[maemo-developers] N800 and USB host mode

From: Larry Battraw lbattraw at gmail.com
Date: Tue Mar 6 23:26:14 EET 2007
On 3/5/07, Michael Wiktowy <michael.wiktowy at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3/5/07, Larry Battraw <lbattraw at gmail.com> wrote:
> >I understand
> > that better support may be forthcoming, but that would be part of a
> > new kernel or a back-port of the fixes.
> The Nokia folks seem to be strangely silent on the whole USB host
> thing. Maybe they are not wanting to implicate themselves in a power
> injection hack that could damage your tablet. That would explain why
> they took out the vital bits from the kernel.
> I didn't see USB host support on the roadmap so I don't hold out much
> hope for the fixing of what I would consider a major regression of the
> N800 functionality vs. the 770. Nokia has surprised us with bigger
> easter eggs though.
> I would appreciate some clarification from Nokia whether this
> functionality will return or if it was removed intentionally.
> /Mike

  There was never a removal of the functionality since this is a new
chipset and support for it was not available for it (AFAIK) in the
kernel until recently.  I tried it out and it's pretty rough in (the
current kernel version) 2.6.18; it would crash very quickly after
booting up and I couldn't get it to actually do anything as far as
host-mode is concerned.  So no conspiracy, just no working code :-)  I
expect as support firms up we'll see it made available on the n800,
particularly if people are interested enough to help out.  A
roadmap/wishlist for changes to the platform is being created so this
would definitely be a candidate for the list.


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