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  1. Recently picked up an Itronix Gobook 3 (IX260+) rugged laptop off ebay. Was considering getting a Netbook of some flavor, but realized that for my needs, something more or less indestructable could be handy, and having a "normal" screen resolution and real HD/CD etc was a nice bonus. In any case... Basic specs: 12.1" screen Pentium "M" 1.8GHz, "Dothan" 2MB cache (now has) 2GB PC2700 (DDR) memory (max 2G) 40G HD (Rugged IBM laptop drive, in shock mount cage) CD 1x USB2 (bootable) FW400 (Probably bootable) has the mini connector 2x cardbus slots (external) 1 internal 1X miniPCI (the wireless card currently lives here) Optional touchscreen (works great under XP) Optional GPS (internal, lives on ttyS3 on mine) Optional wireless a/b/g (Internal, Mine was Intel PRO 2200 b/g) Optional cellular modem (Not on this one, would live under the CDROM, extra internal cardbus connector) Optional Bluetooth (internal, mine not so equipped, would live next to the GPS card in the lid) Rated for repeated 3' drops onto concrete, water spray from any angle, and many other creative forms of abuse. Not only could you use it on the toilet, you could use it in the shower if so inclined... It weighs nearly 9 pounds, due to it's mostly cast magnesium construction. Do not drop test on your foot. Install (HD came wiped) Put 2009.0 KDE international CD Booted Got to X and .. mouse moved spastically for awhile and machine quickly became unresponsive. As this is not my first rodeo, power cycled, and added "3" to the kernel command line, brining it up WITHOUT X11, also set fb to 1024x768 usung the F3 hotkey in the installer (f4 to get the kernel command line up. allowed it to boot again... Ran XFdrake from the console, and turned off 3D accell and HW mouse (HW mouse later turned back on, 3D was the issue) typed "telinit 5" and it came right up in all the glory KDE4 can manage, which is actually pretty decent. Install from the live install ran fine, was able to configure the Intel B/G wireless either before or after install, (the settings get loaded into the fresh install) and the machine works VERY nicely, with only minor issues... (The other (optional) wireless that might come with a gobook 3 would be an Atheros unit, which would also be handled out of the box) 1) The Semtech touchscreen is nonfunctional, supposedly the evtouch X11 driver can deal with this, haven't gotten that far yet. There IS a Semtech kernel driver specifically for this laptop in the wild somewhere, but all the links are dead. (It is actually worse than nonfunctional-- It you try to use it, (works with a stylus) the data IS getting to the mouse driver (psaux device), and it usually renders the kbd/synaptics mouse inop, causing a need to power cycle) 2) 3D still does not work. Using "ati" driver, current fglrx versions do not handle this old ATI R250 card. Annoyingly, I was playing with some xorg.conf files, got 3D working fine, managed to get fragged a few times playing Alien Arena 7.20 on low settings at a reasonable framerate (a REAL mouse is required for FPS use)... ...Saved the "working" xorg.conf, and powered off for the night... Wouldn't work again this morning using that xorg.conf. The issue is loading "dri" --- causes the same symptoms seen initially, X11 slows to a crawl with a jerky mouse and eventually hangs completely. EDIT--- 2007.1 and 2008.0 ONE works flawlessly as far as 3D accel goes, using the old fglrx driver of the day. Sadly fglrx no longer supports the R250, and the ati driver seems to have some issues... 2008.0 is going on... The amusing thing is not only is it sucessfully using the "ati" driver (with working 3D) but evdev loaded as it "found" the touchscreen...
  2. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    It's baaaaack, under Mageia as well. Just assume you need to start up from the boot CD in runlevel 3 as described above. Also helps to set speedboot=no and clocksource=jiffies in the kernel command line (set in grub config) The latter "fixes" seem to stop weirdness on many machines, should probably be default.
  3. I've been fighting a slow clock for ages, it comes and goes, just figured out the issue indirectly. A few nights ago I was imaging a machine at work (backups) and noticed I was getting frequent USB resets for no apparent reason... (using a 2010.2 ONE USB with partclone added, should be default) Long story short, I turned off the default screen saver, and all was fine. Tried the same fix with my main system at home that has given me headaches with mythtv not recording properly due to the clock being WAY off. Turning the default screen saver to "blank screen" the problem is automagically gone. Is there a bug in the default screensaver that causes frequent IRQ interrupts?
  4. https://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=44342 I have seen this issue with Mandriva repeatedly for years, it comes and goes, and finally has come and stayed on my Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H quad core Athlon based main system. One of the fixes from the 2009 errata fixed it, I added "clocksource=jiffies" to the boot args and all seems OK. The issue happens on shutdown as well... Just holding down the "enter" key tickles whatever the issue is and it continues... Note to self--- try a USB keyboard. (Temp test---You'll pry my IBM model "M" from my cold dead hands ;-) )
  5. Needed a new printer, picked up an Epson NX127 as Linuxprinting.org shows it as fully supported... well... It apparently assumes a current version of cups, Gutenprint, iscan and foomatic. Installed/updated Cooker and printer/scanner both worked once the avasys.jp rpms were installed.(has other showstoppers) I installed/updated SUSE11.4 on a spare partition and installing the RPMs from avasys.jp (worked), Unfortunately Mythtv is horribly hosed on both setups (cooker kernel doesn't support v4l1 devices at the moment, SUSE recording playback simply doesnt, and I don't feel like fighting with it anymore) So... I'm back to trying to get 2010.2 working again, painless install (only need to add "vmalloc=256M" for the nvidia card) fresh, ran printer setup, plugged in printer, system installed iscan 1.02 and the epson printing task, printer is setup and produces nothing but solid black prints, and gives a "ps2raster" failure, which I assume is the slid black page cause. Install the Avasys rpms, selected the included ppd, restarted everything and nada, the print filter failed. These rpm are for LSB3.2, perhaps an issue? OK, so how do I gracefully update 2010.2 to ~current versions of cups, gutenprint, iscan and foomatic? (Hint--- Even the versions in cooker are pretty ancient)
  6. Epson NX127 all-in one printer & scanner [solved]

    Thanks ;-) Just an added note, you must install the latest versions of iscan and iscan-data OVER the std iscan that sane installs, there is a packaging bug. use --nodeps to override the conflicts.
  7. Epson NX127 all-in one printer & scanner [solved]

    Update: Got the printer side working using the Epson Stylus NX115 Foomatic/gutenprint-ijs.5.2 driver (this is what Ubuntu installed/selected automagically, Ubuntus RAID handling is horribly borked BTW) Scanner worked after installing iscan-2.26 and the iscan-data-1.81 rpms off the avasys.jp site. running iscan it came right up. Scanner was still not found, manually configured it as an Epson RX420 and it worked, perhaps by chance. Works from gimp/xsane etc now as well.
  8. Just installed 2011 beta2 and brought it up to date, found everything I've tried so far, but it has a couple issues... urpmi --auto-update brings this 3.6 GHz quad core machine with 4G RAM and 7200RPM drives to it's fracking knees. I read some msg traffic from January about fsync on every file being the default and how that may/may not cause issues... But this is insanely slow, running win7 on a 386-in-qemu slow.... the machine is basically thrashing the HD and is unusable if urpmi is running updates. The machine flys running 2010-2. It runs pretty darn good and looks great running cooker as long as I'm not doing anything with RPM. (video slow--seems not to have working xv etc on the nvidia driver,(videos are slideshows) but I haven't investigated that.) Is there a fix in the works for RPM?
  9. RPM/URPMI brings fast machine to its knees

    Currently reinstalling cooker from the Beta2 CD using jfs for / and /usr, running updates now, and the machine is mostly usable while running updates. RPM5 still seems an order of magnitude slower than 2010.2, disc writes are no longer completely blocking, but it still stalls the GUI when doing many small writes, so the fsync issue is NOT just an issue for ext3/4. It is still about 30X faster than when using the default ext4 /, the machine is at least usable when updates are running.
  10. RPM/URPMI brings fast machine to its knees

    The hideously slow disc performance due to RPM5 appears to be a known issue in cooker since January, the box is updated to current. Installing using reiserfs or jfs for / and /usr SHOULD eliminate the issue, assuming that's still possible. Haven't had time to verify as it took 2 days to install updates (with ~3mbps downloads speed) due to the issue. The "Win7 on a 386-running-in-qemu" was a euphemism to describe the machines performance when urpmi is doing updates. I generally don't run Windows at home, but Win7-RC ran great in Virtualbox on this machine. Just putting it on the mandrivausers forums for general info to help others. Thanks for the tip on avoiding running VM images off ext3/4, I use XFS on a raid0 for that, simply as my /video partition has room. I've been running Linux since 1994, and have been running Mandriva ~exclusively since v7-v8. This is not my first time at the rodeo.
  11. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    Sorry, I need to visit more often It's the default mandriva generated xorg.conf file with Option "AGPMode" "1" added in the device section. Under 2010.1 it's no longer needed.
  12. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    Follow up: I later came across the trick--- add Option "AGPMode" "1" to the "device" section of xorg.conf, and turn 3d on by changing the line in "Module" to say Load "dri" The IX260s chipset or graphics board horks on anything but mode 1 AGP. xv works nice, plays DVD or streaming scaled HD in mythtv fine.
  13. 785G 3d+2d success with HD4200

    After fighting with fglrx for a few days (and almost pulling the trigger on a new NVidia board) the radeon driver now rocks. glxgears ~1500 FPs, no artifacts. Hulu works. (hulu==slide show using the fglrx driver) KDE4 effects//compositing not working, but IIRC it may with XAA, not with EXA. Upgraded to cooker in the process, but MAY work on 2010.0 (will try this weekend, now that the issues are nailed down) MythTV, DVD/video playback work flawlessly scaled up to HD res, low CPU useage. (Have not tried HD streams yet) Mplayer (current) has a (known/fixed upstream already) bug in it that causes it to hang unless run by root, current dragon player works very well. fglrx... ATI version won't compile/install, cooker version wouldn't build either. (The build bug is fixed in Debian already, it's a one liner) Changing the res and monitor in drakconf/XFdrake works, but MDV tools will not create totally working 2D/3D config out of the box. Will post up my xorg.conf in the AM, am (at work), used a xorg.conf from an arch linux thread (google HD4200 xv) As promised, the xorg.conf: (I don't think the dri mode section made a difference, the "only works as root" problem is in mplayer) # File generated by XFdrake (rev ) Section "Monitor" Identifier "monitor0" VendorName "Nokia" ModelName "Nokia 445Xi" HorizSync 30.0-102.0 VertRefresh 50.0-120.0 Option "PreferredMode" "1600x1200" # TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output. # 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630 # 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616 EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "screen1" Device "Card0" Monitor "monitor0" DefaultColorDepth 24 Subsection "Display" Depth 8 Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 15 Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 16 Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection EndSection # File generated by XFdrake (rev ) Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "X.org Configured" InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer" InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard" Screen "screen1" EndSection Section "Files" ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/misc" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/TTF" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/Type1" EndSection Section "Module" Load "glx" Load "dri" Load "extmod" Load "dbe" Load "dri2" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Keyboard0" Driver "kbd" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Mouse0" Driver "mouse" Option "Protocol" "auto" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Card0" VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc" BoardName "Mobility Radeon HD 4200" Driver "radeon" Option "AccelMethod" "EXA" Option "VideoOverlay" "on" # Option "DRI" "on" EndSection Section "DRI" Mode 0666 EndSection Currently on Biostar TA785GE 128M board.
  14. 785G 3d+2d success with HD4200

    Note I'm using the xorg radeon driver... NOT fglrx. (That was the entire point of the exersize)
  15. 785G 3d+2d success with HD4200

    OK, the main issue seems to have been with audio, switching to the i810_audio (OSS) driver fixed playback with both mplayer and mythtv. (mplayer worked with -ao oss) Still getting DRI failure msgs as a user. After some updates, now only getting ~300fps in glxgears, but what _I_ use this box for (mythtv etc) works perfect.
  16. 785G 3d+2d success with HD4200

    Ok, there is still some weird intermittent issue with it only working if you startx as root--- It worked fine as a user, was still working fine when I came in, left a video looping etc overnight, no issues... Until I rebooted, then I have to be root again. To fix the [drm:radeon_cp_indirect] *ERROR* sending pending buffer (xx) issue, add Option "EXANoDownloadFromScreen" line in appropraite setion of xorg. (did this AFTER reboot/fail cycle... still works in root owned X11) (Got this info fronm thread here: http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19630 ) That eliminated the readback issue, but did not kelp the (apparently intermittent :-( ) root-only issue.
  17. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    Sorry, just noticed the follow up post. I paid $220 for it from Dealtree, off ebay. Came with a vehicle dock too. Machine is quite solid except for the unfortunate need to turn off 3D. It's almost amusing that 3D is inop on this chipset, as it was one of the first chipsets with 3D support on Linux. Sadly it seems to have been broken since early 2008.
  18. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    Moving over to cooker yesterday resolved the 3D issue, apparently fixed by the new Xorg. There were no notable issues upgrading, surprisingly. (Simply aimed urpmi at the cooker repo using easy urpmi and did "urpmi --auto-update") Compiz/Metisse have issues, but OpenGL games run, and X11 doesn't simply hang when 3D is selected. Kwindodecorator repeatedly crashes under Compiz, selecting Metisse results in X11 failing to start and ending up back at kdm login. One has to turn off 3D support to log back in and turn off Metisse. (I suspect some missing OpenGL call support)
  19. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    OK, not thermal, dug into the xorg logs more closely and it's apparently a incarnation of: https://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=42833 and the other ones with the xserver going into an infinite loop, traced to a bug in the kernel drm module. (One variant is in the 2009.0 errata) The smoking gun is in /var/log/Xorg.log.old (in this case) [mi] EQ overflowing. The server is probably stuck in an infinite loop. [mi] EQ overflowing. The server is probably stuck in an infinite loop. [mi] EQ overflowing. The server is probably stuck in an infinite loop. ... It just only seems to be triggered on this system when dri is loaded, which makes sense. Starting in non-fb mode (Per the errata) does NOT seem to be a work around for me. Will try some earlier/later vanilla kernels, since it's being blamed on the kernel.
  20. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    Truly bizzare-- the issue is back, no explanation. The only things I have done is load the qt3/4 and kernel//misc devel stuff, still running the same kernels. both of which worked. I unplugged a USB hub, then X immediately locked up with a colored snow crash. Rebooted and I'm back to the original issue, even tried booting into XP and then back into Linux to see if it was some register getting reset-- No help. Tried commenting out the above section in xorg.conf to no avail. Only "Disable "dri"" helps. I'm starting to wonder if it's heat related... Will stuff the laptop in the fridge for awhile to test. (It's a Gobook, it will deal with that fine)
  21. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    It really didn't say anything of interest... but after my 4th 2009.0 install+updates this afternoon(using the same disk and technique) dri now works with the ati driver. Did the same a few days ago and last ran updates/tried it before posting a bug report... Oh well. The bug report and workaround still valid for the install. I'm wondering if bits of fglrx were floating around in the previous install(s), there are apparently known conficts between fglrx and ati driver installs and dri. I DID tell it to remove unused drivers this time around, based on that Google provided info... Interesting thing.. The XFdrake generated xorg.conf no longer contains the final stanza it did yesterday: (Today, generated by rev 247269, I sadly nuked the old files from orbit) Section "DRI" Mode 0666 EndSection Section "Extenstions" Option "Composite" "Enable" EndSection Thought I had an "Aha!" moment, but It doesn't seem to matter if it's there or not, I added it in manually, still works. Hmph. Odd... 3d accel for normal users SHOULDN'T work without that "Mode 0666" , but it does, now.
  22. Mandriva 2009 strange USB problem

    I have seen this if using a multi-port card reader, shows as multiple drives attached when none are.
  23. 2009.0 on Itronix IX260+ [solved]

    Bugzilla: https://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=46356 Just out of curiosity, how recent a kernel etc will the legacy ati 8.28 fglrx driver build against? Has anyone done a port for later dists for the legacy cards?
  24. I am afraid to say I am done with Linux...

    OK, once you have upgraded 2008.1 to 2009.0, do NOT install task-kde4. Installing KDE4 borks KDE3s config, media// no longer works, konq no longer works right, Dolphin becomes the file manager, and it's basically junk by that point. Hopefully I don't have to go thorugh the reinstall cycle again. IMHO, Mandriva needs to put out a 2009.0 ONE CD with a functional default KDE3.5 install ASAP, simply for damage control. EDIT: urpme task-kde4 followed by urpme --auto-orphans got a usable KDE3 system back. (first time I have intentionally allowed the --auto-orphan feature to go, it worked in THIS case) It appears konqueror4 was the main issue.
  25. I am afraid to say I am done with Linux...

    I just completed the upgrade of 2008.1>2009.0, using the following commands (was quite straightforward, actually, just had to let urpmi do it's thing fully automatically) easy urpmi helped as always. urpmi.addmedia --distrib --mirrorlist 'http://api.mandriva.com/mirrors/basic.2009.0.i586.list' urpmi.addmedia --distrib --mirrorlist 'http://plf.zarb.org/mirrors/2009.0.i586.list' urpmi --auto-update --auto --auto-select --wget Kde3 works ~PERFECTLY when upgraded (vs installing later, task-KDE3 is apparently missing a few things for the config to work properly). On a clean 2009.0 ONE install+ installing task-kde3, storage media was borked, konqueror was unusable for file management (and couldn't be selected as default) and numerous other small annoyances. The "open with" >other> "remember application association" dialogue works, parses the command properly, but still has minor issues, had to remove kaffiene to get mplayer to be the movie player, but gv selection "stuck" over the default. It even honored my preset setting of disabling pulse audio (enabled was also the default in 2008.1) Konq works perfectly. I'm a happy 2009.0 user now. Still haven't tried Kde4, that's next.