Talk:USB compatibility list

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I tried to make a table layout that is future proof an contains all information needed to connect a device to the Pandora. If you can come up with more necessary info, please add colums now as it will be more work later. It took a little guesswork to put in all the info for the two GSM modems so please correct me if I was wrong anywhere! OrR

Table looks good OrR. For the modems, I marked drivers as "not needed", because DJWillis confirmed this in his blog. I've also added two columns: Tested in Linux, and Tested on Pandora. This allows us to add products that we're 99% sure will work, before we can test them ourselves on Pandora. The Apple Ethernet adapter is one such example... there have been a few people asking about these, and it looks to be the perfect device.

I’ve also added a (very) general section for OTG adapters, hubs etc. Even though compatibility issues with these are very unlikely (making them a little out of place on a compatibility page), it’s handy to point people here for their adapters etc rather than continually post links on the forums. Think of it as a “recommended for Pandora” section.

^ Gruso

28-10-09: The OTG adapter compatibility table was recently changed from "generic, untested" to "Nokia, tested". However the links still pointed to generic adapters on eBay and Amazon. I've restored the first row to "generic, untested" and added a second row for the Nokia. The Nokia info still needs to be verified (was a particular model tested on Pandora or Beagleboard hardware?) and a link provided. - Gruso

I am confused by the classification of generic/nokia adapters. I thought there are regular adaptors that are just that and OTG adaptors that ground the 5th pin (ID pin) to tell the device to go into host mode. I have a N800 and it supports both however I have only a regular adapter so I have to force the usb controller into host mode. So wouldn't all adapters be supported? Some working to boot with others requiring software to enable host mode. --Robotjohn 01:05, 31 December 2009 (MET)

Just wondering, how do we know what's compatible? Jourdy288 17:19, 19 January 2010 (MET)

E220 current draw:

I see the current draw for E220 (and E160) is set to 250mA in the table. As far as I know it needs 500mA (and that's also what Wikipedia says). The one I own certainly needs some juice, I have to use the dual-USB cable on my USB 1.1 laptop or it won't get enough current to work. I wonder where the 250mA figure comes from? Is it official? Tor 16:54, 5 March 2010 (MET)


Now that we can test on Pandora, maybe we should think about removing the 'linux' column, and just focus on 'not tested/works on pandora/not working'. I am also not sure if there is much value in having a column for 'Suggested connection to Pandora' when a 'USB2.0 HS' would show if it can work direct to the 'A' connector.

The thing I noticed looking at this page is that it's not immediately obvious whether or not something works (there isn't even a "works" column, you have to go through the notes). I think it'd make sense to remove "Suggested connection to Pandora", "Tested in Linux", and "Tested on Pandora". Those could be replaced by one header "Works" where the options would be, "Yes", "Yes, through powered hub", "No", and "untested". You could probably even follow the colour scheme I made for the Emulator List page and forget the column altogether to save some space and make it easier to see at a glance.
And yes, there's really no reason anymore to list whether or not it works on Linux now that they can be tested.
--Cheese 01:55, 29 June 2010 (MEST)
I've modified the external hard drive section to be works/doesn't work instead of tested/untested. Nobody has spoken up about this yet, so if there's no complaints for a few days I'll do the rest of the page.--Cheese 22:37, 11 July 2010 (MEST)


How about bringing the information in Pandora Hardware here, then redirecting that page to point to this place? It seems like the same thing to me. One nice thing which that page has that this one doesn't is colours. Esn 23:09, 10 September 2010 (MEST)

External Game Controllers

Retro Adapter

It looks as if the products listed in this post aren't included in the External Game Controllers list. I was about to add them but would like to do some further research first. However, as I don't yet have my Pandora, it'll have to wait. Anyway, by posting here I thought that someone else might want to have a look in the mean time. --Trevj 11:08, 20 January 2011 (MET)