Chirpy's Electronics and Projects
renamed since everyone uses this page to discuss everything.
u r so funny! 🙂
Hey man, I got myself the sylvania netbook and your guide on installing wheezy on it is very well put. I was wondering if you got the audio and wireless to work ?
yea, wireless works out of the box, just have to set up either /etc/network/interfaces, or /etc/wpa-supplicant/wpa-supplicant.conf. Some people prefer something like wicd, but it seemed to download some things with it that slowed the netbook down for me, so I just set it up through those two files bc wpa-supplicant file can be set up to connect to any open wifi access point, or connect to wep/wpa/wpa2 automatically without any user intervention and it doesnt use any real extra ram to run.
with the internal wifi card, you may have trouble with getting it to start due to the usb power pin being attached to the internal GPIO of the SoC.
most of the time, a simple reboot will fix it, but if you dont feel like rebooting, there’s also the cheater script I use.
The script that I use for when it acts up, here it is:
echo $pin > /sys/class/gpio/export
echo out > /sys/class/gpio/gpio$pin/direction
echo 1 > /sys/class/gpio/gpio$pin/value
Just save it in your main directory and save it as something like startwifi.sh, and chmod a+x startwifi.sh
Then whenever the wifi refuses to start up, just type sudo ./startwifi.sh and your wifi will start working fine.
Sound on the other hand, Im still kinda working on that, and Ive redone the whole kernel and still cant get very far with internal sound due to there being realy no drivers out there to tear apart to get the code from for the thing. With the new kernel tho, you can use an external soundcard and that seems to work for the most part imo, but not a perminant solution. If I really wanted to play music, I usually just remove the SD card and play the mp3s/internet radio stations on either wince6 (which sucks) or android 2.2 with whatever music player I use on it, I forget atm due to not really using it to listen to music due to the speed of it and that my main laptop has better sound.
Awesome thanks 😀
The wifi “card” wouldn’t turn on, So every time I have to open the script. But otherwise, thanks a lot.
no problem, I hope everything works out good for you. If you have a raspberry pi, you can stick the SD card right in the rpi and play whatever your doing on a bigscreen monitor or tv with a fullsize keyboard/regular mouse also. Ill keep trying to work on sound, but for now, due to the issue with not being able to get a working driver for the sound, it doesnt look like Ill be getting very far with it.
The wm8505 kernel seems to have the sound driver, but when I try to compile it for the netbook, it crashes every single time on the startup, and Ive tried every single combination to get it to work, with no luck, and the way the sound driver is designed, there’s no way to drag it over to the vt8500 kernel source.
Maybe someone else down the road will fix this issue, but I dont really have much luck with it really, and am not really that knowledgable about the linux kernel building from scratch.
I know it’s a really late reply, but another thing you can try is adding the
to /etc/rc.local, and it’ll boot up the script automatically each time it boots up, after the desktop has been loaded.
Hey Mr “Boo”, I checked out your site after giving me the address and I am simply amazed at the things you can do and how easily it flows out of you. Did your 3D printer arrive on schedule? Be sure to posts pics of your first work with it.
I will do that soon, got it all assembled but the fan was shorted out and blew the mosfet for the fan up, so idk if it was that way from the factory, but it messes up the printer when it’s plugged in, so Im planning on building a varable speed controller to plug it into to run the fan from. Then I have more control over the fan and everything rather than it just automatically turning it on and off as it’s printing.
Will you take a look at this and give me your opinion? Here’s the link: http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/guide-to-kde-the-other-linux-desktop
Ive used KDE before, and didnt care for it, too much crap in the background imo and it’s more or less a windows lookalike. If you wanted to try it out without messing with removing and installing alot of packages, you can look up “kubuntu” which is just ubuntu that uses KDE instead of gnome3. If you want to stick with the windows layout, you can also look up cinnamon, it’s part of “mint linux cinnamon”, it looks alot better than KDE.
I believe that I copied the mint cinnamon distro onto the thumb drive in the ISO folder for you too, so you could check there before downloading it.
I usually just stuck to Gnome2 or LXDE. Also, either the day after or two days later, I had that mac fixed for you too, your disks were junk and I couldnt save anything off of the harddrive. Everything was corrupted so badly that there was zero chance of recovering anything.
I’ve just been reading about this and thought you might like to check it out. I heard about it last week vaguely and now that I’m reading more about it, I thought maybe you could give me your thoughts about it.
I know about steam-os, steam is a game distribution network for games like portal, half life, etc. steam-os is mostly just standard ubuntu with a new look, that’s all it is.
In theory, it could be a good system for gaming and such, except for the fact that 99% of the games that they have on steam, is all windows games, and wont run on linux natively.
From what Ive seen of it, it looks like another windows 8 knockoff with the big tiles as main menu, which it seems that the OS makers are trying to shove the PC market more towards what you’d find as an android tablet market.
If you really look close at it, it’s not very stable, and at most, it proves that valve is trying to create a console of thier own to compete with the xbox one and ps4. I think the steambox will be kinda hit and miss with the market due to popularity of the other two consoles, and they will try to drive it out of the market before it even gets launched. Look at the ouya, they did the same thing to it.
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