Beagleboard Debian

Hello everyone

I'm trying to install Debian on my Beagleboard.
I followed the howto on http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardDebian but I stay stuck in the "Download Release file" phase (under qemu).
After a few minutes, I have the message "Mirror unavailable or file Release missing".

It seems like the Internet access is not working. The DHCP client under qemu is answering (ip : 10.0.2.15).

I'm running Ubuntu 7.10, I tryed to uninstall qemu package and compile the latest version, same problem.

Am I forgetting something ?

Thank you in advance

Guillaume Duteil

Hello,

Nope, while writing this guide i had the exact same issues.. But to
date it's turned out more random then anything. A week ago i couldn't
get qemu on ubuntu 8.04 64bit to connect, so threw debian lenny on one
of my spare drives and used that to finish the guide, love these cold
swap hard drive trays, and had no problems.

But, i just checked a couple minutes ago, and qemu thru ubuntu 8.04
64bit is loading ftp.us.debian.org..

What mirror are you using? not everyone has armel. (for reference i'm
using ftp.us.debian.org) Are you using any proxy setup's
(apt-cacher-ng, apt-proxy, etc)?

From ubuntu can you ping your qemu machine?

Hello

I tryed , and a couple of other mirrors. I don’t use any proxy. I can’t ping the qemu machine from ubuntu, I don’t have any interface on the same IP address range… (10.0.2.15) Is qemu supposed to create a virtual interface under Ubuntu ? I will try today with an 8.04… Thanks Robert Nelson a écrit :

Hello

I tryed ftp.fr.debian.org, ftp.us.debian.org and a couple of other mirrors.
I don't use any proxy.
I can't ping the qemu machine from ubuntu, I don't have any interface on the
same IP address range... (10.0.2.15)
Is qemu supposed to create a virtual interface under Ubuntu ?

By default it'll create a virtual user mode network stack. (
http://bellard.org/qemu/qemu-doc.html#SEC30 )

From ubuntu try pinging 10.0.2.2, to see if the qemu virtual network
server is up.

I tryed today on another computer (running Ubuntu 7.10 too), the installation seems to work.
As the installation process takes a long time, I will need to wait tomorrow morning to see the result.

Robert Nelson a écrit :

I finished the installation and it begin to work.

The main problem I have (as it is said in the documentation), is that it is VERY slow.
The GPU is not used. Is the driver still unavaillable ? even with OMAP35x_SDK_1.0.0 released last month ?

Guillaume Duteil a écrit :

Great to hear that the procedure worked for you!

Yeah, with no video driver it will be a slightly slow as the arm
cortex-a8 will spend most of it's time redrawing the screen
(1280x720x32bit isn't easy).. According to this, we should see drivers
in the coming months:
http://elinux.org/BeagleBoard#Graphics_accelerator Once they are
released i'm hoping to integrate them into the readme guide..

I'm currently playing with another distribution (based off ubuntu and
compiled with armv5el and armv6el-vfp)
http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardUbuntu

The procedure worked, I only had problems to get auxiliary power and USB host to work.
After several tests with different power supply, serial configuration, it didn’t work, I reset the original settings (115200 8N1) and it worked…
For the USB host, we had to solder pin 4 and 5 on the USB OTG connector to make it work (we didn’t have USB mini B type connector).

I know that the 3D drivers are planned to be officialy released in october and are available only for early developpers. I didn’t see anything concerning the 2D GPU. (it’s late here, I’m maybe too tired to see it…).

The kernel omapfb driver is not supposed to use the optimisation of the 2D GPU ?

I’m happy to see that you write another procedure for Ubuntu !

Thank you for all

Robert Nelson a écrit :

The procedure worked, I only had problems to get auxiliary power and USB
host to work.
After several tests with different power supply, serial configuration, it
didn't work, I reset the original settings (115200 8N1) and it worked...
For the USB host, we had to solder pin 4 and 5 on the USB OTG connector to
make it work (we didn't have USB mini B type connector).

These are really hard to find, i borrowed one from a avr usbkey
development kit i had laying around.

I know that the 3D drivers are planned to be officialy released in october
and are available only for early developpers. I didn't see anything
concerning the 2D GPU. (it's late here, I'm maybe too tired to see it...).

i haven't seen it either, i wonder if it's Angstrom?

From my understanding, the 3D drivers are not needed to make Gnome working
correctly...
The kernel omapfb driver is not supposed to use the optimisation of the 2D
GPU ?

I was kinda hoping it would, unless fbdev in debian just doesn't use
it correct? i need to dig some more too..

"Robert Nelson" <robertcnelson@gmail.com> writes:

There are some possibilities for 2D acceleration without the
proprietary drivers. There is however no driver support for this yet.

Thanks for the update Mån! Instead of digging, I'll go back to
figuring out why mojo's root file system for armv6el-vpf isn't
working. :wink: