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« Reply #195 on: April 17, 2007, 01:31:26 pm »
Da Blitz,
If I remove the 7 screws on the bottom of my Kohjinsha, will the bottom come off without disturbing any of the inside components?
The reason I'm asking is I want to replace the 40GB hard drive with a higher capacity one.

I wonder if that would void the warranty.

Thanks,
Doug
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« Reply #196 on: April 17, 2007, 04:46:26 pm »
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i have one last tip for anyone else who wants to use gnome, put those bars that are on the top ad bottom of the screen on the sides of the screen, you getmore verticale room and it makes it more 4:3 ike a normal monitor
i guess the same applies to widows with the start menu, give it an hour or two of web browsing and you will appreciate it
That's a good tip, I've been doing just that for almost 12 years, ever since Windows95 came out :-)

Even 4:3 screens have always been wider than high, while most content we view is higher than wide, so it has always eluded me why UI designers insist on making those tool/task/launch bars horizontal, eating up valuable vertical real estate...
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« Reply #197 on: April 18, 2007, 07:37:01 am »
thanks for reminding me, i forgot to void the warenty

i have yet to pull the thing apart, i really need to find the pics f the inside again before i do it so i can do some planning

the other reason for not doing it is i just had a minor coolant leakage over my video card, nothing major but there is a 50 50 chance that card is a write off, i am confident it ill work as i caught it within moments of it happening. as you can iagine i dont want 2 brokn machines at the same time

i am hoping to replce the HD with flash, i ran sme pwoer calculations and found that flash uses at least 50% less electicity, not to mention eliminatig that clicking, i haveyet to play with laptop mode hoowever. first i eed to find the /proc flag to dmp file ioo accsess so i can sse whats syncig (i am assumng syslog-ng)
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« Reply #198 on: April 18, 2007, 09:15:25 am »
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it has always eluded me why UI designers insist on making those tool/task/launch bars horizontal, eating up valuable vertical real estate...
I like to see what tasks I have in my taskbar, also I like to be able to see the clock. As you can see from the screenshots, neither are legible when taskbar is vertical.
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« Reply #199 on: April 18, 2007, 10:29:30 am »
i am pleased to announce that i have got sound working, meaning if you disable suspend on hinge close and map the volume slider to net/prev track then it becomes a nice media player (i use mpd)

basiacally i had to use alsamixer to enable "duplicate front' (haha, just found the pipe and " buttons), PCM is the master volume, master is the speakers and surround is the headphones, being able to have the speakers and headphones at 2 different volumes and being able to mute ethier or both is very handy

dontforget to set output to 48000hz in the program or .asoundrc

as for my desktop, i have included a pic. i tried gdesklets but was unhappy with the very high cpu usage ad over 170MB of ram usage for 4 applets

also i like firefox's spell check so expect an improvement n spelling, that and the keyboard finally beginning to be broken n means i will be using this device alot more

files will be up soon (kernel, x.org xorg.conf, asoundrc, keymap for console and X, and others (what did i forget?)

also included my current sa setup, still polishing it but it gives me the stats i what (notification of music change, eth plug in and out, power including charge and discharge time, message notification and to top it off cpu and hard drive temp (very handy)) the start menu in the top left is the gnome 'smart start menu" aka main menu and the bottom left is the window selector applet,its nice as it displays a link for each program on every virtual desktop, not just the one you are on and its small so i replaced the task bar with it. maxes switching virtual desktops easier

i expect now that i have sound working that i sh ould have a bit of extra motivation to do the other stuff . adding matchbox and running stuff similar to the Z is my next goal after full hardware support

and finally some extra productivity hints fr size constrained keyboards, my setup is F1 - xterm, F2 - Maximise program, F3 - web browser, F4 - (alt + F4) close app, F5 - F8 switch between virtuap desktps. if you know you app names well then i would change F3 t a "run command" app

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« Reply #200 on: April 18, 2007, 10:32:00 am »
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Da Blitz,
If I remove the 7 screws on the bottom of my Kohjinsha, will the bottom come off without disturbing any of the inside components?
The reason I'm asking is I want to replace the 40GB hard drive with a higher capacity one.

I wonder if that would void the warranty.

Thanks,
Doug
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I know this isn't addressed to me but....
If you are absolutely sure that you really want to do this, I could give you some pointers as I have taken both my K's apart. I would not recommend it as the connectors holding the flex cables are very fragile. I am assuming that my warranty is void.

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« Reply #201 on: April 18, 2007, 01:57:36 pm »
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Da Blitz,
If I remove the 7 screws on the bottom of my Kohjinsha, will the bottom come off without disturbing any of the inside components?
The reason I'm asking is I want to replace the 40GB hard drive with a higher capacity one.

I wonder if that would void the warranty.

Thanks,
Doug
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I know this isn't addressed to me but....
If you are absolutely sure that you really want to do this, I could give you some pointers as I have taken both my K's apart. I would not recommend it as the connectors holding the flex cables are very fragile. I am assuming that my warranty is void.

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I think I'll just make use of my 2.5" external hard drive instead then.

Thanks,
Doug
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« Reply #202 on: April 20, 2007, 04:19:58 am »
well i found a list of winbond wifi cards (its like pulling teath) and i would agree that its the W89C35D 11g USB2.0 Card as its the only wifi card they make that uses usb

there is one funny bug with it, i can see it but cannot enable or disable it with the hotkeys like with bluetooth, so i am assuming that its power pins are not connected to the usb port but instead to the internal power rails, not that it matters

there is a 2.4 dirver by winbond themselves, i did manage to find a product brief that lists the features (such as aes and all that stuff and Wake on WLAN). so unless there is someone with time to burn i would not expect there to be any wifi support as this chip is RARE, and i do mean rare. i cant find any mention of other hardware with the chip, and there is no direct link to the docs on the winbond website.
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« Reply #203 on: April 22, 2007, 12:52:36 am »
Ok, Linux purists, look away now

It turns out another option for Linux on the Kohjinsha is to use VirtualBox to run a Linux virtual machine on Windows. The speed is surprisingly good (even in GNOME) and the virtual network operates through the built-in WiFi perfectly. With the VirtualBox guest OS drivers installed I can even run fullscreen at the native 800x480 resolution. This post is coming to you from Firefox in Ubuntu 6.06LTS on my SA1! That is a pleasant surprise considering neither VMWare nor Parallels will run on this machine.

The downside is that it takes a relatively long time to boot, and I'm sure that it's still not as fast as running native. Lastly, if you want direct access to hardware for things like WiFi hacking, this isn't going to cut it. But if you just want to run Linux apps in a real Linux environment (as opposed to something like Cygwin), this is not a bad solution.

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« Reply #204 on: April 22, 2007, 04:17:04 am »
AAAHHHHH, my eyes they burn!!!.

the googles... they do nothing
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« Reply #205 on: April 22, 2007, 03:05:42 pm »
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Ok, Linux purists, look away now
It turns out another option for Linux on the Kohjinsha is to use VirtualBox to run a Linux virtual machine on Windows. The speed is surprisingly good (even in GNOME) and the virtual network operates through the built-in WiFi perfectly. With the VirtualBox guest OS drivers installed I can even run fullscreen at the native 800x480 resolution. This post is coming to you from Firefox in Ubuntu 6.06LTS on my SA1! That is a pleasant surprise considering neither VMWare nor Parallels will run on this machine.
Good news indeed, and thanks for the tip about the little-known VirtualBox !

I'm sure Da Blitz will get his own way eventually, but in the meantime we have a proven workaround... :-)

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« Reply #206 on: April 22, 2007, 04:11:05 pm »
If you google for "kohjinsha", it will list www.kohjinsha.com.
It is a Japanese website, but google will translate it (sort of).
Anyway, scroll down the page for a link to drivers.
There are linux drivers for the following:

> Media slot Driver - Improvement of compatibility of SDHC card
> AES driver - For kernel 2.6.x
> Chip set Driver - For kernel 2.6.x
> Video driver - For kernel 2.6.x
> Sound driver - For kernel 2.6.x
> Mouse driver - For kernel 2.6.x
> Wireless LAN Driver - For kernel 2.6.x
> Bluetooth Driver - For kernel 2.6.x
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« Reply #207 on: April 22, 2007, 05:04:02 pm »
Impressive catch -- we're so accustomed to having to reverse-engineer everything that the last place we'd look is on the vendor website (especially in Japanese :-)...

The Google tools are surprisingly good for this, too.

Da Blitz, is this for real ? Unfortunately it seems the Wifi file contains binary, not code...

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« Reply #208 on: April 22, 2007, 09:06:00 pm »
$%#@*%^&*(^&$%<^$!!!!!!!

now i am impressed with them (and i thought thier windows setup was good)

actually the only thing we really need from them is perhaps the video driver and definattly the wifi, everything else is in the mainline

i knew winbond had 2.4 drivers but 2.6, thats great news

trying now, will report back in the next couple of hours
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« Reply #209 on: April 22, 2007, 09:12:20 pm »
guess who gave us a binary kernel module  [edit] sorry fpp, misread your post [/edit]

will try it latter, but looks like it will make life difficult

also it gave me some clues as to how to set the VGA out port to the desired resoultion, i may need to get in touch with somene still running windows to run a test or two for me
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