LINUX FOR ALPINE

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renatostore

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Aug 14, 2005
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Alpine state of art

So today we have:

1) a kernel "zalp" that doesn't boot (http://jornada820.sf.net/files/uni)

2) a lot of tests by haret (in "xanadux: linux for xda" topic)
the last of them said that Alpine, maybe, hasn't an ASIC3 chip

3) we need an Alpine motherboard picture (can anyone help ?)

And we wait for instructions/corrections to make kernel boot asap.

Thanks for every contributions. Bye
 

renatostore

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symondavis said:
So I have found som e Linux files but how'd you get them to boot up?
I dont care if it works or not at the moment. I just want to get booting for now before I start fiddling.

I tried to boot kernel zuni-20060421 in this way:
1- download from http://jornada820.sf.net/files/uni some files (zuni-20060421, rd, startup.txt, gnuharet)
2- I changed startup.txt in this way
set KERNEL "zuni-20060421"
3- I upload all these files in pda storage card
4- I started gnuharet from pda
5- I changed default.txt with startup.txt and pushed run

Results:
only a black box in the middle of the screen within an horizontal line that changed color from blue to red. That's it.
After a soft reset to unlock the pda I had to reinstall OS (like hard reset).

Any suggestions?
 

renatostore

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Can anyone help us to leave this stall state ? :(

Only Alpine is still without a booting Linux today.
 

renatostore

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I need to know if my startup.txt file is correct:

Code:
set KERNEL "zalp-2.6.16-hh2"
set MTYPE 855 
set INITRD "Storage Card\rd"
set CMDLINE "root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc ramdisk_size=14336 keepinitrd console=tty0 mem=63M"
boot2

the first line is for kernel name
the second ??
the third is the location of the ramdisk image
the forth looks like parameters for kernel
the fifth ??

Could anyone explain it to me ?

Thanks
 

cr2

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Jan 15, 2005
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renatostore said:
Code:
set KERNEL "zalp-2.6.16-hh2"
set MTYPE 855 
set INITRD "Storage Card\rd"
set CMDLINE "root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc ramdisk_size=14336 keepinitrd console=tty0 mem=63M"
boot2

the first line is for kernel name
Yes. It is called 'zImage' because it is the compressed
kernel combined with the decompressor.

MachineTYPE:
Code:
himalaya -> 448
blueangel -> 766
universal -> 855
magician -> 875
apache -> 959
alpine -> 999
beetles -> 1003
Newer haret versions autodetect the MTYPE
and set it to the correct value regardless of what you
have provided (or not provided).
If you want to override this autodetected value
(usually for testing, if you know what you are doing),
use FORCEMTYPE

the third is the location of the ramdisk image
Yes. If you need the ramdisk. You don't need it if your
Linux system is already on the MMC/SD card and you boot from the MMC/SD card.
the forth looks like parameters for kernel
Yes. There are usually two combinations:
one for the ramdisk, another for the MMC/SD card.

Boot linux command.
 

renatostore

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Aug 14, 2005
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According to you, which should be the correct startup.txt file for a linux first booting ?

Could you type a sample ? Thanks
 

renatostore

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This is my experince running the new kernel with this startup.txt file:

Code:
set KERNEL "zalp-2.6.16-hh2"
set MTYPE 999 
set INITRD "Storage Card\rd"
set CMDLINE "root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc ramdisk_size=14336 keepinitrd console=tty0 mem=63M"
boot2

A black square in the bottom of the screen with a blue horizontal line in the mids becaming red. Then appear an output from gnuharet saying:

Code:
detected cpu family: PXA2xx
boot MTYPE=999
RAM: [email protected]

and the xda started vibrating. I stoped it by a soft reset and, this time, no reinstall of OS was needed.

It says nothing to me ...
 

cr2

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Jan 15, 2005
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renatostore said:
and the xda started vibrating.
Vibrating is a good sign, but you need to know how
to switch it off.
Please, replace the kernel parameter string by
Code:
set CMDLINE "root=/dev/mmc/blk0/part2 console=tty0 mem=63M"
and try again.
It will probably crash, but i'd like to know if you will see
the penguin and kernel boot messages on the LCD.
 

renatostore

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Aug 14, 2005
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After the usual black box with blue/red lines I saw a penguin sliding fastly form the top to the bottom of my display. I used this startup.txt file:

Code:
set KERNEL "zalp-2.6.16-hh2"
set MTYPE 999
set CMDLINE "root=/dev/mmc/blk0/part2 console=tty0 mem=63M" 
boot2

then xda started vibrating and I had to hard reset to stop it.
 

cr2

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Jan 15, 2005
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renatostore said:
After the usual black box with blue/red lines I saw a penguin sliding fastly form the top to the bottom of my display.
Ok. penguin was sliding ? or the text ?
Can you see the text ?

then xda started vibrating and I had to hard reset to stop it.
Vibrating is not a problem, i can switch it off.
If you see the text on the screen, try to partiton your SD
card like it is described in the Universal wiki, and
install the opie image from universal.
Then boot again.
 

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