OpenSolaris 2008.11 on the Medion Akoya E1210

With ultra portable notebooks being all the rage and even a Dutch DIY franchise ("Dat zeg ik: GAMMA") selling them, I bought myself a Medion Akoya E1210 mini notebook. This is a rebadged MSI Wind (10" display @ 1024x600, 1.6 GHz Atom N270 CPU, 1 GB memory, 80 GB hard disk, wired and wireless LAN). Rather than using the preinstalled Windows XP, I wanted to run Solaris on this of course. The short version: it almost works.

Since this system does not have a CD to boot from, I created a bootable OpenSolaris USB stick using the usbgen and usbcopy tools from the Distro Constructor project.

$ hg clone ssh://anon@hg.opensolaris.org/hg/caiman/distro_constructor
$ cd distro_constructor/tools
$ su
# ./usbgen /path/to/osol-0811-93.iso /path/to/osol-0811-93.usb /tmp/foo

This will take a couple of minutes. After that copy the generated image to the USB stick:

# ./usbcopy /path/to/osol-0811-93.usb

Insert the USB stick, power on, press F11 and select the USB stick as the boot device

This notebook suffers from the same timing issue as the ASUS Eee PC, so as a workaround change GRUB entry to read:

kernel$ /platform/i86pc/kernel/$ISADIR/unix -v
The system then boots and tries to start X without success (the good news is that the built-in USB webcam is recognized out of the box). The wired ethernet interface (RealTek 8101E) is supported by the rge driver and is plumbed automatically. It doesn't work completely however, pinging another host works but any serious networking like ssh fails silently. Disabling IP hardware checksumming fixes that:

# mdb -kw
> ip`dohwcksum/W 0
dohwcksum:      0               =       0x0
\^D

Now that I have networking up, I can save a copy of the original disk contents (just in case) and see if I can get OpenSolaris installed on the disk using a remote display so I don't have to manually apply the above workarounds each time. More on that later.

Update: I got X to run using this tip: Indiana: VESA if you need it. It's only VESA but it will at least make X usable until I figure out how to get the Intel driver working...

Comments:

Hi,

In regards to your NIC, I think this is the bug your hitting;
http://bugs.opensolaris.org/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=6717107
It \*should\* have been fixed in snv95 :[

In regards to video, please \*do\* file a RFE for this.. with more details about the chipset from;
$ pfexec /usr/X11/bin/scanpci

Thanks,
Edward.

Posted by EdwardOCallaghan on August 09, 2008 at 08:26 AM CEST #

Did WiFi work ? Which WiFi chipset is it ?

Posted by Darren Moffat on August 09, 2008 at 08:30 AM CEST #

Edward: 6717107 is not yet fixed in snv_95 from the looks of it, but I'll build a new rge with the suggested fix listed.

Darren: the WiFi is a RaLink device (pci1814,0781), not yet supported by the ral driver. The card is easily accessible (9 screws to take off the backpanel), so I have chickened out and ordered a mini PCIe atheros card.

Posted by guest on August 09, 2008 at 09:14 AM CEST #

If the problems are fixed (and I believe they will be fixed) why doesn't SUN sell MSI Winds with its breezy OS instead of crappy Windows?

Moreover I saw http://desktopbsd.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2013 which more or less is speced like MSI WInd but cheaper. Do you believe it has good possibility to be supported? Only 300Euros.

Posted by Vasileios Anagnotsopoulos on August 09, 2008 at 11:07 AM CEST #

Sorry for the link. This is the one
http://linuxdevices.com/news/NS5010953811.html

Posted by Vasileios Anagnostopoulos on August 10, 2008 at 04:32 PM CEST #

The One A150 seems to be the closest match (http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/219106/acer-aspire-one-a150-ab-1gb.html) (8.9" display though).

Posted by Menno on August 12, 2008 at 02:36 PM CEST #

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