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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Solid Graphics? HDMI? Boxee? on: March 08, 2011, 02:14:15 PM
Hello emjayess.

As far as I know there is nothing yet the size of a plug with a HDMI out connector. Maybe if you attached a external USB graphics card to one of the newer plugs would you be able to at least get 720p. This is all speculations from my side, nothing I have tried and I am sure there are plenty of people on this forum that have more knowledge than me in this field.
2  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: What's your SheevaPlug's lifetime? on: February 17, 2011, 08:02:58 AM
Hi guys!

I bought my sheevaplug in january 2010. It has been working great keeping FS on SDCard leaving the NAND untouched. Of course like anything else it will break sometime but so far so good.

A small sidenote: Are there any swedish people running plugs in sweden here? Looking at the statistics my plug shouldn't be running which got me thinking. Either am I lucky or may it have to do something with a specifically stable electricity network? Does anyone one if the plug might be sensitive to fluctuations in voltage?
3  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: USB transfer speed never exceeds 4.5 MB/s on: January 30, 2011, 03:01:25 AM
Solution: I mounted the drive with NFS and now have transferspeeds around 8.5 MB/s which is satisfying. Thanks birdman for pointing me in the right direction.
To learn more about NFS I read this:

4  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: USB transfer speed never exceeds 4.5 MB/s on: January 30, 2011, 02:51:55 AM
birdman: So far it has been over ssh. Maybe this is a bad idea? Later today or tomorrow I will try mounting with nfs to see if I get any better results. I had'nt given this a thought, seems kind of evident that it could be encryption with ssh that slows things down?

peter a: As I stated in my first post the drive is formatted in ext3.
5  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: USB transfer speed never exceeds 4.5 MB/s on: January 29, 2011, 04:05:59 PM
Hi Peter a,

11MB/s is my usb transfer speed when the harddrive is hooked up to a normal work station through usb running linux. I have a 100 Mbit network that I get around 93 Mbit/s in transfer speed (see info in my first post).

My network speed is fine. The transfer speed from and to the disk locally on the plug seems to be fine too (see first post) but when transferring from one computer on my network to the usb drive hooked up to the sheeva plug I get 4.5 MB/s.

Do you have any idea what the problem could be?
6  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / USB transfer speed never exceeds 4.5 MB/s on: January 29, 2011, 02:32:20 PM
Hello fellow Sheeva owners!

I am having a problem regarding the transfer speed from and to my usb hard drive connected to the sheeva plug. When transfering over the network from one computer to the sheeva plug, at its best I manage to transfer at rates around 4.5 MB/s, both ways. When the harddrive is hooked up straight to a normal PC running linux I max around 11 MB/s.

I have checked the following:

*My drive is recognized as a hi-speed usb device.
*By running hdparm -tT /dev/sda1 I get the following results for the usb drive:
   Timing cached reads:   688 MB in  2.00 seconds = 343.72 MB/sec
   Timing buffered disk reads:  92 MB in  3.04 seconds =  30.27 MB/sec

*When running iperf I get this:
 Server listening on TCP port 5001
 TCP window size: 85.3 KByte (default)
 ip[  4] local port 5001 connected with port 55227
 [ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
 [  4]  0.0-10.1 sec    111 MBytes  92.8 Mbits/sec

* I have tried a usb memory stick instead of my harddrive and I get the same speed of 4.5 MB/s.

By doing this I am pretty sure that I can say my problem doesn't have to do with my home network or the transfer speed of the USB disk. But still while moving a file from another computer in the network to the sheeva plug I get lousy speed. I have tried transfering from other machines to the sheeva and the speed doesn't change.

Just to be sure to have supplied every bit of information:

*My router is a D-link dir-855
*My harddrive is a WD MyPassport 1TB USB 3.0 - formatted in ext3. Mounted with "mount -o async,noatime /dev/sda1 /path/to/drive"
*My kernel on the plug is: 2.6.32-trunk-kirkwood
*My sheeva plug is a year old. But these usb speed issues has always been present.

Does anyone know of anything I can do to make things transfer faster?

I am grateful for your advice and thank you in advance!
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