Falcon Player on beaglebone

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This will cover how to set up falcon player on a beaglebone


this has the link to the latest release of the falcon software as well as install instructions... i will cover the instructions here again just to help

Once you have the zip file downloaded from the above page here is the steps to getting it set up

Hardware Required

Beaglebone black or Beaglebone green

Micro sd card 4gb or better, class 10 recommended.

USB thumb drive try to get one big enough to store all your sequences, songs and other stuff generally you would want 8gb or better

USB wifi dongle

USB Sound Card

Powered USB hub this is recommended so the usb thumb drive, usb sound card and the usb wifi dongle can be used. If you choose to not use the usb thumb drive install the eMMC fpp version and use the sd card as the storage for your sequences and songs

Micro sd card setup

NOTE: this is the micro sd card NOT the USB thumb drive

1) 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

2) Insert micro-SD card into the BBB

USB thumb drive prep

NOTE: now for the USB thumb drive

3) insert the USB thumb drive on your computer

4) format the drive to fat32 (if you are running windows 10 you will need to install a 3rd party fat32 formatter) NOTE: exFAT and ntfs are not valid and the pi will not be able to read or write to these formats.

5) create a directory called Config on the thumb drive and open the Config directory

6) Here you will make 2 files and put them in the Config folder

 a) open a text editor NOTE: the ip addresses in eth0 and wlan0 must be on different networks (192.168.0 and 192.168.1 in these examples here)
 b) copy the following into the editor and change as necessary (this is your show ip address not home address) If using notepad then make sure its all one line if using another editor turn on linux line formatting and make multiple lines
 c) save this file as interface.eth0 and place in the Config folder of the usb drive
 d) new file once again copy this into the editor and change as necessary If using notepad then make sure its all one line if using another editor turn on linux line formatting and make multiple lines
    SSID='your home network name'
    PSK='home wifi password'
 e) save this file as interface.wlan0 and place in the Config folder of the usb drive (make sure to write down the address of wlan0)

7) remove the thumb drive from the computer and place in one of the usb ports of the usb hub

The install

8) insert the USB wifi dongle

9) If you are using a usb sound card plug speakers into the sound card

10) power on the beaglebone

11) Hold the Boot Button (S2) on the top of the beaglbone (near the micro sd slot) while powering on the beaglebone. Hold until the 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)

12) he 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.

13) access the fpp via webbrowser at the ip address you set for wlan0 ( if you used the same addresses)

14) open the network page under status/control tab

15) the bottom is dns set it to manual


16) for server 1 use your home router's ip address ( is the normal but yours may vary)

17) update dns and restart networks

Here is a video link to installing the falcon player (this is part 1 you can then get to later parts as needed)