Flashing a Jetson

How to flash a Jetson with the proper ISO.

Step-by-step guide


  1. A host machine operating on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
  2. Open the official documentation
  3. Install the NVIDIA SDK Manager.
    1. Download available here.
    2. You will need an account to do this
      1. Katelyn La Joie has an account–if she is around, ask her to enter her credentials and you'll be good to go.

Flashing the Jetson:

  1. Connect the Jetson to a monitor via HDMI cable. Additionally, connect a keyboard and mouse to the Jetson. You will need a USB hub.
  2. Connect the Jetson to a host machine via a micro USB.
  3. Connect the Jetson to power.
  4. Enter Force Recovery Mode on the Jetson board"
    1. Hold down the Force Recovery button (marked REC).
    2. Hold down the Power button (marked POWER BTN).
    3. Release the Power button.
    4. Release the Force Recovery button.
  5. Open the NVIDIA SDK Manager software
    1. Follow the installation instructions posted here, and make sure to install all dependencies, especially CUDA!
    2. Make sure the device appears on "Target Hardware".
    3. On step 3:
      1. Use Manual Setup - Jetson TX2
      2. Set username and password
        1. Username: tar (it must be all lowercase).
        2. Name the Jetson something cool–all caps for uniformity!! (EX. current names include: ONI, DESPERADO, and BANSHEE)
        3. Give it the general TAR password–ask a lead if you don't know it.
    4. Once installation is complete, the Jetson will boot.