Finally after a month of wrecking my head...
I've finally got Flash-OFDM card running on Linux desktop PC via
PCI-PCMCIA adaptor. Using "Barak" edition of StartCom Linux. This is
the 1st time I have ever seen the IP based "4G" style mobile network
working Linux anywhere (Current WiMax is fixed, not mobile)
So I can see what the drivers etc are really doing. The ready to install
QFT drivers for Linux only Work on an old "purchase only" Read Hat
Enterprise Kernel 2.6.9 Almost no ordinary Linux users use the Red
Hat Enterprise as is it not free.
Current kernels for Redhat and everyone else are 2.6.18 to 2.6.21, which
are incompatible. The linux Kernel for device driver writers seems to be
like hitting a stealth fighter with an Air Gun.
Seeing what a working one is doing, I now know I was very close to
having Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn (The most popular Linux at the minute here?)
working a few weeks ago.
Hopefully progress will now be more Rapid. Anyone that wants to help
develop the open source 3G/HSDPA/4G SIP-VOIP only phone/PDA let me
know, There is USB host, so we can add WiFi & Bluetooth via USB.
I have the Flash-OFDM card in one PCMCIA slot and Sierra Wireless
Aircard 850 (no aerial bulge so fits) in lower PCMCIA slot
Let me know if you want a modem to work on drivers. Actual signal in
Naul, Finglas, Swords, Ballbriggan, Blanchardstown now.
The Mobility manager works too (not needed, it just displays signal
stats). Nor does the Blue LED wink like in Windows when the driver is
installed, The LED only lights (signal) or winks (no signal) if the card
is actually configured with ethernet card settings. It appears on Linux
as an ethernet device, not a Wireless device. The 3G/HSDPA cards appear
on Linux as serial Modems.
Along the way I've some trouble with crashed disks, faulty memory etc in
So next I have to figure out why simply using the Irish ft2000.img file
does not work with the Slovak 3rd party Ubuntu Kernel 2.6.20 driver (it
compiles and loads to kernel, and even on occasion binds to PCMCIA
card). Reinsertion of the card will hang Linux.
The *Elf3 Handheld is* only Qtopia 1.5. The GP2X uses Sharp Zaurus
Qtopia 1.7. The GP2X (MagicEyes dual core ARM SoC) and Sharp Zaurus are
ARM code compatible with the Marvell (ex Intel PX255) based Elf3. All
use Kernel 2.4.x
The Elf3 PCMCIA subsystem is reporting the 3G/HSDPA Sierra Wireless
Aircard 850 and the Flash-OFDM card. I want to get drivers for both
cards and use the 3g/HSDPA as automatic backup dailup Network and
Linphone SIP based VOIP on both.
Trolltech are currently at V4 of Qtopia, and want $12,000 to upgrade for
me :-) I'll either leave it at 1.5 / 1.7 or try building Ver3 or V4 as
the source is free.
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