The Wandboard comes in several different models and atleast the (original) Quad version is officially supported by Debian. This means you'll find instructions on how to get started with it in the official Debian Installer documentation. This page is intended to gather quick-start information and other practical info for the impatient reader.



Downloading installer

The debian installer documentation chapter 5.1.5. Using pre-built SD-card images with the installer is one of the quickest ways to get started. Download these files from the download area :

Once you have there files you need to uncompress and combine them to generate a complete image:

zcat firmware.Wandboard_Quad.img.gz partition.img.gz > debian-installer-wandboard.img

Write installer to sd-card

Insert SD-card in Linux computer. Look up which device just appeared in /dev/sd*. (In this guide we'll write /dev/sdX which you should replace with your sd-card device.)

Overwrite the data on the sd-card with the installer:

sudo dd if=debian-installer-wandboard.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M

Make sure data is completely written to card (three times for superstition):

sudo sync ; sudo sync ; sudo sync

Starting installation

Hook up the wandboard serial port via null-modem cable to your computer where you'll be running Putty (or equivalent) to get serial console access. Also hook up network cable for internet connection. And make sure to put the SD-card in the right slot. There are two card slots, one on the carrier board and one on the smaller main board. Use the one on the smaller main board. Finally hook up the 5V power cable and you should be seeing text appear in your serial console program.

We assume you're familiar with the debian installer which will guide you through the installation. Just follow the guide.