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20 Jan 2009
Hi,

I flashed my Collie with the Angstrom-altboot-console-image-glibc-ipk-2007.12-r19-collie-installkit.tgz after verifying the md5sum. The flash was successful, and when I reset and replaced the battery case it came up to prompt me for the altboot password, as expected.

However...

After entering the altboot password, I get the Angstrom boot screen, and the loading bar goes to 50% and stops. It has been sitting in this state for well over an hour.

Did I miss a step here? Is there a fix? I don't know if it is related, I am an Angstrom n00b, but I hit the reset button and had a key depressed (since I could not seem to get a response when it asked to hit a key to enter the altboot menu, and it started booting from the command line. It hung on boot at the following point:

CODE
udhcpc (v1.2.1) started
udhcpc[947]: (v1.2.1) started
SIOCGIFINDEX failed!: No such device
done.
Starting portmap daemon: portmap.


And there it stopped.

I also used Koen's (very cool) online image builder to create an image. I created an ext2 filesystem on a 2GB SD card, then tried to boot SD from the altboot menu. It loaded the locomo_spi and mmc_block modules from /lib/modules/2.6.20.6, then gave me an error:

CODE
ERROR: insmod failed
/bin/sh: can't acess tty; job control turned off
/etc/altboot-menu $


Can someone help me get the Z back up and running?

Thanks,
--Storm
17 Jan 2009
Hey all,

Been a long time. I am [still] running Hentges OZ 3.5.4.1 on my Collie, which is obviously really, really long in the tooth. I was thinking about getting a Nokia N810, but took a look at Angstrom, which is now supported on the Collie. (Unlike the last time I checked.)

So I have gone out and bought a shiny new 2GB SanDisk SD card, and have the 2007.12-r19 installkits downloaded to my laptop.

My question is what gotchas or problems should I expect? I see several issues on the two install pages I found, but the information seems a bit dated...so I thought I would ask here for a canonical list of what does/does not work, which installkit I should use (r19 seems to be all that is in unstable).

What is the best install method to use? Should I do the untar on CF card and C-D-Reset or "transform a small generated rootfs.tar.gz into a big-rootfs.bin for altboot to boot on it"?

Are the 2007 repos up to date?

Is there anything else that you can tell me before I blow OZ away and step into a new world?

Thanks,
--Storm
20 Sep 2007
Somewhere along the line, my Ambicom CF wireless card went missing. I was looking on ebay tonight and ran across a SparkLAN Wireless 11g card. I was wondering if this will work with the Collie either under OZ or under Angstrom. Anybody know? Will 802.11g work with the Z's bus?

Thanks,
--storm
19 Jul 2007
Angstrom looks oustanding! Kudos to the devs as usual for making it happen.

I have a question. While I would love to upgrade from OZ, one of the major apps I use (both personally and professionally) is Opie-reader. I have spent the last couple of years gathering hundreds of pieces of documentation via plucker for stuff I use on a daily basis. My Collie has become my mobile library.

I have skimmed the repos, but didn't see a replacement for Opie-reader, which is the only tool I have found that will read pdb files.

Anyone got a good way to either read them in Angstrom or convert them to, say, html?

Also, what browser options are available?

Thanks,
--Storm
6 Feb 2007
I've really been kinda itching to play this game. Is there a chance of it being packaged for OZ? I started looking for a doc on how to set up a cross-compile environment and packaging, but didn't find much. If someone could talk me through setting things up, I could have a go at packaging it myself.

Tks,
--Storm
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