PiDP8 – Setup with Wifi (pipaOS)

At the time of this post the latest SD Image for PiDP8 was 15-Dec-2015.  These instructions are not for the serial mod, but for using a USB Serial dongle

Create SD Card

Use SDFormatter with size adjustment on and quick format the SD Card

Use Win32 Disk Imager to write the image to the card

Get the basics going

Boot the new SD Card

  • Username: pdp
  • Password: pdp

Compile the source code:

  • cd /opt/pidp8/src
  • sudo make
  • cd scanswitch
  • sudo make
  • sudo reboot

Login again

  • cd /opt/pidp8/install
  • sudo

Setting up WiFi

  • sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

Remove all the wlan devices except the last one

Rename the last device wlan0

Type CTRL-X, Y, ENTER to save your changes

  • sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

Put in your SSID and password (wpa-psk)

Save your changes (in green above)

Custom Pre-Login screen

  • sudo nano /etc/issue

Save your changes (in green above)



Setting up USB Serial ports (NOT TTL) FOR A VT420 TERMINAL

First, make sure your terminal works!

Second, we’ll see if you can send data to your terminal

Determine which USB port device name

  • ls /dev/ttyUSB*

add yourself to the dialout group

  • sudo usermod -a -G dialout pdp

Install minicom

  • apt-get install minicom
  • minicom -b 4800 -o -D /dev/ttyUSB0


Setting up Login

Install the VT420 emulation

  • apt-get install ncurses-term


With ports you find do the following:

  • sudo nano /etc/inittab

Search for ttyS1, put in a line (Assuming ttyUSB0, 4800 Baud, Terminal emulation VT420)

T0:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -L ttyUSB0 4800 vt420




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