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How to boot and login to your Giant Board.

Once you have written the device image to the micro SD card from the previous guide, you can now insert the card in the micro SD card slot on the bottom of the Giant Board. You’re now ready to power your board and login via the USB serial console.

Depending on the operating system you use, there are a few programs you can use to access the USB serial console. If you’re on Windows 10, one of the easiest programs to use it putty. You can download putty from the link below. https://www.putty.org/. If you are on linux, you should be able to use the ssh commands in linux to access it.

Once you have finished installing putty, if you’re on Windows, its now time to plug the Giant Board into a USB port on your computer. A few moments after you plug the device in you should here the USB chime in Windows. This is a good sign that things are working properly. If you open up the Windows Device Manager you should be able to look at the ports section of the devices to see what COM port the Giant Board is on. It should look something like the image below.

In my case, the Giant Board is on COM14, so now we’ll which port we need to type into putty to access the serial console. We can now open putty and connect to the Giant Board! To connect to the Giant Board on COM14 we need to set the Serial line to COM14 and set the speed to 115200. After that you can click open and you should be presented with a login screen for the Giant Board!

You should now see something like the image below

The default username name is debian and the default password is temppwd. Once you type that in you will be greeted by the Giant Board console! You can now configure and setup various things on the Giant Board using our other guides. Its recommended that you change your password and the root password immediately. You can do so by typing:


It will prompt you for the current password which is temppwd and whatever password you would like. Once you change the debian user’s password you should also change the root password. You can switch over to the root user with the command

su root

It will ask you for the root password which is root. From there you can retype the command used to change the password like before and set the root password to something of your choice.