Friday Jan 22, 2010

B131 on Acer Aspire One 10"

Hi All,

 Just did an image-update on a B128a install to B131.

suspend / resume is working again, compiz is fine also without /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

Looks like engineering has been busy.


Monday Sep 21, 2009

Acer One Aspire 11.6" with Poulsbo chipset - OpenSolaris 1002 B123

Hi All,

 So I wanted to test the Intel Poulsbo chipset with OpenSolaris to see if it was a solution to a fan less embedded product.

I could not find a cheap motherboard with the chipset, on my weekend trip to CostCo, they had the Acer Aspire One 11.6" netbook for $278, what a deal.

Frys has the 2Gb 250Gb HD model for $379

Walmart is $348 for the same as I have.

I just wanted to test the chipset :-)

Anyway it has the Intel Poulsbo chipset that looks like it has a video controller from

This is a good writeup on the Intel Poulsbo chipset

Anyway, no 2D or 3D video driver for Xorg, the usb is really weird, keeps pushing the cursor into the top left corner.

RealTek Ethernet and Atheros wifi work.

I'd decided to change out the mini pci-e wifi for an 802.11n one, boy did I get a shock when I opened the hatch in the bootom on the wifi card looks like half a postage stamp.

Found a 802.11n same size on Ebay.

I did my standard install with Windows 7, just took 1/3 of disk for C drive, then created an 80 Gb what I thought was FAT32 partition, it came up as exFAT, OpenSolaris cannot month this.

Changed it back to FAT32 with Paragon Partition Manager 10.0 Personal Edition.

It said it did a format in place, there went my iTunes folder, Pictures and Videos.

Thank goodness I have the Maxtor OneTouch Mini 4 backup USB hard drive :-)

So I have the Acer One, looks like Panasonic has a ToughBook with Poulsbo.

How many other netbook type devices exist with the Poulsbo chipset ?

Is it even worth pushing engineering to get an Xorg driver for this video ?

Thursday Aug 27, 2009

Nevada B122 on the Acer AA1 10"

Hi All,

 So I did an luugrade to Nevada B112 on the Acer Aspire One 10" last night.

 As far as I can tell from a few hours of testing it's a perfect build.

All function key + are working volume control, brightness, external monitor switch.

Compiz is fine, suspend / resume is fine, I've even got virtual terminal working.

I've attached the instructions for turning on virtual terminals

Please follow the procedure to enable it if you want to use this long waited feature, and please read through before you take any action:

        As root or privileged user:

        # svcadm enable vtdaemon
        # svcadm enable console-login:vt2
        # svcadm enable console-login:vt3
        # svcadm enable console-login:vt4
        # svcadm enable console-login:vt5
        # svcadm enable console-login:vt6
        # svccfg -s vtdaemon setprop options/hotkeys=true
        # svcadm refresh vtdaemon
        # svcadm restart vtdaemon

        I guess most people are unlikely to use the lock screen feature
        (which will lock up your screen while you switch to other VTs),
        you can disable it by:

        # svccfg -s vtdaemon setprop options/secure=false
        # svcadm refresh vtdaemon
        # svcadm restart vtdaemon

        If you are doing the above in X session, please log out and wait for Xorg
        to restart. And then you will be able to switch between virtual console
        terminals and X sessions via hotkeys (Alt + Ctrl + F#).

        By default the first 6 virtual console terminals are reserved for console
        login sessions, so Xorg will start on the 7th virtual console terminal.

        There is an Xorg keyboard driver bug in build 122 which would occasionally hang Xorg during switch. It has been fixed in build 123. If you are eager to try it from build 122, please replace


        with the attached ones.

        You may also want to "pkill fbconsole" before you switch back to /dev/console
        (Alt + Ctrl + F1) otherwise your console will lose input. It should be done upon
        every reboot. It would be fixed when the new GDM comes in.

        Why is it not enabled by default?
        There are several console bugs like the fbconsole one that prevents the services
        from being enabled by default. Our team will continue to fix these bugs until
        it is prefect to be enabled by default. Now, if you want to use it, you need
        to enable it manually.

Saturday Mar 14, 2009

OpenSolaris B110 on Acer Aspire One new 10 inch

Hi All,

  Back from CA trip, it was very productive.

  I typing this in on the new Acer Aspire One 10 inch version.

  I have B110 installed, interesting issues with disk partitioning.

  I'll blog more about the trip and this new Acer next week in detail


Thursday Feb 05, 2009

Acer Aspire One Drivers and instructions for 2008.11

1. Grab the AA1 drivers

  -  Intel Driver - here

  -  Atheros Driver - here

  -  SDcard driver - here

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 from the install it's broken, pkgrm SUNWsdcard, add the new one into system pkgadd -d . SUNWsdcard

13. turn on power management, chamge /etc/power.conf to look like this:

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

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

15. start up gnome desktop if on SXDE and reboot

16. svcadm enable gdm: init 6

Monday Feb 02, 2009

Acer Aspire One with OpenSolaris B107, everything works

Hi All,

Just did a clean install of B107 to the AA1.

Wiped out the previous OpenSolaris install.

Sun only started the project to certify this platform two and a half months ago, now i don't add any drivers during or after install.

You do have to update the /etc/power.conf

Suspend / resume works great.

You will get warning messages from the sdcard driver if you don't have sdcards in the slots.


ethernet works

wifi works

webcam works

audio works, internal speakers and head phone jack

suspend / resume works

sdcard works, I just found out you need to put an sdcard in the right one first, then they both work all the time

USB works

Externel VGA works, shift + F5 to jump between the two of them

Pretty cool

Thanks to all the great Sun engineers who put up with me bugging them to get the drivers working, and all the great users who help test them out.

Thursday Jan 29, 2009

Acer Aspire One passes OpenSolaris HCL tests with 2008.11

Hi All,

So I just got the good news from a  colleague of mine, the Acer Aspire One passed the latest Hardware Compatibility Test (HCL) suite with 2008.11 installed.

I tried a new install of B105 on the MSI and the Ralink driver was causing a panic.

I'm currenly installing B107 from scratch.

Everything is working but the mouse when you come back from suspend / resume.

It's the little things that drive you crazy :-)


Friday Jan 02, 2009

Intel Video Driver Acer Aspire One - here


 I've uploaded the Intel Drivers here, follow instructions in blog.


Tuesday Dec 30, 2008

OpenSolaris SDCard driver for Acer Aspire One - here

Hi All,

Here is the Alpha Release tar file for the SDCard driver for OS .

tar xvf SUNWsdcard.tar

pkgadd -d .

init 6

Now you should be able to insert sdcards in either slot.

Have fun


Thursday Nov 27, 2008

Fun with OpenSolaris on the Acer Aspire One

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

I worked this week on trying to break the Acer Aspire One install :-)

I pushed the OS install to a November 25th nightly build probably B103+.

Strange things started happening with the gnome panel, no shutdown or restart buttons, nothing I did including installing my version of gnome-panel and gnome-session would turn them back on, I ended up reinstalling the B101 version of JDS.

That fixed it, I then installed my versions of gnome panel and nautilus.

I discovered lately that you can just copy correctly compiled libraries between systems.

I pull something like mplayer to the new systm under test and run it from a terminal, I get ld library errors, I share the /usr directory on my main development system the Asus C90S, nfs mount it from the new system and just copy the libraries, saves me having to create packages.

Managed to get 2008.11 rc2 installed on a 4Gb CF on the PICO ITX, looks like we have a SATA controller driver issue with the MB.

Saturday I'm heading to Istanbul Turkey for a week, to visit with my customer who is using BlueWonder to run a new glass factory inside Russia.

FYI I'm not testing 2008.11 (Indiana) on the Acer Aspire Ones, I'm using SXDE, I'm only testing 2008.11 on the Asus Eee 701, it only has a 8Gb SSD.

I'm testing VirtualBox on OpenSolaris B102 on the Asus C90S that has a 2.4Ghz desktop processor and seperate Nvidia video card.

I have Windows XP, Fedora 10, Ubuntu 8+, MilaX and 2008.11 RC2 running in VirtualBox 2.0.6

Have a great week


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.


Monday Nov 17, 2008

reading and writing ntfs partition on B102, Acer Aspire One

Hi All,

Used the instructions from here:

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.


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.


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 :-)


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