Congratulations on purchasing the ODROID-XU4! It is one of the most powerful low-cost Single Board computers available, as well as being an extremely versatile device. Featuring an octa-core Exynos 5422 big.LITTLE processor, advanced Mali GPU, and Gigabit ethernet, it can function as a home theater set-top box, a general purpose computer for web browsing, gaming and socializing, a compact tool for college or office work, a prototyping device for hardware tinkering, a controller for home automation, a workstation for software development, and much more.

Some of the modern operating systems that run on the ODROID-XU4 are Ubuntu, Android, Fedora, ARCHLinux, Debian, and OpenELEC, with thousands of free open-source software packages available. The ODROID-XU4 is an ARM device, which is the most widely used architecture for mobile devices and embedded 32-bit computing.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
1 Welcome
2 Differences between a typical PC and a Single Board Computer (SBC)
2 Components Included on an SBC
3 Block Diagram
3 Board Image
4 Power Supply
5 Monitor
5 Keyboard and Mouse
6 Ethernet and Wifi
6 MicroSD Card
7 eMMC Module
7 LED Status
8 Technical Specifications
10 Heat Sink and Fan
11 Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 2
16 Getting Started
16 Home Computing Network
17 Preparing the Work Area
18 Flashing an Image
18 Boot Media
20 Windows
24 Linux
26 OSX
26 Inserting the eMMC Module or SD Card
26 Powering Up
26 Troubleshooting
28 Configuring Linux
29 Android
29 Powering Down

Chapter 3
30 Operating Systems
30 Ubuntu/Debian
30 Booting Up
31 Linux Basics
32 Kernel
32 Graphical User Interface (GUI)
32 720p vs 1080p
33 Progressive vs Interlaced Video
33 Video Downconversion
34 Video Upconversion
34 HDMI Overscan
36 Command Line Interface
36 Disk Partitions
37 Web Browsing
37 Kodi (formerly XBMC)
38 Office and Productivity Applications
39 Music and MIDI
39 How do I Add a MIDI Interface to the XU4?
40 Experimental Music with the XU4
40 Android
40 Desktop Environment
41 ODROID Utility and Updater
41 Setting the Display Resolution
42 Installing Google Play and Applications
42 Kodi
42 Netflix
42 Gaming
42 Music and MIDI
43 Using Bluetooth Devices with Android
43 Adding an ODROID-VU Touchscreen

Chapter 4
44 Hardware Tinkering
45 USB UART
52 Bluetooth Module
55 ODUINO ONE
56 ODROID-SHOW2
58 Weather Board
59 USB Audio Adapter
61 USB-SPDIF
62 USB-CAM 720P
63 USB3/SATA3 HDD/SSD Interface Kit
66 USB3/SATA3 HDD/SSD RAID 0/1 Enclosure
68 USB GPS Module
70 myAHRS+ Board
72 Cloudshell
75 Expansion Board
76 Shifter Shield
77 ODROID-VU7
80 Micro USB-DC Power Bridge
81 ODROID-VU5
82 Heat Sink
82 SmartPower2
83 oCam
86 WiFi Module
87 Conclusion
87 Additional Resources