Quick Start Guide
By following this short quick start guide, you can use your Banana Pro in just a few minutes. And you can refer to the Banana Pro installation method to complete the Banana Pi installation. There are three steps to booting your Banana Pro.
Step 1: Get what you need.
To enjoy the use of your Banana Pro, you will need at the very minimum these accessories in the table below.
HDMI to HDMI lead HDMI to DVI lead Banana Pro Video Plug cable 2 in 1 MicroSD card Micro USB power adapter
Step 2: Prepare your MicroSD card for the Banana Pro (You can Install the OS image for Banana Pi in the same way.)
Case1: Installing the general Linux OS image：
In order to enjoy your Banana Pro, you will need to install an Operating System (OS) onto an MicroSD card. The instructions below will teach you how to write an OS image to your MicroSD card either in Windows or Linux.
Insert your MicroSD card into your computer or card reader. The size of the MicroSD should be larger than the OS image size, generally 4GB or greater.
Format the MicroSD card.
Download an MicroSD card format tool such as SD Formatter from
Unzip the download file and run the setup.exe (Run as Administrator) to install the tool on your machine.
After installation, start the tool (again, Run as Administrator). In the "Options" menu, set "FORMAT TYPE" option to QUICK, "FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT" option to "ON".
Check that the drive letter of the MicroSD card you inserted matches the one selected by the software. Otherwise it will format and delete all data on another drive or card. To be safe, only have your main hard drive connected and only the MicroSD card that you want to use in your B-Pro. LeMaker is not responsible for any loss of data.
Click the “Format” button
In a terminal, run the sudo fdisk -l command to check the MicroSD card node.
Run the sudo umount /dev/sdxx to unmount all the partitions of the MicroSD card.
Run the sudo fdisk /dev/sdx command. Use the o command to delete all partition of MicroSD card and use the n command to add one new partition. Use the w command to save change.
Run the sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/sdx1 command to format the new created partition of MicroSD card as FAT32.
(x should be replaced according to your MicroSD card node as discovered in point vi above)
You can also jump this step under Linux, because write image command dd under Linux will format the MicroSD card automatically.
Download the OS image from the Downloads webpage.
Unzip the download file to get the OS image (should have the extension .img). To do this.
Windows: Right click on the file and choose “Extract all”.
Linux: Run unzip [path]/[downloaded filename] command.
If the filename extension is .tgz, run tar zvxf [path]/[downloaded filename] command.
Ensure that neither the file name of the image you're using or the path contain any spaces (or other odd characters, for that matter).
Write the image file to the MicroSD card.
Download a tool that can wirte images to an MicroSD card, such as Win32Diskimager
Open the unzipped image file.
Click the Write button. Wait patiently to successfully complete the writing. Do not disturb or disconnect/remove the card or shut down the computer during this process. When it has finished, soft-eject the card using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon in the System Tray/Notification area (bottom right of your screen), then physically remove the card from the card reader.。
Run the sudo fdisk –l command to check the MicroSD card node.
Verify if the hash key of the zip file is the same as shown on the downloads page (optional).
This will print out a long hex number which should match the "SHA-1" line for the MicroSD image you have downloaded.
Run the umount /dev/sdxx to unmount all the partitions of the the MicroSD card
Run the sudo dd bs=4M if=[path]/[imagename] of=/dev/sdx command to write image file to Microsd card. Wait patiently to successfully complete writing. Please note that block size set to 4M will work most of the time, if not, please try 1M, although 1M will take considerably longer.You can use the sudo pkill –USR1 –n –x dd command to check progress
Case2 :Installing the Android OS image：
The Android images (4.2 v2.0 & 4.4 beta 1) cannot unfortunately use the dd command in Linux or the Win32Diskimager in Windows, so you need to use the PhoenixCard tool to burn the image to the MicroSD card.
(Note : If your laptop's card slot cannot burn the MicroSD card, you should use an external USB MicroSD card reader instead. )
Download the Android image and PhoenixCard.
The Android 4.2 image (a LeMaker product) from our Downloads page: http://www.lemaker.org/resources/9-38/image_files.html
The Android 4.4 image (not a LeMaker product) from the external website.
International download address: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_VynIqhAcB7NTg2UkRDdHRWX2s/edit?usp=sharing
China domestic download address: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1qW9dFLq?qq-pf-to=pcqq.c2c
Install the Phoenixcard software (Run as Administrator), then start the program from its icon (also using Run as Administrator).
First, check the disk letter is EXACTLY the same as your MicroSD card with the button 'Disk Check'. (Better safe than sorry – disconnect all other USB devices and secondary hard drives before continuing. See this forum link for help if you do this.) Then load the disk file by clicking on the button 'Img File'. Next step – click the radio button 'Startup' in the Write Mode box, then press the 'Format to Normal' button.
Please note: although the text in the window of the above screenshot says "Device OK, the size of the device is XXXXX M", depending on your system and if it is an internal/external or single/multi-card reader, you may instead get only a message such as "Find 4 device, Please select correct the one" [sic].
Burn the Android image to the MicroSD card (by pressing 'Burn' of course).
This can take quite a while so be patient. As mentioned previously, do not disturb the MicroSD card or remove it or turn off the computer during this process. Serious damage to the card and/or computer hardware can occur.
When the final 'Success' message appears, soft-eject the card using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' function in the Notification Area/System Tray (bottom right hand corner of the Windows screen). Now you can physically remove it and then insert it into the Banana Pro.
Step 3: Set up your Banana Pro
According to the set up diagram below, you can easily set up your Banana Pro.
Insert the newly written MicroSD card into the MicroSD card socket on the left side edge of the underside of the board.
On the bottom edge in the middle of the board is the HDMI Type A (full sized – 13.9mm wide) port, just to the right of the SATA port. Just connect any HDMI Type A cable from the B-Pro to your TV or HDMI Monitor.
If you don't have a TV/Monitor with a HDMI or DVI-D port, you can use the AV jack located in the top edge.
Plug a USB keyboard and mouse into the USB slots located on the right hand edge.
Just under the USB ports on the right hand edge is the Ethernet connector if you want to plug the Banana Pro into a wired network.
Finally, at the very left of the bottom edge is the micro-USB power connector. Plug in a regulated power supply that is rated at 5V ±5% and at least 2A. Any value bigger than 2A (like 2.5A) will also work. Avoid using the smaller chargers used for small GSM phones, as these are often unregulated - even if they claim "5V 2A", they may do "5V" and may do "2A", but not at the simultaneously!
Make sure you have the correct USB plug. In the photo below, the mini-USB (on the left) is the wrong one. It’s thicker and looks like a trapezoid with its sides pronched in. The micro-USB (on the right) is the correct one. It is thinner and also looks like a trapezoid except its sides are rounded outward.
(This step is optional) )If you have a free SATA 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch hard drive (SSD or HDD), you can use it on the Banana Pro. Connect the SATA cable to the SATA port just between the micro-USB and HDMI ports. Remember to put the hard drive’s power cable with the 2 male 2.54mm headers into the SATA power. Be careful with the connection of the different color cables. And please aware that only 2.5 inch SATA hard drive can use the SATA power on board, the 3.5 inch SATA hard drive need external supply . Then you can plug your hard drive into the the SATA slot..
If all goes well, the Banana Pro will boot in a few minutes. The screen will display the OS's GUI (Graphical User Interface). The first boot of a new OS can sometimes take a long time. Be patient! Subsequent boots are usually much quicker.
Step 4: Shut down your Banana Pro
You can use the GUI to shut down the Banana Pro safely.
Also you can run the command in the terminal:
sudo shutdown –h now
This will shut down the PRO safely, (just use the power key to turn off might damage the MicroSD-cards file system).