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Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

biglig2 Re:And now, the long wait (923 comments)

They don't need to stop the car: the embassy is just a small apartment on the third floor. He'd be arrested before he even left the building.

more than 2 years ago

UK's Largest Specialist Video Games Retailer Enters Administration

biglig2 Re:Black employee humour (172 comments)

Our local one had a sign in the window yesterday saying "We're closed, your nearest store is now Slough" and then Slough had been crossed out and Reading written in... I presume they learned they were closing, put up temporary signs, then found out that their neighbour was closing too.

Today they had specially printed signs in place. Can't imagine it was much fun arranging that.

more than 2 years ago

Android On HP TouchPad

biglig2 Best Android Tablet ever? (280 comments)

Ah, so that's why Android tablets haven't been able to out-sell the Ipad, or for that matter the TurboGrafx 16 - no-one thought to try and port a non-tablet-optimised version of Android to a tablet that was designed for another OS, whose vendor has zero interest in helping. That's the secret sauce!

In fact, I hear Apple's plans for the iPad 3 are to try and get the Newton OS running on an etch-a-sketch.

more than 3 years ago

Android Phones More Prone To Hardware Problems

biglig2 Re:stats need another dimension (220 comments)

I'm a rabid Apple fanboi and a temporary Android user - because I needed a cheap non-subsidised smartphone to buy me time between my 3GS dying and the 4s/5 coming out.

Now, if you want a *cheap* first hand smartphone, then it's a straight choice, Symbian or Android, and Android wins, I'm afraid. (I've owned and loved many symbian smartphones but not any that Nokia made!)

So, a quick trip to Argos and I have a ZTE Blade - the things are dirt cheap and effortless to root and install stock android on and the hardware is excellent.

Let me emphasise that - the hardware is *excellent*. Not as fast as a high-end android device, or as fast as my 4S/5 will be, but way faster than I have any right to demand considering what it cost, and more than good enough. (Interestingly I spent some time with a Galaxy S a while back and I prefer the Blade to it - although that is probably because I put stock Android on the Blade. I do miss the Samsung's big bright screen, but not much else about it.)

So it's not even as simple as there being cheap Android devices pulling te overall quality down - because you can make solid android phones at a low price - there are some sucky manufacturers out there.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

biglig2 What an extraordinary question... (758 comments)

No, the RIAA expect you to confess to your crimes and pay damages. What did you think they were going to do?

If you want to get 100% legal, it's simple enough. Figure out what content you can prove you have a license for; delete everything else.

more than 3 years ago

Might iCloud Be a Musical Honeypot?

biglig2 Brilliant business ideas #237 (375 comments)

Hello, is that Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the RIAA?

Hi Mitch, how's it hanging? Anyhoo, listen, I've come up with another of my brilliant business ideas. You're gonna love this one.

So, the first thing you do, you take the number one music retailer in the world. You know, the ones with enough cash in the bank to buy the whole of the recording industry. The one with a CEO who once killed a man with a spoon because the poor schmuck suggested an extra button on the iPhone. That's it - those guys. Yeah, so step one: you piss them off. Subpoena them and sue all their customers. Ruin their business. Make them real mad.

Then, for step two.... Mitch? Mitch? Are you there?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Taking On Apple?

biglig2 Re:I doubt Apple has a problem with this (127 comments)

I doubt Apple has a problem with this because...er... they have explicitly said in the past that they see iOS devices as having two application frameworks available.
There's the native apps in the curated App Store, and there's HTML 5 apps accessed thru Safari. This is their answer to "I want to make an uncurated iPhone app" - make a web app.

Most dev's don't got the web app route, because it's easier to make money with a native App, but some do - often where they can't get something into the store, like Google Voice or all the porn stuff. I use two on my iPad all the time - Gmail (you get both Archive and Delete buttons, whereas in the Native mail you have to choose one of the other) and chalk from 37 signals.

My surprise at this news is more that Facebook haven't thought of this before. Their revenue is adverts and embedded games, neither of which you get with the Facebook native client on iOS. Making a web version that they can embed apps into is the obvious thing to do.

more than 3 years ago

Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

biglig2 Re:o hai, it's just me, Big Brother (391 comments)

Yes, because having ideas like "lets try and get our customers sent to prison" is exactly how Steve Jobs built Apple into a $50 billion company.

more than 3 years ago

Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

biglig2 Re:Useful for audiophile pirates, though (391 comments)

Current understanding - which could be completely wrong as Apple haven't said exactly what happens - is that the copy in the Cloud will go away, but not any copy on one of your devices.

So, you won't be able to re-download it from the cloud any more, but assuming you've pulled a copy from the Cloud into iTunes before your sub expires, you could always get it from there.

more than 3 years ago

iOS 5 Jailbroken

biglig2 Re:Well that didn't take long. (135 comments)


The original Android was a clone of Blackberry.

It was only after the iPhone came out that it became a clone of iOS....

more than 3 years ago

iOS 5 Jailbroken

biglig2 Re:Well that didn't take long. (135 comments)

Well, can you blame them? Poor old Steve, sitting hunched over the phone for hour after hour, waiting, praying, hoping that somersault will call...

"But Steve!" says Jonny. "The only sensible way to do notifications is to show a list of notifications!"
"But Steve!" says Scott. "We have to bring it up with a gesture, there's nowhere else to add a universal UI element!"

"To hell with you all!" snarled Steve. "somersault will think of a way to do it where we won't be accused of copying Android! He must think of a way!"

But in the end the call never came....

more than 3 years ago

Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%

biglig2 Re:Corporate sales? (494 comments)

No, I'm saying that "slim and beautiful" and "easy to access internal parts" are contradictory design goals. The slimmer and more beautiful it gets, the harder it is to get at the insides, and vice versa.

There are two ways to deal with this design problem:

1) Compromise, resulting in something that excels at neither
2) Make two machines, one optimized in one direction, the other in the other.

Apple have chosen option 2, because their philosophy is not to compromise. Other manufacturers have decided 1) is the way to go. Neither party is being unreasonable. Neither is wrong. You are free to choose whichever you want. If you want a machine that a child can open, buy one, from Apple or someone else.

Let's use the hackneyed old car metaphor. "Fast and sleek" and "able to pull a caravan" are incompatible design goals. You can compromise, or make one of each. Porsche went for option 2. They make a fast and sleek car, and they make a car that can pull a caravan. You are free to choose, or to find a manufacturer who makes a car that compromises.

more than 3 years ago

Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%

biglig2 Re:Corporate sales? (494 comments)

Because it's very, very hard to open - a consequence of it's size and appearance - so in order to dissuade people from opening it badly and breaking it, Apple have declared the disk non-user-serviceable..

If for some reason you need a Mac whose innards can be fiddled with, Apple are very happy to sell it to you a Mac Pro that is incredibly easy to open and swap out drives.

more than 3 years ago

Android Honeycomb Will Not Be Open Sourced

biglig2 Re:Embarrassment rather than dislike of open sourc (295 comments)

Well, iPad sales are terrifying everyone else because they don't have anything comparable. Strategies they've tried so far:

1) "In six months we'll have a product that's as good as anything Apple is selling...er...now" (Everyone)
2) "Hey, an iPad's just a big iPhone, right? So if we make a big Android phone..." (Samsung)
3) "I don't care that it's not finished, put the bloody thing in the stores right now" (Moto, RIM, and now Google it seems)
4) "We'll put it out when we're damn well ready to! " (HP)

None of these is working too well for them, they get no comfort from Apple's supply chain problems, and so their panic is increasing. Even though I'm an Apple Fanboi, I'm kinda hoping something works for them soon because I'm scared of what they might try next.

more than 3 years ago

Creating a "Force Field" Invisible Touch Interface

biglig2 'I like to consider it an optical force field..." (138 comments)

"... because I don't know what a force field is. That's because I have never watched Star Trek. That's because I am not a geek. Please sleep with me."

more than 3 years ago

Intel To Build Next Gen Processor For iOS Devices

biglig2 Remember, kids: Samsung is complicated (255 comments)

Samsung is a vast conglomerate of many businesses in many sectors. The people who make the phones so not share a cafeteria with the people who make the processors, and more importantly the people who make the phones don't always buy their processors from Samsung.

more than 3 years ago

50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

biglig2 Re:This is why Apple is a dangerous company.. (292 comments)

Perhaps as a rational Apple Fanboi I can be of some help....

One of the key features of iPhone is that when a carrier comes in to see Steve J and presents their list of things they need to change - you know the sort of thing, branding, replace the email app, remove the Maps app and replace it with their now, that sort of thing, well Steve nods, smiles, takes out his iPhone, and launches the app that releases the rabid wolverines.

So, you gotta get one that the carriers haven't crapped on. Not only is it not nice to have a phone full of bloatware, but every time Google put out a new version of Android the carrier has to re-do the blaotware before they cans end you the patch, if they can be bothered. Sure, you can root and reflash, but what a pain that's going to be.

So, that helps a lot, because it narrows the choice to... er ... Nexus S or Nexus One.


more than 3 years ago

50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

biglig2 Re:Apple does not compete on price and never will (292 comments)

You know I love you, right? And this is painful for me to say... but if you think shipping a tablet without an email client, or shipping one with a broken SD slot is the sign of a potentially serious competitor...

more than 3 years ago

50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

biglig2 Re:This is why Apple is a dangerous company.. (292 comments)

Well, a) I don't know what it's like where you are but here in the UK you can walk into Argos with £100 or so and come out with a droid on Pay As you Go - i.e. no contract - and b) you are on Slashdot and so know more about phones than everyone in every phone store in your neighbourhood so of course you made your buyind decision on features. I'm being a bit generous on b) of course, since iPhone is GSM and so works in as many countries that you can hope for.

Try this: find a local phone store that doesn't stock IPhone, walk in, and say you are interested in buying an iPhone. Be sure to give no sign that you've even heard of slashdot.

Now, if the saleslady tells you to get out, I'll accept that you are right and I'm wrong.
But if she says something along the lines of "Oh, we don;t have that, but take a look at this Galaxy S, it's just like an iPhone"....

more than 3 years ago


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biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Burn a decent copy od CD3 and off we go. Kinda doesn't boot into KDE though... sigh... google is our friend; switchdesk kde
I put my crap usb keyboard on, it works very nicely. That's good. Sound card didn't seem ot work when I tested it.
Thunderbird, Firefox go on easily.
Switch to the chooser version of the login to save clicking. Nice.
Run up2date and go to lunch.
A certain degree of strugle since it sees a kernel update, isn't sure if it should install it, and I foolishly tell it to go ahead, then google for that update. It appears to be a bad one. Luckily aborting seems to work.


biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

But, now I'm back on a laptop for mainstream production, and now I have some OSS running as one of my key production apps (Firefox, natch) then time for another go.

Since my laptop goes with me, I need a machine permanently at my desk. Obvious answer is to put WinXP on the desktop, because then Outlook can clean out my spam, and my remote control software can connect to my servers. But, I have a bad feeling I might need Samba in a few months, so I'm going to run it on Linux for a while, increase my skill set.

What Distribution? Well, RHEL is what we would probably buy if we were going into production (PHB has gotta be able to sue someone), so I'm going for Fedora. Not the same thing, but free as in beer, and I expect that things like the location of config files etc. will be close to what RHEL uses.

So, Bittorrent down the CDs, burn them, move my data off, boot from Fedora Core 3 CD1. Hardware, BTW, is a P4 Dell Optiplex, pretty modern, with a XVGA LCD panel (so I have room on my desk for it). It will have a USB keyboard later (I have a crap but tiny one at home that will save more space).

Start a graphical install. I'm manly, so skip the media check. X loads after a bit of probing. English, English, UK.
The fonts look rather good, I must say.

I'll begin with Workstation - a good basic start. I'll maybe need to add Samba later. Allow automatic partitioning - what the hell are LVM volume groups? Ah, interesting, swap and / go in a volume group, so I can add to them via another disk. Nice. /boot seperate. Fair enough.

Grub, DHCP on eth0, enable firewall, allow ssh and SMTP inbound (might want to play with mail serving later, I am a mail admin after all). SELinux is extra security, enable it. English UK, GMT, root password of "hello" (yeah, right!).

Customize the packages. Gnome or KDE, Gnome or KDE.... KDE. Also XFCE, as an alternative. Add Thunderbird (Evolution always a bit top heavy, although it seems to come with an Exchange connector now, so it stays), Lynx, Samba, Terminal Server, TN5250, lots of admin tools.

Off we go, formatting the file system. Time for some coffee and a bun.


Sound, that's the problem, sound

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

This is so frustrating. I can't switch the laptop to Linux without the sound working, since that is 80% of what I use the damn thing for.

I'm feeling the urge again and the MP3 collection is zooming over the LAN to my desktop as we speak.

Perhaps a simple install of a commercial OS is in order. I could make a very simple Mandrake or RedHat (rpm -e --nodeps lm_sensors) that installs quick and play with modprobe until it works...

Well, some planning. I think I will squeeze in a 600Mb Windows partition. That will let me do bare minimum while kicking Linux.


Another go. Will I never learn?

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

OK, off comes the Win2K, on goes Redhat 7.2 I mean, it's the most popular distro, I must be able to get t to work. ac owns a fecking thinkpad 600.

OK, install, surprise surprise, no sound.

Run sndconfig, which detects a CS4614/22/24, which it does not support.

Alsa? Download it,but need to get the kernel source. Can't find it on the CD, bah. DL DL DL.

Going home for a sleep.


Mandrake 8.1 now installed.

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  about 13 years ago

All very nice. Sound not there although card was detected.

From /var/log/messages:

Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: Crystal 4280/46xx + AC97 Audio, version 1.28.32, 17:27:37 Sep 23 2001
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: Card found at 0x50100000 and 0x50000000, IRQ 11
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: Thinkpad 600E (unsupported) (1014:1010) at 0x50100000/0x50000000, IRQ 11
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 write problem, reg = 0x0, val = 0x0
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 read problem (ACCTL_DCV), reg = 0x0 returning 0xffff
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: ac97_codec: Primary ac97 codec not present
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: cs_ac97_init() failure
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 write problem, reg = 0x0, val = 0x0
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 read problem (ACCTL_DCV), reg = 0x0 returning 0xffff
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: ac97_codec: Primary ac97 codec not present
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: cs_ac97_init() failureJan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 write problem, reg = 0x0, val = 0x0
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 read problem (ACCTL_DCV), reg = 0x0 returning 0xffffJan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 read problem (ACCTL_DCV), reg = 0x0 returning 0xffff
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: ac97_codec: Primary ac97 codec not present
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: cs_ac97_init() failure
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 write problem, reg = 0x0, val = 0x0
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: AC'97 read problem (ACCTL_DCV), reg = 0x0 returning 0xffff
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: ac97_codec: Primary ac97 codec not present
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: cs_ac97_init() failure
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: create - never read card ready from AC'97
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: probably not a bug, try using the CS4232 driver,
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: or turn off any automatic Power Management support in the BIOS.
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: cs46xx_probe()- cs_hardware_init() failed, retried 5 times.
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: probe()- no device allocated
Jan 22 12:11:08 GHHStinkPad kernel: cs46xx: Unable to detect valid cs46xx device

That can't be good. Time for some googling. Hmm.. Using slashdot to cut & paste between my laptop and desktop eh?

Hang on, what's that? "probably not a bug, try using the CS4232 driver, " eh? Lets see. HardDrake seems not to offer the cs4232, but maybe it's not the mechinsm to change the driver from what is detected.

Poke poke at modules.conf but no good. Have a try with sndconfig but it moans whether I use 46xx or 432x.

I'm using these settings for the 432x (from a win2K device manager)
irq 7, dma 0&3, irq 530 (also using 388 and 280)
io 330 irq 9


Back on the StinkPad

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  about 13 years ago

Aww, I like my Thinkpad really. OK, another go. Mandrake 8.1 fixes the kernel problem (8.0 on a thinkpad, the trackpoint doesn't work) so lets try that. Surely a shiny modern distro can get the sound working? Alan Cox has a 600E for flips sake!

Soo...Chug chug, on goes the Mandrake. Putting Gnme and KDE on. Worth a try, and with the funky gdm (kdm? xdm? ) it's easy to swap between the two.

I put Mandrake on a desktop first to look at it and their rpmdrake package for installing stuff seems neat. For the Stinkpad something that comes on 3 CDs beats Debian since I haven't a fast net access at home, so being able to install stuff from CD will help, hopefully.

It's churning, still churning, at the "l"s now, which is not so bad since G and K are before that in the alphabet ;-)

Some notes on mandrake sound, both +ve and -ve, from mandrakes forums:

Q:I have an IBM Thinkpad 600e with a Crystal sound card that does not want to work. lspnp -v is as follows:
0e CSC0100 multimedia controller: audio
io 0x0530-0x0537
io 0x0388-0x038b
io 0x0220-0x0233
irq 5
dma 1
dma 0

I have tried loading both the alsa and kernel modules and the sound worked under Debian kernel 2.2.18. Any suggestions?
A:My successes have only been with 2.2 kernels.
Vendor: Cirrus Logic / Crystal Semiconductor
Device Name: Crystal Semiconductor CS4239 / ISA and Crystal Semiconductor CS4610 / PCI
CS4239: ISA/ SRS 3D audio /FM synthesis / 16-bit playback and record
CS4610: PCI / decodes AC3 into stereo / MPEG-2 audio decoding

OSS light configuration for CS4239
Put the following lines into /etc/modules.conf (or conf.modules for some older distributions).

alias sound-slot-0 cs4232
options cs4232 io=0x530 irq=5 dma=1 dma2=0 mpuio=0x330 mpuirq=5
options opl3 io=0x388

Now as root, first run depmod followed by modprobe sound-slot-0.

The sound modules should now be loaded (you can check with lsmod)

If you are going to compile your own kernel, make sure you select the following options for OSS Light Sound support (note that the following can vary a bit depending on the kernel version):
Sound card support = M
OSS sound modules = M
Support for Crystal CS4232 based (PnP) cards = M

ALSA 0.59x configuration for CS4239
ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) is meant to replace OSS as the soundsystem for Linux.
At the moment it is not included with any standard kernels yet, although some Linux distributions are including it already (e.g. SuSE).

In most cases however, ALSA will have to be downloaded and installed by the user itself. ALSA can be found at http://www.alsa-project.org/

The following entries in /etc/modules.conf (or conf.modules for some older distributions) should do the trick in getting ALSA running on the ThinkPad 770X and 770Z with the CS4239 soundchip, and also provide OSS emulation so existing applications will still work. At the time of writing (9-Jan-2001) the latest version of ALSA (0.5.10a) still does not work with the PCI CS4610 chip in the ThinkPad 770X and 770Z models, and so the ISA CS4239 soundchip is the only possibility to get sound.

# ALSA native device support
alias char-major-116 snd
options snd snd_major=116 snd_cards_limit=1
alias snd-card-0 snd-card-cs4236
options snd-card-cs4236 snd_index=0 snd_id=cs4239 snd_isapnp=0 snd_port=0x530 snd_cport=0x538 snd_mpu_port=1 snd_fm_port=0x388 snd_dma1=1 snd_dma1_size=64 snd_dma2=0 snd_dma2_size=64 snd_irq=5
# OSS/Free emulation
alias char-major-14 soundcore
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss

After adding these entries, run as root first depmod followed by modprobe snd. This should cause the modules to get loaded (you can check with lsmod).

The software volumes in ALSA upon initialization are turned down (and muted) all the way, so you will have to use a mixer control utility to turn them up before sound can be heard.

If you are going to compile your own kernel, then just make sure that base sound support is compiled. No OSS modules need to be compiled (but can be, just make sure they don't get loaded).

My success has been with OSS


You ain't a hacker until...

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

...you're running the latest kernel ;-)

Download 2.4.16

Thomas Hood sez you then:

mv linux-2.4.16.tar.gz /usr/src
cd /usr/src
tar zxvf linux-2.4.16.tar.gz
mv linux linux-2.4.16
cd linux-2.4.16
cp ../linux-previousversion/.config .config
this copies the current config, as a base for xconfig
make xconfig choose your options

make dep
make bzImage
make modules
sudo mv arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.16
sudo cp System.map /boot/System.map-2.4.16
sudo cp .config /boot/config-2.4.16
sudo make modules_install

Then modify lilo to boot using this image instead of the 2.2.17

Thomas provides the config for 2.4.13ac5 which I base my install on almost entirely, except I change the xircom net crd for the tulip_cb and the pcnet drivers (modular of course)

After compilation, and a brief confusion when I forget to change the symblink to /vmlinuz, I get it on the go.

It chokes when it checks the root system - "The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem. . The kernel mailing list suggests this is because devfs has been compiled in and it is trying to automount /dev. devfs=nomount passed to the new kernel does the biz.

All works but no PCMCIA. Perhaps I need the modules. Worth a try, though, is my discovery that i can apt-get 2.4.16 . No, try that and theres a load of crap about intird that I don't understand.

OK, now have 2.4 and 2.2 on the go. Nothing in /lib/modules/2.4 so need to get those.

Redo make modules and make modules_install. Get some, but doesn't load my gold card. Also things like the cs4232 are missing.

Perhaps redo the make xconfig? OK. Poke a t a few things. tulip_cb is now part of tulip in 2.4 so change that. add the cs4232. etc. mak && mak && make && make. copy, vi, lilo, reboot. I'm getting blase, is that a good sign?
  Must be, becaus enot only does it all now work, but the d-link works fine too. The cs4232 deosn't work yet, but wer're getting there. Good chance I can get tpctl and such working so I can examine how the card is configured. Of course, putting the Psion back in my cupboard gives me an impetus to get mwave modem going too.


Sounding Off

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Next priority is sound. as I mentioned before, it may be related to resources. So, I've decided to hold off on getting Alsa. The kernel / OSS drivers allegedly work, so since they are simpler to configure, lets go with them.
IBM say "Audio. The ThinkPad 600E uses a CS4239 chip for FM synthesis and 16-bit playback and record of waveform data. The driver included with Red Hat Linux that is most suited to supporting this audio chip is the CS4232 driver, which generically supports the CS4232 and chips that are compatible with it. When configured as described later in this document, the CS4232 driver provides basic audio support on the ThinkPad 600E. "

I'll start simply with manually enabling it -
modprobe sound
modprobe cs4232 io=0x530 irq=5 dma=1 dma2=0 mpuio=0x330 mpuirq=5 synthirq=-1 synthio=-1

The reply is in the negative:
/lib/modules/2.2.17/misc/cs4232.o: init_module: Device or resource busy
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters /lib/modules/2.2.17/misc/cs4232.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.2.17/misc/cs4232.o failed /lib/modules/2.2.17/misc/cs4232.o: insmod cs4232 failed

So, what's up. Resources? cat proc/interrupts etc. say 5 and 530 are free.
To be sure I'm doing it right, apt-get sndconfig
It too has problems. It's probe finds an unknown device of type 1013:6001. Google says that 2.4.5.ac1 knows this is a "CS 4610/11 [CrystalClear SoundFusion Audio Accelerator]" so, a later Kernel than 2.2.17 will help. I should move to 2.5 anyhowsie.

Anyhow, it doesn't manage the modprobe either.

Later: moved to 2.4.16 (not 2.5, ta!)

Now perhaps I can use Thomas Hood's ideas about tpctl and checking the settings of the card. apt-get it. No /dev/thinkpad. Need to load the thinkpad module?


apt-getted up a treat

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

After a certain degree of strugle I now have a fairly functional base Linux system. I spent a while getting XNView, my favorite image browser, to work - the installer uses csh, but it was clear enough what the script was doing; then you need to make sure you get all the motif libraries.
Also, the super rdesktop RDP client is working when I connect to one of my Terminal servers. Not the main one though, it's being refused by the server. Odd that. Licensing?

Plenty more to work on. xmame sucks over. Ooooh, svga. I like console stuff, its nice and fast.


Potato? woody? Syd? Hamm?

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Well, the time comes to decide if it is better to hack at getting the hardware to work, or to upgrade to a different distribution. Well, upgrade to woody, despite the subject line.

Tricky. Maybe it is best to bite the bullet and go for it now. After all, I may need to upgrade all sorts of packages before I am thru.

Also rdesktop, the native Linux TS client is only in woody and it is one of my desired apps that I reckon I can get going simply enough.

Part of the problem with Debian is that Thomas Hood uses nice shiny AC kernels, so I kinda need to keep up if I am to depend on his configuration notes.

Oh heck, go for it!

download thomas' sources.list; # out SID; apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade.


Debian now installed on the stinkpad

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Installed. X works without much Gnomicness, but there's Gnome-Terminal that I can just igure out how to load, so it can be used for the moment until I apt-get update etc.

Interesting. The GoldCard doesn't work. lsmod shows pcnet_cs is loading. When I insert the card I get a message that eth0 has had a ne2000 in it. but ifup eth0 says "ignoring unknown interface eth0"

Try ifconfig eth0 and it works. So it's a DHCP issue. running pump manually, and ba-da-bing everything works.

I'll add my d-link as well and try the same trick. BTW, since the module is tulip_cb not tulip_cs, not surprised it didn't work under progeny. ;-) OK, it doesn't like that too much. But the LAN card is working.

vi /etc/apt/sources.list (and for the moment configure to use the normal US addresses)
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install sawmill mozilla

A little tweak to update-alternatives, and replacing xdm with gdm means I'm running Gnome quite nicely, and in fact am now posting this on slashdot from the stinkPad. Super.


Initial tests with Progeny

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

I thought it might be helpful to test witha Progeny install first. Learn what I can, then drop back to "real" Debian later.

Install is straightforward and I'm soon running 2.2.18 with gnome. Lights come on on the D-Link but can't ping anything.

This is probably the first thing to get working. Then I can bein to apt-get etc. as I try and get the rest on the go.

The PCMCIA-HOWTO-4 is a useful resource.

First trick is configuring the PCMCIA card database, /etc/pcmcia/config, to recognize the D-Link.

cardctl ident tells me the manufacturing ID codes the card presents to the PC. I know (thanks to an old Mandrake install where this actually worked) that the D-Link is really a tulip_cs. So, add some lines saying:

card "D-Link DFE-680TXD"
            manfid 0x13d1, 0xab02
            bind "tulip_cs"

kill -HUP cardmanager to reboot it.

Not much cop... Hmmm. pcmcia_core is loading, but not tulip_cs.
Ah, modprobe tulip_cs sas it can't find it.

http://www.dlink.com.au/tech/drivers/files/adapters/linux_drivers.txt says the driver is in v3.1.25 of the PCMCIA package. Debian stable and testing use 3.1.22-0.2potato while unstable is at 3.1.29-4. Hmmm.

At this point I'm inclined to switch to real Debian now. There's no value add from Progeny, especially now it is not even something Progeny suggest you use ;-)

time for a re-install. Woo hoo.

This one I will do with both the D-Link and the Psion GoldCard, so I cna at least get some apt-get on the go. Since tulip_cs and so on didn't seem to be installed. Later.


Back to the StinkPad

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Well, I have seen XP and I don't like it. Some bits are visiually pleasing (The background fading to grayscale while waiting for shutdown is excellent) but I've only got 190Mb in my laptop.

Soooooo... can Linux deliver?

Thinkpad 600. Thomas Hood's excellent page is a wonderful resource. Surely my simple needs for this box can be met?

Connect to networks via a Psion Dacom Ethernet+Modem (OK) or via the ThinkPad Modem + a D-Link DFE-680TXD (Great!)
Play MP3s
Dial an ISP very occasionally
Access my SMB network so i can download the MP3s
rdesktop to access my terminal server
quick and dirty, console based POP mail reader.

And that's about that. A browser, a spreadsheet, and some sort of Word Processor (LaTeX would do) would be nice bonuses.

Where ahs it gone wrong before? Sound. Never got that working. Something I suspect to do with the fact that the BIOS on a Stinkpad is configured in software. The D-Link can be made to work (does in Mandrake) but I have to configure it to use the tulip_cs driver. Which is complicated. Once I get these sorted I can work on the various thinkpad specific things like APM and the onboard modem.


Todays fun - starting Debian

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

This took ages, but eventually an xsession script to make that nifty x2vnc run automagically on startup.\

Trick is to accept that a local .xsession is needed but understand that it overwrites the default (which is not to run a default .xsession but to make assumptions) and so you need a last line to start gnome.

# visual indicator in case I start X as root
if [ "$user" = "root"];
          xsetroot -solid orange
else xsetroot -solid darkred

#do x2vnc, telling /. nothing but where my monitors sit ;-)
x2vnc -east -passwd ~/foo bar.biglig.com:0 &

exec x-session-manager

And it all seems to work. ;-)

the xsetroot stuff is of limited use, so I took it off.


Bwah ha ha ha!

biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Ohhh, I love it. x2vnc, plus winvnc, lets my win2k and linux boxes work like a dual head display. By which I mean, I move the mous eon my Linux box over to the right of the screen, and the cursor pops up on the win2K screen on the right. So much for using the wrong keyboard ;-)

Only problem is that CounterStrike causes the connection to drop as it's taking over the whole screen. But I can live with that.


biglig2 biglig2 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Well, finally got a setup of a semi-permanent Linux box on the desktop. This is down to two things:
* rdesktop to give me all my Win32 only db clients
* stopped messing about on my laptop and cursing hardware. "Mandrake broke my ps/2 mouse? The mouse?!?!"

Sooo, now I have a nice clean Debian/woody box with Gnome tickedy boo, smbfs access to the HDD on my main workstation (still W2K), mozilla, gnumeric.

Even added fortune to /etc/profiles. Always wanted that ;-)

The next steps are to begin experimenting with things like ethereal; get some sort of ssh going; look at some productivity options. I like Gnumeric, but what about a wp package? TeX?

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