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|Posted: Mon 02 Apr 2018, 01:17 Post subject: Puppy on a Rocky II RT686 military grade laptop|
Subject description: Pentium III coppermine, 512 MB RAM, base for music server etc
|“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, |
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
― Omar Khayyám
So enough with the waffle. I've reported on the forum ages ago about this particular machine, and felt it worthwhile to post an update on its use and the issues addressed in keeping it relevant for everyday functions.
rokytnji has been a real inspiration in tracking down issues on several online forums for this family of mil-spec laptops (his American Amrel version - there are others such as the Roda from Germany and mine is an Australian Opentec OpenFire Series II 461D. All use the RT686 base configuration).
Intel i430BX motherboard - 512 MB SDRAM limit (present), P III cpu (mine a 500mHz).
Onboard Opl3sa2/Yamaha - NeoMagic nm256 soundcard support dropped from the official Linux kernel around v2.1.6. [EDIT 12/04: I dunno what hat I pulled this detail from - early in my research, prolly confused 'deprecated interface' or some such in my failures to get some Puppy2 and Puppy3-era kernels failing to register the soundcard properly. Works fine in most Puppy5 puplets. More to follow in later post in this thread]
Pentium 3 - 32-bit distros possible only.
SSE2 not supported, so Palemoon browser etc won't install.
On the plus side, I have the last-issue BIOS for this config (thanks rokytnji) so despite the USB 1.1, can boot from USB fdd/cdrom/zip/hdd *however* it skips my Yumi multiboot sticks. Haven't got it working yet. Looks like a job for PLOP on the CD.
Another plus is that while the original piddly 1.2G ATA hdd is on board, replacements such as CF cards, SD cards, a spare 128 gb ssd I have hanging around - are all available for upcycling.
Dpup Stretch 7.5 CE (RC-2, retro kernel 4.1.48-i686-pae currently testing). Needs to have the op3sa2/nm256 modules re-included into the kernel, no soundcards currently detected.
Quirky6.1.2 or April 7.2.1 from BK... [UPDATE 05-Apr; Live boot dropped out before Xwin started: booting from YUMI multiboot USB with PLOP loaded first from CD]
Racy5.5 - Ninotix's last PRER 5.5 seems promising [UPDATE 05-Apr; live booted from yumi multiboot fine, looks great, responsive - but fails to recognise opl3sa2/nm256 soundcard]
Wary?? Have never actually used it...[UPDATE 05-Apr; live booted from yumi multiboot fine, looks great but fails to recognise opl3sa2/nm256 soundcard]
Precise 5.2.8.x... rewins' family of updates have always been a strong candidate for this - I'm hedging for Lupusuper4 at present. [UPDATE 05-Apr; Live boot of latest Lupusuper4 dropped out before Xwin started]
Precise 5.1.7retro minimal from csipesz in Hungarian Puppy team looks like it might perform well in this configuration. [UPDATE 05-Apr; WE HAVE A WINNER!! Kernel 3.2.48 (But I thought opl3sa2 support dropped before this one??). Doesn't have audio OOTB but skipping the nm256 module for either of the opl3sa2 modules listed GIVES AUDIO (listed twice for some reason - a common trait in all puppy/alsa wizard combinations I've tried). Csipesz' presets in PuppyRadio work and it's funky time, at long last]
214X - ttuuxx's top v.11 updated last in 2016 has most of the (then) mod-cons for productive networking. [UPDATE 05-Apr; Live boot dropped out before Xwin started]
If anyone has found a decent working/functional environment on similarly-restricted hardware, I would love to hear it,
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