Tuesday Aug 18, 2009

Elonex Webbook - VIA C7 and Nevada B121

Hi All,

 So I took the Elonex Webbook out of the cupboard again, it ended up with a B112 build where GDM would not start but cde-login would work.

I tried doing a USB DVD install again and the GRUB still will not work.

I pulled the B121 iso across and did the lugrade on the B112.

GDM has finally started to work, now I need to look into the suspend / resume issues and the VIA C7 cpudrv issues, the CPU stays at 1600Mhz all the time.

Also will Compiz work on the new VIA OpenChrome video driver.

Next the Intel classmate PC :-)


Sunday Jan 25, 2009

Netbook fun with OpenSolaris

Hi All,

 So I've been pulling out my hair on the HP Mini 1033cl and Elonex Webbook.

  I ended up doing a PXE install to the HP Mini of B104, building the gldv3 versions of the myk driver and building the NDIS 1.2.1 for the Broadcom wifi.

NWAM locks up on the myk / bcmndis combination, I ended up going back to the frkit inetmenu that is working fine.

The fan is still coming up at full speed during the boot, this is documented on the Linux web sites, going back to the F02 bios fixes the bios according to posts I've found, but I cannot find it.

So I gave up on the HP 1033CL, just to many issues, the fan would drive you mad, I'm going to try an MSI U100-422CA next.

I may be setting the bar to high for my testing, but the Acer Aspire One and Asus Eee 701 work cleanly about 95%.

I actually downloaded the atge alpha Attansic L1 driver from http://homepage2.nifty.com/mrym3/taiyodo/eng/ for the Eee 701 last week, looks like it works fine, this was the last peice of the puzzle for the 701.

The Elonex Webbook is a really nice netbook, I need to test more on the OpenChrome Xorg driver, both OpenSolaris and Fedora 10 cannot use it on the LCD display, external VGA works fine.

Fedora 10 can bring the VIA C7 processor down to 383 Mhz, OpenSolaris keeps it pegged at 1.6Ghz.

Suspend works fine on Fedora 10, just gets you a new login screen on OS.

I've got something happening on this system I've never seen before, cde-login works fine and will bring up the gnome desktop, nothing I do will allow me to run gdm for login.

I have to say that the install was forced, I came up on a build 94 USB DVD (everything else just gets me a grub prompt) then did a network install of B104.

Something was not good about this as the Xorg fonts did not get set / initialized correctly.

Hopefully I'll get the MSI tomorrow.

My next project is try and convince Apple to port ITunes to OpenSolaris, it's the only way to get broader adoption of OpenSolaris.

We can make OpenSolaris work pretty good on the Asus, Acer and possible MSI netbooks, all thge way through suspend / resume.

Even if I do what I did on BlueWonder, design the hardware for OpenSolaris, instead of trying to force OpenSolaris into a hardware designed for basically a Windows world, nothing will happen without ITunes.

 I'm going to try and talk with Asus, Acer and MSI about fixing my last piece on the test list, getting all Fn key keyboard combinations working correctly, without having to map through keyboard shortcuts.


Still here

Hi All,

 I'm still here, working on a blog entry on the Hp and Elonex.

  Gave up on the HP, you will see why in next entry.

  Elonex Webbook is doing pretty good apart from sound (only headphone jack works)  and cpu frequency control.


Thursday Jan 08, 2009

Elonex VIA C7 Webbook and OpenSolaris

So I'm playing with this Elonex VIA C7 Webbook from the UK.

I'm having lots of fun with the SATA hard drive, looks like it will only work on the 80Gb it came with, anything else and the BIOS does not see it or it just does not work.

I'm getting the great INT13 problem with all versions of OpenSolaris CD, DVD or USB.

I've finally got Fedora 10 from the new LiveCD installed just to prove to myself that it will run something other than Windows XP Home.

The VIA supplied video driver just gives a scrambled screen, if I set to vesa I can get a good 1024 x 600 resolution, both the Realtek and Intel 2200 wifi work, the new network applet is very pretty. A little bit more graphical than NWAM.

I've downloaded the onnv-gate with grub in and I'm trying to patch GRUB for 2008.11 on USB.

Funny thing is if I actually put in a 80Gb SATA 2.5" drive that OpenSolaris cannot see in the BIOS, the installer actually gets past the GRUB error.

UBuntu 8.10 and 8.04 are also unable to install.



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