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« Reply #45 on: April 20, 2010, 11:25:05 PM »

Hi Ajay,

FC 12 new binaries uploaded (esia-2.0.4-3.fc12*) please try them out.

It appears the former binaries were tested with openocd on a different distribution than FC12, my apologies.
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« Reply #46 on: April 21, 2010, 07:58:30 AM »

Two problems/questions:

I tried installing the debian lenny_stable. Everything seemed to progress as planned. But when I started the burn of the application to the MMC card I got an error:
"Cannot read "instImg" from USB", looking at the DOK instImg and initrd were copied to the root of the DOK next to the Debian_Lenny directory.

1. I tried this several times with the same result. Has anyone encountered this error?

I'm using 2.0.4 of EISA on OS X. I have a sanDisk 2 GB Cruzer DOK.

Thinking that my bootloader was giving me trouble (UBoot Marvell version 3.4.19) I tried installing a new bootloader, but get the message that EISA must be started as root in order to burn a new bootloader.

So I tried launching EISA from the command line with sudo. But got the same result.

2. How can I install a bootloader on OSX as root without logging in as root?
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« Reply #47 on: April 21, 2010, 10:43:55 AM »

Two problems/questions:

I tried installing the debian lenny_stable. Everything seemed to progress as planned. But when I started the burn of the application to the MMC card I got an error:
"Cannot read "instImg" from USB", looking at the DOK instImg and initrd were copied to the root of the DOK next to the Debian_Lenny directory.

1. I tried this several times with the same result. Has anyone encountered this error?

I switched USB flash drives, and it just worked. Was pretty certain I had read the others from the plug previously, but whatever.
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« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2010, 04:38:58 AM »

uploading Lenny now

Hey,

absolutly great tool. Big thx for that.

two bugs in manifest.cfg:
1. password is still "root" instead of "nosoup4u" for lenny
2. text shows "Debian Squeeze root file system" under description for lenny
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« Reply #49 on: May 22, 2010, 06:19:56 AM »

Question and Comment.

Question:
Is there a way to add a post-processing step where I can integrate additional files such as a custom rc.local and other startup scripts without having to have "inserted" them into the root tarball?

Comment:
The Installation progress should be a bit clearer that when you are on the "Preparing for partitioning" step when you have chosen to backup the existing OS -- it will take quite a while. I aborted my initial tests of the installer at this step because I thought it had "hung". Perhaps an additional step, "Backing up existng OS"?

Great piece of software!

Thanks!
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« Reply #50 on: May 23, 2010, 03:54:06 AM »

Just a warning for those trying this on Win7 - like DrJam (kam?) mentioned on the first page, on installing this it will disable all usb hardware and plugs you have on your system. For me this included the wifi, and sound on the netbook. I had to uninstall the libusb before i could do anything at all.

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« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2010, 06:11:42 AM »

Adding to the libusb issue - on my XP system, my Sansa Clip media player was not recognized until I uninstalled libusb -- so the issue is not just Win7.
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« Reply #52 on: May 24, 2010, 09:43:51 AM »

Just a warning for those trying this on Win7 - like DrJam (kam?) mentioned on the first page, on installing this it will disable all usb hardware and plugs you have on your system. For me this included the wifi, and sound on the netbook. I had to uninstall the libusb before i could do anything at all.



Did your ports and wifi come back up after you uninstalled the libusb?  Mine didn't.  I might have to do a restore on my notebook.

Edit: After three reboots, all devices came up.  I'm going to try this on XP.
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« Reply #53 on: May 25, 2010, 02:40:30 AM »

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my Sansa Clip media player was not recognized until I uninstalled libusb

Now that you mention it I recall my sansa also did not get recognized and I could not figure what caused it, did not use it lately after I got the iPod.

So it seems the libusb does causes some issues on XP, on w7 it is a disaster.
Please do not try the ESIA on W7, the current version is still not safe.
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« Reply #54 on: May 26, 2010, 04:15:21 PM »


I have to tell you that this is a great utility, and was successful in unbricking my sheeva back to Ubuntu 9.04.  However, I do have a new problem.  The eth0 interface does not seem to be working.  Watching the lights around the ethernet plug when applying power, I can see the two lights flash then go out and the rest of the boot is ineventful except that it complains that eth0 is not up.  I did modify the /network/interfaces to be a static ip, which I had before, but it wasn't working before either.

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« Reply #55 on: May 28, 2010, 03:15:45 AM »

Hello!

Thank you for rooster doing all this hard work, I really appreciate it!!!

I have several questions though, mayby you could be kind enough to answer.

I recently bought guruplug server plus. Does esia support this? http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-32-guruplug-server-plus.aspx

I have latest Ubuntu as my desktop OS (10.04). I have Putty installed. This is what I have done.

1. Installed esia, putty, bought 2 Gig microSD ( formatted it to be ext2), untarred ubuntu and lenny to my usb drive
2. Followed your instructions, got my device to show up on esia (mac address, distros), so far so good
3. First issue was that I couldnt see my mmc in esia, but I can see it in the plug (through putty) ( I followed these instructions when formatted, http://www.ehow.com/how_1000631_hard-drive-linux.html)
4. Then I tried to install Ubuntu904 into the plug (nand, since mmc would not show up), I did everyhting like mentioned in instructions, but it gave the following message:
"a valid usb device on the sheevaplug was not found"

my usb drive is formatted as fat32. So it seems I have done everything like mentioned in your instructions. Is there something I have missed, or is that this plug is not supported or what? me newbie (dont understand) pls help

forgot to mention esia version is 2.0.5

Thank you anyways!


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« Reply #56 on: May 29, 2010, 08:04:05 AM »

Hi nurkkis,

I did not get my GuruPlug yet from GlobalScale so I can not comment what is wrong with the installation procedure.

What USB DOK are you using and what capacity?

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« Reply #57 on: May 31, 2010, 11:37:26 PM »

Hi nurkkis,

I did not get my GuruPlug yet from GlobalScale so I can not comment what is wrong with the installation procedure.

What USB DOK are you using and what capacity?

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Hi thanks for the reply!

Im using Kingston Datatraveler 8 GB. In the guruplug I can see it in media/usb1.

df -h command gives this:

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
tmpfs                 251M     0  251M   0% /lib/init/rw
udev                   10M  736K  9.3M   8% /dev
tmpfs                 251M  4.0K  251M   1% /dev/shm
rootfs                463M  209M  254M  46% /
tmpfs                 251M     0  251M   0% /var/cache/apt
/dev/sdb1             1.9G     0  1.9G   0% /media/usb0
/dev/sdc1             7.5G  531M  7.0G   7% /media/usb1


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« Reply #58 on: June 01, 2010, 10:30:42 AM »

I've tried to use it but it hangs on "Starting on-board installer" my logs:
Code:
setenv bootargs_console 'console=ttyS0,115200'
Marvell>> setenv bootcmd 'run recover1'
Marvell>> setenv recover1 'setenv mainlineLinux yes; setenv arcNumber 2097; setenv bootcmd run recover2; saveenv; reset'
Marvell>> setenv recover2 'run recover3; setenv bootcmd $(real_bootcmd); saveenv; run rec33'
Marvell>> setenv install_options 'backup= url=http://localhostDebian_Squeeze kernel=uImage rootfs=root.tar.gz modules=modules.tar.gz apptype= access=c2hlZXZhOnBsdWcK'
Marvell>> setenv real_bootcmd 'setenv bootargs $(bootargs_console) $(mtdpartitions) $(bootargs_root); nand read.e 0x00800000 0x00100000 0x00400000; bootm 0x00800000'
Marvell>> setenv rec33 'setenv bootargs $(bootargs_console) $(mtdpartitions) root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk=0x01100000,8M install_type=nand $(install_options); bootm 0x00800000 0x01100000'
Marvell>> setenv recover3 'run recover4'
Marvell>> setenv recover4 'usb start; fatload usb 0 0x00800000 instImg; fatload usb 0 0x01100000 initrd'
Marvell>> setenv mtdpartitions 'mtdparts=orion_nand:0x400000@0x100000(uImage),0x1fb00000@0x500000(rootfs)'
Marvell>> setenv bootargs_root 'ubi.mtd=1 root=ubi0:rootfs rootfstype=ubifs'
Marvell>> setenv app_name 'Debian_Squeeze'
Marvell>> setenv app_summary 'Debian Testing (Squeeze) ARM5 SheevaPlug Distribution'
Marvell>> saveenv
Saving Environment to NAND...
Erasing Nand...Writing to Nand... done
Marvell>> boot
Saving Environment to NAND...
Erasing Nand...Writing to Nand... done

__  __                      _ _
|  \/  | __ _ _ ____   _____| | |
| |\/| |/ _` | '__\ \ / / _ \ | |
| |  | | (_| | |   \ V /  __/ | |
|_|  |_|\__,_|_|    \_/ \___|_|_|
_   _     ____              _
| | | |   | __ )  ___   ___ | |_
| | | |___|  _ \ / _ \ / _ \| __|
| |_| |___| |_) | (_) | (_) | |_
\___/    |____/ \___/ \___/ \__|
** MARVELL BOARD: SHEEVA PLUG LE
U-Boot 1.1.4 (Dec 27 2009 - 22:03:21) Marvell version: 3.4.27
U-Boot code: 00600000 -> 0067FFF0  BSS: -> 006CFEE0
Soc: 88F6281 A1 (DDR2)
CPU running @ 1200Mhz L2 running @ 400Mhz
SysClock = 400Mhz , TClock = 200Mhz
DRAM CAS Latency = 5 tRP = 5 tRAS = 18 tRCD=6
DRAM CS[0] base 0x00000000   size 256MB
DRAM CS[1] base 0x10000000   size 256MB
DRAM Total size 512MB  16bit width
Addresses 8M - 0M are saved for the U-Boot usage.
Mem malloc Initialization (8M - 7M): Done
NAND:512 MB
Flash:  0 kB
CPU : Marvell Feroceon (Rev 1)
Streaming disabled
Write allocate disabled
USB 0: host mode
PEX 0: interface detected no Link.
Net:   egiga0 [PRIME]
Hit any key to stop autoboot:  3  2  1  0
(Re)start USB...
USB:   scanning bus for devices... 3 USB Device(s) found
Waiting for storage device(s) to settle before scanning...
1 Storage Device(s) found
reading instImg
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2620504 bytes read
reading initrd
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3332433 bytes read
Saving Environment to NAND...
Erasing Nand...Writing to Nand... done
## Booting image at 00800000 ...
Image Name:   Linux-2.6.30.2
Created:      2009-07-23   1:53:36 UTC
Image Type:   ARM Linux Kernel Image (uncompressed)
Data Size:    2620440 Bytes =  2.5 MB
Load Address: 00008000
Entry Point:  00008000
Verifying Checksum ... OK
OK
## Loading Ramdisk Image at 01100000 ...
Image Name:   initrd.ext2.gz
Created:      2010-04-23  20:22:28 UTC
Image Type:   ARM Linux RAMDisk Image (gzip compressed)
Data Size:    3332369 Bytes =  3.2 MB
Load Address: 00000000
Entry Point:  00000000
Verifying Checksum ... OK
Starting kernel ...
Uncompressing Linux... done, booting the kernel.
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« Reply #59 on: June 01, 2010, 03:35:49 PM »

I'm thinking of changing from Ubuntu to Debian, since armv5 support has been dropped form the former.

I've got a system that runs entirely off the SDHC card.  So I'm thinking that all I need to do is format another SDHC card (already done) and put my (cxbiker61) kernels in boot, the /lib/modules for them on /, and layer a debian rootfs tar file over it.

Is there such a rootfs tar file (i.e. one for a runnable system) available for the latest Debian (squeeze?)?  I don't want to start with a network boot and have to download everything from scratch at system install time.
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