LXDE on Nexus One phone

Sven Killig has managed to run LXDE on his Nexus One in a USB host mode. He has made a video showing how all kinds of devices plugged in – including a web cam, keyboards, screens and a display link unit.

Connect USB devices to your Nexus One

  • Hardware
    • Nexus One
    • Micro USB OTG cable (e.g.)
    • USB Dual Power Cable (e.g.) to provide power to the hub chip through the uplink port, since the Nexus One doesn’t provide bus power
    • Powered USB 2.0 hub (will charge the Nexus One) (e.g.) and optionally a battery pack for mobile use (e.g.) (measurements)
  • Software based on Android 2.2 Froyo FRF72 (2.1 may work, too)
    • Download binaries…
    • …or build from source
    • Install kernel
      • Boot from RAM (till next reset)…
        • /android-sdk-linux_86/tools/fastboot boot arch/arm/boot/zImage
      • …or write to flash (boot.img from a nandroid backup)
        • /getramdisk.py /boot.img
          /android-sdk-linux_86/tools/fastboot -b 0x20000000 flash:raw boot arch/arm/boot/zImage ramdisk.img
    • Start ConnectBot, enable full screen and connect to Local
      • su
        insmod drivers/usb/core/usbcore.ko

        # Ignore the Unbalanced enabled for IRQ 58 stack trace for now
        insmod drivers/usb/host/ehci-hcd.ko
    • Substitute device mode (or port Andrew de Quincey’s work)
      • Use adb over TCP/IP
        • adb connect IP_address:5555
      • Filesystem access
        • Nexus One’s
        • PC’s
          • insmod fs/cifs/cifs.ko
            mount -t cifs -o username="username",password="password" //IP_address/share /mnt/sdcard/cifs


Hackaday: http://hackaday.com/2010/06/08/nexus-one-as-usb-host/

Sven Killig: http://sven.killig.de/android/N1/2.2/usb_host/


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