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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New QT based installer: Easy Plug Computer Installer (ESIA) on: January 07, 2011, 10:06:52 AM
Hey Rooster,
                first want to say thanks for this tool!  I'm trying to install it on my mac osx, but I'm having trouble getting the FTDIUSBSerialDriver to recognize the sheevaplug.  I'm using coolterm terminal program.  I followed your instructions and installed the FTDIUSBSerialDriver_10_4_10_5_10_6.mpkg installer package.  It installs successfully.  Then I added the sheevaplug profiles to the Info.plist file as instructed.  I then ran "sudo kextload FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext" to load the module.  However when I try "sudo dmesg" I don't see the driver.  Also I tried:  "cd /dev" and then "ls -l" and I also don't see the sheevaplug listed.  I did try: "sudo touch /Extensions"  as well.  When I open coolterm and try to rescan the serial port, the sheevaplug won't show up.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Okay.  So I'm happy to say, I finally got it to work.  It must have been how the profiles were added to the Info.plist file.  I added them just as you instructed, but I think that some thing about how I added the sheevaplug profiles was wrong.  Also, I tried following this post:  http://openplug.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=34.0
but the "patch" command didn't work.  I tried copying the text from the post and place it into a text file, then ran the patch command.  Finally, I used the pre-created Info.plist from this website: http://www.plugpbx.org/?page_id=119, and it seemed to work.  To save others the anguish, I'm uploading that file so anyone can just download it and replace the one that's there.   Just make sure to keep the permissions and ownership the same as the originally installed one.

Thanks.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New QT based installer: Easy Plug Computer Installer (ESIA) on: January 06, 2011, 09:34:27 AM
Hey Rooster,
                first want to say thanks for this tool!  I'm trying to install it on my mac osx, but I'm having trouble getting the FTDIUSBSerialDriver to recognize the sheevaplug.  I'm using coolterm terminal program.  I followed your instructions and installed the FTDIUSBSerialDriver_10_4_10_5_10_6.mpkg installer package.  It installs successfully.  Then I added the sheevaplug profiles to the Info.plist file as instructed.  I then ran "sudo kextload FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext" to load the module.  However when I try "sudo dmesg" I don't see the driver.  Also I tried:  "cd /dev" and then "ls -l" and I also don't see the sheevaplug listed.  I did try: "sudo touch /Extensions"  as well.  When I open coolterm and try to rescan the serial port, the sheevaplug won't show up.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: UPS Auto shutdown for SheevaPlug? on: October 22, 2010, 12:19:42 PM
Hey Markf,
            would you mind pointing me to some docs on setting up NUT for the plug that isn't out of date?  I've seached on the web and found some info, but I'm curious as to what maybe out of date.

Thanks much!



I had the NUT server running on one plug (attached to a small UPS via serial/USB) and the NUT client running on all three of my plugs scattered around the house.  It all worked as advertised.  If I remember right, the documentation was horribly out-of-date when I started configuring all of this.

Now I have my media server (not a Plug) watching a larger UPS (due to rotating media) and have the three plugs powered from that same UPS; but, not running the NUT client.  When the media server turns off after 15 minutes of power loss, the larger UPS can power the Plugs for HOURS.
4  General Category / General Discussion / UPS Auto shutdown for SheevaPlug? on: October 20, 2010, 05:56:38 PM
Hi All,
        I have both a sheevaplug and pogoplug (Running openpogo), and was wondering if there is a way to setup the plugs so that if there is a power outtage they can be automatically shut down using the auto shutdown feature on most UPS battery backup systems?

Thanks in advance.

UPDATE:  I dug around and found a utility called: NUT that works on Ubuntu.  It also appears that OpenPogo ported it to work with the pogoplug/sheevaplug.  Anyone have experience with setting this up?  Have any advice?

Thanks.
5  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Shoutcast//Broadcast Radio Station using SheevaPlug? on: May 18, 2010, 09:39:32 AM
Hey All,
         I was looking into setting up my own radio station, and wanted to use the SheevaPlug to do a relay/live broadcast to www.live365.com.  The most user friendly options out there seem to be on Mac or PC.  I would like to use the SheevaPlug for this instead, but have only found a few options, both of which seem a bit more for advanced users.  Any advice/experience with these would be great.  The two options I think are available are icecast and shoutcast.  I think shoutcast may be more user friendly for beginners/noobie linux/sheeva people.

Thoughts?

Thanks!
6  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / U-Boot stuff / Re: unsetenv? How do you unset an env in UBoot? on: February 12, 2010, 06:26:00 PM
thanks for the responses.  resetenv is dangerous.  Unless you are using the SheevaPlug out of the box, it resets  the variables back to the factory default, with no consideration to any updates/changes done to the plug.  I had the Installer 1.0 installed, and I tried running resetenv.  It bricked my plug, cause the variables no longer worked with the installer 1.0.  I had to re-run the update process.  I had a happy accident when I tried to re-run the installer 1.0.  For some reason the installer failed just after it ran the uBoot/uImage update.  Ironically that's all I needed.  It then restored my env back to what it needed to be to work with installer 1.0.  For now own, I am making sure NOT to run saveenv until I am certain that my changes to the uBoot env are working as advertised, and I'm good to go.  I also made sure to make a backup copy of the env before I made any changes so I always know what to get them back to if necessary (my own way of "resetting" the env back to proper 1.0 defaults).
7  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / U-Boot stuff / unsetenv? How do you unset an env in UBoot? on: February 11, 2010, 07:58:33 PM
Hey All,
          okay, so I was messing with trying to setup Multi-Boot on my plug (which was unsuccessful), and ran into issues which completely screwed up my env variables in UBoot.  I tried just about everything to get the env variables back.  As I was trying to fix the env's I was trying to unsetenv some of the variables, but the plug couldn't find the command.  Thankfully I was able to get my plug back up and running, when I ran the installer again.  After it was back up and running I did try apt-get to see if it need to be installed...no luck.  There is an unsetenv in the PC Ubuntu.  Any ideas?
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Multi Boot. Question RE: CqCn comment... on: February 05, 2010, 12:29:27 PM
Yay!  I recovered from the problems I had with the multi-boot env's not working and messing up my plug's uBoot.

Here's what I did:
1. I was able to get back to the marvell>> prompt by connecting the plug's console (mini usb) to ubuntu (running through parallels on Mac OS X), and using PUTTY to access it, and then using the hard reset hole next to the SD card slot.

2. the simple way to get back to where I was with my uBoot env variables, was to set the bootcmd env back using the following:
setenv bootcmd 'mmcinit; setenv bootargs $(bootargs_console) $(mtdpartitions) $(bootargs_root); nand read.e 0x00800000 0x00100000 0x00400000; bootm 0x00800000'

This is the bootcmd that I used to setup my SD card to boot from.  If that isn't where you are, you can set the bootcmd back to the factory default using the wiki pages..

3.  The other env's giving in either this thread or on the wiki won't affect your boot except for the one changing the bootcmd env variable.  You can leave the other ones there.

I still want to get multi-boot working, but looks like I'll have to do more experimenting/research. Sad
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Multi Boot. Question RE: CqCn comment... on: February 05, 2010, 11:19:14 AM
Okay.  A little more info.  Well, first all, I realized I shouldn't jump too far especially with working with uBoot and the env variables.  I was real careful to try the boot from SD without saving the env first, but when I tried setting up the multi-boot, I did a saveenv before I tested the settings...oops.  So, after making the env changes, I did a reboot (note: I was booting from the SD first).  I got a Kernel Panic (sorry I don't have the printenv from it, I'll try to get it next time).  I got a message saying the path to the SD card wasn't vaild or something like that.  It doesn't make sense cause I've mounted the SD card before using the same /dev/mmc..etc as listed above..

Btw I was able to get back to the marvell>> prompt by doing a hard reset using the pin hole next to the SD card (Thank God!).  I do have one question.  I was trying to unsetenv the bootcmd so that I could get it back to where it was before I tried multi-boot, but unsetenv dosen't seem to work.  Do I need to install it as a package?  I'm gonna try using the Wiki env variables instead to see if I can get it to work.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Multi Boot. Question RE: CqCn comment... on: February 05, 2010, 01:02:54 AM
Please help!  I tried setting up the multi-boot with rexxmagnus's setenv commands, and all I got was a kernel panic, and now I can't access the uboot at all.  I'm using Ubuntu (running through parallels on Mac OSX), and using PUTTY to talk to the serial port.  Now when I boot the sheevaplug, and launch PUTTY, I just see the cursor, and can't get a prompt...

Any help would be most appreciated.
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Just Got SheevaPlug...have a few questions. on: January 20, 2010, 05:30:33 PM
Thanks for the responses.  I got through the New Plugger and Installer stuff, and I think I'm up to date and good to go.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Just Got SheevaPlug...have a few questions. on: January 15, 2010, 10:32:56 PM
Hi All,
        I'm exited to get started playing with the SheevaPlug, but I had a few questions (yes even before I go through the "New Plugger How To" Wiki.
Questions:
1. What is on the SheevaPlug Development Kit Disk?
2. On the Disk sleeve is says "for software update...download"  Which has the following file "SheevaPlug_Host_SWsupportPackageLinuxHost1.2.zip"  Can someone tell me what's in this file, and how do I get it installed on the plug?
3. Do I need to install this file before/after the SheevaPlug installer...or at all?
4. Simple question: how do you safely unmount an attached USB drive?
5. I understand that the SheevaPlug is meant to be on 24/7, but there are times when I'd need to power it down (or power-cycle).  How do I safely shut it down?

Thanks All!  I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go.

13  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Do you still need to install the SheevaPlug Installer if you just bought a Plug? on: December 31, 2009, 04:12:44 PM
Hi all.  New to the forum and fairly new to plug computing.  I just ordered a SheevaPlug, and have been
reading all the info on how to get started (both on the wiki and forum).  My question is:  Do you still
have to install the SheevaPlug Installer or does the plug now come with the latest installer included?

Any info is much appreciated.
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