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

http://www.imgtec.com/

This is a good writeup on the Intel Poulsbo chipset

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc.aspx?i=3276&p=16

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 ?



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

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