Issues -- Haiku R1A3 on Dell Latitude E6500
First off, let me say thanks to everyone who’ve gotten Haiku to where it is today: computing is fun again! As an old-time BeOS user, I’m happy to see that legacy not only carried forward, but improved. Congratulations! I've got R1A3 up and running in a virtual machine on OS X 10.7.4 using VMware Fusion 4.13, and everything's working after I installed the OSS package for sound and set the network driver to "e1000" in the .vmx file.
Now I'm trying to get R1A3 to run from a USB stick on my Dell Latitude E6500, and I'm having issues. First of all, it seems that the NVIDIA NVS Quadro 160M is not supported, so I have to use Safe Mode VESA. Haiku lists the Quadro 160M card as “G98M,” and I can't see if it's part of any of the older driver packages.
Is there a better graphics option, and, if not, how can I set Haiku up to use the VESA driver (preferably set to 1440 X 900 32-bit resolution) without entering the Safe Mode menu at each boot?
Speaking of Safe Mode, even with the VESA drivers I'm left with just the mouse pointer frozen in the middle of an empty desktop, though all the icons fire up okay on the boot screen. Enabling the Safe Mode option (and Safe Mode graphics) seems to get me fully loaded to the Desktop (with the Tracker, Deskbar, and a fully functioning system), but is there some way to find out what's causing the failure?
For what it's worth, I've enabled a debug log, but nothing's being written -- not even a syslog.
Then there's networking: I've got both an Intel Wireless 5300 and on-board Intel 82567 LM Gigabit Network Controller -- both of which are recognized by Devices, but neither of which loads. I've installed the 5xxx drivers, but Network Preferences still can't find a device -- wired or wireless. And while "listdev" sees both the devices, "ls /dev/net" just finds 'ipro1000' and 'iprowifi4965.' Anyone have any ideas?
As an aside, whenever I do run "ls /dev/net," it will run the command and then freeze the system hard (at this point I need to power the whole computer off and restart.)
Last of all there's sound. Devices shows an Intel 82801 (ICH9) HD Audio Controller. Since I can't use the "installoptionalpackage" script to install OSS without a network connection, I've done it manually. The Media Preferences shows Intel HD as the audio driver, but I get no sound from either the HD Audio or Intel HD Audio settings. Any ideas?
Finally, the Media server needs to be started after every boot -- it's not being started "automagically." Is this because I've had to use Safe Mode to get to the Desktop? Can I have it start somehow with a script?
Thanks in advance.