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31  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Another SheevaPlug bites the dust on: November 07, 2010, 03:44:11 PM
Looks like the Dockstar is an evolution of the Pogoplug, which was an evolution of the SheevaPlug.. Looks like a pretty nice solution.. Seagate is selling them for $39.. That's a helluva deal.
32  General Category / General Discussion / Re: SheevaPlug as NAS - is this possible? on: November 06, 2010, 09:27:24 PM
Yes, you can use the SheevaPlug as a NAS. No, you can't hook two different computers to one USB device. Does your media playback device support ethernet? If your Sheeva is playing it's role as a NAS, your media device simply has to look for SMB shares, or a UPnP media server.
33  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Which file system for my SD card? on: November 01, 2010, 06:39:45 PM
I used ext2.. It's been going for 10 months without a hickup.. Smiley
34  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: sheevaplug USB mount fails periodically (debian) on: October 31, 2010, 10:27:58 PM
I had a very similar problem, drove me nuts for months, luckily my root filesystem was on an SD card, my 1TB USB drive was just a media storage drive, which my Sheeva serves up from.. Finally, I got fed up with it crashing all the freaking time, and bought a 2TB drive in a new enclosure, figuring it must be my external enclosure being flaky. I removed the drive and put it in my desktop machine and immediately got a boatload of SMART warnings. The drive had FAR exceeded it's safe level of bad sectors.. The drive was just flat NFG.. It's a shame Linux didn't pick that up through the USB connection and tell me sooner.. Would have saved a lot of heartache. On the plus side, the new drive has energy saving features like automatic spindown. Being a media serving drive, that's a good thing in my book, little 2 second pause before a movie starts playing on the PS3 is fine with me. Wink
35  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Round #1 - Your feedback required. New SheevaPlug concepts. on: October 03, 2010, 02:23:42 PM
0- Must NOT come from GLOBALSCALE!!!!
13- Must have JTAG built in
8- Must have the best power efficiency
2- Must be in the price range $100-$150
11- Must be reliable
12- Must have ESATA
Beyond that, I don't much care.. Wink
36  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: Having trouble with my USB hard drive on: September 30, 2010, 09:56:26 PM
Figured out how to specify an alternate superblock, and then how to recreate the main superblock.. My data is working again. I wish this drive would stop crashing.
37  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Having trouble with my USB hard drive on: September 24, 2010, 06:44:41 PM
I've always had trouble with this drive locking up at random, forcing me to dismount the drive, power cycle it, and remount it.. Well this morning when I went to do that, I was unable to remount it.. When I do an FSCK, I get this:
fsck 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
e2fsck 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
/dev/sda1: recovering journal
/dev/sda1: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while reading block 219270289

JBD: Failed to read block at offset 11261
fsck.ext3: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while trying to re-open /dev/sda1
e2fsck: io manager magic bad!
Did the drive actually crash, or is there something more I need to do to get the file system working again.. It's an EXT3 file system..
38  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: Turning my Sheevaplug into a firewall/router/server on: July 26, 2010, 10:00:35 PM
For my next trick... I'm going to get another USB-ethernet adapter, and add a DSL modem as a redundant internet connection. When my cable modem goes down, the Sheeva will seamlessly switch to using the DSL connection. Thus providing a much more bulletproof connection to the internet.
Anyone done this before? I need to figure out how.. hehe.. Wink
39  General Category / General Discussion / Re: GuruPlug Server for sale on: July 23, 2010, 09:08:40 PM
I'll take it, assuming it's the version with ESATA.. I sent you a PM.. If it doesn't have ESATA, disregard.. Smiley
40  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Beware GlobalScale! on: July 18, 2010, 11:46:51 AM
I don't think you'll be able to dispute it this far out. 6 weeks since you returned it, and how long after you paid did you get it? Probably 6 more weeks? 3+ months out, the payment is long since done, there's no pulling back that money now. But let us know how it works out.
41  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Using the LED's as outputs on: July 06, 2010, 07:54:15 PM
I have an Esata sheevaplug and don`t have that problem.
So far my plug has been running over 60 days without problem, and the only time I`ve needed to reboot was due to kernel change.
I know from my main P.C that USB drive enclosures can be unstable to say the least at times, have you tested out your drive enclosure on your P.C to see if that is your problem?

Also in my main P.C I fitted a Samsung 1 TB which would work for about 2 to 3 days before my computer would lock up , I replaced the drive for a Seagate 1TB drive and fixed the problem., why don`t ask me.
Yes, before I got my SheevaPlug, I was using this drive with two different machines, one an old laptop that had a USB2.0 PCMCIA card in it. The other was an Atom based PC that had an ESATA port.. Both worked great without this drive ever locking up. I think I'd have no problems with this drive on an ESATA Plug..
This is a 1TB Seagate drie in a "Thermaltake" external enclosure.. I'll be upgrading to a 2TB here soon, because this drive is just about full now.
As for Mark's suggestion of rebooting the plug, I'd rather not.. I've had this thing up to 60 day uptimes a couple times before losing power. I recently picked up an old 500watt UPS and put a huge battery in it. The plug, cable modem, gigabit switch, and USB hard drive are the only things on the UPS, so I expect to be able to keep the plug going for 12+ hours when the power is out, which is long enough to cover all but the very worst outtages we have around here. I already have a "down" script that I run to kill the processes and umount the drive, and an "up" script that does the opposite.. I just want to automate the whole process.. (or fix the stinkin problem! heheh)
I would like to try a different enclosure at some point, see if that really is my problem.. None of the other USB devices crash..
42  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Using the LED's as outputs on: July 05, 2010, 11:28:22 PM
So I just can't for the life of me get my USB hard drive to stop crashing. After some random period of time, sometimes 3 days, sometimes 15 minutes, my USB hard drive will lock up. This requires me to power cycle the drive, shut down all the processes using it, umount and remount the darn thing.. Kind of a PITA.. So what I'm thinking of doing is setting up a basic script that runs in the background.. Every 30seconds or so, have it check a file on the USB drive, if it can't read it, kill the processes, umount the drive, and turn off one of the LED's. The LED output will be hooked to a transistor (say a 2n222 or similar) that'll trigger a relay that'll cut power to the USB drive. It'll wait, say, 3 seconds, and turn it back on. Wait another 30 seconds for it to be detected, and then remount and restart the processes. All automated so I don't have to futz with it anymore. Think that'll work well?
It's a shame the GuruPlug was a flop, I was hoping to move to that and use my drive via eSATA, where it's bound to be more reliable..
43  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: ARMADA-100 Plugcomputer on: July 05, 2010, 08:23:19 PM
What would you do with it?
It might be handy in a car application. small LCD display that supports 720p/HDMI built into the dash, with this driving it. Smiley
44  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Can I increase Plug longevity? on: July 04, 2010, 10:16:52 PM
I found that mine runs noticeably cooler if I run it on it's side (feet facing me, SD card sticking up). It's almost completely solved my USB hard drive crashing issues. Still think I might add a fan. I'm not complaining for something that was sold as a "dev kit".. I'm supposed to be a developer using this "reference" design to produce my own unit, I believe.. Between that, and the fact that this thing was only $99, I can live with minor issues like this.
The GuruPlug Plus's issues.. Now that's something I wouldn't live with. As much as I lust for an eSATA port, I can wait for that device to get fixed.
45  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Whats about JRE6 on: July 04, 2010, 10:08:50 PM
So you want use to go google this "JRE6" thing and learn about it? How about using a real name rather than an abreviation. That'll be a good start.
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