Preparing a new Jetson TX2

Waternet edited this page Mar 8, 2018 · 7 revisions

Installing the newest JetPack software and flash the newest software to the Jetson

The installation requires:

  • A host computer with Ubuntu 14.04 or 16.04 installed
  • A Micro-USB cable (usually comes with the new Jetson)
  • A network connection in which the host computer and Jetson can communicate (so the Waternet network is not an option)
  • Preferrably a screen+keyboard+mouse for both the host computer and the Jetson (a laptop covers these things for the host computer)



  • From here on out, follow the steps described in this JetsonHacks link. I found the youtube movie very easy to follow.

Installing ROS

Installing ROS can be done in two ways:

  • Follow the tutorial on the ROS website here, use the ros-kinetic-desktop-full version
  • Follow the tutorial from JetsonHacks

The latter has not yet been tested.

Possible error during ROS installation - sudo rosdep init

If you get the following error;

ERROR: cannot download default sources list from: Website may be down.

use the command;

sudo c_rehash /etc/ssl/certs

Missing header files or libraries

Most problems with missing header files or libraries can be resolved using the apt command

sudo apt install ros-kinetic-rosbridge-suite ros-kinetic-rosapi ros-kinetic-gps-common ros-kinetic-razor-imu-9dof ros-kinetic-robot-pose-ekf ros-kinetic-map-server ros-kinetic-move-base ros-kinetic-pointcloud-to-laserscan

Enabling the CDC_ACM module in the kernel

The new Jetson TX2 doesn't have the USB_CONFIG_ACM module enabled by default, which makes it impossible to use the GPS and the actuation platform. To enable this, follow the JetsonHacks tutorial here but after saving & closing the .config script (after ./ execute the following command:

sudo sed -i 's/.*CONFIG_USB_ACM.*/CONFIG_USB_ACM=y/' /usr/src/kernel/kernel-4.4/.config

Then follow the rest of the tutorial (execute command ./ etc).
When finished, do a reboot.

Now you are ready to clone the Nautonomous software. For instructions, see the next steps in the sidebar to the right

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