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[Pan-users] Re: Advice on other lists
[Pan-users] Re: Advice on other lists
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 06:15:31 +0000 (UTC)
Pan/0.133 (House of Butterflies)
Doug Saylor posted on Sun, 23 Aug 2009 22:43:35 -0500 as excerpted:
> A few of you guys were SOOOO helpful... I'm hoping you can help me find
> a list that can help me with my current problem. I'm using a Netbook,
> Acer Aspire One, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 & I have AT&T 3G Broadband.
> It's working in XP. Can't get it working in Linux. I'm looking for
> mailing lists that could be helpfull. Thanks ahead of time. My Pan is
> working G-R-E-A-T!
FWIW, I have an AA1, one of the original AOA150L models, came with some
Linux distribution (thus the "L" suffix, "X" was eXPrivacy) from Taiwan
that I don't remember the name of. I've intended to stick Gentoo on it,
but I haven't gotten the properly rounded "tuit" yet. =:^(
(Actually, I've had a rather long-term project going sorting out a big 17
gig archive of Myspace images that I torrented, ~ half a million
images... I didn't have room to put the Gentoo build-space for the AA1
on my main computer until I got some of that done. I have enough room
now I think, but I've been busy upgrading to KDE-4 lately -- what an
upgrade! -- thus making /more/ room as I don't have both kde3 and kde4 on
the machine together, but I /still/ haven't gotten back to the AA1.)
Here, I got it mainly as an MP3 and video player, with the bonus that it
was a small computer as well. It'll be great -- once-I/if-I-ever get it
all set up! But I've not really done anything with it yet. But for that
reason I wasn't particularly interested in the way-too-expensive-anyway
broadband plans for it. I wouldn't have even cared if it had wifi, tho
that's a nice bonus, as long as it had either Ethernet or a USB slot to
plug in a thumb drive to transfer stuff to it, and it has both. But
anyway, that's why I don't know much about the Internet capacities on it.
FWIW, I had a /terrible/ time getting the thing.
First of all, I had to wait until one shipped with something other than
the tiny SSDs they put in the Asus EEEs and as, it seems, the primary
option on the initial AA1s. I'd been waiting /years/ for a proper MP3
player with > 100 gigs of space, that ran a user replaceable firmware,
either Rockbox or Linux. When Apple /finally/ shipped the 160 gig iPod
Classic, Rockbox wasn't available for it, so I waited some more... Then
the Asus EEEs came out, and I thought /perfect/... EXCEPT they initially
shipped with those tiny SSDs. So I waited some MORE... Then **FINALLY**
I read about the second round of netbooks, including the AA1, and that
FINALLY, the AA1 was going to be available with a 120 gig hard drive, AND
since it ran Linux, it had that angle of it covered as well, plus I
wouldn't have to worry too much about drivers, etc.
But, most of the 120 gig equipped ones (the AOA150 models) were setup for
XP (AOA150X), not Linux (AOA150L). There was no way I was even going to
/think/ about getting MS on the thing -- I'd have rather done without.
But here in the US, it seems that's all that Acer was selling the
retailers. So I was even starting to consider having it shipped in from
Europe! But I found a couple Canadian retailers that sold it over the
web, one of which, NCIX, had a US branch, NCIXUS. So I ordered from them.
Then, even tho NIXUS said they charged in USD, the bank charged me an
additional currency conversion fee (which I never did contest). Then it
shipped from a Canadian warehouse, FedEx International. I was tracking
it, watching it hit the international side of the FedEx-Oakland (CA,US)
International shipping and customs clearance warehouse. It cleared
customs... and was never checked in on the US side!
So it disappeared at the FedEx-Oakland customs warehouse, somewhere
between clearing customs and checkin on the US side!
Fortunately, I had insured it (something told me I should, even tho I
expected it to ship from a a NCIXUS US warehouse), and after about six
weeks calling NCIX, FedEx, NCIX again, FedEx again, a different FedEx
department, yet another one, NCIX again, FedEx again... you get the
idea... they shipped another one! This one *FINALLY* got thru, but you
can bet I was checking the tracking multiple times a day, watching every
stop, breathing a sigh of relief after it cleared customs AND got checked
in on the US side, etc. Still, I didn't quite believe it until I
actually had the box in my hand, actually opened the box and ensured it
wasn't a brick or something, signed the FedEx driver's shipping release,
plugged it in for that first charge, and settled in to read the info that
shipped with it, etc.
You can bet I rather appreciate it too, even if I /haven't/ really done
anything with it yet.
But anyway... back to /your/ AA1.
If it's one of the first AA1s such as mine, the broadband was an optional
expansion card not shipped by default. I /believe/ the kernel has
drivers for it, but I'm not positive. If it's a newer model, I wouldn't
know. And of course while I've read about Ubuntu Remix, it really hasn't
Meanwhile, there ARE a couple AA1 specific web sites that you should know
about, if you don't already. They have hardware and drivers info for
both Linux and XP, hardware and software tweaks, all sorts of hints and
other info about them, etc. All the sort of stuff that first appeared
about the Asus EEE on /its/ fan sites. They should have your driver
info, and WAAAYYY more.
<rummaging thru my bookmarks>
I have the rss-feed from this one subscribed. The guy that runs the site
goes by King. The site has been up since shortly after the first
announcements, before the AA1 was ever released, initially tracking the
PR on it, various reviews, then where people could pre-order it, etc.
IIRC I found this when I was googling for info, pre-release.
This one is another fan-site/blog. "Macles" is the name of a mineral,
and was the Acer development code name for the AA1. It apparently came a
bit later, or at least I found it a bit later, when it was linked from
aspireoneuser. He has had some of the more technical coverage.
I've also bookmarked a couple other pages, including an Arch-Linux forum
thread on the AA1, and a Google search I did, searching for the
appropriate CFLAGS and etc, since I'm going to be putting Gentoo on it.
(Apparently gentoo-wiki.com, not an official Gentoo site, had some of the
first info on that sort of thing, but it went offline for awhile, tho
it's back now. I originally did the googling when it was offline, and
the Arch-Linux thread was the next most relevant to what I was looking
for, so that's what I bookmarked. gentoo-wiki is supposed to be back
online now, but they've had to start from scratch as they apparently
didn't have a backup when they went down, and I've not been back thru to
check and see if they've gotten their AA1 info back up or not.)
So while I don't have much direct help for you, those links should get
you well on your way, not only to the info you asked for, but MUCH MUCH
more on the AA1s. Plus, you got to see my story of all the trouble I went
thru to get my AA1, and be glad you (hopefully) didn't have the same sort
of problems! =:^)
Duncan - List replies preferred. No HTML msgs.
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