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ljones
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« on: January 22, 2011, 02:44:21 PM »

Hello all Smiley

I just recently dug out my old sheevaplug -- I haven't used it in quite a while. I was going to use it (back in 2009) as a server but random disconnects with a wireless adapter put paid to that.

What I was wondering now we're 2 years on from 2009 has the sheevaplug software (ubuntu) been updated at all? (I'm thinking updating the whole thing, not just using apt-get).

Here's what I get at boot-up;
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         __  __                      _ _
        |  \/  | __ _ _ ____   _____| | |
        | |\/| |/ _` | '__\ \ / / _ \ | |
        | |  | | (_| | |   \ V /  __/ | |
        |_|  |_|\__,_|_|    \_/ \___|_|_|
 _   _     ____              _
| | | |   | __ )  ___   ___ | |_
| | | |___|  _ \ / _ \ / _ \| __|
| |_| |___| |_) | (_) | (_) | |_
 \___/    |____/ \___/ \___/ \__|
 ** MARVELL BOARD: SHEEVA PLUG LE

U-Boot 1.1.4 (May 13 2009 - 13:10:52) Marvell version: 3.4.16

U-Boot code: 00600000 -> 0067FFF0  BSS: -> 006CF100

Soc: 88F6281 A0 (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
Flash:  0 kB
Addresses 8M - 0M are saved for the U-Boot usage.
Mem malloc Initialization (8M - 7M): Done
NAND:512 MB

CPU : Marvell Feroceon (Rev 1)

Streaming disabled
Write allocate disabled


USB 0: host mode
PEX 0: interface detected no Link.
Net:   egiga0 [PRIME], egiga1
Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0

NAND read: device 0 offset 0x100000, size 0x400000

Reading data from 0x4ff800 -- 100% complete.
 4194304 bytes read: OK
## Booting image at 00800000 ...
   Image Name:   Linux-2.6.30.5
   Created:      2009-08-17   0:37:18 UTC
   Image Type:   ARM Linux Kernel Image (uncompressed)
   Data Size:    2626164 Bytes =  2.5 MB
   Load Address: 00008000
   Entry Point:  00008000
   Verifying Checksum ... OK
OK

Starting kernel ...

Code:
root@ubuntu:~# uname -r
2.6.30.5

The distro on my sheevaplug is Ubuntu 9.04

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radael
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011, 11:49:58 AM »

AFAIK, The Ubuntu 9.04 is as far as that distribution has gotten on the plug.

On the other hand, there's a new U-Boot and new kernels up into 2.6.37 (so far), but 2.6.35 is long-term support.

http://www.cyrius.com/debian/kirkwood/sheevaplug/uboot-upgrade.html

http://dev.plugapps.com/with-linux/
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 03:40:30 AM »

and if i can give you an advice: don't mess with uboot until you really need to!!

you can easily brick you sheeva...that's what happened to me


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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011, 12:23:13 PM »

Now Playing: Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who

Let's take a look at that datasheet again while wearing our bullshit-sensitive sunglasses:

  • Boot device: 2MB SPI NOR Flash for uboot
  • Flash memory: 1GB on board micro-SD for kernel and root file system

    Verrry interesting. Why do we need the NOR at all when we have a spacious MicroSD to hold the device's firmware?

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    That's right! because if you had uBoot living on MicroSD you wouldn't need to buy a separate JTAG device to flash it with!

  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 16-bit ADC/ DAC
  • WiFi : 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth: BT2.1 + EDR

    No fan? No obvious means of adequate ventilation? Even without the PSU on board, just how many cubic feet per minute get sucked through those little slots on the case?

  • Low cost dedicated JTAG tools for system development

    Goodness! Will the system be backed by GST's ironclad 30-day warranty, too ? 


I'll pass, but thanks for trying.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 02:50:05 PM »

I recently upgraded mine to Debian Squeeze using the instructions from Martin at http://www.cyrius.com/debian/kirkwood/sheevaplug.

You can install on the internal flash, SD card or USB drive thumb drive. If you want to install on USB or SD card, you need to update uBoot first.

Steps from the guide are simple. If you never installed Debian, I'd recommend installing it on a PC first so you know what to expect and make the right choices for you, partitioning wise.

I got mine on 8 gb SD card, running smoothly.
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