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From: Kumba <kumba@g.o>
Subject: Re: Question - Kumba LiveCD RC6
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2007 01:54:50 -0500
J. Scott Kasten wrote:
> 
> [1] From looking at other configs there, and having just walked through 
> the 2.17.10 config process, it looks like the alsa mips ip32 sound 
> device has been disabled.  I cannot even select it in 2.17.10.  I was 
> wondering what the status of this driver was.  Judging from submitted 
> configs, it looks like people had been enabling it at 2.16 or earlier.

O2 doesn't have a working sound driver.  I dunno what the alsa mips thing is, 
but it's probably dead code.  A few people have, apparently, created a working 
sound driver, but they've never released the source, so, it's kinda like Duke 
Nukem Forever.

The only known driver was designed in the old 2.5 days and 2.6.1 timeframe, but 
attempts to forward port it never do too well.  It can be compiled, but all it 
does is make ears bleed with static.  Someone with an O2, free time, decent 
knowledge of sound hardware and kernel development, and a few pots of coffee 
needs to step forward and help us get the thing to work.


> [2] What is the root password for the RC6 CD?  :)
> 
> I noticed in the RC6 comments that no-one had tested on the Indigo2, 
> IP22 arch.  I have a headless I2 (formerly extreeme) and will test boot 
> it sometime this comming weekend.

There's isn't one available.  LiveCDs run pwgen to auto-scramble the password on 
bootup, so you have to use sudo to change it.

I2 IP22 testing is kinda limited, since my only R4400 motherboard just up and 
died for no reason.  So it's now an IP28 machine (that I haven't managed to boot 
for a few months now).  Plus it and Indy R4K are the only mips3-class machines 
we still support, and the Indy R4K series have always been a gamble.  Especially 
the R4600.


> [3] Has anyone tried Firewire in the O2 PCI slot?  I have an ADS 
> Technologies combo Firewire/USB 2.0 PCI card comming soon.  This uses an 
> ALI chipset.  I pulled the USB config from the RC6 CD kernel.  I suspect 
> it won't be much to make the USB portion work.  It will be interesting 
> to see about the firewire.  Fortunately Firewire chipsets are more 
> standardized than USB.  I'll report back when I know something here.

I haven't, but given that USB2 sometimes works better than the onboard scsi (w/ 
flash drives), it might work.  Give it a shot with some common firewire device 
that hopefully isn't too complicated, and let us know what happens.



--Kumba

-- 
Gentoo/MIPS Team Lead

"Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands 
do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere."  --Elrond
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Replies:
Indigo2 IP22 [Was LiveCD RC6]
-- J. Scott Kasten
O2 Sound and Misc Stuff. [Was LiveCD RC6]
-- J. Scott Kasten
Firewire & USB 2.0 on O2 [Was LiveCD RC6]
-- J. Scott Kasten
References:
Question - Kumba LiveCD RC6
-- J. Scott Kasten
Re: Question - Kumba LiveCD RC6
-- Kumba
Re: Question - Kumba LiveCD RC6
-- J. Scott Kasten
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