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BLIKVM CM4 version guide


Installation requirements

If you have an assembly kit, you will need the following things

  • Raspberry CM4 with 1Gb RAM or more.
  • MicroSD card (at least 16Gb, class 10 recommended).
  • USB-C to USB-A cable.
  • HDMI cable.
  • Straight Ethernet cable (for the ATX board connection).
  • Power supply unit (5.1V 3A USB-C, recommended by the Raspberry Pi).

Power supply

You must use USB-C to USB-A cable. Use USB-C to USB-C cable can't work, This is an incompatibility in the hardware design and will be fixed in a later version.

Basic setup

1. Flash the memory card or eMMC

2.Build BLIKVM according to the video instruction or review the instructions:

Video Guide: Metal case step by step

Geerling: Engineering Test video

Ortimo: BLIKVM with Raspberry PI CM4 16GB EMMC setup

3. Connect BLIKVM to the computer according to the diagram below: Image title

  • HDMI IN and otg port must be connected to the computer. ATX too, but it’s optional, read below. There should be no USB hub between BLIKVM and the computer, as some UEFI/BIOS cannot detect them at the boot stage. BLIKVM supports 1080p60Hz or lower about HDMI source.
  • Connect Ethernet to the network and PWR IN to the BLIKVM power supply.

ATX connection

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To manage the power of your computer, you will connect CN-ATX port to the computer.The user can use the ATX cable provided with the product to connect the product and the motherboard ATX switch of the controlled computer. The length of the ATX cable is 60CM, you can also use the double female Dupont cables.

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Hardware Features

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  • 1、HDMI IN port with I2S
  • 2、ATX controller interface (power on/off, reboot control, PWR and HDD ACT LEDs)
  • 3、USB3.0 port x 2
  • 4、USB-C OTG
  • 5、Real Time Clock (RTC)
  • 6、Gigabit Ethernet
  • 7、Activity LED
  • 8、Micro SD Card socket
  • 9、Power LED
  • 10、I2C display connector
  • 11、nRPI_BOOT Jumper
  • 12、USB-C power input
  • 13、FAN connector 5V
  • 14、CSI-2 date lanes switch
  • 15、CM4 Module Connectors

Support 1080p60hz HDMI input

First in V2.2 version, there is CSI channel switch. This switch is switch 2 csi channels or 4 csi channels. In other versions, the switch is obsolete. Newer keeps the factory state, ignore this switch. Only flip the switch when the device is powered off, otherwise it may cause permanent damage! The four small switches should be up or down at the same time.
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The video encoding function of the Raspberry Pi is implemented by the HDMI-to-CSI bridge chip Toshiba TC358743, which supports up to 4 CSI-2 data lanes. The camera interface of Raspberry Pi 4B only supports 2 CSI-2 date lanes(up to 1080P50Hz), Raspberry Pi CM4 can support 4 CSI-2 date lanes(up to 1080P60Hz). Currently, PiKVM only uses two CSI-2 channels.

1、 find edid file:

vim /etc/kvmd/tc358743-edid.hex
write the following 1080p 60Hz EDID into the file tc358743-edid.hex.
2、add csi 4 lanes Edit /boot/config.txt, modify "dtoverlay=tc358743" to "dtoverlay=tc358743,4lane=1"
vim /boot/config.txt
Now, reboot blikvm, and you can test 1080p 60hz input.