[E3-hacking] Hello! (and cheap E3s)
chris at etingley.com
Tue Jan 24 00:23:58 GMT 2006
Managed to pick up the last E3 from Argos this morning for £30 - all
seems in order, it even came with a free game pad!!
Had a chat with a couple of knowledgeable guys from the department to
strengthen my understanding of embedded linux etc. They had a little
read up on some of the components used in the E3 and seem to believe
that it is definitely possible to get a kernel and file system on the
Now starts the learning curve. I presume that the general aim is to
overwrite the linux kernel and then mount a file system (perhaps
through a usb memory device rather than using the onboard flash?)
which will then allow software to be run on the system. I also
assume that if the kernel is compiled with the correct libraries for
the processor being used, then stuff like lcd and camera support (and
ethernet - see below?) will work pretty easily. Please correct me if
I am wrong.
Also, does anyone know if the mainboard has ethernet capacity - i
know there is no ethernet port - but does the board support this? If
it does, i imagine it to be a trivial task to solder a RJ45 socket
on. I presume that this would also allow booting over a network??
As I mentioned before, my linux knowledge is pretty poor, but I feel
sure that I can get to grips with it pretty quick, so I ask again if
anyone has any good material to start reading from?
PS. Didn't see Kev today, but I'll be sure to pass the message on!! :)
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