Acer Aspire One, Intel Atom, OpenSolaris - Update

Hi All,

So I'm still doing the long writeup of what I did to get the Acer One Laptop to run OpenSolaris.

This is an update of the current state, for those who read the end of the mystery book first :-)

Video - Running Xorg with Intel driver, 1024x600 resolution, Compiz does work but some issues

Lan - Realtek 10/100 ethernet working

WiFi - Atheros Wifi working

New nwam and gui's seeing ethernet unplugged and switching to wifi, ethernet back in switches back.

Note: looks like B95 was the problem with DHCP on my Asus C90S, I accidently forced myself to do a B99+ upgrade last night (that's why my blogging is behind), /etc/resolv.conf issues have gone away

Audio - Intel working - though it looks like the internal speaker and external output is somehow reversed

Power Management, OpenSolaris is slowing processor to 800Mhz, dim screen back light working from Gnome and when off power, 5 hours battery

Fn- screen brightness up and down works

Changed keyboard shortcuts, but Fn-F8 (mute) Fn-Arrow up (Volume Up) Fn-Arrow Down (Volume Down) to right-ctrl + F8, right-ctrl + arrow up and right-ctrl + arrow down

I did test the new shift + F5 to switch between LCD and external monitor.

The gnome-panel is resizing itself when it went from 1024x600 LCD, to 1280x1024 on external

Video quality for mpg and avi, played back by Totem and Mplayer looked good.

I did add IPOD libraries and loaded Windows IPOD Nano via USB.

Gtkpod and Rhythmbox could play songs of the IPOD.

Gtkpod could write new tracks to the IPOD.

I'm assuming the engineering groups will get the patches they cut for this testing into OS as soon as they get them tested.

Note: I purchased these Acer Ones from CDW, looks like for the same $399 as other vendors I got the 160Gb HD and the new six cell battery


Comments:

How did you get the Intel driver to work? On the EEE and the MSI Wind solaris recent nv builds have failed to get the agpgart working and you have to fall back to vesa driver.

Posted by chupacabra on October 13, 2008 at 09:57 AM PDT #

Hi,

So just to confirm. All these patches should be in the snv_101 release !?
So it should just run out the box without problem ?

Regards,
Edward.

Posted by EdwardOCallaghan on October 13, 2008 at 11:10 AM PDT #

Hi,

I work for Sun, I can talk directly to the engineers, I gave them access to the Acer in my lab.

They gave me binaries as the worked on the issues,

I did have to reinstall OS more than once, normal for one of my weeks :-)

I cannot guarantee any of the fixes will hit B100.

Dave

Posted by David Clack on October 13, 2008 at 11:42 AM PDT #

Nice,

can you tell me the exact way to install OS on Acer One?

I installed but no way to start graphic mode...

Posted by leonardo luzzi on October 19, 2008 at 12:19 AM PDT #

Hi,

You need to get into single user mode from boot.

When the grub menu comes up hit e on the entry, one the second line put -s, hit enter then b.

Login as root with password when asked, I usually do an init 2.

Once level 2 is reached you can copy the files into /kernel/drv and /kernel/misc

The pointers to the files and update_drv commands and xorg.conf are in my other posting on the blog.

You really don;t need the xorg.conf, but copy it into /etc/X11 anyway.

shift-F5 to go between lcd and external monitor and back really work now :-)

If you on SXDE type svcadm disable cde-login, then svcadm enable gdm.

I also do a pkgrm SUNWsdcard, it's just pumping out lots of messages right now and slowing down the boot, Garret D'Amore is going to take a look at it once he has finish a project he's working on right now.

The Atheros driver is on my FTP site also.

update_drv -a -i '"pci80806,27d8"' audiohd

I'm still going to do the full writeup, just had to have my CEC presentation finished for tomorrow.

BTW I re installed again, clean, and used ZFS, the strange bootup hang went away.

Dave

Posted by David Clack on October 19, 2008 at 04:34 AM PDT #

Thank you very much!!!
I'll follow this blog :-)

Posted by leonardo luzzi on October 24, 2008 at 08:23 AM PDT #

I'm contemplating putting OSol onto my Acer. I couldn't even get through the gui install for 101a, as it would error out with the "Not enough VRAM" error..

What's the link to your FTP? And how is the install working thus far?

Thanks!

Posted by Piranha on November 26, 2008 at 03:58 AM PST #

OSol 100a + patches, Operation: Successful!

Waiting for 103 ... :-)

Posted by Leonardo Luzzi on November 26, 2008 at 04:21 AM PST #

Hi Piranha, What Acer do you have ?, I've never had an issue with gui installer

Hi Leonardo, Thanks for feedback

FYI everyone, looks like 102 can eat HD's, don't install wait for 103

We are working on SDCard driver

Posted by David Clack on November 26, 2008 at 05:30 AM PST #

I have the Aspire One 150.. 160gb HD, etc.

I'm getting the same issue as posted here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/solaris-opensolaris-20/intel-945gm-i810-and-opensolaris-2008.05-674015/

I have the GMA950/945GM graphics chipset (it's garbage, but meh). I get to the login prompt, and it keeps flashing trying to bring up gnome. The error I get is the same as posted in that forum.. I do have the latest BIOS (3305 I believe it is). I don't think OpenSolaris wants to take advantage of expanding the shared memory =(

Posted by Piranha on November 26, 2008 at 05:36 AM PST #

Hi Piranha, What Acer do you have ?, I've never had an issue with gui installer

Hi Leonardo, Thanks for feedback

FYI everyone, looks like 102 can eat HD's, don't install wait for 103

We are working on SDCard driver

Posted by David Clack on November 26, 2008 at 05:52 AM PST #

Piranha, did you download the new intel driver from my FTP site and install ?
You need to fix the /etc/driver_aliases with update_drv command.

Send email direct to me for help david.clack@sun.com

Dave

Posted by David Clack on November 26, 2008 at 05:54 AM PST #

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