As most of the ALIX boards, the ALIX.3D3 has 3 general purpose LEDs. There is kernel support for them, but there are problems when the board has a Award BUIS as the ALIX.3D3. After reading the datasheet of the AMD CS5536 Geode companion about initialisation and use of the general purpose pins I got it finally running! Continue reading
The manual of the ALIX.3D3 board mentions a lot of pin descriptions of all pin headers on the board. J8 interfaces the SMBus of the AMD CS5536 Geode companion (which is compatible to I²C if bus speed is below 100kHz, see Maxim’s Appnote for detailed comparison). So why not add additional I²C sensors. As an example I connected an LM75 temperature sensor.
First of all we need to add some pin headers to J8 found on board next to the USB port. Continue reading
"Ever wished you could swing your iPhone around like a lightsaber?"
This questions is the start of the description of Lightsaber Unleashed - a must-have application for every geek.
You enable/disable your lightsaber by clicking on the lightsaber, while your iPhone emits sound effects from your phone's speaker. When you swing around your the sound effect's too. It's very funny and for free!
So, I'm looking for someone to duel!
Usually BIOS updating means booting DOS and running a proprietary tool from the board vendor. A few days ago, coreboot's flashrom 0.9 has realeased. It's an open-source tool which supports program almost all flash chips used on x86 mainboards. Its compatibility list includes Geode™ CS5530/A, which can be found on the ALIX.3D3 board. So why not using flashrom to update ALIX.3D3 BIOS.
Nowadays, most desktop mainboards provide more than one gigabit ethernet port. Connecting them both to the same switch causes most Linux distros by default to get a individual IP on each device and route traffic only on the primary device (based on device metric) or round-robin. A single connection always starts at one IP and so all traffic goes through one device, limiting maximum bandwidth to 1 GBit.
Here comes bonding (sometimes called (port) trunking or link aggregation) to play. It connects two ore more ethernet ports to one virtual port with only one MAC and so mostly one IP address. Wheres earlier only two hosts (with the same OS running) or two switches (from the same vendor) could be connected, nowadays there's a standard protocol which makes it easy: LACP which is part of IEEE 802.3ad. Continue reading