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Learning BeagleBone by Hunyue Yau

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Appendix A. The Boot Process

The BBB/BBW boards offer several ways of booting that can be leveraged for different purposes, such as recovering a board from a software corruption, putting a used board into a known state, or booting a newly-built board. This appendix provides an overview of what is possible, as this subject does come up in various forms on the support forums and mailing lists. For complete details, refer to the AM335x technical reference manual available at http://www.ti.com. We will cover the following topics:

  • What happens when the power is switched on
  • Getting an initial bootloader running
  • Getting the main bootloader
  • Linux and beyond
  • Potential alternative boot uses

What happens when the power is turned on

Unlike simple processors where ...

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