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Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ?
(2012-11-07, 23:00)servili007 Wrote: My GUI creation errors were just the result of permission issues. Did you try running it as root and seeing if it still fails to create with the UMP error? Also, take a look at xmbc-watchdog.sh even if you don't plan on using it for a full list of modprobes, expected permissions, etc.

That was my first idea, but the error(s) does not disappear if running as root, so I guess it's not a permission Problem.
I will try to install the drivers today, and let you guys know if was successfull.

[EDIT]
Ok..i tried, but failed..the problem is that i dont knwo where to get the kernel-source (for Linux linaro-alip 3.0.36-t3+ #19) and how to build the drivern from source.
Btw: im working on the device, not cross compiling.

Maybe there is somebody with a little more detailed guide, who can explain to me the steps to build this driver.

Thanks in advance
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(2012-11-08, 05:32)CreaB Wrote:
(2012-11-07, 23:00)servili007 Wrote: My GUI creation errors were just the result of permission issues. Did you try running it as root and seeing if it still fails to create with the UMP error? Also, take a look at xmbc-watchdog.sh even if you don't plan on using it for a full list of modprobes, expected permissions, etc.

That was my first idea, but the error(s) does not disappear if running as root, so I guess it's not a permission Problem.
I will try to install the drivers today, and let you guys know if was successfull.

[EDIT]
Ok..i tried, but failed..the problem is that i dont knwo where to get the kernel-source (for Linux linaro-alip 3.0.36-t3+ #19) and how to build the drivern from source.
Btw: im working on the device, not cross compiling.

Maybe there is somebody with a little more detailed guide, who can explain to me the steps to build this driver.

Thanks in advance
let linaro be linaro and try the linux-sunxi/sunxi-3.0 kernel. they include mali kernel drivers r3p0. build instructions on linux-sunxi.org. or get a ready compiled hw-pack.
rellla
(2012-11-08, 01:21)Snippo Wrote: Anyone having success getting the IR receiver to work? I've succesfully installed lirc following this guide but it won't recognize my remote signals
i prepared to do some tests. already crosscompiled lirc from git. which kernel module is to use? i created lirc_sir.ko?
steps to go and not done yet: copy lirc-bins to sd-card, load kerneldriver, mknod's and let trying go. maybe you must check kernelconfig, if something needs to be enabled for ir...
rellla
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Quote:let linaro be linaro and try the linux-sunxi/sunxi-3.0 kernel. they include mali kernel drivers r3p0. build instructions on linux-sunxi.org. or get a ready compiled hw-pack.
rellla

Ahh, ok. Is there a way to install this driver/hw-pack on a running system, without compiling or building a new bootable-sdcard.
I've only found guides to compile/create completely new, but i guess it should be possible to install a new kernel+moduels in a running system and reboot.
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Never tested prebuilt hwpacks:
http://dl.linux-sunxi.org/amery/sunxi-3.0/latest/
Maybe this it what you need.
rellla
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beacause an update gone bad, i'll start with a new prepared sdcard today.
Is there any better way than installing linaro first (from here https://www.miniand.com/forums/forums/2/topics/82) and then install an kernel/driver, etc.

maybe i startet from the wrong point and there is a smarter base to start from? =)
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(2012-11-08, 12:51)CreaB Wrote: beacause an update gone bad, i'll start with a new prepared sdcard today.
Is there any better way than installing linaro first (from here https://www.miniand.com/forums/forums/2/topics/82) and then install an kernel/driver, etc.

maybe i startet from the wrong point and there is a smarter base to start from? =)

i recommend you do ALL steps once from scratch (rootfs, kernel, u-boot, script.bin, boot.scr) to build your own sd-card image. i'd prefer debian sid.
you should build rootfs on your own. kernel etc. can be taken from the latest hwpack.
then you can either give my binarys a try or compile xbmca10 yourself.

follow these instructions:
http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/ha..._for_Mele/ <- adapt it to debian sid and armhf
http://linux-sunxi.org/XBMC and dicussion site
http://linux-sunxi.org/ in general

and don't mix x11 and xbmc. x11-mali-binarys do not work with fb-based xbmc. possibly there is some mix in linaro's rootfs because they use x11, which causes the error!
rellla
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(2012-11-08, 13:07)rellla Wrote:
(2012-11-08, 12:51)CreaB Wrote: beacause an update gone bad, i'll start with a new prepared sdcard today.
Is there any better way than installing linaro first (from here https://www.miniand.com/forums/forums/2/topics/82) and then install an kernel/driver, etc.

maybe i startet from the wrong point and there is a smarter base to start from? =)

i recommend you do ALL steps once from scratch (rootfs, kernel, u-boot, script.bin, boot.scr) to build your own sd-card image. i'd prefer debian sid.
you should build rootfs on your own. kernel etc. can be taken from the latest hwpack.
then you can either give my binarys a try or compile xbmca10 yourself.

follow these instructions:
http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/ha..._for_Mele/ <- adapt it to debian sid and armhf
http://linux-sunxi.org/XBMC and dicussion site
http://linux-sunxi.org/ in general

and don't mix x11 and xbmc. x11-mali-binarys do not work with fb-based xbmc. possibly there is some mix in linaro's rootfs because they use x11, which causes the error!
rellla

Ok Thanks. I'll try that..i ended up on linaro, because i've read that linaro armhf is much faster, but i also prefer debian anyway.
so i'll start from scratch later and hope that i can report success later. Thanks a lot.

[EDIT]
So..i found my first problem =)
I'm running a MK802 II, without a wired ethernet device. so can i also use the wired device MAC?
Quote:You need the MAC address for the wired ethernet from your Mele. Either open up the box and get the address from the label, or boot the stock Android and go to Settings -> Network -> Wired Network Settings.
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(2012-11-08, 13:17)CreaB Wrote: So..i found my first problem =)
I'm running a MK802 II, without a wired ethernet device. so can i also use the wired device MAC?
It's obsolete then. Leave it. Ignore all ethernet steps. To use wlan, you have to adapt things on your own. But i don't know what to do. You have to figure out, what modules to load, /etc/network/interfaces .....
Maybe you have to take a look at the linaro rootfs, how they do.
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(2012-11-08, 13:32)rellla Wrote:
(2012-11-08, 13:17)CreaB Wrote: So..i found my first problem =)
I'm running a MK802 II, without a wired ethernet device. so can i also use the wired device MAC?
It's obsolete then. Leave it.

Ok, thought its needed.

[EDIT]
I created a armhf deian-root-filesystem (sid, with modification for networking - wlan0) on a new & clean installed debian-VM using this guides:

http://forum.doozan.com/read.php?2,5986
http://www.solid-run.com/mw/index.php/De...izable_way
http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/ha..._for_Mele/

after that, i used a hardwarepack from here:

http://dl.linux-sunxi.org/nightly/2012.10.09/

Code:
./a1x-media-create.sh /dev/sdb mk802_hwpack_2012.10.09.7z norootfs

But the monitor is staying black and no accessibility via network is available..i guess there has gone something wrong, but can not check, because of lack of access.
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Is there already a pre-compiled image that I could just load onto and sd card with Win32DiskImager? Reading back a few pages I get lost on the compiling.
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(2012-11-08, 13:39)CreaB Wrote: But the monitor is staying black and no accessibility via network is available..i guess there has gone something wrong, but can not check, because of lack of access.
Lack of access is a problem. It's nearly unpossible to find a mistake. You even cannot see, if it boots into debian. Probably for headless systems a .img which boots and gives at least console access directly or via ssh is more suitable for this mk802-stick. Otherwise it will get a very very blind trial and error search. Not funny. Better you search for a precompiled image...
rellla
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(2012-11-08, 13:39)CreaB Wrote:
(2012-11-08, 13:32)rellla Wrote:
(2012-11-08, 13:17)CreaB Wrote: So..i found my first problem =)
I'm running a MK802 II, without a wired ethernet device. so can i also use the wired device MAC?
It's obsolete then. Leave it.

Ok, thought its needed.

[EDIT]
I created a armhf deian-root-filesystem (sid, with modification for networking - wlan0) on a new & clean installed debian-VM using this guides:

http://forum.doozan.com/read.php?2,5986
http://www.solid-run.com/mw/index.php/De...izable_way
http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/ha..._for_Mele/

after that, i used a hardwarepack from here:

http://dl.linux-sunxi.org/nightly/2012.10.09/

Code:
./a1x-media-create.sh /dev/sdb mk802_hwpack_2012.10.09.7z norootfs

But the monitor is staying black and no accessibility via network is available..i guess there has gone something wrong, but can not check, because of lack of access.

Did you checked the sunxi-spl.bin settings ? I built my own hwpack using a10-tools, but had black screen until I changed the "screen0_output_type" setting.
What are the default settings from those nightlies ?

BTW, I would recommand using a debian wheezy instead of sid.
Wheezy packages are quite as up-to-date as sid, and have less bugs.
I used debootstrap from linaro in order to create the wheezy archive... basically the only thing I did before packing it up was giving hostname + root password + install openssh server.
Wlan works but is quite buggy : very slow + had to disable some power settings.

Does somebody knows how to set up lirc ? I have found a sunxi-ir module which when loaded creates a virtual device (and cat gives output when using the remote).
I'm not sure but somebody said that we cannot actually access directly IR codes (on the mele a1000), and that the remote is keyboard-emulation based. Can somebody clarify that please ?
I have no /dev/lirc* at all and irrecord doesn't work with the device provided, btw it pops up inside the "dev/input" folder on module loading.
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(2012-11-08, 19:54)rellla Wrote:
(2012-11-08, 13:39)CreaB Wrote: But the monitor is staying black and no accessibility via network is available..i guess there has gone something wrong, but can not check, because of lack of access.
Lack of access is a problem. It's nearly unpossible to find a mistake. You even cannot see, if it boots into debian. Probably for headless systems a .img which boots and gives at least console access directly or via ssh is more suitable for this mk802-stick. Otherwise it will get a very very blind trial and error search. Not funny. Better you search for a precompiled image...
rellla

Yeah, precompiled Image was what i prefer, but i only found linaro armhf and Ubuntu armel.
The First one gave me "cannot create display", the second one was not useable for xbmc-usage.

At the Moment i am back on Android, on both devices but would really like to switch to Debian armhf with xbmc.

Of anybody can offer me se guides/help/hints, i would try till i get it running.

Android is running ok, but i would like to use linux, because i am using a central mysql-database for xbmc and Android does not offer a nfs-kernel-Module, so I have to use smb.
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It is indeed better to wait for a ready to use image unless you are ready to really hack by yourself.

Just to mention that there is a way to avoid blind tests and to understand why the kernel does not boot :
Change uboot and fex file in the 1st partition of internal nand to route uart signals to the micro sdcard connector and to get uboot prompt on the uart (explanation can be found here : http://elinux.org/Hack_A10_devices)
you will need a sdcard connector such as this one http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/...33183.html and a TTL UART to USB cable to get the serial console.

This is safe as in any case you have no way to brick forever your device as you can always recover with livesuit
This is exactly how I have done on my A10 tablet (except I made my own pcb instead of buying the usdcard breakout card coz it was out of stock)
Yet it is obviously the long and quite hard way to learn : Hopefully, you will get very soon ready to use image with no hassle...
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I managed to get the Mele remote to work by following the updated wiki. The keys are mapped very strange on the remote though (right arrow is mapped to backspace...) so I think I'll have to create a new keymap.xml.
Unfortunately I can't get my MCE remote to work. Probably because the receiver only understands keyboard presses and no remote signals.
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