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OPENSTEP 4.2 on the tiny eBox slab

 
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pitz



Joined: 14 Aug 2006
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Location: Oregon, USA

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:12 am    Post subject: OPENSTEP 4.2 on the tiny eBox slab Reply with quote

I recently obtained a tiny eBox 3350MX (specs at http://www.compactpc.com.tw/product.aspx?act=detail&id=12). I was planning to use it for something else, but thought I'd try to copy over a virtual disk image from VirtualBox and see if I can make some tweaks to get OPENSTEP running. This is a very portable unit and powered through a regular USB 5V 2A cable.

https://goo.gl/photos/Q6aiD3kwTVNa9X1XA

This has got to be the tiniest i386 to run OPENSTEP! The only change needed in the default BIOS settings is to enable Legacy IDE mode, probably to have the SD card controller behave like a true IDE controller.

https://goo.gl/photos/syWzvn4FGfFbVkWq5

The unit is capable of displaying 8-bit 1280x1024 using the OPENSTEP VESA VBE 2.0 display driver, as long as your VGA monitor supports that resolution. My own monitor doesn't, and I had to settle for the 8-bit 1024x768 setting. Also, the OPENSTEP IDE/EIDE driver need to be the latest (v4.03), available from the Beta drivers disk. Older versions of the driver were exhibiting errors similar to the errors I see when using the same older versions on VirtualBox installations.

https://goo.gl/photos/nEMAASykcgcUxjHR9
https://goo.gl/photos/LpXYkjf3aWk8dJbw6

The USB-attached keyboard works, even though there are no PS/2 ports. There is probably no hardware probing in the keyboard driver. The mouse cannot be found and we surely don't yet have drivers for the Realtek-based audio and Ethernet hardware.

Here's a video of the boot up process. Quite okay on a 933MHz Intel SoC platform:

https://youtu.be/SXxJ-JQYS0s

Now, all we need to write are drivers for USB EHCI, USB mouse, Ethernet, and audio. Confused
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jminiko



Joined: 23 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there,
I bought the same pc on which you installed OS4.2,
from what I understood , I guess you run it in a VM instead directly onto the pc.
My 2 cents: can OpenStep be directly installed on this PC without needing a VM?
Cause I tried and the process get into a panic mode after selecting dual IDE/EIDE (v4.03)
with the sdcard (8gb) attached to it,
would it be feasible?
Regards,
Jim
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mikeboss



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Location: berne, switzerland

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a few years back, I also ran OS 4.2 on a super cheap and small embedded PC -> http://www.nextcomputers.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2995

this has a PS/2 port and the mouse worked.

regards,
michael
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