Preparing the micro SD card

To use your OpenVario glide computer, you need to write the Linux image (operating system with XCSoar) to your micro SD card. It´s an easy process when following this instruction:

>>Write the OpenVario image to your micro SD card<<

Now you can insert the microSD card into your OpenVario glide computer and power it on.

Links to the latest images:
7″ OpenVario XCSoar image for Texim display:


5,7″ OpenVario XCSoar image for Texim display:


Important: If your OpenVario stops booting at the OpenVario start screen, try an other micro SD card with at least 4 GB of storage. In the past we had 4GB micro SD cards from Intenso, which caused this problem. We don´t know of any issues with the micro SD cards, which are currently shipped in our OpenVario kits.  

Software overview

After powering on the device, the display should get bright after a few seconds and the OpenVario boots up. XCSoar starts automatically.

But after a short test of XCSoar you can make some further adjustments in the software. Therefor power the device off and restart it. The OV-Menu can be accessed by pressing the “ESC”-key during boot, while the progress-bar is visible.

For a detailed overview of the OpenVario menu, have a look at the video (click on picture) or follow this link: OV-Menu

What you should setup:

  • Display rotation
  • Language (only English or Germany available)
  • Calibrating pressure sensors

Than you should upload some files with USB stick:

  • Maps
  • Waypoints
  • Airspace

The USB-stick for the OpenVario must be formatted as FAT32. The stick requires a certain directory tree structure to be operational. Have a look at this page: OpenVario USB-Stick