Ok... after a whole day wasted mucking around im finally admitting defeat.. let me tell you my odyssey:
As I would like the ability to boot from SD card, among a few other things, I choose the installer option. Got a new USB stick, formated it in FAT32 (in Windows), and moved the contents of the installer dir (from my ubuntu laptop) to the root of the drive.
Foolishly enough, I did not have a serial connection open to actually see what was happening on the plug - major mistake :/
I started the runme.sh from my ubuntu machine, and everything a-ok, after a bit it went to the point where it tells me to switch to serial. After a few unsuccesful tries I went in, only to see an Ubuntu login (instead of the original Debian) and the following info:
Ubuntu 9.04 ubuntu ttyS0
Linux ubuntu 2.60.30-rc6 \2 PREEMPT Wed May 20 05:42:04 MDT 2009 arm5tel
Ah I say, its done it, brilliant. Unfortunately though I was wrong, as it appears to have done a botched upgrade: nano doesnt exist anymore, vi doesnt work, apt-get doesnt do anything, I cant SSH anymore to the plug and various other weird behaviour.
Also, when restarted, the serial shows a LOT of errors of
modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.30-rc6/modules.dep: No such file or directory
I seem to get more errors a bit after the Marvel logo but I dont know how to get a printout of them - anybody to help a n00b in linux logging?
Also after the flashing, the usb drive appears to have been corrupted, requiring a re-formating.
Ive tried the whole process from scratch, formating the drive (FAT32), partitioning it, recopying the installer files (by first uncompressing them again from the archive), but when I run the runme.sh I get the following:
**** Preparing environment variables file ...
grep: scripts-linux/uboot-env/uboot-dflt.txt: No such file or directory
grep: installer/uboot-custom.txt: No such file or directory
**** Burning uboot and environment variables ... This will take a few minutes ...
/home/manic/Desktop/sheevaplug-installer-alpha-6/runme.sh: line 18: cd: uboot: Not a directory
/home/manic/Desktop/sheevaplug-installer-alpha-6/runme.sh: line 19: ../scripts-linux/openocd/openocd: No such file or directory
**** openocd FAILED
**** Is the mini USB cable connected?
**** Try powering down, then replugging the Sheevaplug
Note the command is executed under sudo. Ive checked the vendor ID change and it does not apply here, although I have tried it; The files that grep cant find are definetly there, and not corrupt;
I am going crazy over this, and VERY tempted to just start again with my spare plug (I have 3 supplied by my university for my project) but I would prefer to make this one operational again. If anyone can give any help whatsoever Ill be grateful