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1  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: The alternative Debian install method. on: February 24, 2011, 04:49:37 AM
I`ve had my play with Wheezy and only problems have been that some packages don`t run on start up like they should.
I had to play around with Webmin a little to get it to work right.
2  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: The alternative Debian install method. on: February 23, 2011, 02:15:01 AM
ahead of you on that one !!!!!!

http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=5082.0

3  General Category / General Discussion / Nice if the cost is true on: February 21, 2011, 11:18:25 AM
So what do you think of this ?, if the $100 cost is true !!!

http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/xtreamer-ultra-htpc-21-02-2011/#more-73170

Looks nice , for the display / video capture and play side of low powered computing .
4  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Is there a way to supply 5v directly without opening the plastic case? on: February 20, 2011, 09:09:45 AM
From reading I`ve heard that some powered usb hub will run a plug without the power switched on.

so you need to just feed the 5v via the usb power rails.
5  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: What's your SheevaPlug's lifetime? on: February 15, 2011, 06:02:46 AM
I have a spare Esata sheevaplug !!!
The main one is running 24/7 , while I use the other plug for testing new application etc .

Now my testing plug is playing the role of a router , learning iptables and installing packages I just don`t want to install on the main plug.
6  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: kernel patches on: February 15, 2011, 02:13:37 AM
Brilliant , the only reply I get to the post is spam.

Lucky I`ve all ready found my answer .
7  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: What's your SheevaPlug's lifetime? on: February 14, 2011, 06:20:43 PM
Lucky !!! But don`t crow , My PSU went 10 month in which is about average for the old ones.
I`ve killed one Sd-card , which I think was mostly my fault , not limiting writes and having a swap partition.

I guess it`s all luck of the draw !!!
8  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: What's your SheevaPlug's lifetime? on: February 14, 2011, 03:03:54 PM
If you have the old version of the PSU I would say about 8 - 10 month of 24/7  use.
I`m hoping the new version will last more than that !!!!

If you are running from the sd card I would say that will die at some time too .

But from the hard-drive with the new PSU I would say you should be o.k !!!
9  General Category / Success stories / Wheezy is the new Squeeze on: February 12, 2011, 10:34:14 AM
Hi , Now we have had a debian version of musical chairs.

I changed the Lenny and squeeze script to install Squeeze and Wheezy rfs.

http://www.newit.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,271.msg4308.html#msg4308

All because I wanted to install ntop package which was removed from squeeze , but is now back in Wheezy.

NTOP is working o.k and wow , Network information overload !!!!!!
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Getting Startted with eSata Multi Boot on: February 10, 2011, 04:53:58 PM
I left nand well alone and did my set ups on the sd card to start with, and move the image when I got it right to the esata drive.

From :- bootcmd=nand read.e 0x800000 0x100000 0x300000; bootm 0x800000 - you are still booting from the nand.

by the way if you want to put a image on the sd card try ESIA , which I`ve been playing with the last couple days.
if you are runninmg windows 7 and maybe vista , don`t run the extra usb drivers it asks to inistall .

It is fun when it kills all usb devices and you are on a usb keyboard and mouse I can tell you.
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Getting Startted with eSata Multi Boot on: February 07, 2011, 08:36:48 AM
o.k bit to read on making the file root system and kernel are :-

http://www.newit.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,285.0.html
http://www.newit.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,271.0.html
http://www.cyrius.com/debian/kirkwood/sheevaplug/unpack.html
http://www.computingplugs.com/index.php/Building_a_custom_kernel
http://plugcomputer.org/plugwiki/index.php/Compiling_Linux_Kernel_for_the_Plug_Computer

i`ve started to native compile the kernel , you only need to install "uboot-mkimage make build-essential ncurses-dev"

Then it`s a case of :-
make clean
make kirkwood_defconfig
make menuconfig
make uImage
make INSTALL_MOD_PATH=.. modules_install



12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Getting Startted with eSata Multi Boot on: February 06, 2011, 04:51:02 PM
Yep , run the whole lot off the Esata drive.

BUT BUT BUT , You may have to compile your own kernel .
The esata module need to be built into the kernel where http://sheeva.with-linux.com/sheeva/ kernels the esata module is not built in , so works only for sd-card.

If you set the drive up for a sd card sized rfs partition and have the rest mounted for your data .
You can boot from the nand and backup the whole rfs to sd-card for backup.

13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Getting Startted with eSata Multi Boot on: February 06, 2011, 04:01:55 PM
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eSata and MMC model from Ebay

If it is a Esata sheevaplug ?, then I would say the best method is to use the esata port , which is way faster than the usb or nand or sd card.
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Help me with samba shares on: January 30, 2011, 04:57:10 PM
Sorry can`t edit my last post !!!!

o.k ,just been doing a little testing to show my point :-

Esata drive formatted ex3

dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/sda1/output.img bs=8k count=256k         
262144+0 records in
262144+0 records out
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 32.921 s, 65.2 MB/s

usb drive formatted ntfs

dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/tmp/output.img bs=8k count=256k
262144+0 records in
262144+0 records out
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 316.165 s, 6.8 MB/s

The slow speed is mostly down to ntfs and not usb, but ntfs and usb looks a real killer .
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Help me with samba shares on: January 30, 2011, 03:47:35 PM
I think the drive is in NTFS !!!
that`s why it is so slow and why you are in read only.
It all depends on what kernel and modules installed, if you can mount it read/write

If the drive is only for linux and not going between linux and windows , format it ex3 
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