So you got your C.H.I.P but unfortunately you can’t connect to a Display and you don’t have a keyboard available? This guide should help you to get started. You will connect the C.H.I.P to your wi-fi, update the software and install a vnc server to use the gui.
Connect you C.H.I.P via USB to your Computer.
Open your favourite terminal program and connect to the comport with 115200 baud. For windows you can use putty. On OSX i suggest using cu.
On OSX i am using this command
sudo cu -l /dev/cu.usbmodem1423 -s 115200
If you’re connected and you don’t see any login screen just hit enter once
WiFi configuration is very easy. Just start the NetworkManager by typing
select “Activate connection”. In the new window you should see a list of wi-fi networks. Select yours and enter your password.
Exit the tool and check the connection
Now you can either connect via ssh or continue using the serial connection.
Update the system
It’s always a good idea to keep the system up to date.
sudo apt-get update to update the package repository, followed by
sudo apt-get upgrade to upgrade the installed packages. Depending on your connection and the number of upgrades this process can take quite a while.
Install the VNC server
Install TightVNC Server by running
sudo apt-get install tightvncserver
Then start the server by running
/usr/bin/tightvncserver – it will ask you to set a password, this password will be needed later to connect to the vnc server.
Now you have to make sure that the server is started on boot.
Run sudo nano
/etc/systemd/system/tightvncserver.service and add the following content
Description=TightVNC remote desktop server
ExecStartPre=-/usr/bin/vncserver -kill :%i > /dev/null 2>&1
ExecStop=/usr/bin/vncserver -kill :%i
Save and exit.
Then set the propper access rights by running
sudo chown root:root /etc/systemd/system/tightvncserver.service followed by
sudo chmod 755 /etc/systemd/system/tightvncserver.service
Now make sure that the service is enabled by executing
sudo systemctl enable tightvncserver.service
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