Apart from the BeagleBoard itself1, you will need:
You should at all times be careful not to damage the BeagleBoard by static electricity on your body. Keep yourself earthed frequently, by touching some earthed metal such as a central heating radiator or a metal-cased computer. When you approach the BeagleBoard, you should do so from the edge, and touch one of the metal connector shells first.
After you’ve followed the procedure linked to below, connect everything up, and you should be ready to go!
The SD card plugs straight in to the BeagleBoard; the monitor comes from the HDMI connector; the USB hub plugs into the BeagleBoard’s larger USB socket (not the smaller OTG socket, as there are some remaining issues with MUSBDriver and some hubs); the keyboard, mouse, USB storage and Ethernet over USB adapter2 (if you have it) plug into the USB hub. The BeagleBoard and the USB hub need their power supplies plugged in.
In particular, the BeagleBoard documentation warns that you must not plug in a DVI monitor while the BeagleBoard is powered.
It’s probably also good advice to take reasonable care when plugging/unplugging, and do so as infrequently as possible. This is to reduce strain on the board joints and is especially the case with the larger 5V DC, HDMI and S-Video sockets.
Turn it all on!
After between 5 and 10s, RISC OS’s startup text should appear on the monitor, shortly followed by the machine booting into the desktop. If something’s gone wrong then you may be left at the supervisor prompt – see the troubleshooting guide for more information on what to do if the machine doesn’t boot correctly, or if you run into any other problems during use.
You’ll need the use of another computer for some of the following steps. The Generic OMAP port setup page provides step-by-step details of the procedure required.
2 On the xM, additional Ethernet over USB adapters should be plugged directly into the on-board hub, rather than via a powered hub (if you’re using one).