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Messages - Ben Hjelt

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Hardware / Re: Affordable Mini PCs
« on: September 20, 2022, 11:30:02 am »
Since you tell me this machine has UEFI, it might be interesting to test this out once ArcaOS 5.1 comes out.
The default UEFI mode on it is much more stable than the BIOS emulation that may give you a black screen. It reminds me of Apple's Boot Camp that enabled a mediocre dual boot, limiting you to 32bit Windows XP/7 on a 64bit machine :(

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Hardware / Re: Affordable Mini PCs
« on: September 18, 2022, 08:33:21 pm »
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1) If you turn off the ACPI on the ArcaOS pre-boot menu, it allows you to install ArcaOS 5.0.7, Right? Or is it some change on the Z90D7 Bios?
Pre-boot, yes. (There is no such option in the bios) I had to disable ACPI to even install ArcaOS.

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2) The Z90D7 has a UEFI or normal BIOS?
UEFI for sure. (It defaults to it on hybrid linux distros) Has very flaky BIOS/VGA emulation, you get a black screen 50/50 on Air-boot.

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3) Is Audio also working with UniAud?
No, it might with ACPI enabled though.

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4) Does your model came with wifi or not?
No, that's what the empty mPCIe socket is for.

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I checked some similar Wyze machines on YouTube and it seems to have an additional port inside. I'm not sure if that is M.2 or a MiniPCI for wifi? I'm attaching a picture to see if it is the same model.
Not quite. Here's an overview of my model: https://www.parkytowers.me.uk/thin/wyse/z/z90d7/

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General Discussion / Re: ArcaOS 5.0.1
« on: September 18, 2022, 05:36:41 pm »
When you will sell a couple of dozen, a box is a few hundred dollars (each).
Oof.. economy of scale. Cheaper for one person to just get some archival DVD-Rs and a print a custom case.

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General Discussion / Re: ArcaOS 5.0.1
« on: September 18, 2022, 11:58:34 am »
I get it, it's just this Steam-esque method of software delivery that's both a blessing and a curse for those that like to hold stuff in their hands.

EDIT: Asked Arca Noae so will see what they think ;D

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General Discussion / ArcaOS 5.0.1
« on: September 18, 2022, 10:57:43 am »
Started "collecting" my downloads from 5.0.4 but missed out on the start - any one willing to share this particular early iso?
Arca Noae should have made a physical big box release too ::)

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Hardware / Re: Affordable Mini PCs
« on: September 18, 2022, 10:38:27 am »
Martin,
attaching hw info for the Z90D7 and some findings:
  • ACPI is currently unusable - with or without workarounds - as it kills AHCI and corrupts filesystem in IDE mode
  • ACPI turned off makes this machine fly! (AHCI, Ethernet and even USB3 works) but disables 2nd cpu core & power management

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Hardware / Re: Affordable Mini PCs
« on: September 17, 2022, 08:32:55 pm »
OK, after countless reboots, failed re-installs and hair pulling I had a broken desktop and could read some errors from pci.exe before locking up again and trashing the filesystem:

table entries 0 and 2 refer to the same Bus=0/Device=1
connectivity mismatches for link value 04
The ROM PCI IRQ routing table appears to be faulty

This is on the Z90 ???

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Hardware / Re: Affordable Mini PCs
« on: September 17, 2022, 03:50:43 pm »
Would more than likely need AOS 5.1 foe UEFI support....
That's Intel Gen11 from last year so most likely? Industrial and business machines tend to stick with regular BIOS, just look at Blonde Guy's example.

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Hardware / Re: Affordable Mini PCs
« on: September 17, 2022, 09:09:48 am »
Do you think it can be related to the storage? Do you get to the installaton part where you select the HDD? Do you see the 16GB storage disk?
My Z90 unit came without any storage but there are two SATA slots within, unfortunately nothing shows up in AHCI mode but I'm able to start the installation in regular IDE mode.
I'll do more testing to finish Phase 2 of the install, dump the logs as the problems seem to be connected to ACPI / number of cores enabled / aggressive power management...

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Hardware / Affordable Mini PCs
« on: September 16, 2022, 04:24:03 pm »
Got myself two more thin clients ;D

The first is the HP T5740, an Atom N280 based machine which was very easy to get running 100% with ACPI too. The only pitfall was choosing the right USB port (one on the back) for the ArcaOS installer drive unless you wanted the 'can't find ARCAINST.ISO' error message. A nice feature is the rather loud internal speaker for system sounds.

The second is the Dell/Wyse Z90D7 sporting an AMD G-T56N processor (not hyperthreaded?). Haven't had much luck with this one as it seems to be a UEFI machine (with CSM though), very limited BIOS options and buggy ACPI - even in linux as it won't soft power off! After disabling AHCI and P-states I start the ArcaOS install but the filesystem gets corrupted in phase 2...

Attached hw info from the HP.

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Applications / Re: Boot Logos !!
« on: July 18, 2022, 09:01:43 am »
I think they are disputable because they are sexist.
Sexy, maybe ::) in that 90s way.

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Storage / Re: Sharing drive between OS/2 and linux
« on: December 15, 2021, 12:00:35 pm »
 :-[ Seems to be a bug in the latest Devuan 4/Debian 11!
The ArcaOS formatted disk can be mounted in Devuan 3/Debian 10:




The partition name encoding seems to be unknown though.
EDIT: fixed by renaming it to all lowercase in linux, displays as uppercase in OS/2

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Storage / Re: Sharing drive between OS/2 and linux
« on: December 15, 2021, 09:32:33 am »
Give us details of your setup and we should be able to give you advice.
A couple of linux machines and one ArcaOS 5.0.7 + Windows XP ;D dual boot desktop. The external drive would be a clone of my old thumbdrive that is filled with tools and drivers for many systems. I do have a OpenBSD NAS in use already, maybe carrying a hard drive around is passé.

Mint also correctly mounts OS/2 JFS with the case insensitive flag.
That's why i also use JFS on my Devuan machines (root, home and a case insensitive wine partition).

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Storage / Re: Sharing drive between OS/2 and linux
« on: December 14, 2021, 09:53:27 pm »
HPFS has that 2GB file size limit, no?

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Storage / Sharing drive between OS/2 and linux
« on: December 14, 2021, 08:39:16 pm »
Small external drive formatted as JFS on ArcaOS (not with mkfs.jfs -O on linux, did not work) ends up no named in linux and cannot even be mounted manually:
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wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1, missing codepage or helper program, or other error.
A filesystem check shows no errors:
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fsck.jfs version 1.1.15, 04-Mar-2011
processing started: 12/14/2021 21:25:25
The current device is:  /dev/sdb1
Block size in bytes:  4096
Filesystem size in blocks:  7679996
**Phase 1 - Check Blocks, Files/Directories, and  Directory Entries
**Phase 2 - Count links
**Phase 3 - Duplicate Block Rescan and Directory Connectedness
**Phase 4 - Report Problems
**Phase 5 - Check Connectivity
**Phase 6 - Perform Approved Corrections
**Phase 7 - Verify File/Directory Allocation Maps
**Phase 8 - Verify Disk Allocation Maps
 30719984 kilobytes total disk space.
        0 kilobytes in 1 directories.
        0 kilobytes in 0 user files.
        0 kilobytes in extended attributes
    37792 kilobytes reserved for system use.
 30682192 kilobytes are available for use.
File system checked READ ONLY.
Filesystem is clean.

 ??? I would rather not format the drive as FAT32, is network sharing my only real option then?

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