Wednesday Apr 22, 2009

Designing and building an Intel Dual Core Fanless Car System

Hi,

So I've been asked to help with the design and build of an Intel Dual Core Fanless system for a car.

I'm starting with an Axiomtek EP840 Motherboard with C2D 1.8GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, the specs call for:

Fanless

2 x Ethernet 10/100/1000

1 x Serial

4 x Canbus controllers

1 x 8Gb SSD

1 x car power adapter

I have to run Solaris 10 X86 U6 and Java Real Time System

I've got the EP840 installed with SX86, everything looks like it's working, I did have issues with the Realtek RTL8111/RTL8168B ethernet controllers but SX86 engineering sent me updated drivers last night.

I have a fan on the processor currently, we will swap it out for heat sink when we design the case.

Hilscher is supplying the Canbus controllers for the PCI104 connector, we should be able to stack two high, giving us four Canbus ports.

I have a real SATA hard drive connected right now, I'm waiting for delivery of the Trancend 2.5" cased 8Gb SATA SSD.


Friday Mar 27, 2009

Intel DRM bug hangs resume on B110

Hi All,

If you run the compiz desktop on any of the Intel Atom netbooks, B110 has a bug in the DRM code, that hangs the system on resume.

The Beijing Engineering team just asked me to test a patch fo this today.

I tested on the AA1, AA1-10 and MSI netbook and it works fine.

Dave

Wednesday Mar 11, 2009

IGoLogic IGO1000 embedded Intel Atom system and 0906-B107

Hi All,

 So I had a chance yesterday to play with a new IGoLogic system, the IGO1000.

 It has the Intel Atom N270 on board, it's the smallest system I've worked on so far.

 It took 0906-B107 without any issues at all. I did a USB boot, then installed to an 8Gb CF card.

 It has an Intel PCI-E wifi card installed also.

IGoLogic IGO1000

 You can check it out at:

http://www.igologic.com/products/Product.aspx?ProductID=108

Update 5/1/09

So I have Nevada B112 installed on a 8Gb CF, just ran HCTS it passed


Friday Jan 02, 2009

Intel Video Driver Acer Aspire One - here

Hi,

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

 Dave

Monday Nov 03, 2008

Intel Atom PICO ITX runs 2008.11 100a, Poulsbo chipset, no fans

Hi All,

Finally got around to doing a test install on the IGoLogic Intel Atom PICO ITX.

It has the Intel Poulsbo chipset. 1.1Ghz processor. Realtek Gigabit Ethernet, HD Audio.

Everything is working of the 2008.11 100a cd, except the USB for keyboard and mouse.

Something had to not work or it would not be any fun :-)

As I don't have a case around it, it's just on the workbench, I'm trying to work out how to power a 2.5" SATA drive so I can do a full install.

Good job I had a PS/2 keyboard and mouse laying around.

Dave

Intel Atom - PICO ITX

Hi All,

So this is the next Intel Atom MB I will be testing.

It comes from my friends at IGoLogic.

First I have to build something to hold it :-)

The whole MB is 4 inches by 2 3/4 inches

Intel Atom Pico ITX Top


Intel Atom PICO ITX Bottom


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


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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