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 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 15, 2009

Broadcom 14e4,4315 wifi working on HP Mini Netbook on OpenSolaris B105

Hi All,

 I took a couple of days but I finally got ndis wrapper working on the HP Mini Netbook.

My choice of SXDE B105 made the available ndis 1.2.1 broken.

I found

And ndis 1.2.2 that works on B105.

The HP driver files that worked were sp39243.exe.

Nwam is now seeing the bcmndis0 and myk0.

I did the build of myk using the gld2 instructions, with this NWAM does not see the link go down.

I'll try to build the gld3 today on B105.

Update: Finally got all the patches and headers correct, build the gldv3 version of myk 2.6.5. now the ndis is hanging up nwam :-)

The joy of testing


Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

HP Mini Netbook running OpenSolaris B105

Hi All,

Quick screen shot of the HP Mini running OpenSolaris B105.

Everything is running but the Broadcomm wifi, it's causing a system panic.

You can see from the screen shot I've put my look and feel on it, Compiz is actually running very well on this system, it was slow on the Acer One, maybe it was just the cube, did not turn it on for the HP.

You can see I have the Avant Window Navigator running in the bottom.

Monday Jan 12, 2009

HP Mini netbook with Opensolaris

Hi All,

 So I received an HP Mini Netbook yesterday, looks like it has the same Intel chipset as the Axer Aspire One.

It has a Marvell (myk) ethernet and Broadcomm wifi.

  SDcard works out of the box.

  Getting the grub int13 error trying to do a DVD install, had to go back to SXDE B94 to get DVD install to work, PXE install would work if we had the Marvell ethernet in the DVD.

I've just finished doing a ISO luupgrade to SXDE B105.

See if I can get it all working :-)



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