The first job was getting a micro SD card and a micro SD card reader that would work, easier said than done what with the market being overrun with fraudulent knock-offs. The 32 GB branded Sandisk micro SDHC card that I bought from Amazon (not from a reseller on Amazon, of course) works fine. The reader/adapter did not, so there was more delay while I found one which does.
The accoutrements for the mini PC together have cost somewhat more than the PC itself (all prices include tax and postage):
|Micro SD card||£16|
|Micro SD card reader||£2|
|HDMI to VGA converter||£17|
|HDMI gender changer||£1|
I followed Hans de Goede’s clear instructions to prepare the SD card (on my laptop).
Unfortunately neither USB mouse nor keyboard work. That probably has something to do with this paragraph in the instructions:
USB controller caveats ---------------------- The OTG USB controller in host mode only supports a limited number of devices, plugging in a hub + mouse + keyboard typically will make either the mouse or keyboard not work. This is a hardware limitation which we will likely not be able to work around. On tv-sticks and top-set boxes, simply avoid the otg connector, instead use a hub in a regular host usb connector. Note on the mini-x the otg / host marking is not always correct. If things don't work try using the OTG connector instead! On tablets and the gooseberry unfortunately only the otg connector is available. One solution there is using a single usb-device which is both a keyboard and a mouse at the same time. IE the receiver for logitech wireless desktop sets.
… which I’ve not completely worked out yet, but probably needs a few more adapters.
Update #2: Thanks to Dennis Gilmore for pointing out that it’s the micro USB slot (marked “DC”) which is the OTG port that I should avoid. He says the keyboard and mouse will probably work if I use a USB hub connected to the regular USB port.