Posts Tagged ‘handheld’


Hinge Sensor

January 5, 2009

Squidge confirmed that there is a magnetic sensor in the lid to detect if the Pandora is closed or open, and can be controlled by software.



Fan-made Renders

December 31, 2008

Happy New Year to those of you on my side of the date line! Clean3d shared a few very good looking renders that he made.

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Boot Times

December 31, 2008

Mali posted this on the forums:

Ångstöm boot time:

“Booting from SD takes 8 seconds, booting from NAND(yes, the first NAND-OS version is available) takes 40 seconds with JFFS2 – we will try another file system, looking at the specs it should be possible to boot in 10-12 seconds from NAND” -ED

1. NAND booting time was also slow on OMAP2.
2. Here is a benchmark of beagle board’s NAND…and-read-speeds

EDIT: Fixed link.


Promotional Stuff

December 31, 2008

Karas posted a nice poster he made, shown above.

Also in that thread CasperN added some cool Pandora t-shirts. More officially, an advertisement was posted over on the German blog, and judging by Babel Fish’s shoddy translation appears to be a draft of an ad to go into RETRO #10. No new info, but nice to see the Pandora’s getting some exposure.

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Gentoo; USB charging

December 29, 2008

Two small snippets for you.

viridior has posted an update on Gentoo for Pandora.

Great News!

The gentoo.pandora.devs have been able to build enough of an image that we will be able to start exporting it to dev’s with hardware for testing very soon.  Checkout and specifically to see our current base image software list.

This image is ONLY intended for basic functionality and use.  You will be able to add your own software easily by using emerge <software name>.  (We are using pre-compiled binaries)  That means that you can use potentially anything in

We will also have our own custom Gentoo Pandora Portage library for Pandora community projects and custom builds to maintain compatibility with the official distro release(s).

Squidge has confirmed that you can only charge via USB when the Pandora is off – I don’t think this is totally new but it’s worth knowing.

It should be noted however that you will only be able to charge the Pandora via USB when the device is Off. USB doesn’t supply enough power (~500mA) to both charge the battery and power the system at the same time.