This guide will help new users to quickly setup our TX8M Linux Development Kit.

Detailed information about the TX8M module itself are available on our website.


When opening the package of the Development Kit you should find the following components inside:

  1. Our catalog and the TX8M datasheet.
  1. The 10.1” capacitive touch display with 1280x800 resolution.
  1. A micro USB cable for programming.
  1. A small plastic bag with cables for connecting the display and its touchscreen.
  2. A TTL to USB Serial Converter cable.
  1. The development board with the TX8M module already plugged into it.
  2. An AC / DC 12V wall adapter power supply.
  3. A display stand.

Assembling and connecting

Assemble and connect the board to the display as shown in the following pictures. This means:

  1. Connect the display powering between board power outlet and displays power input.
  2. Connect the touchscreen to USB cable between the displays port and the USB-host port of the board.
  3. Carefully connect the display signal cable.
  4. Place the display on the stand and place the board in front of it.
  5. As the last step connect the 12V DC power and plug the AC adapter into your powerline.


Please be careful, it’s highly recommended to disconnect the 12V power before (un)plugging the module or other cables.


When you have the TX8M-ND00 module, you will have to use the micro-USB to USB adapter to connect the touchscreen. The second USB-host is not working with the i.MX8M Nano processor.

Top view of cable connection.
Side view of cable connection.

Booting, First steps


After connecting the 12V power your Development Kit will boot a Weston desktop - ready to use.


After connecting the 12V power your Development Kit will boot Debian Stretch desktop - ready to use.

You can login with user root and password root.

Side view of cable connection.

You can connect a network cable and start Firefox. If you want to enter something via touchscreen open “Onboard”, the on-screen keyboard displayed at the login.

Terminal Connection

This section shows you how to connect your Development Kit with a host computer to login to a terminal.

Use the TTL to USB Serial Converter cable to connect your computer with the board via 1. UART. The black wire goes to “GND”-Pin.

serial connection

UART connection to serial USB cable

To open the terminal connection see our FAQ: TTL Converter Terminal Connection.

Play a video (TX8M-1610)

This is a short example for you to get in contact with Debian.

  1. Install VLC player with apt:
apt install vlc
  1. Allow VLC to be run as root:
sed -i 's/geteuid/getppid/' /usr/bin/vlc
  1. Set the display for VLC:
export DISPLAY=:0
  1. Play our video:
vlc https://youtu.be/TttJJ8459pk

(Re)Installing the OS


Have a look at our UUU - Universal Update Utility instruction. Use the pre-built images and uuu.auto file from our Customer Area.


This section is for reinstalling Debian Stretch or using another version of Debian Stretch.

We recommend to use the Debian Stretch desktop environment.

Everything related to Debian is documented in the TX8 Debian Guide.

Customizing the OS

If you want to use an existing Linux, or want to create your own customized Linux, have a look at our Yocto Guide.

CAN Support

If you want to use a CAN interface via the Raspi-Connector on the TX-MIPI-LVDS, you have to enable CAN inside the compiled .dtb.

With using this DTB, the CAN interface via SPI gets activated for you, and you should be able to set up the device as an interface.

Notice the placing of the CAN interface: For an exact pinout see the X11 Header in TX-MIPI-LVDS Mainboard Pinout.

MCP2515 CAN interface

MCP2515 CAN interface