Saturday Oct 02, 2010

Solaris 11 Express B147 & B148 testing

Hi All,

 So I'm still testing the builds on the netbooks I still have.

On the MSI U100 netbook, the second cpu is still hanging at 100% after a resume, the realtek gigabit ethernet is showing a weird problem of stopping after a few seconds of use.

On B147 and B148 USB keyboards do not work at all, on all the platforms I've tested, even a USB via a KVM switch.

 The Acer One 10" is working perfectly on B148.


Friday Feb 05, 2010

B132 rge fix MSI Wind

Hi All,

 So to fix the B132 rge pcie problems on the MSI Wind you need to copy the B130 /kernel/drv/rge somewhere on the system after the pkg image-update, on the first boot after B132 update, copy the stored rge into /kernel/drv and reboot, the errors should go away.

For some reason the Xorg on my system is trying to load the 64 bit, which stops compiz running, you can just link the /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/GL/ back to the /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/

What's pissing me off, is during a restart the link gets set back to the 64/, not sure what's doing this yet.

USB sd card ready is not working now either, and cpu 1 is still running at 100% after a resume.


Thursday Feb 04, 2010

B131 with Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows 7

Hi All,

 So I've been working on a Samsung NC20, working to get a solid base working with Ubuntu 9.10 and an AT&T 3G usb modem.

I was creating the best hardware platform for a JavaFX project to run on, I'm sending the Samsung to the JavaFX team today.

  I was left with the AT&T 3G usb modem, so I thought, why not install Ubuntu on the MSI Wind.

It already had Window 7 and OpenSolaris B131 and a 40Gb fat32 partition between the two OS's, so I decided to install Ubuntu 9.10 here.

Now the MSI will boot Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.10 or OpenSolaris B131.

I may even try to get the AT&T modem working under OpenSolaris.

Friday Jan 29, 2010

OpenSolaris B131 on MSI, not good

Hi All,

FYI I did a B131 image-update on the MSI yesterday twice.

Both times the system craps out on pcie errors during boot.

Have not had time to debug or post bug yet.

I have rolled back to B130.


Monday Aug 03, 2009

Touchpad hang on resume Nevada B119

Hi All,

So the MSI touchpad would not work after resume on B119.

They fixed the issue in B120, problem is B120 would not even suspend, just sit and hange on HD.

I've done a clean B119 install and taken the three 8042 files from /kernel/drv off B120.

No more touchpad issues.

CPU 1 is still pulling 100% busy after resume, but we know it's an ACPI problem, so maybe we can get a fix.

As I mentioned before, after putting the latest BIOS onto the Acer One 10", the problems with ACPI lid taking 30 seconds to suspend the netbook has gone away.

I have B119 with Evolution 2.27.5 and Firefox 3.5.1, it's a pretty cool system.


Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Bluetooth on MSI Wind Netbook with BT mouse

Hi All,

 So I followed the instructions here:

And actually got an Acer BT mouse talking to B110 on the MSI Netbook.

I think I've figured out the compiz issues it's to do with the xorg.conf

This one works here

I've built the compiz 0.8.0 binaries I'll try to find a place to store them for access (4.3Mb)

We have issue with resume if compiz is running on the AA1, AA1-10 or MSI, engineering thinks they know what's causing it and are workin on a fix.


Monday Mar 23, 2009

MSI Wind Netbook and Compiz 0.8.0 on OpenSolaris B110 - Success

Hi All,

 Well I spent the whole day rebuilding the entire compiz packages, I've got 0.8.0 on the MSI Wind Netbook.

 I still had to do a full power shutdown, but now it's back up and compiz is looking really good.

 I'll see about tar.bz2 them all tomorrow and post to this site.


Friday Feb 27, 2009

MSI Wind with B109, Autoscan Network

Hi All,

 So I did a BIOS upgrade to the MSI and B108 started to hang in the suspend again.

  Upgraded to B109 and the suspend / resume works again.

I still have three outstanding issues, touchpad not working after resume even my fix does not work anuymore, processor speed set high after resume and the usb SD / mspro reader is not being seen during insert.

I'm going down to CA for a week March 9th, I've setup to take the AA1, MSI and Elonex to LA to the Sun engineers supporting laptops for the day.

I'm also trying to port Autoscan Network to OpenSolaris see screenshot following of an Ubuntu system.

If I suspend the AA1 or MSI, Autoscan Network see's that it's down, you can actually send a wakeup across the lan and the AA1 or MSI will resume :-)

Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

MSI Wind, fixing the touchpad after resume

Hi All,

 So I went back to B104 on the MSI Wind, just could not really get suspend / resume working on B107.

 Suspend / resume works fine, the touchpad does not work after resume.

If I do this:

modinfo | grep mouse8042
grab the index
modunload -i <index>
modload /kernel/driver/mouse8042

Touchpad comes back on again

So I later found out you really don't have to do the modload, something, is doing it.

Randy F. gave me this:

MODID=`modinfo | grep mouse8042 | awk '{print $1}'`
modunload -i $MODID

I've just put it in a script in /usr/bin, I'll have to find a way to activate it after resume.


Wednesday Jan 28, 2009

ralink 2700e on MSI Netbook

OK, so sometimes I'm brain dead.  has the rwn driver for the ralink 2700e.

Just popped out the atheros and put that one back in, works fine :-)

MSI U100-422CA and OpenSolaris B106

Hi All,

So the MSI netbook is the U100-422CA version, J&R is selling it for $369.99.

On the first power on, the system asks you what language you want for the Windows XP Home installation, English, English UK, French or German.

This is due to the keyboard on the netbook having all the different language symbols already printed on the keys, if you tend to look at the keys when you type like I do (when I started in the computer business we had punch cards) the number of symbols on each key is a bit confusing.

Once the Windows XP Home setup is complete you end up with three partitions on the hard drive, a 4Gb recovery (1), Windows XP 40Gb (2) and empty D drive (100Gb).

I'm assuming if you actually don't want to keep the Windows XP or recovery partition the B106 installer will work correctly at the fdisk command.

As I wanted to keep the Windows XP Home install, fdisk gets really mad at the partitioning layout and says there are overlapping partitions and refuses to move forward in the install.

I ended up taking the recovery and D partitions of the disk using Partition Magic in DOS floppy mode and moving the Windows partition to the front of the disk, the installer still has a bird.

I ended up doing a SXDE B95 install first to create the ZFS partition using an option 4 install, the FDISK in B95 does not have the problem with the partitioning. It does have a problem with the keyboard however so I had to plug in an external USB keyboard to do the install. B106 does not have an issue with the built in keyboard.

Once it was done I reinstalled using B106, now the fdisk see's the ZFS partition and is happy.

So it looks like you can get one of three different wifi cards on this netbook:

AR5B91 (AzureWave AW-NE771) – Atheros 802.11BGN solution

RT2700E (MS-6890) – Ralink 802.11BGN solution

RTL8187SE (MS-6894) – Realtek 802.11BG solution

You cannot order the one you want, I ended up with the RALink

The current RAL driver just dies on this wifi, I cannot ask the WiFi developer group in China if we have a later driver for the RAL as they are on the two week Chinese New Year break.

Anyway I popped the back of the MSI, installed an extra 1Gb memory and exchanged the RAL for an Atheros I had.

The MSI also has a BlueTooth adapter I have not tested yet.

So what works:

1. The Intel video comes up in 1024x600

2. The speaker sound works and the head phone sound plug works

3. CPU frequency is working but you cannot set it in the gnome power manager

4. Screen brightness is working of the Fn + F5 / F6

5. Realtek ethernet is working

6. Suspend / resume works

7. Built in mouse works, but stops after a suspend / resume

8. SD/MSPro is on the usb, so both SD and MSPro work

9. Even though the wifi on/off button is working, I can still scan the wifi, this is probably becuase I swapped out the wifi card

So this is a tough choice, Acer One vs MSI, about the same $$:

1. Same processor - Intel Atom 1.6Ghz

2. Same Memory Standard - 1Gb, but you can upgrade the MSI to 2Gb very easily

3. 8.9 inch vs 10 inch screen

4. Bigger keyboard on MSI, though not much

5. Acer always comes with Atheros WiFi

6. Suspend / Resume works on Acer (I need to find out why MSI mouse does not come back after resume, though the MSI has B106 and the Acer B104)

7. 6 cell battery on each

I'm going to have to work with the two netbooks for a little while to see which one I prefer.

I like the bigger screen on the MSI and the MSPro slot (my camera uses MSPro), I have to use an external usb adapter on the Acer.

I like how small the Acer is, especially for plane rides.

So we have at least 2 netbooks that work really well with OpenSolaris



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