Shuttle X50 vs. OpenSolaris

The X50 wasn't really a battle with OpenSolaris. I only really ran into one problem and that was easily worked around. After booting, select the VESA boot option from the grub menu. It doesn't identify the graphics processor. I booted using a 1GB USB memory stick and ran into no additional problems for installation.  I did preserve the Windows 7 installation by using the Windows disk manager. Note that the Windows 7 installation on the X50 uses two partitions and Solaris/grub identifies both as just "windows".  If you want to boot windows after the install, select the first windows partition.


Once in the installer, everything works fine and the install goes to completion.


The Device Driver Utility finds the following:


Image of Device Driver Utility output



Note that all devices have drivers associated with them.


The Ethernet and WiFi drivers both work fine as does the SATA and USB. The audio devices work properly as well.


The Touch Panel isn't currently supported by OpenSolaris. Note that the Touch Panel device is the same as I found in the Via VIPRO VP7710. Where there is a problem is the USB Camera. While the driver attaches, the utilities that know about cameras don't find one.


It is interesting that several COM ports and an ECP printer port are found. There are no connectors on the outside of the unit to support these. 


One remaining problem is the video. It works, but I haven't had the time to tweak the xorg.conf file and run the video at full resolution. This will be done eventually. It seems like it should work with the "intel" Xorg driver but I haven't found the magic settings yet.


All-in-all, this is a nice little system. Once the Intel video driver is working with it, it should do quite well at a number of tasks. Even without it, it works well and seems snappy enough considering the processors.



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