Michel Belleau michel.belleau at malaiwah.com
Tue Aug 12 09:13:00 CEST 2003

Selon Niki Waibel <niki.waibel at newlogic.com>:

> > Where could I find a DIP2PLCC adapter ?
> http://www.epboard.com/

That's what I did yesterday ;-)

> i also ordered a MD-2802-D08-V3 and a MD-2202-D128-V3.
> both come originally from www.m-sys.com (m-systems).
> on their website you can find a local reseller:
> http://www.m-sys.com/Content/Contact/MsysWorldwide.asp
> i am waiting for that as well.

I ordered the 5V versions because my EPIA 800mhz board uses the "SST 39SF020A" 
flash chip which is rated at 4.5/5V. What board do you have?

> currently (afaik) noone has tried to get linuxbios
> working like this. (if i am wrong then pls tell me!)
> the plan is to have linuxbios, the kernel and a small
> rootfs in this m-systems chip (MD-2802-D08-V3 = 8MByte -- can boot
> linuxbios on DIP motherboards, MD-2202-D128-V3 = 128MB --
> but i've heard on this list that it is not possible to
> boot linuxbios with this chip... we'll see ;-) ).
> the chip will sit on the DIP2PLCC converter.

I ordered the 8Mbyte chip from tri-m and the DIP2PLCC adapter from epboard. I'm 
looking to integrate everything to the 8mb chip. I think it's really possible 
because I already made a linux boot disk (uclibc+busybox+mpg321) which 
connected itself to my home server and played mp3's as soon as it could.

> what type of chassis do you use?

I made a custom chassis for prototyping use only ;-) The final stage of 
developpement will be to make something nice for the casing.

> and a bios savior to make programming easy.
> and a flash chip (there is one integrated in
> the bios savior, but that chip is only 256kbyte).

I'm very curious and I want to learn everything ;-) My current project consists 

VIA EPIA 800mhz all-on-board fanless mb
DC-to-DC power supply (input: car voltage.. 14.4v)
VWCDPIC adapter (to connect to the cd-changer input of my car (VW))
DIP2PLCC adapter (for the millenium chip)
DoC Millenium (8mb, all right for the linuxbios + kernel + small fs)

My first goal is to make it boot in 3 seconds (i think linuxbios can help me 
achieve it) and start to play mp3's from whatever will be connected to it (for 
instance, an old hard drive and/or a dvd-rom drive). The mb will feed the audio 
to the VWCDPIC and the VWCDPIC will feed the commands from my oem head-unit to 
the computer (rs-232).

Right now, it's kinda slow to boot and only starts playing several seconds 
after i power-up the board.

I know there's already products that have the same functionnality on the 
market, but I want to learn for fun how everything is made and create my own 

My next goal will be to make it play DVDs (once I get a cheap LCD), or rip 
audio CDs right on the hard drive connected to it, or diagnose what's wrong 
with my car (vag-com) or whatever I can think of.

Michel Belleau <michel.belleau at malaiwah.com>

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