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Waiting for some bits and bobs to be delivered for the case build, I've been trying to find out how to access and use the gpio ports on Gizmo2.   The ubuntu install has a /sys/class/gpio folder and the export/unexport files where gpio pins can be controlled through user space but seems to be missing the controller chip.   I tried a few things to get them opened up including making a python script to bash number 0 to 999 at the export file with no success.   Clearly, this was a ...
Mame is a Multiple arcade machine emulator allowing computers to play games from arcade machines by providing it with rom files. Installation is straight forward but can have some pitfalls if you don't know the procedure.   Installing Mame is as easy as opening Appgrid or Ubuntu software centre, searching for it and choosing install. Once it's finished installing, it can be launched using it's icon in your applications/games menu or by typing "mame" into a terminal. Just like the Amiga em ...
The Gizmo's main limitation is it's ram which means that the less resources the system needs, the more we can devote towards applications that we want to use.   There are lots of lightweight Desktop environments that can help reduce these resources but it's worth considering launching programs without any desktop or file manager if you want to use your system towards a dedicated task.   When Ubuntu boots up, you should be presented with a log in screen asking for your password. At ...
To be able to play Amiga games, an emulator is needed; specifically SF-UAE.   The emulator needs to have roms that act as a kind of BIOS called kickstart in order to boot games. A company bought the rights to own kickstart so to use them legally, you either need to own an Amiga or purchase the license. Luckily, my collection of old Amiga's lets me use these kickstarts. I managed to find them by searching for Amiga Kickstart downloads in Google.   The games can be downloaded for free ...
It's been longer than anticipated finishing off installing the core software; and it's all Gizmo's fault..   There I was, quietly sat going through some terminal commands thinking I was nearly done when the the output of the last command listed out into the terminal:          lscpu Architecture:      i686 CPU op-mode(s):    32-bit, 64-bit Byte Order:        Little ...
Here's a video demonstrating launching application outside of the desktop environment on Ubuntu, A screen recorder launches the in turn launches Warsow and records it in high+ graphics mode while capturing the screen at 30 fps.   If you got the time, watch all the way through as I tear it up on Warsow!     Lucie ...
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Gizmo on Fire!!

Posted by lucie tozer Top Member Apr 17, 2015
I came across the Catalyst Fire graphics chipset drivers for Gizmo2's G series system on chip and found the performance increase well worth the effort of installing them.   The AMD download site has tons of options but if you perservere, you can find the linux download for the device, I'll post specifics later.   Once downloaded, you get the opportunity to build your own packages specific to your operating system. I built them for Ubuntu 32bit which was a bit fiddly with having to ...
xever

Gizmo 2 - Out of the box

Posted by xever Apr 16, 2015
I have received my Gizmo 2 just before the Easter weekend.  Its arrival was perfect timing for me to see try out its capabilities out of the box and share that experience in this post.  There are already a few great reviews in this community who had earlier access to this wonderful single board machine, and I strongly recommend them as they are well worth the read.   What's inside the box? Upon opening the box, one will find: - The Gizmo 2 Single Board Computer inside the anti- ...
  Index of progress reports, technical information and project details: http://www.element14.com/community/people/violet/blog/2015/04/15/hadron-vortex-g2--content-index   Check back regularly for new content!   Lucie ...
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Hadron Vortex G2

Posted by lucie tozer Top Member Apr 14, 2015
Watch out for more info on the Hadron Vortex G2 retro gaming console. Brought to life by Gizmo2.   Have you got gremlins in your system?     ...
I originally posted a proposal for a media center application. The goal was to make the Gizmo2 WiFi capable via a mini Wifi PCI card.   The cheapest and best I could find was from mWave. http://www.mwave.com.au/product/intel-7260hmwwbr-dual-band-wirelessac-7260-minipci-express-card-ab49888?gclid=CKeM8tzYsMQCFQYGvAodgRwA5Q   Then add a few cables and antennas from eBay to complete the WiFi portion. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/RP-SMA-2-4GHz-16-dBi-Booster-Wireless-Antenna-WIFI-WLAN-Fo ...