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How to reset the BIOS on a Vortex86-6071LV

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The embedded Linux project came back to life this week when the manufacturer sent us some new video driver source for the SiS 550 on the Vortex86-6071LV. At present the new driver seems to work as well as the old one; i.e. not very well at all... Anyway, whilst adjusting the BIOS settings for the LCD panel I managed to set them to something which meant that neither the LCD panel nor the external VGA would display anything. Since both displays were dead during boot up and since I hadn't made a note of the key presses required to navigate…

Another day learning the Linux way...

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My client has decided that we should ignore the video driver problem and press on with the proof of concept using the external VGA screen as a display. So this week was spent learning about building software for a machine running a minimal Linux installation using libc 2.3.2 on a machine running a proper distro using libc something else...…

So, where's the Unix version of CodeProject?

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Software development is hard. Lots of details that are hard to get your head around and harder to simplify. CodeProject is a wonderful resource for Windows programmers where programmers try and make the complicated more simple for others; I view it as giving something back. If I've spent several weeks fighting to understand a problem and now I do it's nice to write up and article and post it, either here, or on CodeProject, so that others don't have to fight so hard. Where's the similar resource for Unix?…

Showstopper?

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Today was "get the Vortex86's SiS 550 graphics card working in graphics mode" day. In summary, I didn't and it's because the LCD is a DSTN one and the current Linux SiS drivers don't support it yet...…

Travelling at the speed of a floppy drive

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This afternoon has been "one of those" afternoons. It started innocently enough when I checked my mail and my cables had arrived. I plugged a floppy drive into the Vortex86 and checked that I could boot off of it into DOS. All was well, if you ignore the fact that the only way I could get a) a floppy drive and b) a power supply to power it was to take the cover off of a 1U server box that I had laying around and use the PSU and floppy drive from that. What makes that even worse is the…

2.4.31 Kernel build is go...

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As I mentioned yesterday I'm currently playing around with Linux on an embedded PC. Stage 0: was to get a build environmet set up. That's complete now and I have a build of the 2.4.31 kernel running whilst I type this.…

And now for something completely different

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One of my clients has asked me to do some investigative work for them in relation to Linux running on a Vortex86-6071LV (a PC/104 format PC which is 386 PC on a board that's around 6" x 4" x 1/2"). Should be fun.…
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