Hardware – UEFI Bios for Linux ‘Chromebook’

The original ‘SeaBios’ BIOS on my Acer c720p was a little clunky, so I decided to make the plunge and update it to a ‘proper’ Linux-friendly BIOS..    There is a known/good one available, but it is UEFI-only, so will … Continue reading

X86_64 – ‘Apollo Lake’ SOC System, with a Gotcha..

After more research, I decided to get one of the Intel ‘Apollo Lake’-based SOC systems, and the one I chose was from Kodlix..     It is functionally identical with another from Beelink, and in fact the Kodlix website shows images of … Continue reading

Hardware – Inexpensive Small Linux Laptop..

After some research, I decided to use an Intel-powered ex-Chromebook for my portable Linux project..    I settled on an Acer Chromebook c720p, as this could be ‘converted’ to run Linux natively, rather than in emulation via Crouton..    There are several … Continue reading

X86_64 – UP Board – Updated to 4.11-rc8 – Sound Supported..

After a bit of a hiatus, I updated the UP Board to Kernel 4.11-rc8, and HDMI sound is now supported.. In the kernel config, under ‘ALSA for SoC audio support‘, select ‘X86 sound devices‘, and ‘HDMI audio without HDaudio on … Continue reading

NVIDIA – Still no 4.11 Solution, but a ‘Good’ Patch for Old Version..

Kernel 4.11 ‘final’ has been delayed for a week, and -rc8 has been released..     4.11-patched VMware 12.5.5 is OK, but there is still only a ‘Bad’ (illegal licence modification) patch for the latest NVIDIA driver..   (see https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1002820/linux/-patch-381-09-kernel-4-11-rc5/ ) But, if … Continue reading

ARM64 – Pine64 – Not Exactly ‘Compact’..

I recently obtained one of the newly-released (- to the ‘public’..) Pine64 ARM64 systems…    My first reaction, was that it is a bit on the large side..  The board is over twice the size of the Odroid C2.. As usual, … Continue reading

Hardware – Replacing the System Disk..

My ‘system disk’ (/dev/sda) started to show bad sectors, recently, and so I decided to replace it.    The disk was around 8 years old, and had been in almost-continuous use.. I have not had to do this for some considerable … Continue reading

ARM64 – Odroid C2 – U-Boot MMC Support..

After the initial patches to provide basic U-Boot support for the C2, as mentioned in a previous article – there is now a further patch, to enable MMC support.    Details at https://www.mail-archive.com/u-boot@lists.denx.de/msg212503.html I have applied this additional patch, and for … Continue reading

x86_64 – UP Board – Intel 64-bit, Size of a Pi..

Being the pioneer/masochist type (aka ‘early-adopter’..), I was intrigued by the new Intel Atom x5-Z8350-powered UP Board, and now have one on (pre)order.. Basic info, with too much graphics..  http://www.up-board.org/specifications/ Not much info on their forum, yet, but it does … Continue reading

ARM64 – Pi3 64-Bit Tribulations.. Too Soon for Stability..

I had ordered a Raspberry Pi 3 back in March in the hope that it would be a useful exercise in 64-bit on a different chipset..    I was (somewhat) disappointed to find that there was no initial 64-bit support, and … Continue reading