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Where can I find the latest Versatile Express DVD and how do I start up my Versatile Express system?

Applies to: V2M-P1


Every Versatile Express DVD release improves functionality, adds extra images and fixes known issues existing in the previous versions. Therefore, the DVD originally shipped with your Versatile Express Baseboard might not be the latest. To start up the system we advise you to perform an update and a complete System Recovery, as described below.


The Versatile Express DVD software can be downloaded from by expanding the Development Tools section and choosing the most updated version from the Versatile Family/Versatile: Board Support Files subsection.

The downloaded DVD contains a Getting Started Guide which explains the most important features of the Versatile Express board, the necessary connections, the Boot Monitor or how to boot Linux. Please follow the instructions from the Powering up the System section to power up the board and ensure a successful connection between the PC and the motherboard. As explained in the document the entire booting process can be viewed in the terminal emulator program. When the execution flow gets to the Boot Monitor command prompt this should show similar lines to the ones below:

ARM Versatile Express Boot Monitor

Version:    V5.2.1

Build Date: Apr 4 2013

Daughterboard Site 1: V2P-CA15_A7 Cortex A15

Daughterboard Site 2: Not Used


To connect to the USB-B port on the Motherboard Express and have direct access to the microSD card which contains the configuration files type in:

Cmd> usb_on

The microSD card should now be visible as a USB external storage device.

The Versatile Express DVD also contains a Recovery directory which allows us to update the system to a default configuration. This process is commonly referred to as a complete System Recovery:

  1. Copy across all the files from the Recovery folder to the microSD card by dragging and dropping. These should contain the MB, SITE1, SITE2 and SOFTWARE folders and the config.txt in the root of the card. Preserve the directory structure.
  2. Press the red button on the rear of the Versatile Express Motherboard and wait for the update to complete. At the end of this the terminal will show the Boot Monitor command prompt.

The system is now updated and you can have access to the MCC main menu, the flash, debug or EEPROM menus.

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