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18 Sep 2006
Hi out there,

currently, I'm trying around with gpe/familiar 0.8.4 on my sinuspad.
Installation went fine but now, I'm having problems getting a stable wlan connection up and running.
I've been trying some time with a netgear ma401 with the orinoco driver which seems to work from time to time but not very stable: I need to insert the card a couple of times to get it running. So far, I didn't find a pattern behind this so I have to try and try which is very annoying. Once I get the card running, the network works and I can run things like ipkg.
Very unhappy with this situation, I got me another wlan card: Belkin F5D6020 ver.2 which uses an atmel chipset (got it very cheap...). Somewhere on the net, I found a feed that provides a compiled atmelwlandriver (atmelwlandriver.sourceforge.net) for the simpad, but for kernel version 2.4.25. Current kernel version in familiar 0.8.4 is 2.4.27.
I modified /etc/pcmcia/config so that the card is recognized by the cardmanager on insert but I have no success in binding the right driver to it.
Has anybody suceeded in getting an atmel based wlan card running on familiar 0.8.4?
If not, any idea why my ma401 doesn't seem to work stable? Maybe I should use hostap instead of orinoco?
One more question: ma401 should be able to handle WPA encryption after a firmware upgrade (which mine has). Can I use this feature on gpe/familiar/simpad?

Thanks for your help
Richard
24 Nov 2005
Hi all,

yesterday, I managed to run opensimpad-0.9.0rc1 on my stock T-Sinuspad!
Unfortunately, my solution is not permanent so far.

I take no responsibility for any damage that could happen when you try this out!

I'm running the hh.org bootldr that Chris had provided in combination with the RC1. This one seems to have a hardcoded partition table which needs 32MB of flash which the Sinuspad obviously doesn't have.
What I did is this:
After booting into the bootldr, I deleted the partitions home and root.
After that, I created a new root partition with the command
CODE
partition create root 0x40000 0xfc0000 16

This is a partition that uses all the flash memory between the bootloader partition and the end of flash.
I erased this partition with
CODE
eflash root

Now, I loaded the jffs2-file with
CODE
load root

and uploaded the file http://opensimpad.org/bootldr-simpad/opens...0rc1_opie.jffs2 to the pad.
After the command
CODE
boot
opie 1.2 started on my machine. I had not much time to try but most applications seemed to work. Some apps made the pad hang which was not so nice... but they were images for testing purposes, anyway.
Next time, I'm going to try one of the images of devernay.

Now to the problem: After suspend or reboot, the bootldr reconstructs the original partition table with the big root partition lasting to address 17c0000 and the home partition which I wouldn't need anyway. This leads to a kernel panic when rebooting into opie. After changing the partition table again and booting, it works again.

Is there a way to change the default partitions other than compiling a new bootldr? Maybe the params are the key. I need to dig deeper into this.
Maybe, I'm going to get the toolchain and build my own image, maybe someone could build an image after some patching of the bootldr.

Any help and hints are appreciated.

Greetings
Richard
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