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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:04 am 
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I've read that the debug boards are no longer available. Without one, is there *any* way to get a serial console on an EFIKA MX smarttop?

I've got plenty of TTL-to-USBserial adapters and such, and if the right pins or connections are available I can rig something up.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:30 am 
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Hi Bill.

I'll see if I can get you a basic schematic, or at least the pin-out from the connector the debug board normally plugs into.
I believe you can rig something up with an FT232 or so.

Of course, doing this would not be officially supported by Genesi and would be at your own risk.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:13 am 
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The pin-out would be great; I can work with that. I don't expect any warranty support; I mostly just want to be able to work with the console directly and do so at my own risk. :D Thank you.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:00 pm 
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Hi Bill,

Please send me an email (johan.dams (at) genesi-usa.com); I might have something for you.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:23 pm 
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Johan, I just replied to an email from Bill that you were cc:ed on. Thanks a bunch!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:04 am 
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For the sake of completeness and as a reference for others who might be interested in this information, NewIT in the United Kingdom are selling debug boards for the Efika MX Smarttop.

Link: http://www.newit.co.uk


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:19 pm 
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...we found a debug board for Bill and it is being sent to him.

That said, if you absolutely need a debug board NewIT is the primary source today. NewIT is doing an outstanding job supporting the Efika MX Community from the UK.

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