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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Dockstar is on sale for $23 ...sale ends in next 5 hrs... on: September 28, 2010, 10:04:49 PM
They've brought the deal back for another 22 hours. Same price, same website. So if you missed it the first time (and are interested), you've got another chance.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: List of SheevaPlug variants and other low-power non-intel servers on: September 26, 2010, 09:39:00 PM
Just wanted to share a useful looking webpage I found about the Iomega iConnect:

Maybe the PlugApps developers will get a chance to play with one.
3  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: rc.local not running on: September 14, 2010, 09:26:34 PM
(I'm kinda clueless on logging)

You can view the system log by typing dmesg at the command prompt. Hopefully that will provide you some good information.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Virtual Machine for GuruPlug development on: September 14, 2010, 08:59:48 PM
@marcus and denn: thanks for hosting the files....I hope they help newcomers to the GuruPlug

@marcus: I store my VMs on a USB HDD....if you've got one laying around you might be able to play with it while not having it consume internal HDD space
5  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: basic GuruPlug questions on: September 13, 2010, 11:02:05 PM
I can't answer all of your questions, but I'll try to give you some thoughts relevant to them.

First, I'd suggest that you get the JTAG box from GlobalScale if you aren't already getting it. You need it to access the UART and JTAG. You only need to hook up the UART to get the serial console and there are some who made their own UART connection (http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=2052.0), but the JTAG is needed to recover from a bricked plug (but you can flash U-Boot over UART if the plug isn't bricked). I'm a software guy so I wouldn't attempt to make my own as I'd probably just end up hurting myself with some wire crimpers. As an aside if you do brick your plug, the GuruPlug Installer used to recover is based on openocd (like the SheevaPlug Installer is) and you have to hook up both UART and JTAG (at least that what I had to do). When trying to recover, I found that you don't have much time once power is applied for it to work; have the command pre-typed, plug in the plug with the connections already in and then rush back to the keyboard and hit enter right away (was suggested here: http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=2109.msg12424#msg12424 and worked for me).

The U-Boot and kernel that it comes with have the wrong arch number and won't work anyone but each other (not quite true, if you build the other to use that wrong number, you can get around that...or so I've seen on the boards). If you go to the downloads section of GlobalScale's website, there are links for an updated U-Boot and kernel that use the right numbers (http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/t-downloads.aspx). I highly suggest that you upgrade the U-Boot because the version that ships is pretty limited. A build of U-Boot was built by forum member flipflip (available from http://oinkzwurgl.org/guruplug_uboot) and is worth looking at (also look at http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=1642 as it discusses attempts to put the kernel on microSD and external USB, although I don't know of anyone being successful). One other note on booting the kernel: you can tftpboot the kernel and that's a good thing for development when you don't want to commit to the kernel build or to test the build.

As for distros that support the GuruPlug:
Debian Squeeze (doesn't mention GuruPlug but does support Kirkwood): http://www.debian.org/ports/arm/
armedslack, Slackware's ARM port (GuruPlug is one of their supported platforms): http://www.armedslack.org/
FedoraARM, Fedora's ARM port (they provide a link to a blogpost about getting FedoraARM up and running on a GuruPlug): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Architectures/ARM
PlugBoxLinux, a derivative of Arch Linux for Kirkwood devices: http://plugapps.com
Gentoo (doesn't specifically mention GuruPlug, but does support armv4 and later): http://www.gentoo.org/

There is an instance of someone getting Angstrom working with the GuruPlug (http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=1790.0), but I've not been able to get that to work. I built it for the SheevaPlug (as the other poster implied they did) but I used the development branch ... and I digress ...

For completeness, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the wiki pages: http://plugcomputer.org/plugwiki/index.php/GuruPlug

Hope that helps.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Virtual Machine for GuruPlug development on: September 08, 2010, 10:38:48 PM
Ok. Just re-uploaded the first part to FileDropper again so that link should be good again for the moment. Link is (for ease of reference): http://www.filedropper.com/guruplughostjune2010zip

Marcus, if you'd like to host it at New IT that would be awesome.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Virtual Machine for GuruPlug development on: August 13, 2010, 01:34:30 PM
I've uploaded the first file again to FileDropper. So that link should be good again for a little while.
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sheevaplug installer - version 1.0 uncompressing linux -> Scrambled Text on: August 07, 2010, 09:19:59 PM
What did I mess up? Any hints?

I've got a GuruPlug, not a SheevaPlug so I won't be able to really run through the steps you did myself. However the first thing I'd have you check is the environment variables in u-Boot and make sure they match what the blog post you linked to has you set. Especially check this one:

bootargs_console console=ttyS0,115200

If that's all good, perhaps you could post your u-Boot environment as additional information for someone to help you.
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Plug as a host server on: August 04, 2010, 04:17:12 PM
There was mention of someone doing a wordpress blog with a plug:
However the links listed in the post don't seem to work anymore.

Also there's a SheevaPlug (the forerunner of the GuruPlug) that serves up a wiki and mention of the fact that it is served from the SheevaPlug can be found on the aforementioned wiki at:
check out the last two comments on that page

Hope that helps.
10  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: other devices? on: July 31, 2010, 01:37:55 PM
It always pains me when people compare pogoplug and Tonidoplug on same footing. We honestly beleive TonidoPlug is an ideal device for both hackers and casual users. We dont restrict the device in anyway as pogo does. The only difference between sheeva and tonidoplug is that TonidoPlug doesnt have jtag.

Except for the fact that "hacking" on the TonidoPlug voids the warranty.....

Reference: http://www.tonido.com/help/ under any of the Advanced Topics (which is under Hardware)

Not that I have anything against the TonidoPlug, just not sure I would see it as "hacker" friendly as it was being made out to be.
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Missing usbserial kernel module and modules.conf on: July 17, 2010, 03:27:42 PM
Perhaps you'd find the following website useful:

Edit: or perhaps http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Documentation/usb/usb-serial.txt would be more useful
12  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: GuruPlug Plus - Rootfs - Factory Reset? on: July 17, 2010, 03:21:58 PM
The files posted are updated from the ones shipped afaik. The wifi driver is probably not loading because it is expected in a different directory (since the kernel version is slightly different and the directory name is based off the kernel version). If you try modprobing the wifi driver yourself it will still fail because of the "magic" version string it was compiled against. Basically the rootfs is built against a kernel and this one was likely built against the newer kernel. There is also a known issue with the factory loaded u-boot loading the new kernel build (apparently their are some numbers switched that they correct in the posted versions). So basically you're best off using the new u-boot, kernel and rootfs that are posted.

Hope that helps.
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Virtual Machine for GuruPlug development on: July 16, 2010, 09:52:00 PM
Does anyone have another link to the first file in the set?  I keep trying to download the first image and only get 427MB downloaded. 

I've re-uploaded the first file to File Dropper; link is:

Hope that helps.
14  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Need help to debug my guruplug, jtag howto on: July 16, 2010, 08:13:22 PM
I use Ubuntu 10.04 and I have no problem connecting to the plug via Jtag

Yep. Worked fine for me too.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Virtual Machine for GuruPlug development on: June 28, 2010, 06:10:29 PM
This is what you need

 700M  GuruPlug_host_June_2010.zip.001
 700M GuruPlug_host_June_2010.zip.002
 700M GuruPlug_host_June_2010.zip.003
 585M GuruPlug_host_June_2010.zip.004

It took me several attempt to get it right Sad
Sorry about that, I probably should've posted sizes (some md5sums would've been good too).

Edit: Hey big_ignoramus, I'll mirror the VM on my host if I get it working Wink. Unlimited bandwidth on a 1Gbps connection! I'll post links when it's ready. For now I'm waiting on FileDropper...
That would be cool if you want to do that.
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