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136  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / U-Boot stuff / Re: boot menu or similar? for u-boot on: April 13, 2009, 01:08:16 AM
Uboot is a bit more than just a boot utility.
Have a look at the list of commands.
Here is the manual


P Smiley
137  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Integrated Development Environment on: April 12, 2009, 01:19:42 AM

What IDE are you using to cross compile kernels, (and programs) for the Plug?

I use "buildroot" on my Atmel NGW100,  (AT32AP7000 cpu), which works fine, buildroot is supported by Atmel and has a default NGW100 configuration, which saves a lot of time getting started.

I have had a quick look at the buildroot and OpenEmbedded wiki's but cannot see existing support for a Kirkwood processor, perhaps it is too new, or I may have missed it!

Anybody got any recommendations?



138  General Category / Application ideas and development Q/A / Re: Home "Do Most anything" server on: April 04, 2009, 01:02:26 AM

I thought that the plug has 512mb flash AND 512mb DDR2 memory.

Is it not possible to run any volatile data in the ddr2 and run read only stuff out of the flash?

I am very interested in doing exactly the same as you. At the moment I have FreeNAS server running on a mini-itx m/b and 4  x 3.5 Raided sata drives.  I only power it on when I need to move files or run my squeezebox. Raid is an overkill, but it was an technical exercise. I think two drives and a chron timed incremental backup every day would suffice!

I have my own domain, hosted on Webmania, with our mail on it. I would like to bring that in house, and have an "always on" server running a mail server and one "green" drive, the new Samsung green sata drives only take about 3-5 watts, or even a USB stick, they are cheap enough to throw away when they wear out.

An even better device would have been the new OpenRD-Base, or client modules,   www.einfochips.com/marvell/

they have two sata ports and the client has two ethernet ports also. I have mailed einfochips to try to buy one of these but they are proving very coy, and the plug is a lot cheaper!



139  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sheevaplug Documentation --- board layout on: April 03, 2009, 09:26:08 AM
 Cheesy Cheesy

hi plugit,  I downloaded allegro_free_viewer_16-2.exe from the link you posted, after filling in a looonng registration form.
I am running it under linux wine, it  works fine, I can view the boards, bit confusing to work out what layer and colour is what. I will get there in the end.

Many thanks for the pointer


140  General Category / General Discussion / Sheevaplug Documentation --- board layout on: April 02, 2009, 12:01:42 PM

I cannot read any of the *.brd layouts in the Schematics and Bom data files.

(Eagle. Kicad, and PCB fail to read them).

Has anyone succeeded in reading these files?

What is the correct  layout program that can read them?

Could someone transcribe them  into PDF's or jpgs

All I am interested in is the availaibility of vias or headers that can be used to easily add functionality, e.g. sata o/p


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