[E3-hacking] Newbie E3 owner

Craig M. Ling craig.ling at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 14:02:35 BST 2007

Hi Guys
I have been following these posts long enough now for me to actually want to
dig out my E3 and begin work.

Is there a place with a definitive guide to do this, including a schematic
for the cable?


On 7/11/07, lists at mice-software.com <lists at mice-software.com> wrote:
> Quoting David Given <dg at cowlark.com>:
> >
> > As far as the kernel goes, pretty much everything works, mostly. There's
> a
> > nice user-friendly OpenEmbedded distro that works if you want to try it
> ---
> > but you'll still need a level converter cable to reflash the thing,
> > of course.
> >
> I had already made a cable before it arrived - a simpler zener diode
> cable. It seems to work fine anyway, as I was able to flash it with
> the "starter" Linux distro you can download. Next step will be to try
> and build something myself ;)
> > I've had Debian running quite successfully on mine, using a USB1 hard
> drive
> > and wireless ethernet. It's slow but not as much so as you might think;
> > recompiling the kernel takes a few hours. The slow hard drive means that
> > anything data-centric is unpleasant, and the low amount of memory means
> that
> > anything memory-centric is even more unpleasant because it involves
> swapping,
> > which involves that USB1 bus... but it's perfectly usable as a
> > testbed system.
> >
> > If you want to do anything involving audio encoding/decoding or video
> > encoding/decoding you'll probably need to work the DSP; the ARM is
> > low-powered
> > to begin with, and has no FPU. There are some open-source DSP tools,
> >  but there
> > may not be an open source OMAP compiler (I haven't found one).
> >
> I had a quick Google around, the only thing I found is
> https://www-a.ti.com/downloads/sds_support/LinuxDspTools/index.html,
> which is supposedly some sort of Linux-based (but I don't think Open
> Source) tools for OMAP5912 development (ours is a OMAP5910?). I can't
> install it presently anyway as I have no X-enabled Linux machines, and
> it has some bizarre InstallShield installer.
> Anyway, it's good to see a community still exists. I thought the
> mailing list looked a bit quiet before I posted, but there seems to be
> plenty of people still :)
> Colin
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