lastest OpenSolaris snv98 Installation Report on EeePC 701.
Page 1: Report:OpenSolaris installation on ASUS Eee PC (*updated for OpenSolaris 2008.11 Preview)
Masafumi Ohta OpenNSUG / OpenSolaris Users Group 10/04/2008
Page 2: Agenda
Introduction ASUS Eee PC specifications Preparing for installation Solaris Installation Installing additional Driver Problems(doesn't work yet..) Demo Conclusion
Page 3: Introduction
I had a speech at OpenSolaris launch event in Tokyo. Now you know OpenSolaris is in progress for new version -2008.11 So I tried to install new version preview on my Eee 701. It works well on my Eee 701, but still has a bit problem about the installation. Let me show about the lately OpenSolaris Installation on my Eee 701.
Eee 900 works well (ASUS is going to launch on 20th of Oct. in Japan) Eee 901 doesn't work yet...many many problem using OpenSolaris:-((
Page 4: ASUS Eee 701 Specification
Intel mobile Celeron ULV 353 900MHz (but it work 630MHz actually) DDR2-667MHz Memory (up to 2GB) Intel UMA G910ML Graphics Atheros 5007EG WiFi Realtek ALC6626 HD Audio Attansic L2 Wired Ethernet
Page 5: Preparing for installation
Prepare those items for the installation.
External USB CD-ROM It's easy to choose,because almost CD-ROM unit work well on Eee PC. SDHC Card You can use SSD,If you don't use XP or Linux which originally use it.
Choose high-quality and high-speeded SDHC like TOSHIBA and Panasonic for good to install OpenSolaris. Format SDHC as FAT32 using format tool on the Windows OS before the installation
Page 6: Preparing for installation (*cont'd)
Update the latest BIOS.
The latest BIOS rev. is 910 Check the installation mode as 'Finished' in BIOS menu.
Page 7: Solaris Installation
In the grub menu, you have to add "-v" option following "kernel" line to use internal keyboard.
After the installation,you should edit the file “/rpool/boot/grub/menu.lst” to add "-v" option to grub menu so that keyboard would work.
You know OpenSolaris Installation is look like "Ubuntu" so You can install from Live CD and click the “Install OpenSolaris” for the installation. Because of SDHC problem, the installation is sometimes failed on the way of the process.
In this case, you should format again using Windows :-) Some SDHC cant install OpenSolaris, you might better install to SSD
Page 8: Solaris Installation (*cont'd)
Network and audio don't work basic installation, so you have to add and edit the driver so that it works well.
Page 9: Solaris Installation
(*Add "-v" option for Eee keyboard)
Page 10: Solaris Installation
(*Installer is similar to "Ubuntu")
Page 11: Solaris Installation (*installation time)
It took about 1 hours to install OpenSolaris 2008.11 using SDHC
A bit a longer time to install.....than ubuntu.....
Page 12: Installing additional driver (*network)
WiFi works well, but Wired doesn't work well. It is in progress. You can download atheros wifi network driver for Eee 701 from OpenSolaris.org website.
Before the installation, you must remove the former atheros driver package named “SUNWatheros” by pkg uninstall and then reboot the system. After reboot, you can install new “SUNWatheros” by pkgadd. If the driver doesn't work after the installation, you should reboot the system so that the driver would work well.
Page 13: Installing additional driver (*audio)
You can download latest audio HD driver for Eee from OpenSolaris.org website.
You should replace former audiohd driver.
Page 14: Installing additional driver (*modem)
Use update_drv for the modem installation
update_drv -a -i usb12d1,1003 usbsacm
umplumb wifi-driver so that modem would work. Taki-san*1 wrote about emobile setting on his blog
You can check out the file;/etc/ppp/peers/emobile,/etc/ppp/emobilechat,/etc/ppp/pap-secrets on his website;http://kohju.justplayer.com/Tips_Solaris_ emobile.html
*1 Taki-san's Blog : http://kohju.justplayer.com/
Page 15: Installing additional driver
usbsacm has some problem using D02HW on OpenSolaris – it is not only modem but also USB memory, so OpenSolaris sometimes doesn't recognize as "modem".
Taki-san says you should connect the modem before your Eee is on so that the modem would work well (or It doesn't work). Check “/dev/cua/” if the modem wouldn't work.
Page 16: Installing additional driver
(*modem (*edit /etc/ppp/peers/emobile))
/dev/cua/? ‘?’ is a first number of the result of ‘ls /dev/cua/’ you should use. You don't need to edit the other lines
root# ls /dev/cua 012 root# root#cat /etc/ppp/peers/emobile ..... updetach /dev/cua/0 230400
Page 17: Installing additional driver
Page 18: Problems (*doesn't work yet..)
Wired doesn't work yet.
See the bugs report; RFE for NIC support (6677682)
Webcam doesn't work yet
It works well on Eee 900 :-(
Internal keyboard doesn't work yet without adding "v" option to grub menu.
See the bug report;kb8042 driver does not support built in keyboard for Asus EEE PC(CR 6695011)
Page 19: OpenSolaris DEMO'S on ASUS Eee PC
Page 20: Conclusion
You have to prepare many things to do before installation on your Eee. After removing the former driver, you must 'reboot' your system to complete removing the driver,or I can't install 'new' network and audiohd drivers. It is not stable to use D02HW on OpenSolaris, so you should check under '/dev/cua' directory if the modem doesn't work. Enjoy!
Page 21: Thank you!
OpenNSUG / OpenSolaris User Group firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.masafumi-ohta.blogspot.com
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