS and EC Firmware's versions.
- Latest BIOS:
SD-BS-CJ41G-300-101-C 03/11/2021 16:28:07
- SHA256: 12f4ce1ab81008525138fcd7d830e18dc13936f3ce4a51e17c314fc55debe480
- Fix bug: loads into other OS other than Windows when set to load others.
Added Secure Boot.
- Added Wake on LAN.
- Fix reboot into BIOS settings page under Linux environment (Eg.
systemctl reboot --firmware-setup).
- Fix Linux Wake on Lan light issue.
- Under BIOS Menu, Setup -> Chipset -> Fan Control, added Always On options.
- Fix the problem of incomplete display of startup Seeed logo screen.
Latest BIOS support auto-flash feature, where you only need to place the files in the root location of FAT32 format USB and select the USB-drive as boot up option. It will automatic enters flashing.
Step 1 - Download the newest version of BIOS¶
Download the latest version of BIOS from here.
Step 2 - Prepare bootable USB¶
Just like creating a bootable USB for installing OS, format the USB into
FAT32 file system. This time, just unzip the downloaded file and copy the unzipped folder into the USB.
Step 3 - Upgrading BIOS¶
Plug the USB into ODYSSEY - X86J4105 and boot up and follow steps below:
- Keep pressing
F7Key to Enter Boot Manager Screen. Select the
UEFI: Built-in EFI Shellas boot device and press
- Enter the shell by pressing any key.
- Enter the USB drive by typing
Enter. Then, use
dirto check the directories. The folder name will appear and use
cd SD-BS-CJ41G-M101-Ato go into the folder.
Note: Can use
tab to autofill the folder name
- Once inside this folder, use
diragain to list out all the files in the folder and use
cd SD-BS-CJ41G-M-101-Ato go in this folder. Use
dirone more time to list out files in this secondary folder.
- Run the
BIOS.nshand the updating process will begin.
- The BIOS update will finish in few moments.
Step 4 - Reboot¶
When the BIOS is upgraded, press the ON/OFF button, and you should see the blue light goes off.
Unplug the DC power and RTC battery from the ODYSSEY-X86.
Plug the DC power and RTC battery back to the ODYSSEY-X86.
Press the ON/OFF button and wait patiently. You should see the blue light goes on.
Step 5 - Wait Patiently¶
Please wait patiently and DO NOT unplug power (or the hardware) to corrupt the updating process. The process will take 6 ~ 8 minutes, feel free for a coffee break!
How to update the Embedded Controller¶
The X86 also has a embedded controller that can be updated. Updating the EC has the same procedure as updating BIOS(auto-update):
Download the firmware files.
Save them in the root location of a FAT32 format USB drive.
Start ODYSSEY-X86 and boot up from the USB drive. Wait and it will automatically start the flashing process.
Reboot the device when it's done.
Latest EC Firmware¶
Fixing bug: Increase stability of the EC firmware.
History EC Firmware:
Fixing bug: Shutting down during BIOS setting page causes the ODYSSEY needs to reset the power in order to turn back on.
Optimize FAN control logic
Optimize the problem of incorrect starting and turning temperature of the Fan.
- Ubuntu 16 is not supported by ODYSSEY - X86J4105
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