MK802 Notebook!

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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby EnvyThisStuff » Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:28 pm

It feels like eternity waiting for some cables to arrive to try and use this thing, in the meantime, wondering if anybody else than those who have already said so has had success in getting anything working (just trying to preplan in case I run into a problem with the cables when they finally do arrive)?
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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby NeoStormer » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:45 pm

So I finished the initial 3D print a couple days ago:

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Ignore the color, it was what was in the machine and didn't care much for changing it.
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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby EnvyThisStuff » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:09 pm

EnvyThisStuff wrote:It feels like eternity waiting for some cables to arrive to try and use this thing, in the meantime, wondering if anybody else than those who have already said so has had success in getting anything working (just trying to preplan in case I run into a problem with the cables when they finally do arrive)?


Got some good news and some bad news. Got the lapdockified MK802 going about an hour ago (typing on it now). Bad news I have no idea how and will need to backtrace which cables I used from which company somehow.
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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby fritztoch » Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:16 am

I just got my lapdock today. I was hoping to source the cables locally, but I spent the afternoon driving around to my usual haunts with no success. A female micro HDMI connector is a rare item. Was really hoping to fire it up tonight, but unless I crack the lapdock open and do a bit of soldering, I'll have to keep looking or order from the Ebay sellers mentioned above.
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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby andykirby » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:17 pm

NeoStormer wrote:So I finished the initial 3D print a couple days ago:

Ignore the color, it was what was in the machine and didn't care much for changing it.


Nice! Can't wait to see how it fits! More photos please ;)
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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby EnvyThisStuff » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:51 pm

This is far from perfect, but, definitely worth having for a few reasons. Currently using lapdockized 802 for over 5 hours on and off w/o turning it off running a test on battery switching between Android and LINUX.
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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby DougC-3 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:06 am

Just to report my experiences: I finally got together my two cables and adapter (from NeoStormer's links--thanks, Neo!), AT&T Motorola Atrix Lapdock, and MK802 miniPC (1GB w/tiny holes in case and barcode stating memory type). I have to say that the hot 5 pin USB fitting that connects to the lapdock seemed a bit ill-fitting and wobbly, making me think that I might damage the lapdock connector if I forced it on. I examined both under high magnification and decided to give it a try. It booted into Android 4.0 as expected, or Lubuntu when I inserted my microSD installation (thanks, AndyKirby & Miniand!) but didn't give me any control over the keyboard and trackpad. (Does this mean that the #4 pin is not functional?) Also, the slightest bump to the wire would cause it to disconnect and have to be rebooted. I removed this mini/micro USB cable and plugged in a standard USB cable from the end of the 802 to the lapdock USB hub and, of course, got the exact same result: display OK, no keyboad or trackpad control, booted into Android, etc... so the "Hot Mini-A 5P 5pin USB Male to Micro-B 5P 5pin USB Female extension cable" seems to be just functioning as a normal USB.

I think maybe I just got a slightly damaged cable or a quality control reject, etc, and will reorder a couple or 3 more from the same place (at $1.99 including S&H, why didn't I do this to start with!?). Does anybody know another, maybe even quicker source? or any other source whatsoever? ... or have a spare proven cable to sell for maybe... US$10.00 or so? :)

On a more upbeat note, while stewing over what I would use for a keyboad, I ran across my forgotten 8 or 10 year old Adesso "Wireless SlimTouch Mini" 2.4GHz keyboard with track pad, put in new AA batteries, plugged the receiver into the 802 and... it instantly worked! Also it fits fairly neatly on top of the Lapdock keyboard, so I'm now using the outfit with a double-thick keyboad until I can get another cable :) This keyboard is also very handy with the 802 hooked to my TVs.

Thanks again to everybody for making this fun possible.

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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby TimW » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:54 am

I've just got mine working using:

Micro-usb - Micro-usb adapter:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0018Z7VDA

Micro-usb cable with right-angle bend:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003YKX6W2

HDMI - mini-HDMI adapter:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002L5QGQ4

Micro-HDMI - HDMI adapter:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0086VDWSW

I also have a Raspberry Pi which explains the doubled up HDMI adapters. This combination works well at supporting the MK802 so it isn't just dangling from the connecting cables so I'm happy with what I've ended up with. I've tried a few HDMI adapters and never had any problems with any of them so it seems as if any combination of HDMI adapters with the correct connectors will work. However, USB is another story, so hopefully the two first links may help people get a USB connection working more readily.

I had to trim the two adapters which connect to the dock at the sides, where they touch each other, but that was easy using a sharp modelling knife. I also trimmed a little off the bottom end of the HDMI adapter which touched the curved-up part of the dock so that I could push it on further and get a solid connection.
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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby hrgdavid » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:39 pm

Tim,

I think I must be slightly behind you in the process. I've got the lapdock, the Raspberry Pi ,the MK802 and the HDMI connectors - but am sat waiting for the USB cables/adapters from China. So in the hope I can buy my USB cables from the UK like you, please can I just check one thing.

One of those links was for a micro USB female to USB type A male. Clearly the micro female end connects up with the adapter and goes onto the lapdock. But what do you do with the other end ? Do you connect the type-A male end of the cable to the USB host socket on the MK802 ? Or do you have another adapter and connect it to the Mini USB OTG socket ? I thought to provide power and data you either needed a 5 pin USB cable (and the one on Amazon isn't) or you needed a Y-cable like for the Raspberry Pi (and the one on Amazon isn't).

Hope this makes sense ! Thanks for any help.

Regards
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Re: MK802 Notebook!

Postby DougC-3 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:29 pm

TimW wrote:I've just got mine working using:

Micro-usb - Micro-usb adapter:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0018Z7VDA

Micro-usb cable with right-angle bend:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003YKX6W2

HDMI - mini-HDMI adapter:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002L5QGQ4

Micro-HDMI - HDMI adapter:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0086VDWSW
...

Thanks for this info Tim, I will try to find the top two at Amazon US and if necessary probably order them from the UK. Generally these things are fairly inexpensive, so I might try two or three options and just use the first one that arrives that works. Meanwhile I've actually enjoyed using it with my keyboard sandwich setup :)
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