I'm just getting up to speed on the overo but some things i've found--

Are you running the default image that shipped with the overo? The earlier kernel image / root filesystem that shipped with some overos did not have the ethernet module. I had to update mine to the latest (0.92 available at http://www.gumstix.net/overo-gm-images/ )

What is the output of running the command 'uname -r'? This will tell you what kernel version you are running.

Additionally, I don't believe the kernel module for the ethernet device is set to load automatically in the factory image. Try running "modprobe smsc911x". If it works you will probably see no output. After this run dmesg, and you should see some messages about loading the ethernet driver. Also 'ifconfig -a' should now list the ethernet device.

This was from memory so if anything doesn't work let me know--


On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 1:11 PM, Elvis Dowson <elvis.dowson@mac.com> wrote:
      My board is an old board, which I ordered in Nov 2008. I think
newer boards don't have this resistor problem to enable the USB. I
think you also have to enable the USB Host in the kernel and play
around with some settings to get it to work. I'll not be modifying my
Overo Earth, for fear of
damaging it.

But I am getting an Overo Fire soon, and I've ordered the mini-a to
mini-b usb cable to connect it to a USB Hub and subsequently to a
mouse and keyboard.

Luckily for me, I've realized that I don't need the USB keyboard and
mouse for development tasks, and the console port works just fine,
when used with the touch screen and a distribution that has a on-
screen soft keyboard.

Best regards,


On May 9, 2009, at 7:35 PM, Roelof van Silfhout wrote:

> Barry
> I share your opinion two weeks after receiving my overa water boards I
> still have no feedback from gumstix or their 'low cost help service'
> on my problem of even booting any kernel. Am I the only one having
> difficulties booting my overo with tobi motherboard as delivered?
> Thanks
> Roelof
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