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.




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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