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Discussion in 'Support Area' started by mali, May 31, 2010.

  1. mali

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    The life of early adopters is hard enough so if you have Pandora knowledge to share, either post it here or provide a link. I'll update the first post from time to time.
    A proper structure will follow when the list gets longer.
    Thanks for your help! :)

    For the latest hotfixes, firmware images and the community codec pack, head to the official support page.

    [Hardware]
    Battery not charging? (UK) check adaptor [pic] / battery flat
    Wonky shoulder button fix / Further improvement
    Stuck keys
    Scratchy stylus tip
    Nub disassembly, cleaning / More info / More info and pics / Fix broken Nub PCB traces
    Fix bowing LCD bezel (Advanced, might void warranty!)
    Pandora resetting when bumped?
    Wonky gaming button
    Battery troubleshooting mini-FAQ
    What to do if an application crashes and you then find that you can no longer use the software overclocking option NEW

    [OS]

    Run latest firmware from SD card
    Reflashing firmware / (old firmware here)
    Can't browse filesystem (Thunar)
    [XFCE] - Change desktop icon text to white on black
    [XFCE] - Putting firmware applications on the desktop
    [XFCE] - Creating hotkeys to launch apps
    [XFCE] - Making XFCE sexy
    [XFCE] - Altering window decorations
    [XFCE] - Add custom launchers to the main menu
    [XFCE] - How to move windows that are larger than the screen
    [XFCE] - Titlebar disappeared? Restart window decoration handler
    [XFCE] - XFCE style changing with brightness button hack
    [XFCE] - How to get the Pandora menu button back if it disappears
    [XFCE] - How to get the taskbar back if it disappears
    [XFCE] - Increase scroll bar width
    [XFCE] - Making titlebars and window decorations bigger
    [XFCE] - Configure shoulder buttons as mouse buttons
    [XFCE] - Making group launchers on the desktop
    [XFCE] - Move desktop icons
    [MMenu] - Launch Minimenu from XFCE with icon
    [MMenu] - Skinning Minimenu
    [MMenu] - Auto-rescan apps on SD insert
    [MMenu] - Fullscreen window manager
    [PND] - Convert Angström apps to PND
    [PND] - Canging/adding search paths
    Want to experiment with Angström repo? Create overlay and install to SD
    or Run firmware from SD card instead of NAND
    How to enable audio recording
    Making screenshots
    Adding delete option without using trash (Thunar)
    Experiment with different window managers
    Debian in a chroot
    Quick change CPU speed
    Change wireless mode
    Change default keyring password / Remove keyring password
    Boot into console
    How to remove a folder or file that's giving a "Stale NFS file handle" error
    Enable 'Delete' key
    File transfer to PC via USB cable NEW
    Switching To TTY1 From Desktop NEW

    [System]
    How to change battery level at which shutdown is forced
    Over-amplify to listen to low-volume recordings
    How to turn off WiFi power-saving

    [Software]

    How to get MAME4all working NEW
    How to get UAE4ALL working
    How to get Quake2 working
    Reduce CPU load in Mplayer
    Password-less login in Dropbear
    How to change default browser to Chromium(or other)
    DOSBox configuration
    How to get Hexen II working
    How to get Ur-Quan Masters working
    Can't get past a certain scene in PSX4Pandora
    Quake 2 too dark?

    [Tutorials]

    A quick and simple guide to ripping your DVDs for your Pandora
    How to rip your PSX discs (Linux)
    MAME .106 ROM Guide

    [Accessories]
    Broadband USB stick usage
    Using USB thumb drive as swap
    Bluetooth GPS and TangoGPS

    [Tools]
    SD Card formatter
    Background killer
    Various (de)compressors for Pandora

    [Dev]
    Get complete toolchain on Pandora
    Setting up Code::Blocks to cross-compile in Ubuntu

    [Other]
    Change hotspot channel to increase Wifi speed
    Mount a PND file to see what's inside


    History
    08/21 - [OS] - Enable 'Delete' key
    08/08 - [Tools] - Various (de)compressors for Pandora
    07/29 - [OS] - Move desktop icons
    07/27 - [Software] - Quake 2 too dark?
    07/26 - [OS] - Making group launchers on the desktop
    07/24 - [OS] - Configure shoulder buttons as mouse buttons
    07/20 - [OS] - Making titlebars and window decorations bigger
    07/19 - [Tutorials] - MAME .106 ROM Guide
    07/16 - [System] - How to turn off WiFi power-saving
    07/14 - [Hardware] - Added Nub info(fix PCB traces)
    07/13 - [OS] - Increase scroll bar width
    07/13 - [OS] - How to get the taskbar back if it disappears
    07/12 - [System] - Over-amplify to listen to low volume recordings
    07/12 - [Software] - Can't get past a certain scene in PSX4Pandora
    07/06 - [Software] - How to get Ur-Quan Masters working
    07/06 - [Dev] - Setting up Code::Blocks to cross-compile in Ubuntu
    07/05 - [OS] - How to get the Pandora menu button back if it disappears
    07/04 - [Software] - How to get Hexen II working
    07/04 - [System Updates] - Run latest firmware from SD card
    07/03 - [System Updates] - New firmware including all previous Hotfixes(1-3)
    07/03 - [System Updates] - Mass storage fix for Hotfix 3
    07/03 - [Other] - Change hotspot channel to increase Wifi speed
    07/02 - [OS] - XFCE style changing with brightness button hack
    07/02 - [OS] - How to remove a folder or file that's giving a "Stale NFS file handle" error
    07/01 - [System Updates] - Hotfix 3
    07/01 - [OS] - Boot into console
    07/01 - [OS] - Titlebar disappeared? Restart window decoration handler
    07/01 - [Software] - DOSBox configuration
    06/29 - [Software] - How to change default browser to Chromium(or other)
    06/29 - [OS] - Remove Keyring password
    06/29 - [OS] - How to move windows that are larger than the screen
    06/29 - [System Updates] - Codec Pack
    06/28 - [Tutorials] - A quick and simple guide to ripping your DVDs for your Pandora
    06/25 - [OS] - Change default keyring password
    06/25 - [Software] - Password-less login in Dropbear
    06/25 - [OS] - Change wireless mode
    06/23 - [OS] - Quick change CPU speed
    06/23 - [Hardware] - Battery troubleshooting mini-FAQ
    06/22 - [OS] - Debian in a chroot
    06/22 - [OS] - Experiment with different window managers
    06/22 - [OS] - Add custom launchers to the main menu
    06/21 - [OS] - Altering window decorations
    06/20 - [Hardware] - Wonky gaming button
    06/20 - [System] - How to change battery level at which shutdown is forced
    06/19 - [Hardware] - Pandora resetting when bumped?
    06/19 - [Software] - Reduce CPU load in Mplayer
    06/18 - [Accessories] - Bluetooth GPS and TangoGPS
    06/18 - [Hardware] - Fix bowing LCD bezel
    06/17 - [Software] - Adding delete option without using trash (Thunar)
    06/17 - [Tutorials] - How to rip PSX discs (Linux)
    06/17 - [OS] - Fullscreen window manager
    06/16 - [System Updates] - Crackling sound fix
    06/15 - [OS] - Making screenshots
    06/15 - [Accessories] - Using USB thumb drive as swap
    06/14 - [OS] - Making XFCE sexy
    06/14 - [Hardware] - Nub disassembly, cleaning
    06/14 - [OS] - How to enable audio recording
    06/13 - [Accessories] - Broadband USB stick usage
     
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  2. SomeGuy99

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    How to change desktop icon text to white on black:

    http://www.gp32x.de/board/index.php?/topic/53952-guide-changing-the-desktop-icon-text-to-white/

    How to put a firmware app on the desktop:

    http://www.gp32x.de/board/index.php?/topic/53955-guide-putting-firmware-applications-on-the-desktop/
     
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  3. NickLoTurco

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    I've had mine since last saturday and am yet to play a game yet! I have been away since monday mind you.

    Now, I find uae4all runs worse than it did on my gp2x, nothing works!

    Tried Jimmy Whites snooker but on ST but crashes before I get to the menu.

    Tried a new romeset on mame but everything runs slow and sound is awful.

    Fuse does not want to run zips???

    Haven't tried the new Snes version, but the old one just kicked me out when I tried to run a rom....

    Any help on these as I'm getting fed up now!
     
  4. SomeGuy99

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    Launch Minimenu from XFCE with icon:

    http://www.gp32x.de/board/index.php?/topic/53961-guide-launch-minimenu-from-xfce-with-icon/
     
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  5. Dunny

    Dunny Exophase Approved® Forum Troll

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    Wasn't there a guy who used a blob of blu-tac to get the screen to stay open at the correct angle rather than all the way back?

    D.
     
  6. WizardStan

    WizardStan Mega GP Mania

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    This is a special thread for tricks people have found and not really suitable to problem solving. Start a new thread and someone will be glad to help you out, I'm sure.
     
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  7. mali

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    I've searched
    Code:
    site:gp32x.de hinge blu-tack
    site:gp32x.de hinge blu-tac
    but didn't find anything.
     
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  8. torpor

    torpor hack hack hack, the little machines fight back

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    To get a complete toolchain on your Pandora, so you can develop for Pandora with the Pandora:


    ssh to your Pandora and issue the following commands:

    Code:
    opkg install gcc_4.3.3 gcc-symlinks gcc-doc make_3.81 make-dev binutils-dev vim_7.2 vim-syntax
    opkg install cpp cpp-symlinks
    opkg install g++_4.3.3 g++-symlinks
    opkg install libstdc++-dev
    opkg install libgles-omap3-dev libgles-omap3-demos
    opkg install libsdl-1.2-dev libsdl-gfx-dev libsdl-image-1.2-dev libsdl-mixer-dev libsdl-net-1.2-dev libsdl-ttf-2.0-dev 
    
    This will give you what you need to build software (C/C++) on the Pandora itself ..

    :)
     
  9. jasay

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    I take it this installs to the NAND? How much extra space is there before/after this install?
     
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  10. torpor

    torpor hack hack hack, the little machines fight back

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    Yes - this installs to NAND .. but I didn't think to do a 'before' snapshot of a "df -k", but I remember that it was "about" 76% in use, and now it is:

    Code:
     
    ubi0:rootfs             454.7M    382.1M     72.6M  84% /
    
    .. 84% in use .. not bad, to be honest, considering that you can use it to start writing apps immediately, and don't need to setup and administer a cross-compiler/toolchains host to start getting things done.

    Time-wise, its not in the same league as my quad-core AMD box with 16gigs of RAM, but .. it *does* fit in my pocket, and it builds quite complex projects in more than adequate time, in my opinion ..
     
  11. jasay

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    Cool. There is actually more space open than I expected. Not much of a coder personally, but I play around a bit and occasionally build other people's work. Thanks for the numbers.
     
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  12. mali

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    Hey friends :)
    This thread needs a new maintainer. If you think this thread is a good idea and have some time to spare, please create a new one, copy the content, request a sticky and ask a Mod to unsticky this one.

    My reason to let it rest for now: Doing support takes quite some time. As I'm no first batcher, recent discussions about the weak Euro and increased production costs led me to believe that the price for the second batch will be higher. The German price is already 299eur and 300eur is my personal limit. I'll stay in touch via pandorapress.net and watch the scene.
     
  13. verm71

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    Somebody over here has improved his LCD ghosting problem with high contrast video. Should this be propped up to the main list?
     
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  14. mali

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    ^ It seems that people don't really care, so the list might as well just be abandoned, dunno.
     
  15. mawler

    mawler Still Fresh

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    General Tips (posted from my pandora itself)

    If your network is generally wonky try running
    gksudo /etc/init.d/NetworkManager restart
    in a terminal

    To do a right click at the current mouse location move the right nub to the right.
    Also move your mouse without the touchscreen with the left nub.

    Using the right click nub trick, use wget in a terminal to download files. Note: right click an open folder and click open terminal here on an sd folder before you run wget.

    More to come as i play around...
     
  16. ivanovic

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    How to rip a Playstation1 (PSX) disc using a Linux system (Ubuntu, Gentoo, Arch, Debian, ...)?

    The latest information about this is available in the wiki. The following information might be inconsistent and/or outdated.

    Make sure you have installed the program "cdrdao". Afterwards use the following command line (replacing GAME_NAME with the desired name (don't use spaces unless you put a \ in front of them!):
    Code:
    cdrdao read-cd --read-raw --datafile GAME_NAME.bin --device /dev/sr0 --driver generic-mmc-raw GAME_NAME.cue
    If your optical drive is not at /dev/sr0, please enter the correct device node here.

    You can also copy the following code into a text file and make it executable. To do so, lets assume you named the text file psxrip, then run chmod +x psxrip. The game does save the .bin and .cue files into the folder $HOME/psxrip. If desired, change this name. You should create the folder before running the script. The script is based on a script that I use for some Wesnoth stuff (at least parts are). It does check if you got the required program installed, if you provided the parameters and all the likes. If you do something that you are not supposed to do, it will print an error message as well as some helpful output. By default the script will also read out subchannel data which might be required for some of the games copy protection. This can be deactivated with a simple parameter.
    Here is the script:
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    #
    #  This is a script to create a .bin image with corresponding .cue out of your
    #  PSX game discs as backup and/or for usage with emulators.
    #
    #  Run-time requirements: cdrdao
    #
    #  This script is partly based upon the "wesnoth-optipng" script from the
    #  Battle for Wesnoth team.
    #
    #  This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    #  it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 or,
    #  at your option any later version. This program is distributed in the
    #  hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY.
    
    PSXDIR=$HOME/psxrip
    DRIVE=/dev/sr0
    
    report_absent_tool()
    {
    	echo "$1 is not present in PATH. $(basename ${0}) requires it in order to work properly."
    	if [ -n "$2" ]; then
    		echo "You can obtain $1 at <${2}>."
    	fi
    	exit -1
    }
    
    print_help()
    {
    cat << EOSTREAM
    Script for ripping PSX game discs into .bin files with corresponding .cue files.
    
    Usage:
      $(basename ${0}) [{--outputdir} <value>] [{--drive} <value>] [{--no-subchan] [{--help|-h}] [filename]
    
    The parameter [filename] is mandatory. Without it, the script will abort. Plain
    spaces in the filename are prohibited!
    
    Available switches:
      --drive       Define the device to be used. If this parameter is not
                    provided, /dev/sr0 will be used.
    
      --help / -h   Displays this help text.
    
      --no-subchan  Don't extract subchannel data. Subchannel data might be
                    required for some PSX copy protection though it *could* create
                    problems. Retry with this parameter set if any problems occur
                    when trying to use the resulting image.
    
      --outputdir   Define the folder in which the resulting image should be saved.
                    If the folder does not exist, it will be created. If no
                    --outputdir parameter is given, the folder ~/psxrip will be
                    used.
    
    This tool requires cdrdao (http://cdrdao.sourceforge.net/) to be installed and
    available in PATH.
    EOSTREAM
    }
    
    # go through provided parameters
    while [ "${1}" != "" ]; do
    	if [ "${1}" = "--drive" ]; then
    		DRIVE=$2
    		shift 2
    	elif [ "${1}" = "--outputdir" ]; then
    		PSXDIR=$2
    		shift 2
    	elif [ "${1}" = "--nosubchan" ]; then
    		NOSUBCHAN="true"
    		shift 2
    	elif [ "${1}" = "--help" ] || [ "${1}" = "-h" ]; then
    		print_help
    		exit 0
    	elif [ "${2}" != "" ] ; then
    		echo "ERROR: Inval id usage. Displaying help:"
    		echo ""
    		print_help
    		exit -1
    	else
    		IMAGENAME=$1
    		shift
    	fi
    done
    
    # check for required dependencies
    which cdrdao &> /dev/null ||
    	report_absent_tool cdrdao 'http://cdrdao.sourceforge.net/'
    
    # output recognized parameters
    echo "Program "$(basename ${0})" called. The following parameters will be used for"
    echo "creating an image of a PSX disc:"
    echo "Folder for saving images: "$PSXDIR
    echo "Drive used for reading the image: "$DRIVE
    echo "Resulting filenames: "$PSXDIR"/"$IMAGENAME"[.bin|.cue]"
    if [ "$NOSUBCHAN" = "true" ]; then
    	echo "Not extracting subchan data."
    else
    	echo "Extracting subchan data."
    fi
    echo ""
    
    # check if imagename is defined
    if [ "$IMAGENAME" = "" ]; then
    	echo "ERROR: Invalid usage. Found no name for resulting image. Displaying help:"
    	echo ""
    	print_help
    	exit -1
    fi
    
    # create dir for resulting image if it does not exist yet
    if ! [ -d "$PSXDIR" ]; then
    	echo "outputdir not found, creating folder: "$PSXDIR
    	echo ""
    	mkdir -p $PSXDIR
    fi
    
    echo "starting ripping the disc"
    echo ""
    # final commandline for reading the disc and creating the image
    if [ "$NOSUBCHAN" = "true" ]; then
    	cdrdao read-cd --read-raw --datafile $PSXDIR/$IMAGENAME.bin --device $DRIVE --driver generic-mmc-raw $PSXDIR/$IMAGENAME.cue
    else
    	cdrdao read-cd --read-raw --read-subchan rw_raw --datafile $PSXDIR/$IMAGENAME.bin --device $DRIVE --driver generic-mmc-raw $PSXDIR/$IMAGENAME.cue
    fi
    
    If desired you can run the program "pocketiso" via wine on the resulting images to compress them further.
     
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  18. Prometheus

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    I don't know if this counts, but this is from a post of mine in hells_dark's screenshots thread. It's an Xfce-specific tip about how to change the window decorations (i.e., the look of the title bars and the buttons on them, along with the scrollbars and whatnot), as well as how to rearrange the Close/Minimise/Maximise/etcetera buttons to your liking.

    The screenshot that goes with this is here.
     
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  19. mali

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    Battery troubleshooting mini-FAQ

     
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    Prometheus Well-Known Member

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