Archive for February, 2006

Windows CE on an VIA EPIA M10000 (x86) System

February 28, 2006
I have purchased a motherboard as above primarily for deployment of Windows XP Embedded, given that you can boot XPe from USB on the board.  More on a later Blog.  <To do>Win XPe on the board</To do>
 
Puchased via internet locally for about $A244 incl. PP.  Got in about 2 days. 
(Do google search on VIA M10000, restict to AUS)
 
Placed board in a small PC case <To Do>Get a Micro Case, or Build one</To do>
with HD, Floppy, CD, IDE-CF(With 1 Gig CF), PCMCIA – PCI board(Will swap with a USB Device board)
 
The situation so far getting Windows CE on the board:
– Downloaded and installed the BSP from
http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=420&OSID=22&CatID=2380   (The 2nd last link at bottom (Blue Image)  (CN400/CLE266 BSP  Version – 2.323)
– Built standard Webpad with a few tweaks (Debug)
 
<Problem 1 = Bootstrap>
– Booted board with CEPC boot Floppy:
  Could not see it in Menu-Target-Connectivity Options
– Replaced eboot.bin on floppy with eboot.bin from VIA BSP
  In C:\WINCE500\PLATFORM\Viacn\Src\Bootloader\Eboot\BIN
  Was then able see device, downloaded and booted.Wala
</Problem 1>
 
<Problem 2 = Screen Resolution>
– When booted as above, loadcepc parameters for screen size ignored.  Starts as 640×40.
– In Platform Builder with project loaded
– Modified BSP registry screen value for board from 2 to B :
 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Drivers\Display\VIA]
Search for "DisplayModeNum"=dword:2  and change 2 to B (etc)
;B:  1280x1024x32   60Hz
.. in VIACN-Hardware Specific Filese-platform.reg (Parameter View from Workspace)
(List of suitable values above that line, as comments)
– Sysgened, Rebooted and Wala.
</Problem 2>
 
I’ll Blog some more of these activities here.

5 Teams in WESC 2006

February 28, 2006
Last week we found out that we have 5 teams at RMIT School of Electrical & Computer Engineering in WESC 2006, The Microsoft Windows Embedded Student Challange.  They are 5 out 200 teams world-wide selected for the 2nd round.  From this 30 teams will be selected for the finals in June 2006 at Redmond.
 
Last year 2 of our teams made the finals, one team were the winners.
 
The 5 teams each get an ICOP eBox ii (Low scale x86 system) and WIN CE Platform Builder 5.
 
They have to build a system on the box using Windows CE 5 along the theme "Preserving, protecting and enhancing the environment"  The judging puts emphasis upon team funstionality, business plan , apart from the engineering/software aspects.
 
Last Year’s Winners:
Team Sam : "Evergreen Intelligent Watering System"
Students:
Daravuth Luong, Alexander Reptis,
Jason Shrapnel, Stephen van Rees
Faculty Mentor:
David Jones
I’ll add a team photo with the cup
 
Links:
 
 
A Grouch!
Hope local media take a bigger interest in this this year.  Last year despite press releases by Microsoft Redmond, MS Australia, RMIT Unhiversity, myself sending material (including an exclusive to TheAge the night they won) local media exhibited ZERO interest.  Contrast this with those local secondary students who recently won that international automobile design competition.