• 4.4 BSD-Lite

    12/29/2015 at 00:23 2 comments

    Well, it's a long time since last update. Today, I sat down to my new board around PIC32MZ2048ECG064

    and configured/complied/loaded LiteBSD system to run on it from internal RC oscillator

    Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
    	The Regents of the University of California.  All rights reserved.
    4.4BSD-Lite build 0 compiled 2015-12-28
    cpu: PIC32MZ2048ECG064 rev A5, 200 MHz
    oscillator: system PLL div 1:2 mult x50
    cache: 16/4 kbytes
    real mem = 512 kbytes
    avail mem = 352 kbytes
    using 18 buffers containing 73728 bytes of memory
    spi1 at pins sdi=RF1/sdo=RF0/sck=RD1
    spi2 at pins sdi=RG7/sdo=RG8/sck=RG6
    spi3 at pins sdi=RB9/sdo=RB3/sck=RB14
    spi4 at pins sdi=RD11/sdo=RD0/sck=RD10
    uart1 at pins rx=RD2/tx=RD3, interrupts 112/113/114
    uart2 at pins rx=RB7/tx=RB6, interrupts 145/146/147, console
    sd0 at port spi2, pin cs=RG9
    sd0: type I, size 498176 kbytes, speed 12 Mbit/sec
    sd0a: partition type b7, sector 2, size 204800 kbytes
    sd0b: partition type b8, sector 409602, size 32768 kbytes
    sd0c: partition type b7, sector 475138, size 102400 kbytes
    bpf: lo0 attached
    WARNING: preposterous clock chip time -- CHECK AND RESET THE DATE!
    starting file system checks.
    /dev/rsd0a: 2128 files, 13973 blocks used, 36242 free
    starting network
    clearing /tmp
    standard daemons: update.
    Mon Dec 28 15:44:43 PST 2015
    4.4BSD-Lite (bsd.net) (console)
    login: root
    Last login: Mon Dec 28 15:44:00 on console
    Copyright (c) 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994
            The Regents of the University of California.   All rights reserved.
    4.4BSD-Lite UNIX #1: Fri Apr 01 00:00:00 PDT 1994
    Welcome to 4.4BSD-Lite!
    erase ^H, kill ^U, intr ^C status ^T
    Don't login as root, use the su command.

    This is more powerful system than previous one with PIC32MX - only 128kB RAM / 80MHz compared to 512kB RAM and 200MHz of PIC32MZ, not mentioning new OS, so I'm definitely going to employ this MCU on MiniBSD computer.

  • New keyboards layout

    10/03/2014 at 18:44 0 comments

    Well... four months since last update... the time flies. Brian Benchoff asked about the new keyboard layout, so here is my quick and dirty "drawing" in LibreOffice Calc.

    When Q key is pressed, there is contact on between pins 1 and 6. After pressing J, between 9 and 14. You got the idea.

    It is not very likely to obtain the keyboard outside Czech or Slovakia, though Brian got this keyboard in Apex electronics, LA. However, I managed to get my hands on a few pieces of those keyboards, so I'll be able to source it to interested builders, if any.

  • Laptop case, sneak preview

    06/07/2014 at 22:39 0 comments

    Well, there was no progress for a few weeks, but recently I got into it again. I had nice few evenings with FreeCad (I'm total beginner in 3D modelling) and designed first revision of a case. It looks like this

    Kind of classical, laptop-like case. Total size is 22x9x2,7cm when closed.

    Unfortunately, it is two centimeters bigger in size than printable area of my 3D printer and I can't make it much smaller due to keyboard size. Time to get bigger 3D printer! :-)

    I'll publish design files on Monday morning.