Wednesday Nov 19, 2008

OpenSolaris B103 on Acer Aspire One, video and wifi included

Just installed (luugrade) B102 to B103 on the Acer Aspire One.

Both the Intel video and atheros wifi patches look like they made it into the build.

Luactivate is not creating the grub menu.lst file correctly and grub is not displaying the menu at all.

I'll try to work out what's broken.

Tomorrow I'll test the suspend/resume, this stopped working on the Asus Eee 701 pc after a pkg image-update.

Dave

Monday Nov 17, 2008

reading and writing ntfs partition on B102, Acer Aspire One

Hi All,

Used the instructions from here:

http://blogs.sun.com/gerhardhofweber/entry/ntfs_mounting_rw_on_opensolaris

Over the weekend and built fuse, libfuse and ntfs-3g.

It does allow me to mount the Windows XP Home NTFS partition I left on the hard drive.

Looks like there may be a little problem unmounting the partition the re mounting, my Acer One keeps crashing on the second mount.

Also I was doing a copy of some files to the NTFS partition and tried to stop it with ctrl+c, the system crashed again.

I thought I had a problem getting access to the partition after coming back from suspend, but I cannot get it to lockup nautilus anymore, it works.

Dave


Friday Nov 07, 2008

Question for the everyone ?

Hi All,

 Did anyone try doing the install on a DELL or HP netbook with Intel Atom chipset ?

 How many of you got it running on the Acer Aspire One ?

 Looks like all the patches will be integrated into B103.

 Send responses to David.Clack@sun.com  please I'll publish the results

Thanks

Dave


Saturday Nov 01, 2008

Work around for slow startup on Acer Aspire One with ZFS boot volume

Hi All,

The engineering group in California got my One safely.

The slow start is being caused by the command /usr/sbin/zfs volinit call , in /lib/svc/method fs-usr and devices-local.

If you edit the two files and put & at the end of the lines the slow boot goes away.

Engineering still has my One and is looking for a correct patch.

Dave

Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

OpenSolaris B101 ZFS on Acer One Aspire

Hi All,

 So I gave up, I cannot debug the weird slow ZFS boot issue with the B101 and the Acer One.

 I FedEx'd the Acer One to the ZFS group in California today.

 Lucky for us the boot does complete after about a 3 minute pause.

 Video, WiFi, Lan and Audio are working fine, SDCard driver needs fixing, they had a problem on Linux to.

 Once I get it back from California I'll work on the suspend / resume some more.

 Good news is I get two more Intel Atom systems to test today or tomorrow.

On one the MB is 2.5" x 2.5", a Pico ITX Atom system :-)

 Dave


Friday Oct 24, 2008

Screenshot of my Acer Aspire One

Hi All,

 Here is a screenshot of my Acer One, I played with the gnome-panel and nautilus a little bit :-)


Acer Aspire One - ZFS / UFS update

Hi All,

I can give you the good news or the bad news :-)

I did a luugrade of the ZFS installed system from B100 to B101, the system was still hanging for minutes during the boot.

I did a total reinstall this morning of B101 using UFS and the boot hang goes away.

I did a total reinstall of B101 using ZFS and the boot problem goes away.

So it looks like the disk issues are fixed on B101 for the Acer One, it's due next Thursday 29th October.

I still have to patch the video and atheros the files are on my FTP site.

I did the update_drv to add the audio.

Boot to the Gnome login screen takes and 65 seconds.

Now back to suspend.

This is an updated xorg.conf, that works with the shift-F5 video function to go to an external monitor from lcd.

Dave

 Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "X.org Configured"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
    RgbPath      "/usr/X11/lib/X11/rgb"
    ModulePath   "/usr/X11/lib/modules"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/sun/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/F3bitmaps/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
EndSection

Section "Module"
    Load  "glx"
    Load  "xtsol"
    Load  "dbe"
    Load  "record"
    Load  "dri"
    Load  "extmod"
    Load  "GLcore"
    Load  "IA"
    Load  "xtrap"
    Load  "freetype"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Keyboard0"
    Driver      "kbd"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Mouse0"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option        "Protocol" "auto"
    Option        "Device" "/dev/mouse"
    Option        "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    #DisplaySize      200   110    # mm
    Identifier   "Monitor0"
    VendorName   "AUO"
    ModelName    "11c2"
    Option        "DPMS" "True"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    #DisplaySize      200   110    # mm
    Identifier   "Monitor1"
    VendorName   "AUO"
    ModelName    "11c2"
    Option        "DPMS" "True"
EndSection

Section "Device"
        ### Available Driver options are:-
        ### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
        ### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
        ### [arg]: arg optional
        #Option     "NoAccel"                # [<bool>]
        #Option     "SWcursor"               # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ColorKey"               # <i>
        #Option     "CacheLines"             # <i>
        #Option     "Dac6Bit"                # [<bool>]
        #Option     "DRI"                    # [<bool>]
        #Option     "NoDDC"                  # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ShowCache"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "XvMCSurfaces"           # <i>
        #Option     "PageFlip"               # [<bool>]
    Identifier  "Card0"
    Driver      "intel"
    VendorName  "Intel Corporation"
    BoardName   "Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller"
    BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
        ### Available Driver options are:-
        ### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
        ### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
        ### [arg]: arg optional
        #Option     "NoAccel"                # [<bool>]
        #Option     "SWcursor"               # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ColorKey"               # <i>
        #Option     "CacheLines"             # <i>
        #Option     "Dac6Bit"                # [<bool>]
        #Option     "DRI"                    # [<bool>]
        #Option     "NoDDC"                  # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ShowCache"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "XvMCSurfaces"           # <i>
        #Option     "PageFlip"               # [<bool>]
    Identifier  "Card1"
    Driver      "intel"
    VendorName  "Intel Corporation"
    BoardName   "Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller"
    BusID       "PCI:0:2:1"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device     "Card0"
    Monitor    "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     1
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     4
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     8
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     15
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     16
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Virtual 2048 1600
        Depth     24
        Modes "1650x1050" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1024x600" "800x800"
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen1"
    Device     "Card1"
    Monitor    "Monitor1"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     1
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     4
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     8
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     15
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     16
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Virtual 2048 1600
        Depth     24
        Modes "1650x1050" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1024x600" "800x800"
    EndSubSection

EndSection




Sunday Oct 19, 2008

Acer Aspire One and OpenSolaris B100a, Realtek, Atheros, SDCard and Video : Part 3

Realtek, Atheros, SDCard and Video

In general when testing a new system, whether desktop, server or laptop, I start by trying to get the video working first, then Lan and Wifi followed by the other devices.

I'm an old Linux guy so I always ln -s /usr/X11/bin/scanpci /usr/bin/lspci

The lspci gives me a list of all the PCI vendor and product IDs that Solaris X86 or OpenSolaris see's, sometimes the driver already is in the OS, but does not have an entry in /etc/driver_alises.

10/19/2008

Today I did a complete initial install and configuration in a single process.

I had previously used Partition Magic to halve the Windows XP Home partition.

So after installing SXDE B100a using option 4 so I can select ZFS.

After the system reboots the X server fails to come up these are the steps I use.

1. Copy the Intel and Atheros drivers of ftp://64.146.159.127/pub/

  -   directory              file

intel-945gme         intel-945gme-os-drivers.tar.bz2

acer-one-atheros  acer-one-atheros-drivers.tar.bz2

2. gtar xvfj the files

3. pkgadd -d SUNWatheros

4. update_drv -a -i '"pci168c,1c"' ath

5. cd atom-binaries/32

6. cp i915, agpgart and agptarget into /kernel/drv

7. cp  drm and agpmaster into /kernel/misc

8.  update_drv -a -i '"pci8086,27a6"' i915

9.  update_drv -a -i '"pci8086,27ac"'  agptarget

10. Create the xorg.conf from my other blog in /etc/xorg.conf

11. add the audio into the system update_drv -a -i '"pci8086,27d8"' audiohd

12. Remove the sdcard driver it's just getting in the way right now, pkgrm SUNWsdcard, hopefully we can fix this soon

13. shutdown the cde if running SXDE svcadm disable cde-login

14. start up gnome desktop if on SXDE and reboot

 svcadm enable gdm: init 6

or

 just init 6

You should have 1024x600 desktop with rge0 and ath0, plus audio, webcam just works with ekiga and cheese

This is my /etc/power.conf

#
# Copyright 1996-2002 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved.
# Use is subject to license terms.
#
#pragma ident    "@(#)power.conf    2.1    02/03/04 SMI"
#
# Power Management Configuration File
#

device-dependency-property removable-media /dev/fb
autopm            default
autoS3            default
cpu-threshold        1s
# Auto-Shutdown        Idle(min)    Start/Finish(hh:mm)    Behavior
autoshutdown        30        9:00 9:00        noshutdown
cpupm  enable
S3-support enable

I'm working on suspend next.

shift+F5 should jump you between lcd, externel and both on at same time

I tested doing this without having the external monitor plugged in at boot time and OpenSolaris actually found it without problem.




Acer Aspire One - Update 10/19/2008

Hi All,

  So back to ZFS install, saved Windows XP Home  so I can compare boot up times between the OS's.

  The only things not working on the Acer Aspire ONE is the sdcard reader and suspend.

  I'll try to finish the full install write up tomorrow.

 Dave

Thursday Oct 16, 2008

Patched Intel video drivers for Acer Aspire One

Hi All,

 So I received permission to post the test Intel 945gme drivers, these are really early test, no support, no warrenty.

 ftp://64.146.159.127/pub/intel-945gme intel-945gme-os-drivers.tar.bz2

 The tar has a directory with two folders 32 and 64

 I copied i915, agpgart and agptarget into /kernel/drv,  drm and agpmaster into /kernel/misc

 These are the three lines from my lspci:

  pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x00 function 0x00: vendor 0x8086 device 0x27ac
 Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub

 pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x02 function 0x00: vendor 0x8086 device 0x27ae
 Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller

 pci bus 0x0000 cardnum 0x02 function 0x01: vendor 0x8086 device 0x27a6
 Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller

 I added these to the /etc/driver_aliases

 i915 "pci8086,27a6"
 agptarget "pci8086,27ac"

or 

update_drv -a -i '"pci8086,27ae"' i915

Updated 10/28/08

update_drv -a -i '"pci8086,27ac"'  agptarget

This is the /etc/X11/xorg.conf that works

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "X.org Configured"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
    RgbPath      "/usr/X11/lib/X11/rgb"
    ModulePath   "/usr/X11/lib/modules"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/sun/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/F3bitmaps/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/dejavu-ttf-2.9/"
    FontPath     "/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/msttcorefonts/"
EndSection

Section "Module"
    Load  "glx"
    Load  "xtsol"
    Load  "dbe"
    Load  "record"
    Load  "dri"
    Load  "extmod"
    Load  "GLcore"
    Load  "IA"
    Load  "xtrap"
    Load  "freetype"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Keyboard0"
    Driver      "kbd"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Mouse0"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option        "Protocol" "auto"
    Option        "Device" "/dev/mouse"
    Option        "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    #DisplaySize      200   110    # mm
    Identifier   "Monitor0"
    VendorName   "AUO"
    ModelName    "11c2"
    Option        "DPMS" "True"
EndSection

Section "Device"
        ### Available Driver options are:-
        ### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
        ### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
        ### [arg]: arg optional
        #Option     "NoAccel"                # [<bool>]
        #Option     "SWcursor"               # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ColorKey"               # <i>
        #Option     "CacheLines"             # <i>
        #Option     "Dac6Bit"                # [<bool>]
        #Option     "DRI"                    # [<bool>]
        #Option     "NoDDC"                  # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ShowCache"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "XvMCSurfaces"           # <i>
        #Option     "PageFlip"               # [<bool>]
    Identifier  "Card0"
    Driver      "intel"
    VendorName  "Intel Corporation"
    BoardName   "Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller"
    BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
        ### Available Driver options are:-
        ### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
        ### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
        ### [arg]: arg optional
        #Option     "NoAccel"                # [<bool>]
        #Option     "SWcursor"               # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ColorKey"               # <i>
        #Option     "CacheLines"             # <i>
        #Option     "Dac6Bit"                # [<bool>]
        #Option     "DRI"                    # [<bool>]
        #Option     "NoDDC"                  # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ShowCache"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "XvMCSurfaces"           # <i>
        #Option     "PageFlip"               # [<bool>]
    Identifier  "Card1"
    Driver      "intel"
    VendorName  "Intel Corporation"
    BoardName   "Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller"
    BusID       "PCI:0:2:1"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device     "Card0"
    Monitor    "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection "Display"
        Viewport   0 0
        Depth     1
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"

 If someone tests these on the MSI please let me know if it works please.

Dave




ZFS vs UFS on the Acer Aspire ONE, boot issue fixed ?

Hi All,

 So i've been working on the strange issue of the time it takes to actually start up OpenSolaris on this laptop, I'd never seen it before.

 I re-installed B100a, but used UFS so I could get the dump on swap, instead of ZFS and the laptop is booting as I would expect.

 I never get bored with my job, that's for sure :-)

Dave


Monday Oct 13, 2008

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


Sunday Oct 12, 2008

Acer Aspire One and OpenSolaris B99, Fdisk issues : Part 2

The Acer Aspire One uses the new disk partitioning scheme, the diagnostic / recovery partition is mirroring the partitions Windows XP Home is installed on.

I had a plan to keep the installed Windows XP Home, adding SXDE and the Gnome 2.24 desktop.

Using the native 1024x600 resolution, testing Firefox, Evolution, gthumb, gtkpod and rhythmbox (both with IPOD support), totem and mplayer (with mpg, avi and wmv support), get the power management, screen brightness keys and volume keys working, plus the new nwam gui's (switch between ethernet and wifi automatically).

I actually did a battery run down test last week, just unplugged and let it sit, 4hrs 30 minutes later it still had power left, more on this later.

Install Try #1

So  I used partition magic to remove the diagnostic / recovery partition (4Gb) and moved the Windows XP Home partitiion to the front of the disk and shrunk it to 40Gb.

Not good Windows XP does not boot anymore.

Install Try #2

Recover hard drive from recovery DVD, use partition magic just to shrink Windows XP Home partition to 40Gb (This laptop has a 160Gb HD)

Windows XP Home still boots

Download latest nightly build of OS, probably about B99, I knew I needed the Realtek driver fix.

Get all the way through an option 4 install (the Intel video chip is not allowing Xorg to run in Option 1) to the select UFS / ZFS then onto fdisk.

 Fdisk says two partitions are sharing the same space and just stops. Refuses to go forward.

Install Try #3

Go back to B98 DVD, option 4 install, this time when I get to the fdisk section it does not complain at all, creates a ZFS partitiion and the install completes normally.

So now I can boot Windows XP Home or OpenSolaris B98

Video is coming up as VESA at 800x600 not 1024x600 which is the native resolution

No Realtek Ethernet

No Atheros WiFi

SDCard driver says it cannot initialized the hardware

Weird thing that I've never seen on any other machine laptop, desktop or server is the time after Hostname: os-one appears and ZFS coming up is about 4 minutes, no disk activity, no network activity, it just sites there, doing nothing, then starts correctly (still trying to debug this)

NOTE: This fdisk issue has disappeared in the full B100


Thursday Oct 09, 2008

Acer Aspire One, Intel Atom 1.6Ghz and OpenSolaris B100, Install and Setup, Part 1

So I finally got my hands on the new Acer Aspire One, with the 1.6Ghz Atom processor, 1Gb memory, 160Gb HD and 8.9" screen.

For the last week a group of really great engineers from Solaris Development have been helping me to get OpenSolaris B100 installed and configured.

We have had some interesting challenges, both with the hardware itself and the fact that most of us are in different time zones spread around the world.

We finally got the video to come up in it's real native configuration yesterday, 1024x600.

What makes this laptop different from the original Eee 701 I have is that the Gnome / OpenSolaris configuration panels actually fit into the screen size, making it easy to configured when you don't have an external monitor connected.

As usual I learn more about OpenSolaris and become convinced even more about how fantastic an operating system it is.

This does have a few gnome desktop modifications I like in the gnome-panel at the bottom of the screen, it really is OpenSolaris B100, the start button has a penguin :-)

Acer Aspire One, Itel Atom 1.6Ghz

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