ODROID-C1 User Manual


Congratulations on purchasing the ODROID-C1! It is one of the most powerful low-cost Single Board computers available, as well as being an extremely versatile device. Featuring a quad-core AmLogic 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-C1 are Ubuntu, Android, Fedora, ARCHLinux, Debian, and OpenELEC, with thousands of free open-source software packages available. The ODROID-C1 is an ARM device, which is the most widely used architecture for mobile devices and embedded 32-bit computing. The ARM processor’s small size, reduced complexity and low power consumption makes it very suitable for miniaturized devices such as wearables and embedded controllers.

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
3 Attaching Peripherals
5 Power Supply
6 Monitor
6 Keyboard and Mouse
7 Ethernet and Wifi
7 MicroSD Card
7 eMMC Module
8 LED Status
8 Technical Specifications
11 Heatsink
14 Temperature Measurement
14 Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 2
19 Getting Started
19 Home Computing Network
20 Preparing the Work Area
21 Flashing an Image
21 Boot Media
24 Windows 7+
27 Linux
29 OSX
29 Powering Up
29 Troubleshooting
31 Configuring Linux
32 Configuring Android
33 Powering Down

Chapter 3
34 Operating Systems
34 Ubuntu/Debian
35 Linux Basics
36 Kernel
36 GUI
36 720p vs 1080p
37 Progressive vs Interlaced Video
37 Video Downconversion
38 Video Upconversion
38 HDMI Overscan
39 Disabling Monitor Overscan
39 Display Setting Button on Remote Control
40 Command Line Interface
40 Disk Partitions
41 Web Browsing
41 Kodi (formerly XBMC)
42 Office and Productivity Applications
43 Music and MIDI
43 How do I Add a MIDI Interface to the C1?
44 Experimental Music with the C1
44 Android
44 Desktop Environment
45 ODROID Utility and Updater
45 Setting the Display Resolution
46 Kodi
46 Netflix
46 Gaming
47 Using Bluetooth Devices with Android
47 Adding an ODROID-VU Touchscreen

Chapter 4
48 Hardware Tinkering
53 Bluetooth Module 2
58 Tinkering Kit
65 16×2 LCD I/O Shield
66 Weather Board
68 3.2inch TFT+Touchscreen Shield
71 USB-DC Plug Cable 25x08mm
74 USB-CAM 720P
76 UPS2
76 USB GPS Module
79 Conclusion
79 Additional Resources

80 C1+ Features