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First Init: OKdo ROCK5B 8GB

First Init: OKdo ROCK5B 8GB

Actually, it was new to meet OKDo company. They know that we have thousands of Raspberry Pi based devices working in the field and they asked us to test the devices and we did.

The tests are about how to write images for now and more will come soon.

Radxa Rock 5B is a small and powerful computer that can be controlled with Linux-based operating systems or Android operating system. The Rock 5B 8GB model comes with 2 USB 3.0 inputs, 2 USB 2.0 inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, 1 microSD input, 1 micro HDMI input, 1 Gigabit Ethernet input and 1 AUX input ports.

In addition, a module that provides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connections is connected to the M.2 port. There is also a 40-pin GPIO component on the device. There is an extra USB C socket for power supply.

First Setup

You need a microSD card to start using the Radxa Rock 5B by installing an operating system. Which Linux-based operating system or Android operating system you want to use on your Radxa device using an external computer, you have to format your microSD card by downloading the necessary files. In this guide, we will install the Linux-based Debian operating system on our device with the help of an external Windows 10/11 computer. For this process, you need to download the latest version of the BalenaEtcher application on your Windows computer. You can download the Debian software we will install from here.

After inserting the microSD card that you will use with your device directly or through a converter into your Windows computer, you need to open the BelenaEtcher application that you downloaded and installed simply, and select the Debian file you downloaded first, and then the microSD card you want to format.

Note: If your computer does not see your microSD card, your card reader, converter, or card may be faulty. Make sure you are using a formatted SD card that works properly by doing cross-checks.

After the operations Flash! When we click on the written button, the formatting process will start, you do not need to do anything else in the process until it is completed.

After the formatting and validation process is completed, you will see a screen stating that it was successful. Now you can remove the formatted microSD card from your auxiliary computer with the safe eject method and proceed to the next step.

Note: If you can't complete the formatting process successfully, first make sure your SD card is properly formatted and has at least 8GB capacity. Make sure that the physical lock on it or on the converter you are using is unlocked, if any. Also, make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of BelenaEtcher. In addition, it may be important that your Windows computer is up-to-date and the necessary drivers are installed, just in case, you can try to stop your Windows computer's firewall and third-party virus protection programs during the formatting process.

Quick Summary

The device is impressive in terms of performance, but the documentation needs to be improved. Of course, we will help them in this regard. Make sure of the quality of the Type-C cable, especially when feeding the device. Otherwise, the device may not turn on at all due to the cable.