Mele A1000 testbed

Here is a photo of my testbed:

It is an improvisation, due to lack of space. The "table" is a piece of chipboard on top of my camping fridge.

The Mele is on the right. It has three USB sockets, which is good, but I have plugged in my USB hub for convenience to plug in more devices.
Notice the little daughter-board hanging off a cable -- that is a socket for a SATA 2.5 inch laptop drive -- definitely on my to-buy list, when the budget allows.

The only thing that I am finding inconvenient is that I have to set time/date at every bootup, as I am working off-line. I don't know if the motherboard has any capability to add a battery-backed clock, or whether all it needs is a battery.

There is a snapshot of the motherboard. This was posted to the arm-netbook mail-list and the full-size photo is 2590x1943:

Here it is reduced:

Some of the sockets on the motherboard are a mystery, but I do know that the one at the bottom is a UART, and Tom (a guy on the arm-netbook mail-list) kindly provided me with a serial-to-usb converter so that I can monitor kernel bootup on my laptop.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 18:34


Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 21:50 by cnxsoft
WiFi Suport
You could enable WiFi for network access.

depmod -a
edit /etc/network/interfaces with your settings
ifup wlan0

I'm using it and it works fine.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012, 22:03 by Sage
"I don't know if the motherboard has any capability to add a battery-backed clock"
Can't see any obvious locations. But in x86, the onboard battery maintains the system clock in BIOS. ARM & co. does things differently? No BIOS, just the .img on your card? Scope for some SW timekeeping? Once you're online, you'll be able to collect the time using code?

Posted on 29 Apr 2012, 7:00 by Raffy
Capable Board
It's almost an x86 board, so a really useful appliance. Puppy Linux will find it a good playground.

I will try to send you a laptop hard drive on Monday. ("Try" 'coz the carrier cost can be unpredictable - sometimes ordering online can be cheaper :)

Posted on 29 Apr 2012, 7:53 by BarryK
VGA o/p also
The motherboard has both HDMI and VGA outputs. The VGA socket is actually off the motherboard -- see those two white sockets on the right side of the motherboard, the larger one is the VGA output (the smaller is power for the SATA hard drive).