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16  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: MAC address - all for one and one for all on: April 06, 2010, 09:01:07 AM
Two of them I upgraded and one came already upgraded when I purchased it.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the MAC address is unique and is assigned by the manufacturer.  If I can change it, then it is not longer a unique value since I can be assigning it an address that some other hardware or device have.

However, can you elaborate on your comments that the mac address is an environment variable of the u-boot?
17  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: SheevaPlug power supply & USB Thumb drive on: April 06, 2010, 08:56:35 AM
Hi,
I've been using thumb drives and even I connected a USB hub and I was able to connect and talk to the devices.  I had to manually mount the USB drive but besides that, I didn't see any problems.

18  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / MAC address - all for one and one for all on: April 06, 2010, 08:52:20 AM
Hi everyone,
I have 3 Plugs and they all have the same HWAddr (or the MAC address).  When I connect them online, they all get the same IP address....  is there something wrong with this? Shouldn't each Ethernet card have its own unique MAC address?  Or am I just misunderstanding the entire process?!?!?!

I try to release and renew the IP but as long as I have one of the three plugs connected to the network, it keep obtaining the same IP and can never change it until I have only 1 connected to the network.... then I connect the second one and it obtains the same new IP and the third does the same....

19  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: USB printer on: October 29, 2009, 10:23:32 AM
Try installing cups. Change the settings to allow management connections from your regular machine, in addition to localhost. Then you can browse to the management port (http://plug:8000) and tell it to detect and add the printer hooked up to the USB.

That's a fairly heavyweight solution, but configuration is easy and it'll allow you to quickly share and manage the printer over the network, with a web front-end. If you want a more traditional UNIX print spool, install lpr or lprng. Configuration of those is a little more fiddly however.

So can I access the CUPS management web from a different machine? So I type from my PC in my web browser for example (http://192.168.1.17:631)?
20  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / USB printer on: October 28, 2009, 11:40:36 AM
When I plug a USB printer, I see that it can be found at /dev/usb/lp0

I was wondering if anyone can advice on how to print to it?  I tried cat myfile.txt >/dev/usb/lp0 but the text came out unorganized - did not match the original file format!

I also want to be able to print some bmp, jpeg and other formats without having any side effects.

thanks in advance
21  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / using a usb keyboard on: October 14, 2009, 05:24:14 PM
Can anyone tell me how I can get a USB keyboard to work on the plug?
I tried connecting one through the USB Type A port (USB Device), it receives power (my leds turn on/off) but no key strokes are showing on the console (I can see the console through the serial connection or mini USB and using hyperterminal)?

When I type: dmesg | tail
root@ubuntu:~# dmesg | tail
 sda: sda1
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI removable disk
eth0: link up, 10 Mb/s, half duplex, flow control disabled
NET: Registered protocol family 10
eth0: no IPv6 routers present
usb 1-1: USB disconnect, address 2
usb 1-1: new low speed USB device using orion-ehci and address 3
usb 1-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
input: DELL DELL USB Keyboard as /devices/platform/orion-ehci.0/usb1/1-1/1-1:1.0/input/input0
generic-usb 0003:413C:2005.0001: input: USB HID v1.10 Keyboard [DELL DELL USB Keyboard] on usb-orion
-ehci.0-1/input0
root@ubuntu:~#



How can I capture the key strokes?

Thanks
22  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: SheevaPlug with Ethernet hub not working on: October 13, 2009, 02:49:58 PM
Well, I got a new Netgear hub and tried it - it works.  So, my conclusion is that the older ones that I had for some reason did not work and I need to accept it.
It would be nice to dig deep inside the real issue and know the cause, but I think this is a battle for a different day. 
I am back in business....
Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions.
23  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: SheevaPlug with Ethernet hub not working on: October 08, 2009, 08:49:20 AM
Another observation - when I connected in my second Plug (which has the original version that came in the shipment) it immediately was able to acquire and lease an IP through the hub.  It looks like the newer version has some bug in it - can anyone tell me if there is some patch or something I can install/upgrade my alpha-6 installer to see if it fixes the problem?

Thanks!
24  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: 2.6.31.2 new release on: October 07, 2009, 04:18:34 PM
Are there directions posted somewhere on how to get this version flashed into the Plug? if not, can someone (please  Smiley) post the instructions?

I have been working with alpha-6 installer and familiar with that, but not sure if there are different directions here.

thanks!
25  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: SheevaPlug with Ethernet hub not working on: October 07, 2009, 01:42:11 PM
while directly connected install ethtool (sudo apt-get install ethtool)
connect via serial
check output of sudo ethtool eth0
connect plug to switch/hub/whatever
check output of sudo ethtool eth0



Thanks for the suggestion.
I did what you mentioned, and I got the following outputs.

When I ran your suggestion, I noticed one line different between the two outputs (full screen dump is provided below).
The duplex parameter is different.

Can you please suggest a solution? 

Thanks!

>>>>>>>>>  This output is when the Plug was directly connected to the network: <<<<<<<<<

root@ubuntu:~# ethtool eth0
Settings for eth0:
        Supported ports: [ TP AUI BNC MII FIBRE ]
        Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                1000baseT/Full
        Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
        Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                1000baseT/Full
        Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Speed: 100Mb/s
        Duplex: Full
        Port: MII
        PHYAD: 0
        Transceiver: external
        Auto-negotiation: on
        Link detected: yes

>>>>>>>>> THIS OUTPUT WHEN THE PLUG WAS CONNECTED THROUGH A HUB: <<<<<<<<<
root@ubuntu:~# ethtool eth0
Settings for eth0:
        Supported ports: [ TP AUI BNC MII FIBRE ]
        Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                1000baseT/Full
        Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
        Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                                1000baseT/Full
        Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Speed: 100Mb/s
        Duplex: Half
        Port: MII
        PHYAD: 0
        Transceiver: external
        Auto-negotiation: on
        Link detected: yes



EDIT/ADDITION:
I am adding this comment to negate what I said above.
I found another hub that I tried and this one works.  However, when I requested the ethtool eth0, it has an identical output as the one that is not working???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
This is becoming such a fuzzy issue that there doesn't seem to be any logic for my plug not to work.  I wonder if it is simply that the Netgear hub DOESN'T LIKE THE PLUG!!!! hmmm.... my search will continue, but please let me know if you have any suggestions...
26  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / SheevaPlug with Ethernet hub not working on: October 07, 2009, 09:51:47 AM
I am running into this simple, yet frustrating problem!
My Plug works fine when I directly connect it the the network, but does not work when I plug it through an ethernet hub.  I tried several hubs, and different cables just to rule out defective parts. 

Is there something that I am completely unaware of that could cause this to happen?

I have installer 6 on my plug with kernel 2.6.30-rc6

Thanks in advance.
27  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: libxml and libxml2 on: August 31, 2009, 04:24:25 PM
you can use udev or udev+autofs to mount it. Second one has the nice advantage that it will unmount the stick when not in use.
I tried this option, and I found a website that explains how to do so http://www.debian-administration.org/article/Automounting_card_readers_and_USB_keys_using_autofs
I am able to install (apt-get install autofs) successfully, but when I try run /etc/init.d/autofs restart
I get the following error message:
Stopping automounter: done.
Starting automounter: loading autofs4 kernel module,FATAL: Module autofs4 not found.
 done.

Can anyone help with getting this fixed?
Thanks
28  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: libxml and libxml2 on: August 31, 2009, 11:51:11 AM
Thanks!

I tried apt-get install libxml1 but I got an error saying "E: Couldn't find package libxml1"

I would like to get USB stick to automount and it looks like I need one of the packages I mentioned earlier (ivman, halevt).  Any suggestions how I should proceed from here on?

Thanks again!
29  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / libxml and libxml2 on: August 31, 2009, 10:50:45 AM
Hi,
I am trying to install ivman or halevt so I can automatically mount a USB drive on my plug.  I recently ran installer-6 so I should have the latest.

When I run ./configure, I get the following error message:
checking for LIBXML... configure: error: No LibXML library found, check config.log for failed attempts

I already installed libxml2 (apt-get install libxml2-dev) and I am hoping to figure out (with your help) how I can do one of these two things:

1. Find libxml and install it - I haven't been successful at finding the package online, I keep finding libxml2
2. or change some configuration file to recognize libxml2 when running the ./configure

Thanks in advance
30  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: booting up - how fast? on: August 29, 2009, 10:02:54 AM
Hi,
I used the Sheevaplug installer-6 and it is much faster now.
Thanks.
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