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Kernel-2.6.8.1 final testings. 2 secs loading.
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jbors
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 9:48 am    Post subject: Kernel-2.6.8.1 final testings. 2 secs loading. Reply with quote

Just got kernel-2.6.8.1 booting up with all the optimizations I could possiby do and it seems pretty decent on my EPIA-M 6000. The whole kernel takes ~3 secs to load.
I think if I can manage linuxbios to run in 2 secs the total boot up time for indashpc would be ~10 secs. Not bad.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
this is one badass site you have. Lots of information and i guess that case is pretty good too.
AFAIR you once hosted an image of a linux install completely with configured kernel, directfb, pydfb, pycar all working together. Where's it gone?
I think compiling a 2.4 kernel as of your description is easy, but to bring all the software together to use maximum features of the hardware (epia Smile is impossible for newbs (and even not-so-newbs).

Your post above sounds great!
Is there a possibilty to come up with a step by step guide to create a _working_ pycar based distro from scratch, which uses most of the features (hw-mpeg2, flawless sound, latest directfb, ...)?
(I'm assuming hosting it would ofcourse kill bandwitdth)

merry christmas, alex
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jbors
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I will post the instructions in here once everything is up and working.
The worst thing now is to make touchscreen working for my setup. I cannot proceed any further without it...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anybody ever heard of the PlayNow! Linux BIOS that was designed for use with the Via EPIA motherboards? I would really like to know where I can download it so I can use it in my Car PC. I know the Korean company AutoCAN, www.autocan.com, implements it in their AutoPC product. You can buy it over at www.cartft.com and www.digitalww.com, but I don't feel like paying $1200 for a product that can do only half of the things that my custom Car PC will be able to do (although I really like the GPS program). Is there any realistic way of extracting this BIOS from one of these machines??? I guess I'm just hoping that someone will come up with an easier solution Rolling Eyes
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dafcok
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@jbors
looking forward to!

@kozmosis
even if someone extracted this bios, it probably would be illegal. i bet you've heard of www.linuxbios.org, though..

cheers!

edit: which touchscreen would that be, jbors? and of what support do you speak, for directfb?
happy new year! (peoples, please donate to the thais instead of buying lots of firecrackers..)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@dafcok

Thanks a lot, I actually had never heard of LinuxBIOS before. I checked out the site but am still curious if it has the ability to play DVDs or CDs without loading the operating system from the harddrive. I imagine it would be able to since the BIOS is an OS in itself, right?

Any insight on this would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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jbors
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kozmosis:
Actually extracting PlayNow would be illegal. And I'm not sure it support the touchscreens or something, so you will be stuck with it.
I'm working on a Linuxbios clean up for the EPIA-M board and if I can get 1-2 secs until post it would make the whole thing ~7-9 secs for startup into fully functional app. Of course it is not 2 secs for PlayNow, but still ok with me. Don't you think ?

I have Egalax TS working just fine with DirectFB( Lilliput, Xenarc and alike ).

The bad thing is that my HDD crashed last week so I have lost some of my changes and still have to reinstall everything which is pain, you know... Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@jbors:

you gut TS support in dfb, i'm to say the least, mesmerized Exclamation
btw i was on the way doing stuff (2.6 kernel, dfb, ..) you do (and already did) . highly appreciating your work. hope you make those TS drivers and linuxbios clean up public so lots of people may benefit from it.

dafcok

PS: damn these cheapo harddrives Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:12 pm    Post subject: 2.6 Kernel? Reply with quote

Excellent site jbors!
Did you finish your work on this 2.6 kernel? I'm sure there are a lot people out there that would appreciate some instructions.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope,
I have to say it here. The problem I see is that DirectFB with CLE266 driver hangs hard when trying to work with 2.6.8.1. I tried to contact DirectFB list to get some info on what it may be caused by. No response.
But I have to admit 2.6.8.1 is much much better and stable than 2.6.7 or below that. I'm looking toward 2.6.10 or something to put my hands on and get the sh*t out of it.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

... just to let know i'm watching, and appreciating your work.
sounds like you don't lack motivation Smile !
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah,
I was busy making those cases and I decided to take a rest from it. So I will have some time to work on the software part and kernel as well. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jbors, where did you find the information for installing linux bios on a epia M board. I have a MII and I have the bios savior chip comming in the next couple of days. I just unsure of how to go about compiling and installing.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was working on it long time ago. Just see my posts on linuxbios thread.
Let me know if you need any help there.
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sinman
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have yo seen the VIA's FastBoot?

http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=22&DSCat=41&DCatType=3

I think that it's like LinuxBIOS, but with VIA's support. And it supports Ext3 Linux partitions.
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