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#41 OFFLINE   TrashyMG

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 04:44 PM



I already have my Pandora but I'm also happy about the RAM Update. Should make usage of RAM intense Programms like Browsers much better. The only thing that never should happen is that Coders do programs that NEED these 512Mb RAM, which would lead to sadness for Users with the old Pandoras.


I can't think of a lot of games or programs that would NEED 512MB RAM... at least not many that would run properly on our SoC as well.

However, if a game port REQUIRES 512MB RAM, then why shouldn't anyone port it?
Sure, it would not work on the older units, but it wouldn't also work there if there was no Pandora with more RAM ;)


Only one i can really think of that ive used is Wesnoth, i couldnt finish the main campaign cause of crashes.

But now the DSP could be loaded without worry.
Maybe more memory can be used by the SGX?


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Posted 24 December 2011 - 04:44 PM

Please tell me that It'll be possible to order a spare board. I'm looking forward to have that extra ram but the problem ( if it's one ) is that I already have my pandora...

Comon, N64 emulation 'gonna be smoother with EXTRA ram, am I wrong or?

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 04:49 PM

Fantastic! Well done ED!
I think the doubled RAM is a *good* thing. I'm sure i'll be going for the upgrade, though i'm going to hold on to my Pandora for a while when it get's back from RMA (i miss it so).

Perhaps i'll send it away for the upgrade late next year.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:03 PM

Can't say I'm not jealous, but really, if you have been waiting 3 years for a Pandora, you really deserve to get double the ram!

Edit: At 5:25, it says the DRAM is 384 MB, is some reserved for system stuff?
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:04 PM

Would the pandoras that have the old boards that you are selling also be able to get upgraded too?

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:07 PM

wow great news, I'm so happy this Christmas eve!!
congratulations ED i knew u could do it!!
and I cant wait to here about the upgrade program cos I will definitively opt in for that :)
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:08 PM


Only one i can really think of that ive used is Wesnoth, i couldnt finish the main campaign cause of crashes.

I noticed this with the 1.9 branch, I guess because of all the new graphics and Animations. The old 1.8 branch didn't crashed for me yet. Maybe it is a memory leak or something like this, 1.9x often crashes for me after a while of playing. I'm sure Wesnoth will greatly benefit from more RAM, same for Firefox & Co. :)

Somewhat off topic.... but play Wesnoth with swap, and all's well (even with the 1.9 branch, for which I've played a lot).
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:27 PM

Since I got my obliterated pandora over there, I'll go ahead and take the upgrade.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:28 PM

Edit: At 5:25, it says the DRAM is 384 MB, is some reserved for system stuff?

I noticed that too, but I think they got some memory from another company for this test run, so it is not the "official" memory chips.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:34 PM


Edit: At 5:25, it says the DRAM is 384 MB, is some reserved for system stuff?

I noticed that too, but I think they got some memory from another company for this test run, so it is not the "official" memory chips.


Heh, someone spotted it :)

We have the official memory chips already, however, U-Boot hasn't been updated to properly recognize the RAM yet :)
notaz is working on this and added support for the new chip to the TI-Bootloader yet (which runs before U-Boot), but U-Boot also needs an update :)



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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:47 PM

Will the ram upgrade option be available to all pandora owners or only the ones that bought at your shop?

Oh, and awesome vid :)
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:49 PM

Will the ram upgrade option be available to all pandora owners or only the ones that bought at your shop?

Oh, and awesome vid :)


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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:56 PM

Comon, N64 emulation 'gonna be smoother with EXTRA ram, am I wrong or?


You're wrong.

Congrats ED.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:59 PM


Will the ram upgrade option be available to all pandora owners or only the ones that bought at your shop?

Oh, and awesome vid :)


To all :)


This totally makes me happy, My case isn't holding together properly at this point (was trying to get the volume wheel to not click against the case) and would be glad to support your endeavors further if I need to pay for an upgrade to my RAM / a new case for my unit.

Offtopic: Any suggestions in getting the longer screws to catch if the holes are stripped out somehow? When I was unscrewing them, this powder substance more or less rained out of the holes. What was holding those screws in in the first place? Locktite?
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 06:05 PM



Will the ram upgrade option be available to all pandora owners or only the ones that bought at your shop?

Oh, and awesome vid :)


To all :)


This totally makes me happy, My case isn't holding together properly at this point (was trying to get the volume wheel to not click against the case) and would be glad to support your endeavors further if I need to pay for an upgrade to my RAM / a new case for my unit.

Offtopic: Any suggestions in getting the longer screws to catch if the holes are stripped out somehow? When I was unscrewing them, this powder substance more or less rained out of the holes. What was holding those screws in in the first place? Locktite?


I think they are just self tappers, so just the plastic.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 06:16 PM




Will the ram upgrade option be available to all pandora owners or only the ones that bought at your shop?

Oh, and awesome vid :)


To all :)


This totally makes me happy, My case isn't holding together properly at this point (was trying to get the volume wheel to not click against the case) and would be glad to support your endeavors further if I need to pay for an upgrade to my RAM / a new case for my unit.

Offtopic: Any suggestions in getting the longer screws to catch if the holes are stripped out somehow? When I was unscrewing them, this powder substance more or less rained out of the holes. What was holding those screws in in the first place? Locktite?


I think they are just self tappers, so just the plastic.


Really? I wouldn't think the plastic was that weak to fall apart when I unscrew it. =/
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 06:42 PM





Will the ram upgrade option be available to all pandora owners or only the ones that bought at your shop?

Oh, and awesome vid :)


To all :)


This totally makes me happy, My case isn't holding together properly at this point (was trying to get the volume wheel to not click against the case) and would be glad to support your endeavors further if I need to pay for an upgrade to my RAM / a new case for my unit.

Offtopic: Any suggestions in getting the longer screws to catch if the holes are stripped out somehow? When I was unscrewing them, this powder substance more or less rained out of the holes. What was holding those screws in in the first place? Locktite?


I think they are just self tappers, so just the plastic.


Really? I wouldn't think the plastic was that weak to fall apart when I unscrew it. =/


Well, the Pandora's case is too brittle which is the cause of the cracks, and is probably the cause of the plastic falling apart when you unscrew it as well.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:27 PM


ED, do you have any figures in mind for how much a potential upgrade will cost? I'm definitely interested.


Not yet, but I think the maximum limit would be 200 EUR.

Would there be a price difference for those who went premium and already have their pandora?

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:08 PM

We have the official memory chips already, however, U-Boot hasn't been updated to properly recognize the RAM yet :)
notaz is working on this and added support for the new chip to the TI-Bootloader yet (which runs before U-Boot), but U-Boot also needs an update :)

Will it mean two versions of the OS ?

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:13 PM

Will it mean two versions of the OS ?

Nope, why would it?


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