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Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC

Posted by linus 
Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
October 29, 2011 08:22PM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
November 08, 2011 09:11PM
This distro is awesome! It works so quickly and smoothly.

I wish I could get my WiFi to work. That's the only problem I'm having. I'd say that's a big one.

I gave it all the right info (security mode, SSID, hex WEP key), tried killing the Wii Remote daemon and everything. My router is a Linksys WRT54GS. My Wii has always liked it fine before...

Still, nothing. :( I wish I knew what was going on.

This distro is apparently a very recent release. This post is the only documentation I've found on it. I guess I'm a test subject. :)

I haven't even heard anyone comment on it here yet. Anybody there?
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
November 09, 2011 12:29AM
First even after you connect a wiimote or kill the wminput daemon. It may take a few moments for the network to initialize. No more then 30 seconds in my experience. You can open the web browser and if it says DNS error on the bottom, just reload until it connects. Also if at the end of the wifi configuration tool it says network not enable dont worry. If you know the information you input was correct. Just restart and it should work.

If you stil have problems you can post a copy of your /etc/network/interfaces and I can try and help you. If you have run the wifi configuration tool multiple times there will be a lot of commented out stuff in that file that isnt important.

You can also try manually editing /etc/network/interface and replace "allow-hotplug wlan0" with "auto wlan0".

If you are new to linux. Open the terminal. Then type "su" and press enter. When prompted for a password type "easy" then press enter. Finally type "nano /etc/network/interfaces" then press enter. To exit nano press ctrl+x.
a solution for the network issue
November 09, 2011 11:03AM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
November 09, 2011 08:58PM
Ah! That worked for me too, flits. Thanks for the suggestion.

This distro rocks! I'm loving it.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
November 25, 2011 08:14PM
Scratch that. Now I just need to find out how to install Google Chrome (if possible) on it. Dillo is a really bad browser imo.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/25/2011 09:53PM by TeamFail.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
November 30, 2011 01:11PM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
November 30, 2011 10:55PM
There is actually more free physical memory, but it is allocated to currently running processes. So when you run "free" you see only 3MB unused. This RAM can be reallocated without much if any system strain. I'm not sure how to accurately calculate the actual currently unused RAM, but from personal experience I'd say it is more like 20MB.

If you want to stream videos why not just use WiiMC?

You can also create more disk space(100MB), by moving the swap image to the root of the SD card and reconfiguring "/etc/rc.local". But you will lose the use of 5MB of physical memory to keep "initrd" mounted.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
January 16, 2012 08:15PM
Amazing job, congrats
I've got two questions:
1) I remember Whiite Lenny did not support external USB DVD drives, so I had to recopile the kernel in order to be able to use it, does this version support it? If not, would it be possible to recompile it in order to do so?
2) If there's a swap partition on the SD card, will this version use it?
Cheers
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
January 17, 2012 10:34PM
No data collected so far on the use of external DVD drives.

A swap partition on the SD card will not be recognized by default. EWL uses a swap file located in the users home directory. This can be reconfigured by editing /etc/rc.local. The FAT partition must be number 1.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
January 18, 2012 02:20AM
Sounds great. I'll give EWL a try.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
January 18, 2012 12:48PM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
January 19, 2012 07:53PM
Any way to download another browser?? Like a lightweight version of opera or firefox.? Also the torrent downloader doesn't work for me it keeps saying error is there an alternative?
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
January 20, 2012 12:04AM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
January 20, 2012 11:52AM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
January 26, 2012 04:16PM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
May 11, 2012 12:33AM
I have 1 issue:
I cannot connect to wifi even when fixing the wifi config D:
Please fix this linus!
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
June 08, 2012 05:02AM
Like will3032840's problem I can't get wifi to work.

I tried editing the "whiite-ez-wifi-config" file and the "/etc/network/interfaces" to no avail.

Strange thing is that it did work the first time for a cuople of days and then suddenly stopped working!

I've tried reinstalling the whole system and it still doesn't work.

here's my 'interfaces' file:

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto wlan1
#iface wlan1 inet dhcp
# wireless-mode managed
# wpa-ssid NetComm Wireless
# wpa-psk **********
# wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK
# wpa-pairwise TKIP CCMP
# wpa-group TKIP CCMP
# wpa-proto WPA RSN
# wpa-ap-scan 1
# wpa-scan-ssid 1

# added by the Easy WiFi Configuration Tool 0.2
allow-hotplug wlan1
iface wlan1 inet dhcp
wireless-mode managed
wpa-ssid NetComm Wireless
wpa-psk **********
wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK
wpa-pairwise TKIP CCMP
wpa-group TKIP CCMP
wpa-proto WPA RSN
wpa-ap-scan 1
wpa-scan-ssid 1

Any help would be appreciated.

Also if someone could tell me how to view a log of what it says on boot up. That is all the writing that flashes past the screen as the distro is loading, is this information stored in a file somewhere? And what tools, if any, exist to help diagnose wifi problems. And is there a way to directly connect a usb mobile broadband modem to the wii and configure it to connect to the net?

Problems:
1. How to view log of boot up
2. Tools to diagnose wifi
3. Connect a usb mobile broadband dongle and cofigure it to connect to net

Thanks in advance!
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
June 08, 2012 12:18PM
ok.

After playing around for a while I realised my problem was with the SDHC card. After using 'ifup' I got an "Input/ Output error" on the file 'ifstate'.

I changed the sd card I was using and I reinstalled it from the beginning and I've had success... so far.

Also I managed to successfully get a 4gb image to work. Here's how:
Go to the directory of the linuxdsk.img file

then type:

e2fsck linuxdsk.img
dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=3000 >> linuxdsk.img
resize2fs linuxdsk.img
e2fsck linuxdsk.img

Also if anyone else is interested, some useful wifi tools are:

ifconfig
iwconfig
ifup wlan1
wpa_supplicant

cheers
and thanks to all for these posts



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/09/2012 01:59AM by Snowy.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
June 14, 2012 03:31AM
Hi,

I've been looking for a modern Linux distro for the Wii so I found this after googling "Wii Linux 2012". Great work! I'm rather impressed, much better than the other distro's I've used. Keep it up!

The space limitation caused by the image is a big problem though, I was wondering if there's a way to have the system run off a real filesystem on an SD card instead of having it to load from an image.

Also, is there any easy way to get this to boot off a USB stick? My SD card is small in capacity lol
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