If you have an N900 (not being blessed with an N950 – I would LOVE to be blessed with one of these) you might want to try out Meego 1.2

Official site here

There is installation guide here

The actual image file of what is now refered to as the “Community Edition” is here.

Adding the extras-devel is made on the device, and installing the uboot package is also done on the device itself.

Not having a Linux machine handy (and also not feeling that comfortable with one either), I tried using Windows for the following steps.

The dd command is also available on Windows. Naturally not the native one, but a remake with the same syntax and functionality: I used the one you can find here

In order to fiddle with the format of the MicroSD, I used the free software Partition Wizard (this using a Sandisk micro adapter accessing the MicroSD via USB).

So, open the command shell in the directory where you have the DD command. Try “dd -list” to get a list of the devices attached to the machine. Mine was called “\\?\Device\HarddiskVolume21″. Please mind that getting this right is imperative. If you run the dd command pointing at the wrong device, you will logically destroy it. The only help is to reformat and reformatting means kissing the old content goodbye. Or rather, issuing the dd command to the wrong disk is the kiss of death. Formatting it will merely again make it usable, but still empty.

It’s recommended to copy the raw ROM image to the same directory as the  DD command and rename it to something really simple. No need to add complexity by getting a stupidly long path and equally long and stupid filename, right? So mine went to the local directory and was renamed to “rom.raw“. My command was this:

dd bs=4096 if=rom.raw of=\\?\Device\HarddiskVolume21 –progress

Strongly suggest the –progress parameter as the process is quite slow and takes quite long. Pushinbg close to 4GB of data over USB2 (in my case) and a MicroSD IS slow, and validating the progress is a good way to ensure it did just hang.

 

Did it work? yet to find out – I entertain myself writing this as the dd command works in the background 😉

Learning by doing: Why do people insist on messing with shells when it can so safely, comfortably and easily be done using an application with a proper GUI? Why, oh why?

So, install the uboot 13 on the device, download the image and then use this non-bloatware “write image to device” tool:

https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+download

Booted and now have todays build of the system running on the N900 device 🙂

Having said all of this; Partition Wizard is still a great program

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