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20 Jan 2009

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.


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:

udhcpc (v1.2.1) started
udhcpc[947]: (v1.2.1) started
SIOCGIFINDEX failed!: No such device
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/, then gave me an error:

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?

17 Jan 2009
Hey all,

Been a long time. I am [still] running Hentges OZ 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?

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?

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?

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.

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