Qtopia on Neo1973
Qtopia is a complete mobile phone and PDA platform which can be built for many devices and is dual-licensed under the GPL and a proprietary license, but since version 3.4.0, everything needed to use Qtopia on the Neo1973 is licensed under the GPL.
On 27 November 2007, Lorn Potter of Trolltech released the latest flash image for the FIC Neo 1973 containing the Qtopia 4.3.1 snapshot of that day (GPL version). This introduces the new Cruxus mediaengine, which has a few plugins already, which include libmad, tremor (ogg) and timidity, for .wav, .mp3, ogg and .mid file support.
For installing it, follow the instructions on flashing Qtopia images below.
Bug: The dialer does not ask for a PIN (even if your SIM card needs it) on first boot after flashing to Qtopia.
Workaround: Somehow, completly powering down the Neo seems to cure this issue. You do can do it in two ways:
- Remove the USB cable and the Battery for a moment to remove all power from the Neo, or
- Remove the USB cable, press the power button for a second, select "Shutdown device" (Note: "Restart Device" does not help - you need to power it down completely!)
If your SIM card does not require a PIN, you can skip the above possibly, but otherwise you won't be able to use GSM networks at all!
After this power-cycle of the Neo, the Qtopia dialer should ask for the PIN if it's needed, and you should be able to make and receive calls, each side should hear each other and you should be able to send and receive SMS, and use Contacts for Calls and SMS.
The Call, SMS and contact interface is quite intuitive and should be useable by non-expert users from that point on. Also the rest of Qtopia looks very polished.
Further issues in this image: The predictive keyboard does not seem to work, but the normal keyboard for stylus can be used instead.
For the latest information on this snapshot read the thread following its announcement.
Flashing Qtopia images
Before flashing the rootfs image, be sure to erase the rootfs using nand erase. Otherwise, the Neo may hang somewhere after on boot.
The lasted official Qtopia flash images are found at: http://www.qtopia.net/modules/mydownloads/ (You have to scroll this page down a bit to find them)
The initial preview flash images can be downloaded by clicking the link "Qtopia on Neo Flash Image and kernel" on , but it has issues with the audio mixer setup, so especially on receiving calls, one side may not always hear the other.
Newer unofficial Qtopia images can be found in the ScaredyCat and Chooseopen repositories.
Dual-booting between Qtopia and X
Both examples described here require you to reformat your MicroSD card to ext3, so this is the first step for both:
|WARNING: The following step will reformat your MircoSD card with the ext3 filesystem. We need it because we need support for symbolic or/and static links, which other filesystems like FAT do not support directly. After reformatting, no data on the card will be accessible to you anymore, so create good backups of anything which you need before starting!|
Then ssh to your neo and reformat your MicroSD card with:
umount /dev/mmcblk0p1 mkfs.ext3 /dev/mmcblk0p1 mount /dev/mmcblk0p1
Installing Qtopia into an openmoko rootfs
On , click "Developer root filesystem". Then extract opt/Qtopia and the qpe init script and copy both to the mmc card of your neo:
tar xzf ficgta01-qtopia-developer-rootfs.tgz opt/Qtopia etc/init.d/qpe mv opt/Qtopia etc/init.d/qpe . && rm -r opt etc tar czf Qtopia.tar.gz Qtopia qpe scp Qtopia.tar.gz email@example.com:/media/card/
Log in to your Neo and unpack the archive and install it:
cd /media/card tar xzf Qtopia.tar.gz mkdir -p /opt ln -s /media/card/Qtopia /opt/Qtopia mv qpe /etc/init.d
Now kill the X server and gsmd and start Qtopia (this can take some time):
/etc/init.d/xserver-nodm stop /etc/init.d/gsmd stop /etc/init.d/qpe start
Now, in theory, it should be possible to could create a new entry in the uboot boot menu which adds a new boot argument to the kernel, say "qtopia=1" and you could could write a script which checks that boot parameter by checking if "$qtopia" is set to "1" or by checking /proc/cmdline and then boot Qtopia instead of X.
Installing Qtopia on the SD card
- format your SD card with ext3 and mount it (see above)
- unpack rootfs from qtopia-4.3.0-preview-neo-flash.tgz to SD card (see above)
- copy the uImage-184.108.40.206-moko11-r2-fic-gta01.bin kernel to the boot/ on SD card and rename it to uImage
- put a 'Boot from SD' menu item in uboot menu as explained here: Booting_from_SD#Step_3:_Add_uboot_boot_entry
Build your own
Most things seem to work out of the box, however you may need to use the following command to get audio:
alsactl -f /etc/gsmhandset.state restore
Or put this command in /etc/init.d/qpe line 64
Do not switch themes. Only the default theme is usable. For example, once you switch themes, the lock feature continues to work, but only if you unlock using the smallest # keypad in the world.
Suspend support is very flaky. The neo often shuts off from a suspend state. It will not wake from suspend for an incoming call or text message (someone try setting an alarm and report results here). To turn suspend off (this will of course use the batteries very quickly), hit the down arrow next to the suspend setting in the power management until it says "Off".
When using the virtual keyboard, do a quick flick up or down over the keyboard to access numbers/symbols/capitals.
In summary, Qtopia on the Neo1973 is much closer to being ready than OpenMoko as of this writing. However, sound and suspend support prevent it from being at all useful as a cell phone (as a landline that doesn't ring but instead vibrates, it works ok).
The biggest issue for using Qtopia on the Neo1973 is currently PIN entry. On the Greenphone it's done thru the numberic keypad, but the Neo193 has none, so Qtopia has to use some other way of entering the PIN. The 3.4.0-preview flash image uses a tiny graphical keypad where you are able to enter the PIN, but none of the newer images have it and so it's not possible to access SIM cards which need a PIN.
The Qtopia forum area on the FIC GTA01 might be helpful, but it is preferred that you update this section with issues and fixes which you find.
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