I am having a lot of frustration trying to bring up these Edison units on breakout boards.
If were a typical newbie I may have given up by now. The Intel site has many pictures and much text but it looks like they never actually had a newbie do a trial run. IMHO it was written for and by people that were already familiar with the system. Here are some immediate questions a first time user may ask. They need to be answered clearly if this thing is going to get wide use.
First it’s completely unclear if the Edison boards themselves actually have Yocto already programed on board when you get them. Is it necessary to first flash the unit before setting up a serial connection/interface? Forget the latest updates etc. Can one expect a USB/serial interface to respond to something like PuTTY? Yes or No?
Downloading from here https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/edison/downloads
In my case Win 64bit after installing the USB driver. Then I go to flash the Edison (assuming I need that).
I’m using the small breakout board. Next confusion – there are two micro USB sockets on the board. One J16, is a micro-A socket which I understand to be a “OTG socket”. The second J3, is a micro-B. Finding a true cable for a micro-A is difficult. Micro-B cables are often used. Since this socket seem to be only for power why is it, a hard to find, micro-A type. Will not a common USB micro-B cable not suffice to supply power. Yes or No. On two units here, I have used such a cable and they seem to flash fine. What am I missing?
On some units during the flashing process the process hangs during the install “Connect USB & power cables” …wait one minute. The “Next” button NEVER becomes highlighted. Why?
Next question during the initial flashing is one not to have the Edison USB connections hooked up until this stage. Yes or No. Needs to be clearly specified. The ones that worked for me were hooked up via the serial line at the start. Is this required?
One of my units is completely crapped up. It hung on the next key above, so I tried to flash it manually as the site suggested. Selecting the windows manual option, where it send me to the download page
It’s completely unclear which “download” to take from this page. I opted for the “Latest Yocto Poly image. Then I downloaded (as suggested) the dfu-util.exe file.
It’s completely unclear for the .zip files what the folder structure dfu-util.exe expects. Worse, the example below the text has a “Flashall.bat” file which is NOT included at least in the windows download. Has anybody at Intel actually used this program before doing this write-up?
There needs to be a better rewrite of how one manually flashes an Edison unit if the web based approach does not work. Any chance of this been include in a reply here. Somebody should do it with a real unit!
Lastly is there a way to get an Edison unit back to its factory default form? If so how?
Thanks in advance for whoever takes this response on. I can only hope it will help more than me.