We just received an iMX8DX module to replace our T20 on an Iris carrier.
With T20 on this very same Iris carrier we have been using the DVI video output on the Iris board.
As we installed the iMX8DX we were hoping to see the EasyInstaller menu on the same DVI display,
but there seems to be no DVI display signal coming out of the DVI connector of the Iris.
Trying an older iMX7 on this same iris board, as well as the T20 again, the DVI display works well.
Please advice on the installation steps to be able to use our DVI display on the DVI Iris board with the Iris carrier board.
(By the way, when the iMX8DX moduel was unpacked we were initially surprised to notice that the FFC cable that came with Iris board, and which we have been using with the T20 module, did not match the FFC connectors on the iMX8DX module. Therefore the FFC is not installed (but it was installed when the T20 was used with this Iris board).)
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The BSP 3.0 used in the Colibri iMX8X modules doesn’t have the native display support for Toradex Easy Installer. But if you want the DVI to be working in order to install an image into the module, you could do one of the following:
Connect to the serial console, and enter the command tezi --platform vnc. After this command, you can use VNC to view the Toradex Easy Installer and install your needed image.
If you already have a image that you want to install in the SOM, you could do this. In the image.txt file, set the "autoinstall": true. And when you have this image in a USB and reboot the module, the image will automatically be installed.
Which s the recommended procedure to access EasyInstall on IMX8DX on an Iris board and choose one of the tested OS on the EasyInstall menu?
Alternatively, could you provide a link to the OS images that have been fully tested with iMX8DX in case we opt for the second option in your email (copy the image to a USB stick, edit image.txt and reboot)?
Thank you for your message. The reason most of our images are labelled “Demo” images is because we recommend our customers to use our images as reference only for initial prototyping and we recommend them to use their own ‘Application bundled image’ for the Production environment. However, we also don’t forbid our customers from using our Demo image for production and we know some customers still buld their applications on top of our Demo Images.
From the list of images in the ‘Toradex Easy Installer’ feed, if I may suggest you to install one, I would like to recopmmend you our “Torizoncore Image with Docker runtime”, as it is our ready-to-use Industrial Linux Platform. You can then later deplaoy your applications on containers.
As suggested we used VNC over USB to view the EasyInstaller GUI and succeeded in flashing a linux image.
My understanding was that iMX8 would not expose a DVI signal on the DVI connector of the Iris board to see the EasyInstaller UI before the OS was flashed. However, we assumed that the DVI display signal would indeed be available once a linux version was installed, so that a DVI display could be used with the Iris board + iMX8.
Still, after installing a linux image with EasyInstaller and using vnc over usb, no DVI signal is available on the DVI connector.
Is HDMI the only display signal provided by iMX8 then? If so, does that mean that the DVI connector on the Iris carrier board cannot be used under any circumstances with the iMX8 module?
Colibri IMX8 does not natively support the HDMI display, according to the Datasheet. But you already have the DSI to HDMI adapter, that you can connect between the Colibri Module and the Iris Carrier Board and now you should be able to use the DVI connector and get the display out.
The Iris Carrier Board also features an LVDS adapter that can be used with the Colibri iMX8X, but again this is not natively supported and hence an adapter has to be used.
Could you also kindly let me know what image you have currently used? Because teh Demo concole images does not have any display support but only the LXDE support teh Desktop Environment.
The product you are looking for is the DSI to HDMI V1.1A (01521100) which was released last year and is not End-of-Life stage. What was end-of-life is the previous version V1.0A. So, you can already place an order for the adapter in the linked link above.
Furthermore, our shop team mentioned that you were curious to know if the FFC cables are included. As mentioned the in a webpage, the Adapter also comes with the FFC cable.