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One Step Closer To Haiku on ARMs

by @ Tuesday, August 18th, 2009. Filed under Hardware

Johannes Wischert has made some excellent progress on the port of Haiku to the ARM processor.  You can read all about it here.  This is great!

Web Tablets 8 years later…

by @ Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008. Filed under Hardware

I got a real kick out of this post on /.: “TechCrunch announced that they are planning to design their own $200 web tablet device. Quoting: ‘The idea is to turn it on, bypass any desktop interface, and go directly to Firefox running in a modified Kiosk mode that effectively turns the browser into the […]

Why Do I Only See 3 out of 4 Gigs of RAM?

by @ Thursday, April 17th, 2008. Filed under Hardware

Biffuz explains why 4 gigs of RAM in a modern computer system only looks like 3 gigs. The situation appears to be another case of some higher-up technology executive somewhere saying “we’ll never need that much memory in a computer system!” that is coming back to byte computer users in the butt!

Mini Review – Eagle Tech IMC6375 Barebone PC

by @ Wednesday, May 16th, 2007. Filed under Haiku, Hardware

I wanted a small form factor box to run BeOS and Haiku on. After much looking around at the current offerings, many with too new or too obscure features to use for a Haiku build tool, I decided to take the dive on an Eagle Tech IMC6375 (also available in black). The bottom line of […]

Help TeamHaiku with your PS3

by @ Wednesday, April 25th, 2007. Filed under Hardware

Apparently, your PS3 can run the Folding@Home client well.  So, if you sign up with TeamHaiku and head over to their site for links to running the Folding@Home client on your PS3, you can help out the Haiku community! More power to Haiku via your PS3!!!

Graphics driver updates *UPDATED* 04/25

by @ Sunday, April 23rd, 2006. Filed under Hardware

Rudolf posted some new benchmark results on his nVidia 3d driver page. The benchmarks show the speeds of the current 3D driver Alpha 4.1 and the 2D driver 0.80. The benchmark table compares the framerates achieved in Quake 2 timedemo 1 under BeOS and Windows98 second edition. A number of cards that are supported by […]

Radeon Graphics driver update

by @ Monday, April 17th, 2006. Filed under Hardware

Euan posted an update over at the Bebits talkback section of the ATI Radeon graphics driver regarding working drivers for the AGP X700’s and PCI-E X300’s. Thanks goes to Adam Kirchoff for loaning Euan a Radeon card to work with. Here is the important part of Euan’s post: This driver is fresh of the mill, […]

$100 Laptops

by @ Thursday, November 17th, 2005. Filed under Hardware

RepairmanJack wrote in a submission for the new $100 Laptop Initiative. From the article: “it will rely on open-source software”. I guess the idea of the submission is: wouldn’t it be nice to get Haiku on one of those things. 🙂 They have flash for long term storage – anyone working on booting Haiku from […]

ESS Maestro3 /Allegro sound driver testing

by @ Saturday, September 10th, 2005. Filed under Hardware

Greg Crain recently posted over at the bedrivertalk mailing list and the forum about his work on the ESS Maestro3 /Allegro sound driver. Here’s what he posted in the bedrivertalk mailing list: Hi all, I finally got around to tweaking the Maestro3 driver code, and it seems to be working. I have a pretty […]

Echo audio drivers available for testing

by @ Monday, April 18th, 2005. Filed under Hardware

Now that Jérome has an Echo Gina3G, thanks to and the support/donations from the community, he now has an Echo audio card to use to continue developing the Echo audio drivers for BeOS. Since Jérome can only test the drivers with his Echo Gina3G, he is interested in seeing the results of other Echo […]

Multi Channel I/O Sound card Driver Fund.

by @ Thursday, January 13th, 2005. Filed under Hardware

A poll was started over at the forums to start raising money to support the development of a complete driver for a multi i/o high quality soundcard for the BeOS. The poll was made to start a discussion about the fund to see who would be interested, how much to raise and to decide […]

BeOS Laptop Page has a new look

by @ Monday, November 29th, 2004. Filed under Hardware

I noticed yesterday that the BeOS Laptop Page has a different look and a new forum as well, head on over to the site to take a look. ConneX also has plans to add some new features to the site. One of them is to add a list of laptops that are known to not […]

VIA C3 CPUs gain a performance boost under BeOS

by @ Monday, November 15th, 2004. Filed under Hardware

Today, Rudolf released a new driver and app which enables VIA’s C3 CPUs MTRR-writecombining for graphics cards. According to Rudolf, this will increase access speed to your graphics card by 200-400%. That’s a big increase! You can download the driver and app from Bebits here. Unfortunately, I don’t have a system that uses a VIA […]

3Com 920 driver ported to PPC.

by @ Monday, November 8th, 2004. Filed under Hardware

I noticed this in the Begroovy forums. MYOB posted a topic regarding the new 3Com driver by Patrick Lafarguette. This might interest some BeOS PowerPC users if you haven’t already read his post: Yet another historic BeOS limitation seems to have been shattered – the 10Mbit barrier for PowerPC network cards. Patrick Lafarguette, who wrote […]

NeoMagic Testers Needed!

by @ Thursday, August 5th, 2004. Filed under Hardware

Rudolf, the man who made my nVidia-based laptop go into beautiful widescreen under BeOS, needs your help. He writes I’ve hit some major hardware faults, and I’ve released a new (already old again 😉 version 0.06. (current is 0.09 from the build factory!)… I need people to test the 0.09 CVS driver for me before […]

Boneyard Wireless Tab

by @ Thursday, August 5th, 2004. Filed under Hardware

Caught over at IsComputerOn that there is a new add-on for Boneyard out that will help laptop users configuring wireless cards. It adds a tab to Boneyard (the preference panel for BeOS Networking Environment – BONE – users) that takes configuration of a wireless card out of text configs and into the gui. Great news!


by @ Thursday, April 1st, 2004. Filed under Hardware

Wear a thong, win a BeBox. According to the official WalterCon Thong Rules website, the winner of the contest gets a dual 133 Mhz BeBoxen with BeOS R5 Pro installed. Second and third place prizes have not been announced but are described as “a bunch of great things directly from Be Inc. auction that are […]

BeDriver mirrors FrizBe Matrix

by @ Thursday, March 4th, 2004. Filed under Hardware

As most users have noticed by now the hardware matrix at has been down for some time now. After the FrizBe hardware store went under the domain name was eventually left unregistered. The folks over at now have a mirror of the matrix in static pages and are working on obtaining the actual […]

New BeDrivers Website

by @ Thursday, July 24th, 2003. Filed under Hardware

Scottmc wrote in to let us know about the newly redesigned BeDrivers website. He had this to say about it: The new site is using php and will allow easier updates. This new site was created by Sikosis and he’ll be helping me out keeping things more upto date than in the past. We now […]

New nVidia driver in development

by @ Friday, July 18th, 2003. Filed under Hardware

Rudolf Cornelissen, the author of the NeoMagic driver we posted about a couple of months ago, has begun work on a new nVidia driver. He had this to say in a post to the BeDriverTalk mailing list: Currently modesetup is partially working, all cards should be recognized (85!) and the hardcursor is operational. He also […]

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