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Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC

Posted by linus 
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
June 26, 2012 11:10PM
Hello, everyone! I have enjoyed very much Easy Wii Linux, and (speaking to linus) was wondering what kernel configuration options you used. i would love to know how you built it so that i can learn from it and maybe even build my own version from scratch ( not a competitor, just my own, personal version, unless you want it released) using a different distro as a base, such as gentoo.

well, just a huge thanks, you have brought a whole new world of personal computing to my wii, and i think you very much for that!
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
June 29, 2012 12:30AM
@theamazingplant2

Start with a snapshot of kernel 2.6.32 apply mikep5 and farter patches. Then build following the ramdisk kernel directions on gc-linux. If you want to explore or copy the EWL initrd(initial ramdisk), just comment out the umount lines in /etc/rc.local. The key file of initrd is /sbin/init. This is the file that mounts the linux disk image and switches root to it. Finally the default .config from the mikep5 patch will work fine. But it does spit two errors that are easy to follow back and change. If you are so inclined.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
July 09, 2012 11:22PM
ok. thanks a whole lot linus!
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
August 09, 2012 12:23AM
So I've been reading through this. I tried editing the file like flits said. But no matter what I do, I cannot figure out how to get the WiFi to work. I got everything loaded, but the WiFi just won't work.

When I type in my SSID and password, it says it's setup, and then when I click "yes," it shows a progress bar and takes away checking the connection, but then it finally says the same thing it did before. "you have completed the configuration, but it doesn't appear to completely work"

Can anyone help me any further than flits already has? I've been trying to get a Linux distro to work, and I finally got one to work, and now I can't figure out how to setup the WiFi.

Any help?
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
August 31, 2012 12:29AM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
August 31, 2012 10:29PM
there does not seem to by any easy way to specify a virtual screen, but i found you can just right click and drag the window in the desktop selection buttons of JWM.

Additionally i recomend the bash completion be turned off, as it seems to put about 150K of script code in the environment varibles, which gives it a pause. You can just chsh to /bin/sh , which kinda sucks buts fast, or rename the bash completion file/folders in /etc.

Im typing this right now from opera on the wii , without the swapon.

also apt-get install rdesktop works great , try using the -f option and you have a tiny little windows on your tv.

also i prefer the apt-get install links browser over w3m , but the links2 browser in graphics mode on the console framebuffer has made the display corrupted.

free says i have 2.8M free and 28.9M cached with swapoff right now.

I also managed to pick up some HD wii cables (480p) and the screen is much more readable. I replaced one of the bootmii binaries with the kernel image on my SD card and now when i select boot mii from hombrew channel easy wii linux starts up, no need to press button on wii or use GC controller.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
September 17, 2012 09:30PM
Why isn't this distro more popular and referenced in the Wii Linux FAQs?
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
September 22, 2012 11:58PM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
September 23, 2012 10:22PM
Hey I tried you distro, works really great. But I'm interested in how did you configure your xserver, because I didn't see any xorg.conf or files from the cube driver. And in your distro, screen and colours works really great.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/23/2012 10:23PM by Strece.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
September 23, 2012 11:15PM
Is it possible to save files to the FAT partition that the linux image is on?

My friend is using his Wii as his only computer, so it'd be great if he could download things for use with homebrew applications onto the memory card.

If it is not possible, is it possible to run Easy Wii Linux from a separate partition?
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
September 24, 2012 10:30PM
@Strece EWL uses Farter's Frame Buffer Drivers so it doesn't need an xorg.conf

@q885 You cant install EWL to a partition because of how the kerenl is built, but you can access the FAT partition by taking the umounts out of /etc/rc.local.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
September 25, 2012 05:57PM
Thanks! Will try,
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
September 29, 2012 06:56PM
Is there a way to boot EWL from the system menu or via the Hoembrew Channel without manually interacting with with BootMii? I hate getting up :)
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
October 02, 2012 05:00AM
Booting from the Homebrew Channel

Step 1:
If you rename EasyWiiLinux.elf to ppcboot.elf and place it in the bootmii folder. When you start the Wii with a SD card is in EWL will boot. No system menu unless you get off the couch and eject the card.

Step 2:
BootMii Configuration Editor available from the Homebrew Browser. Switching the "BootMii Active" setting from enabled to disabled renames the bootmii directory to ~bootmii. Now if you have it disabled when you replace ppcboot.elf, and you start your Wii with the SD card in. It will boot to the system menu. From here you can start the Homebrew Channel, enable bootmii using configuration editor then Launch BootMii from the HBC menu and it will run EWL. This works but only the first time. After that you need to eject the card to get to the system menu.

Step 3:
nano /etc/rc.local. You need to rename the bootmii directory to ~bootmii just like the configuration editor does. Add the line "mv initrd/mnt/bootmii/ initrd/mnt/~bootmii/" right before "umount -l /initrd/mnt". Shutdown and restart EWL and it will rename the directory, and from then on every time it loads and it finds the bootmii directory it will be renamed.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
October 06, 2012 09:58AM
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
October 06, 2012 08:01PM
Everytime i load dillo,there always a dns error.How do i fix it?
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
October 06, 2012 08:04PM
Everytime i load dillo,there always a dns error.How do i fix it?

How do i make wifi to work.
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
October 06, 2012 11:55PM
How do i fix Dillo DNS Error?

And how do i make Wifi to work?
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
October 06, 2012 11:56PM
Everytime i load dillo,there always a dns error.How do i fix it?
Re: Easy Wii Linux: Instant PC
October 08, 2012 08:34PM
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