Posts Tagged ‘boot-menu’

Updated Gingerbread image for gen8

Friday, July 8th, 2011

BuBU has built an image based on the latest openAOS and CM code:

  • improved bluetooth (BT HID confirmed working)
  • workaround for web browser crash
  • default homepage is
  • Archos community bookmarks
  • other

The latest image is openaos-gingerbread-gen8-20110708_183154.img.gz (md5sum).
Confirmed working with boot menu version featured here.

If you are new please be warned that this is still experimental and bugs are expected, for installation instructions continue reading here.

Gen7 code compiles but is not ready for public images. If you want to build it yourself for gen7 or gen8 here are some instructions.

New week, new boot menu version

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

BuBU made significant improvements to the gen8 boot menu, so we’ve decided to make a blog post.

Note that this is still work in progress so you should actually follow (and link to) the boot menu guide on the developer wiki.

Most notable recent improvements:

  • new advanced menu which appear in OS selection (which lead to a new menu with debugging (serial stuff), recovery, reboot, disable rooted device, disable comcache)
  • other important feature is check validity for /file.img if does not exists it shows a list of available *.img under storage and it magically fix the menu.lst with the selected entry
  • fixed the touchscreen issue (under debian/other OSes)
  • difference between standard and debug is that the menu for serial appears early in initramfs
  • for both debug/standard you can switch serial… if you selected NONE initially.. u can go back in advanced menu > DEBUGGING to change to Ether or if u selected Ether you can got to same place to change to Both (or None or whatever)
  • Booting off partitions including µSD card partitions
  • IPv6 support in kernel

We plan to bring as many features as possible to the gen7 boot menu too in the near future so stay tuned.

Please report all problems on IRC and or to our issue tracker!

Here are the files for the impatient who know what they are doing:

Boot-menu for gen8 – preview

Friday, June 10th, 2011

BuBu was hard at work for the last few weeks and now we have something working to show.

We’ve added gen8 support to our boot-menu. It looks and feels almost the same like on gen6 and gen7.

UPDATE: HowTo here:

Sources are here:

Those are our patched versions of the Archos official git.

And here are binaries:

Currently known issues:

  • No TS support on A70S, A70H, A101 inside the boot-menu
  • TS support in boot-menu removed also from other models due to problems
  • currently some problems with cdc-acm debugging, work in progress
  • Vol+/- is reversed on A101



If it screws up your device, don’t come whining, you’ve been warned. If something doesn’t work, just reinstall original firmware or SDE.

SDE for Archos generation 8 devices released!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Here it is: (scroll down to the bottom, click ‘Show’, scroll again, click first button, acknowledge, download)

I haven’t tried it yet, but read on that page that it comes with a nice dual-boot menu out of the box! Let’s get it on and run some fun things on those new devices. The scope is all generation 8 Archos Internet Tablets: 28, 32, 43, 70 and 101!

Let’s discuss things on the openAOS-dev mailing list.



PS: Yes there should have been more/other blog posts, but personally I have a new job and far less time for openAOS than I’d like to at the moment. :-(
Although my new employer (Tieto Finland) is very supportive of open-source involvement, so in the future things should look better. :-)

An interim fix for booting Android and Ångström

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Bubu worked out how to tweak the kernel with fbset to do what we want.

A known working snapshot is here:

You’ll most likely only need the zImage and initramfs.

He added an temporary extension to the menu.lst structure. If you add ‘|1′ then fbset will set the framebuffer like in the original SDE kernel (e.g. for Ångström). If you add ‘|0′ then it will be set like for the Archos firmware and FroYo. In addition it tries to guess the right defaults: Everything gets the old 24 bit framebuffer unless it is: Archos firmware or the menu entry name contains ‘android’ or ‘froyo’, then it is set to the new mode.

Example for an android froyo override:

Example for an linux image using SDE framebuffer override:

This is a temporary hack though. We will rework the menu.lst structure to be more flexible in terms of options.