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Cubieboard/TTL

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WARNING: DO NOT CONNECT THE RED LINE TO VCC.

Contents
1 Connection
1.1 Pictures
2 Availability
3 Driver
3.1 Linux Driver
3.2 OS X Driver
3.3 Windows Driver
4 Software
5 Configuration
6 Sample output

Connection
If you get a USB-Serial adapter from somewhere else, please check the cable colors of it at the vendor. RX pin on
adapter should be connected to TX pin on cubieboard and adapter TX pin vice versa, so a serial wires are
crossed.

The CubieBoard (Rich package) is currently supplied with a Prolific PL2303 USB cable. This cable provides VCC
power on the red cable. The Cubieboard does NOT require power (red cable), and it may damage your board if
connected. The CubieBoard provides a pin header with 4 pins for TTL UART connection. If you are using the
supplied PL2303 cable, then the connection should be as follows:

Cable Pin on Cubieboard


PIN1 (WHITE) TX
PIN2 (GREEN) RX
GROUND (BLACK) GND

WARNING: DO NOT CONNECT THE RED LINE TO VCC.

Pictures
Cubieboard TTL cable Another Cubieboard Close-up that shows the
connection. Note that TTL cable connection. pin connection.
the red cable is NOT
connected.

Availability
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/TTF-to-USB-Serial-line/511685_665830339.html
https://www.adafruit.com/products/954

Driver
Linux Driver

Driver for the PL2303 is inside the kernel. It will work with default settings.

OS X Driver

The opensource driver on github (https://github.com/berg/osx-pl2303) works and the binary version is on the link
below.

https://github.com/downloads/berg/osx-pl2303/osx-pl2303-0.4.1-failberg.pkg (could someone confirm that


this works?)

It is at least confirmed to work on Mac OS X 10.6.8 32 bit version.

There is also a vendor-made driver;

Go to http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/index.aspx
Click support
Login with GUEST / GUEST
Click on "click here for PL2303 USB to Serial drivers"
half way down, download the file md_PL2303_MacOSX10.6_dmg_v1.4.0.zip

Windows Driver
Windows Driver for Prolific PL2303 is installed automatically. If your "Device Manager" mark the PL2303 device
(Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port) with yellow exclamation mark and the status of the device shows "code 10",
then you probably got counterfeit (fake) cable or you are using the cable with Windows 8. In both cases you just
have to install older version of Prolific drivers (1.6.0, 1.7.0, 1.8.0 or later won't work).

For PL2303 HXA, XA (to check your version use the utility provided in latest Prolific drivers
(http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=225&pcid=41) .)
Installer version & Build date: 1.5.0 (2011-10-21)
Windows XP (32 & 64-bit) WDM WHQL Driver: v2.1.27.185
Windows Vista/7/8 (32 & 64-bit) WDF WHQL Driver: v3.4.25.218
Files:
PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.5.0.zip (SHA-1
8b1e1a8b0ee5939ff2fb185690ec038f191dbcde (https://google.com/?
q=8b1e1a8b0ee5939ff2fb185690ec038f191dbcde) )
PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.5.0.exe (SHA-1
43fe44b600586e9b41088ba1be5b4eee96c7dc23 (https://google.com/?
q=43fe44b600586e9b41088ba1be5b4eee96c7dc23) )
Download (http://www.prolific.com.tw/UserFiles/files/PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1_5_0.zip) (Mirror
#1 (ftp://ftp.omega.com/public/DASGroup/products/OM-PL-
USBS/PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.5.0.zip) , #2 (http://ge.tt/8e3V0sd) )

Software
cu is an utitlity that comes with popular system distributions like Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, NetBSD, etc. It can be
used to talk to a device connected to a serial port. On Linux with the serial cable as the only USB serial port

stty -F /dev/ttyUSB0 -crtscts # turn off hardware flow control - the cable has no wires for that
cu -s 115200 -l /dev/ttyUSB0

should show the u-boot and kernel messages from cubieboard.

Another option is GNU screen

screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200

On Windows you can use software like TeraTerm (http://ttssh2.sourceforge.jp/index.html.en) or Putty


(http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html) or similar which can connect over serial line.

Configuration
It seems the default setting for uBoot and terminal serial is 115200 8N1:
Serial line /dev/ttyUSB0 or COM1
Speed (baud) 115200
Data bits 8
Stop bits 1
Parity None
Flow control None

Windows users can determine proper COM port from Device Manager.

Sample output
See http://pastebin.com/p77V8xdC for sample output. It shows the boot process of the Cubieboard.

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