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Mele 1000 - HDMI support
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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Fri 25 May 2012, 14:09    Post_subject:  Mele 1000 - HDMI support  

For those of us with un-supported HDMI here are a few evb,bin files for different setups.
evb.bin.gz
Description  VGA 1024x768
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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Fri 25 May 2012, 14:17    Post_subject: FextoBin
Sub_title: tool to convert Fex
 

takes the Fex text file and converts output to bin version used in mele 1000

This version is for x86 puppies,

Mele executable pet version is here:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=630180#630180
sys_config1.evb.fex.gz
Description  Fex File with more text explaining uses.
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Filename  sys_config1.evb.fex.gz 
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fexc.gz
Description  fex2bin bin2fex are linked to fexc
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BarryK
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PostPosted: Fri 25 May 2012, 22:48    Post_subject:  

Ted Dog,
Great that you have started this technical Mele thread.

I am working on x86 Precise Puppy right now, and I kind of regret that I can't stick with just the one topic and have to jump to different things.

But, I hope to get back to the Mele soon. Hopefully, we will be able to get Precise Puppy running on the Mele, so my current work is going to be useful for the ARM port also.

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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Fri 25 May 2012, 23:25    Post_subject:  

I'm just glad I did not get a 100.00 paperweight (Mele so light it would make a poor paper weight) I found a '90s era VGA cable in my shed and its so heavy it causes the Mele to tip backward like its doing a wheelie.
If you could check the setting for 60Hz HDMI as the default verses the 50Hz. The next image may be more compatible to North American users.

The composite setting is interesting it look like it has the backdrop as a Chroma key.
Hope to figure out SATA drive and oddities with the script wrappers.

After fighting the part Chinese and part English Mele hodgepodge it was refreshing to see and have regular puppyLinux over the default software.
I'll be with family a lot this long weekend, so I'll post other evb's late Monday.

I'm taking requests for evb resolutions (PAL, NTSC, VGA, HDMI etc) people would like to try. Hope to find the ones most universal.
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raffy

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PostPosted: Sat 26 May 2012, 00:30    Post_subject: hdmi to dvi  

Thanks, ted, will try it in my hdmi to dvi setup when my a1000 arrives.
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BarryK
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PostPosted: Sat 26 May 2012, 05:39    Post_subject:  

The last kernel that I compiled did recognise the sata drive. So it is a kernel driver problem, not an evb.bin problem.

I haven't got around to uploading an sd image with that, or I could even just create a pet with the kernel and modules.

But, I was holding back as on the arm-netbook list they were reporting errors using sata.

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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Sat 26 May 2012, 15:23    Post_subject: Sata drive  

It will be nice to see if speed improves running from SATA over SD.

I'm thinking of writing a widget to setup changing resolution and higher res graphics, running NTSC or PAL via composite RCA jacks as the second X windows screen that way we would always have a fallback to confirm boot.
There are something odd with color disappearing in NTSC mode.
I had a TCC made for ARM based kindle hope it is compatible
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Conn

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PostPosted: Sun 27 May 2012, 12:50    Post_subject: Use me  

Hello people,

I'm new in Puppy community and this is my first post. I've used PuppyLinux 2.x and loved it. I've recently started a robotics project and while looking for optional hardware I discovered ARM world. Anyways, I've bought several "paper weights" and loved Mele! Actually I'm watching a 1080p movie right now.

I was about to install ArchLinux on it but after spending a whole week on Puppy forum and Barry's blog I decided to use Puppy from now on. You people are great!

I ran many tests and can perform others if you people would like to know more about the device. I'll be glad if I can help.

Cheers,
Conn
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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Sun 27 May 2012, 18:10    Post_subject: VGA 1280x1024 evb
Sub_title: Need more space?
 

Here is a evb.bin to start Mele A1000 in 1280x1024 VGA mode.
(largest my good o'VGA monitor can go)
evb.bin.gz
Description  1280x1024 VGA
gz

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Filename  evb.bin.gz 
Filesize  6.97 KB 
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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Sun 27 May 2012, 21:57    Post_subject:  First Mele PET
Sub_title: Fex2bin pet RUNS ON MELE
 

Hate to switch the SD card between two machines so I read up on dir2pet and made a version of Fexc that executes on the MeLe A1000 itself.

Includes configuration PDF & Fex text file (setting) so its larger than the expected.

My MeLe boots in NTSC, hopefully I did not leave that setting 'ON' user be aware. Embarassed
fex2bin-1.0.0_ARM.pet
Description  Full package, executables correctly setup with setting txt and pdf
pet

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Filename  fex2bin-1.0.0_ARM.pet 
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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Mon 28 May 2012, 22:24    Post_subject:  How to open Mele HD case  

The bare laptop hard drive jutting out of the top port looked ugly. But I could not find directions. Tried fingernails & thin blades but no luck opening that darn case.

Place case with the MELE name on top and readable (not upside down text) hold the bottom with right palm and top with left palm. Press down slightly between palms, move left palm (top side) away from body and right palm toward body. fit Hard-drive in label side up.


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bossesand

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 07:31    Post_subject: Multichannel sound player and ambisonic surround decoder  

Is it possible to test compile these 2 packages and their dependencies?

http://packages.debian.org/unstable/ambdec
Ambisonic decoder

http://packages.debian.org/hu/sid/potamus
Media Player for multichannel sound files, can be used without ambisonic decoder.

These programs need jack for sound routing, It would be great to have them available on a lowcost A8 platform to be able to use as 2 and 3D surround playing appliance using the 8 HDMI sound channels.

I hope it is possible to get this running when hdmi sound is working as the packages are debian based.

1920 x 1080 50Hz with 8 HDMI sound channels is my future environment.

Best regards
Bosse
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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 07:55    Post_subject: Auto starts after power failure.  

I'll give it a try both source files are small. Debian may also have prebuild arm verisons some times. We already have a Potamus like player in puppy.

One thing I noticed was with the SD card left in the Mele will restart automatically if you unplug then replug A/C, even if you had it turned off.

Would make a great WiFi access point, or server of any type.
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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 09:13    Post_subject: ambdec Makefile x86 centric  

The Makefile for ambdec gets confused expects only x86 or x86_64 setup (line 23). Was able to 'HARDCODE' arm settings to get past that problem, but this calls other files and many many TYPE and scope errors, and a few void declares = SCARY TRICKY CODE!

NOT a No but strongly leaning that way. Crying or Very sad

So on to try Potamus.
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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 09:36    Post_subject: Potamus Configure  

Potamus is well written, the configure file gave these problems

requirements not meet, glib-2.0 gtk+-2.0 libglade-2.0, gthread-2.0 ao jack ...

Jack is a requirement for both programs, and not in puppy, glib-2.0 does exist but configure does not 'see' it, maybe looking for it in a different place.

Puppy's Pmusic would most likely fill Potamus role, The other program works with mplayer (that is included and does work from the command line in MeLe Lui version 0.0.1 Beta)
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