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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:10 pm 
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Is there a step by step guide out there somewhere for installing Debian Squeeze ARMEL on the Genesi Smartbook? I know there is this wiki page - http://wiki.debian.org/EfikaMX - but it is more generic instructions for the board contained within the device and it is a little bit all over the place.

Essentially I'd like to fast route to a working Debian Stable (Squeeze, ARMEL) on the Smartbook.

~Jeff


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:31 pm 
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OK - so I've got Squeeze installed to a flash card (going to make a HOWTO after I get things fully working). Now it boots, but for whatever reason I have no mouse/keyboard functionality. Any ideas why that might be? I simply copied over the 200 meg partition from the ARMHF provided download. Do I need to edit something in this contents to get the keyboard and mouse to work under Squeeze (or do I need to actually compile the kernel myself?)

~Jeff


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:29 am 
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OK - so I've got Squeeze installed to a flash card (going to make a HOWTO after I get things fully working). Now it boots, but for whatever reason I have no mouse/keyboard functionality. Any ideas why that might be? I simply copied over the 200 meg partition from the ARMHF provided download. Do I need to edit something in this contents to get the keyboard and mouse to work under Squeeze (or do I need to actually compile the kernel myself?)

~Jeff
Ok, this is a known issue with udev and older kernels -which do not include accept4 patch, but which is backported to our kernel so it works as expected with udev. Basically, udev does a kernel version check in /etc/init.d/udev and it refuses to load if the version is <= 2.6.31 (which ours is). What I do is just convert the checking routine to this:

supported_kernel() {
case "$(uname -r)" in
2.[012345].*|2.6.[0-9]|2.6.[0-9][!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
2.6.[12][0-9]|2.6.[12][0-9][!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
2.6.30|2.6.30[!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
esac
return 0
}

(basically check for .30 instead of .31).

Or you could just comment the resp. line. Problem is you might have to do that on every udev reboot.

Try that and let me know if it worked :)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:27 am 
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I pasted the code you provided over the existing chunk in my /etc/init.d/udev file. So it now reads:
Code:
supported_kernel() {
case "$(uname -r)" in
2.[012345].*|2.6.[0-9]|2.6.[0-9][!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
2.6.[12][0-9]|2.6.[12][0-9][!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
2.6.30|2.6.30[!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
esac
return 0
}
Same result with no keyboard/mouse working.

Other ideas?
~Jeff


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:08 am 
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I pasted the code you provided over the existing chunk in my /etc/init.d/udev file. So it now reads:
Code:
supported_kernel() {
case "$(uname -r)" in
2.[012345].*|2.6.[0-9]|2.6.[0-9][!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
2.6.[12][0-9]|2.6.[12][0-9][!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
2.6.30|2.6.30[!0-9]*) return 1 ;;
esac
return 0
}
Same result with no keyboard/mouse working.

Other ideas?
~Jeff
ah, sorry you should also run depmod -a in the chroot of the sd card.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:11 am 
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ah, sorry you should also run depmod -a in the chroot of the sd card.
Ahh - hopefully this is the missing piece on my puzzle. I will drop a post here letting me know if it worked out not when I get home from work in 6 hours or so.

~Jeff


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:15 pm 
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Alrighty - depmod is giving me some error messages due to the location of the kernel. It complains /lib/modules/2.6.31.14.20-efikamx doesn't exist.

Two lines with similar messages, one starts with WARNING and the other with FATAL

I copied over this entire folder from the /lib/modules folder on the Ubuntu install and this removed the error message but the keyboard and mouse still do not work after a reboot.

~Jeff


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:23 pm 
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Got this sorted with the help of a kernel provided by steev_ on IRC. Link to the download:

http://dev.gentoo.org/~steev/files/2.6. ... mx.tar.bz2

~Jeff


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