VIM1 Beginners Guide

VIM1 Power Supply

Although your VIM1 SBC is compatible with various types of power supplies, these are the recommended specs for the best performance-output and stability.

  1. 5V, 2000mA Power Adapter
  2. USB-A to USB-C Cable

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Displays & User Input

These items are useful when you need to connect your VIM1 SBC to an external display + keyboard mouse + remote control, for use as a desktop computer or media center.

  1. 4K HDMI 2.0 Cable
  2. HDMI-Compatible 1080P/4K Monitor
  3. Wireless USB Keyboard + Mouse
  4. CeC-Compatible Remote Control

Note: Please do not attach multiple cables with large heads that interfere with each other, as that may bend or twist the connectors, and this will cause intermittent connectivity issues after some time.

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Making Bootable/Burning SD-Cards/Thumbdrives

These items are useful when you want to upgrade your VIM1 SBC’s operating system via SD-Card or Thumbdrive (Burning Cards). Or if you want to run operating systems that can only be run from external media (Booting Cards) like LibreELEC.

  1. 8GB or Larger, SD-Card
  2. SD-Card Reader
  3. Laptop / Desktop PC
  4. 8GB or Larger, USB-Thumbdrive (U-Disk)

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  • eMMC image should be burned directly to the eMMC using a USB-C data cable, from a Ubuntu or Windows Host. It must not be burned into an SD-Card. For Example: Android and Ubuntu distributions containing the EMMC mark.
  • SD/USB image should be copied into an SD-Card, before that card is then used to reformat the eMMC storage with a new OS. For Example: Armbian, Ubuntu distributions containing the SD_USB mark, as well as LibreELEC and CoreELEC.
  • In order to bootup from SD/USB images, you need Android (V180209 or newer) or Ubuntu (V180531 or newer) running on your eMMC with Multi-Boot activated.

Upgrading eMMC Operating System Using USB-Cable

You’ll need these items if you want to use your laptop or desktop PC to upgrade your VIM1 SBC’s operating system stored in its eMMC storage. For example, changing the bootup operating system from Android to Ubuntu, or installing a more exotic 3rd-party OS.

  1. USB-A to USB-C Data Cable (Legacy Computers)
  2. USB-C to USB-C Data Cable (Modern Computers)
  3. Laptop / Desktop PC

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Software Development / Advanced Crash Recovery

Extreme cases of crash-recovery will require you to use the MRegister to reset your VIM1 SBC. A USB Serial Debug Tool is also useful for developers debugging complex software issues.

  1. Conductive Metal Tweezers (For resetting a dead SBC via MRegister)
  2. USB Serial Debug Tool (For diagnosing software/hardware issues)

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VIM1 Website

For more information, please see our website, read more documentation, or visit our forum.

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