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  1. #251
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    Then this is good seller. Just remember to check capacitors from time to time and your receiver will live long life

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    Hello pablocool,

    Again thanks for your feedback again. Meanwhile I have acquired an unmodified BSKA, two unmodified BXZB's and a BSLA already converted to Enigma2, as they are ridiculously cheap in Poland if you now where to look, although they are used receivers (seller says so honestly and even throws in a new remote and a new external power supply). The BSKA has received a new set of power supply capacitors and has been converted to E2 by myself (using the 2nd mother board and parallel connected NAND flash memories procedure), so now I have at least one receiver with VFD and one with LED to develop with.

    I would like have some assistance with some things, and will send you a PM on those.

    Currently I am working on the kernel and have arrived at the point that it starts and creates the necessary MTD-partitions in flash, although at the moment with the wrong numbering. I am trying to find out if the remainder of the NOR flash (just over 3.5 Mbyte) can be added to the NAND partition for E2, using MTD_CONCAT. The existing images floating around in the net all are built without the kernel config stored inside the kernel, so I had to rework the incorrect config for the git myself step by step.

    The images are developed for the boot setting NAND, not PKT, although the PKT setting has 1 Mbyte more room for E2, but everybody uses the NAND variant nowadays.

    The general impression I have gained so far is that these boxes were built to a price and thoroughly hammered shut (original software does not even start without a smartcard inserted and is in Polish only for instance). Unfortunately this is also true for the software made so far to make it run E2: I encounter error after error (for instance the NAND setting allow for a (rather large) 4 Mbyte kernel, but the boot loader only loads the first 3 Mbyte (valid for B4t, Freebox and MAGUS loaders)). A general remark to the Polish developers: the rest of the world usually does not speak/read Polish. I translate any Polish comment to English and put the result in my git(s).

    The DEBUG output on the BZZB has been solved. I was sent on the wrong path by your picture of the RS-232 converter and an error on the internet. Your picture shows a FTDI-based UART board with TTL outputs. The Debug connector, when activated, is already a TTL-output RS-232 port, so you only need a simple level converter (based on a MAX232 or MAX3232 chip) to get the communication going. The error on the internet had the Tx and Rx pins swapped. As a further hindrance, by MAX3232 converter board turned out to be broken. After fixing all this, minicom showed the familiar debug messages and work could begin.

    I plan to present a complete description for the E2 conversion in English, and to add all files needed for it soon. The files needed cannot be found in one easy location, and I encountered many dead links. The description for BSKA/BSLA has been finished and tested: my BSKA and BZZB are used for developing.

    Now you know the state of nBox affairs over here.

    Regards,

    Audioniek.
    Receivers: Rebox: RE-4000, 8000, 9000, 2200, 2210, 2220, 4200, 4210, 4220, 8220, 8500, SAB Unix Triple, Golden Media Spark Triplex, Amiko Alien 3, Sogno Spark Revolution, Topfield TF7710HDPVR, Kathrein UFS912, Vizyon revolution 820HD PVR, nBox BKSA/BSLA/BXZB/BZZB, Vitamin HD 5000
    Sats: Astra 1, 2 & 3, Hotbird
    Main activity: building my own E2 images for Fortis receivers

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    Hi

    Great you managed to convert BSKA to E2 with mother board method. Yes these receivers are very cheap in Poland. BXZB you are able to buy around 30PLN. BSKA around 70 PLN, BSLA/BZZB around 90 PLN

    As I sent you via PM, this will solve many of your questions regarding kernel config/NAND/NOR/ethernet/etc:
    https://misiak.mini.net.pl/~marcinkk/pablocool/

    Unfortunately freebox E2 sources are not available. Or at least I failed to found them.

    Besides all these shortcomings you mention, and which are really true, I think freebox E2 works pretty well on these boxes.
    On modified kernel I succeded running E2 from your git also well.
    Only my last try failed with fault: "(gst-plugin-scanner:703): GStreamer-WARNING **: Failed to load plugin '/usr/lib/gstreamer-1.0/libgstalsa.so': /usr/lib/gstreamer-1.0/libgstalsa.so: undefined symbol: snd_pcm_get_chmap"
    Dont know if you fixed it already With HW you will have opportunity to fix all issues I think

    Regarding Debug I think you can use simple level converter (based on a MAX232 or MAX3232 chip) when you connect to COM port in PC.
    I use usb ttl converter successfully. I dont know why it does not work for you. (I will send you photos of my setup when I am back home)
    Edit: this is my debug cable based on FTDI FT232RL
    IMG_20190723_161027.jpg

    Sure. I will be happy to make deskcheck of your English version of tutorial.

    regards
    Paweł
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    @pablocool:

    Now I understand your way of working: the FTDI module is connected to a PC on the USB side, and directly to the DEBUG connector in the receiver, skipping the TTL->RS232 voltage conversion twice. Clever, but I use a standard COM-port in by destop PC which has RS232 levels so I need the MAX(3)232 approach only on the receiver side.
    Thank for adding your photo, it made me understand.

    Regards,

    Audioniek.
    Receivers: Rebox: RE-4000, 8000, 9000, 2200, 2210, 2220, 4200, 4210, 4220, 8220, 8500, SAB Unix Triple, Golden Media Spark Triplex, Amiko Alien 3, Sogno Spark Revolution, Topfield TF7710HDPVR, Kathrein UFS912, Vizyon revolution 820HD PVR, nBox BKSA/BSLA/BXZB/BZZB, Vitamin HD 5000
    Sats: Astra 1, 2 & 3, Hotbird
    Main activity: building my own E2 images for Fortis receivers


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