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Obligatory n800 Post

So, after some effort, I managed to get my n800 ordered last week with my developer discount code (Thanks Nokia!) and it arrived today. It’s thinner than I expected it to be, but I’ve definitely been spoilt by the 770’s hard cover and I’m going to get the n800 cover accessory as soon as I find somewhere that will sell it to a US address. I’ve been playing with it over the weekend and it’s definitely slick – there are some nice usability improvements (like the way the window menu lets you close windows now) and the fully integrated bluetooth keyboard support is much appreciated.

As I discussed previously, the current n800 kernel doesn’t include my mmc4 or sdhc patches but I fully expected them to work once applied. Mark Lee has already confirmed that the SDHC patch works, so I built a kernel with the roll-up of changes that Pierre sent upstream for 2.6.20 (including mmc4) plus the sdhc patch. The patches applied cleanly except that I had to exclude the omap part of the roll-up (already in there) plus make one small fix up. Then, the very first thing I did after unpacking the n800 was flash the new kernel – yep, I didn’t even turn it on first 🙂

It came up just fine and I popped my 4GB SDHC card inside at which point it was immediately recognised. Also, in contrast to some reports, the file manager reported the size of the card correctly. I then put my 2GB MMCmobile card from my 770 into the other slot and that worked fine too. I wasn’t able to get useful speed results due to caching (even using dd on the raw card device) but it seems to be faster than if it was only doing 1 bit transfers.

When I get some time later this week, I’m going to make a custom kernel available with the MMC and SD changes in it.

In other news, 2.6.20 is officially out and Pierre has pushed out his batch of changes for 2.6.21 including the SDHC support, so it will hit mainline at that time. I don’t expect Nokia to bump the kernel version, but I hope they take in these patches so that people don’t have to use custom kernels.

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