User Guide for Intel® Compute Stick STCK1A8LFC


Install & Setup



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Product Description
Symbol Description Intel® Compute Stick
Security Security cable opening
USB 2.0 port USB 2.0 port
Power connector Power connector
Power button Power button
HDMI* HDMI connector
Micro SD Micro SD memory card slot
Power LED Power LED—blue
Connect Directly to a Display

Plug the Intel® Compute Stick directly into a standard HDMI port on a television or monitor.

The Intel Compute Stick extends about 4 inches (102 mm) out from the HDMI port.

Connect directly to display
Connect to a Display with the HDMI Extender CableIf space is limited around the HDMI port, use the flexible HDMI extender cable that came in the box.
  1. Plug the Intel Compute Stick into the female end of the extender cable (A).
  2. Plug the male end of the extender cable into the HDMI port on the television or monitor (B).
    Connect display with HDMI cable

Find compatible televisions and monitors at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Powering the Device

Using the AC Adapter
Connect the power adapter to the Intel Compute Stick as shown.
Connect with AC adapter

Note The Intel Compute Stick starts automatically when power is applied.

Shut down the Intel Compute Stick using the normal shutdown process for Ubuntu*.

Subsequent power-ups are done by pressing the power button on the side of the Intel Compute Stick.

Press power button

Using a USB Port
If a television or monitor has an HDMI* port and a USB port, try using the USB port to power the Intel Compute Stick.

The Intel Compute Stick is designed to use up to 10 W of power. If the television's USB port can supply enough power, you can use it to power the Intel Compute Stick. A USB 2.0 port normally supplies 2.5 W of power.

To use the USB port, follow these steps:

  1. Plug the micro-USB end of the 3-foot USB cable into the Intel Compute Stick
  2. Plug the standard USB end of the cable into the USB port on the TV or monitor, instead of using the AC power plug.
Don't power the Intel Compute Stick with the AC power adapter and a USB port at the same time.
Connect a Keyboard and Mouse

Intel Compute Stick supports the following:

  • USB wireless keyboard and mouse, using a USB dongle
  • USB wired keyboard and mouse, using a USB hub
  • Bluetooth* keyboard and mouse
    • Follow the instructions that came with the keyboard and mouse to pair them with the Intel Compute Stick.
  • You might need to temporarily connect a wired mouse/keyboard to the Intel Compute Stick to pair Bluetooth devices.
  • Bluetooth devices that pair directly to the onboard Bluetooth don't work during POST or in BIOS.


Wireless keyboard and mouse connection example:

Wireless example

Bluetooth keyboard and mouse connection example:

Bluetooth example
Note Keyboard and mouse aren't included.

Find compatible keyboards and mice at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Using the USB 2.0 PortYou can use the USB 2.0 port to:
  • Install software from a CD or DVD in a USB optical drive.
  • Back up or access media files (such as music and photos) on an external USB flash drive.
    Using USB port
Note USB flash drive and USB cable aren't included.

Find compatible USB devices at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Connect a USB Hub to the USB 2.0 PortConnecting a USB hub to the Intel Compute Stick provides more USB ports.Connect USB hub to USB 2.0 port
Note USB Hub and USB cable aren't included.

Find compatible USB hubs at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Use the Micro SD Card portThe Intel Compute Stick supports Micro SD card sizes from 8 GB to 128 GB.MicroSD card port
Note Micro SD card isn't included.

Find compatible microSD cards at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Secure the Intel Compute Stick

Install a security cable loop in the security opening on the edge of the Intel Compute Stick. The security opening is 3 mm x 3 mm.

Securing the Intel Compute Stick
Note Security cable loop isn't included. You can build one using a length of quality wire rope that is less than 3 mm. Insert the rope through the security opening and then crimp the ends together with a cable sleeve.
Security cable loop
Start the Device the First TimeThe first time you boot the device, Ubuntu* 14.04 LTS 64-bit guides you through the following steps:
  1. The Ubuntu Welcome screen displays, allowing you to select your preferred language.
  2. Connect to an available wireless network (this step can be skipped).
  3. Select your location.
  4. Select your keyboard layout.
  5. Assign your name, a computer name, and password.
  6. Choose whether to create recovery media. This step is not required, since the Compute Stick comes with a Recovery Partition already installed.
  7. Finished.
Connect to a Wireless NetworkTo connect to a wireless network:
  1. Click System Settings > Network.
  2. Click the wireless network you want to join.
  3. Enter the authentication details and click Connect.
Operating System RecoveryThere is an Ubuntu recovery partition on the Intel Compute Stick. You can use this partition to restore the system back to factory defaults.
Caution icon
Before taking this action, be sure to back up all personal data to external storage.

To access the recovery media:

  1. Press F10 during boot when you see the prompt F10 to Enter Boot Menu.
  2. Select the Ubuntu Recovery boot device.
  3. Follow the recovery steps displayed on the screen.

Keep BIOS CurrentThe latest BIOS updates are available on Download Center. See BIOS Update Instructions for information on updating the BIOS for your Intel Compute Stick.