Topic: Desktop out-of-box feedback
Got my desktop unit yesterday. No serious issues, but I'll note the minor ones since Bunnie was asking for feedback from the early recipients.
Screws suppled for the panel mount were changed (there's a handwritten adjustment on the label on the bag); there are now two lengths. The shorter ones are too short (by about 2mm) to reach all the threads on the nuts, but good enough to get it snug. The getting started guide doesn't say which length to use, so I was guessing.
The threads in the bezel backing plate behind the LCD strip really easily. Even using light finger torque I stripped two trying to find a snug point.
WiFi antenna mounting instructions are amusingly vague ("a location that provides good reception given your setup, and complies to local regulations".) I didn't find a location good enough to commit to using the adhesive on.
The LCD cable passes right over the GPBB's header when the panel is closed -- I suspect that might be an issue for people using the pre-notched bezel, and after all the introductory paranoia about bending the LCD I'm a little worried about the header pins flexing the cable and thence the panel.
Nothing explicitly labelled as ROMulator was in the box, but the "Novena <-> SD Fuzz Adapter 1.0" has a set of pads near the novena's end which look like they might mate with a flash rom package. It would help if there were a manifest in the box or on the wiki explaining what to look for, since the only pictures I've seen of the ROMulator looked substantially different than this.
There's an extra bagged blue aluminum heatsink in the box for some reason. FPGA? Adding extra irony to the Cortex ARM core on the Senoko pass-through board?
A couple of first-boot notes that are probably software issues:
- There's a lot of transient display tearing and color-garbling in X associated with CPU load (process startups, keystrokes in input fields, etc.) This manifested badly on the first boot, and not at all on a second or third.
- There's a constant low buzz from both speaker channels.
- A USB (1.0) mouse was not recognized when plugged via a hub the device had recognized, but worked fine on one of the typeA ports on the side.
In short, not a bad first experience considering what the Novena is for, mostly calls for some clarifications in documentation.