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  1. I would like to consolidate some of my devices into a singular device.  I am having trouble coming up with a system which could work.

     

    currently my cubietruck crashes all the time, so much that it is now on a 2 hour reboot cycle and still manages to crash.  I assume it's a power issue with the 3.5 harddrive. Could also be 3Terbyte drive is too much?  Also 60mb/s is a bit slow.

     

    I have an asus rt-ac87u which does 802.11ac mimo wireless, but I do not like it's operating system. Also the wireless has issues.

     

    So, basically looking for something that can support

    802.11ac mimo wireless(extra power?)

    ethernet ports 4-5

    sata drive.

     

    I have been starting to look at x86 architecture for this(mini-dtx), however I would prefer low noise and low power usage unless it's actually being used.

     

  2. What troubles me is the majority of brain-dead comments there and the fact that people post links to articles they don't read/understand. Did you realize that the very first link in the arstechnica article is http://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/1108-security-alert-for-allwinner-sun8i-h3a83th8/-- obviously not.

     

    Just to spread the word: It only affects H3/A83T, it's not a backdoor, it happened intentionally to debug stuff (and maybe also to provide an easy way to root Android devices -- normally the first thing Android users ask for) and it's a good lesson why relying on vendor kernels is not the best idea.

    I have read it again and still do not see your link. mobile version. I posted because of the date on the article of May 11 2016. I wanted to make sure the exploit was not present in what I am using. I had a lot of issues with similar linux exploits in the 90s. For me it is the fear of worms and backdoors.

  3. Lost the login motd following apt-get upgrade.

     

    Start-Date: 2016-05-08  10:52:11
    Commandline: apt-get upgrade
    Upgrade: linux-image-next-sunxi:armhf (5.04, 5.10), linux-headers-next-sunxi:armhf (5.04, 5.10), linux-trusty-root-next-cubietruck:armhf (5.04, 5.10), linux-dtb-next-sunxi:armhf (5.04, 5.10), linux-firmware-image-next-sunxi:armhf (5.04, 5.10)
    End-Date: 2016-05-08  10:56:33
     

     

    I imagine I have to reinstall a pam config file? 

  4. For anyone who searches this thread.   Here is the most up to date bootable image I could find.
    uname -a                                                                                 
    Linux alarm 3.5.7-14-ARCH #1 PREEMPT Mon Jun 30 13:06:45 MDT 2014 armv7l GNU/Linux   
    https://archlinuxarm.org/about/downloads

     

    Here is the only ubuntu I could find.  I would not recommend as it is no longer supported.

    https://www.solid-run.com/download/pub/solidrun/cubox/distros/ubuntu/cubox-ubuntu-core-12.10-core-armhf-r1.tar.xz

  5. Discovered it already had a serial device built-in.  What a nifty device. 

     

    elcome to minicom 2.7

    OPTIONS: I18n                                                                
    Compiled on Feb  7 2016, 13:37:27.                                           
    Port /dev/ttyUSB1, 21:04:50                                                  
                                                                                 
    Press CTRL-A Z for help on special keys                                      
                                                                                 
    T T CuBox                                                                    
     ** LOADER **                                                                
                                                                                 
                                                                                 
    U-Boot 2009.08 (Sep 20 2012 - 02:30:22) Marvell version: 5.4.4 NQ SR1        
                                            
    BootROM:                                
           Version on chip: 2.33            
           Status: OK                       
           Retries #: 0                     
    Board: CuBox                            
    SoC:   88AP510 (A1)
    CPU:   Marvell Sheeva (Rev 5)
           CPU @ 800Mhz, L2 @ 400Mhz
           DDR3 @ 400Mhz, TClock @ 166Mhz                                           
    PEX 0: interface detected no Link.                                              
    PEX 1: interface detected no Link.                                              
    DRAM:   1 GB                                                                    
           CS 0: base 0x00000000 size 512 MB                                        
           CS 1: base 0x20000000 size 512 MB                                        
           Addresses 60M - 0M are saved for the U-Boot usage.                       
    SF: Detected M25P32 with page size 64 kB, total  4 MB                           
                                                                                    
    Streaming disabled                                                              
    L2 Cache Prefetch disabled                                                      
    L2 Cache ECC disabled                                                           
    Modifying CPU/CORE/DDR power rails to 1.0(-2.5%) / 1.0(-5%) / 1.5(-5%)          
    USB 0: Host Mode                                                                
    USB 1: Host Mode                                                                
    Setting VPU power OFF.                                                          
    Setting GPU power ON.                                                           
    MMC:   MV_SDHCI: 0, MV_SDHCI: 1                                                 
    Net:   egiga0 [PRIME]                                                           
    Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0                                                
    ===> Executing ext4load usb 0:1 0x02000000 /boot.scr                            
    (Re)start USB...                                                                
    USB:   Register 10011 NbrPorts 1                                                
    USB EHCI 1.00                                                                   
    scanning bus for devices... 2 USB Device(s) found                               
    Waiting for storage device(s) to settle before scanning...                      
           scanning bus for storage devices... 0 Storage Device(s) found            
    ** Bad partition 1 **                                                           
    ===> Executing ext4load usb 1:1 0x02000000 /boot.scr                            
    ** Bad partition 1 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload usb 0:1 0x02000000 /boot.scr                             
    ** Can't read from device 0 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use usb 0:1 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing fatload usb 1:1 0x02000000 /boot.scr                             
    ** Can't read from device 1 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use usb 1:1 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load usb 0:1 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                       
    ** Bad partition 1 **                                                           
    ===> Executing ext4load usb 1:1 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                       
    ** Bad partition 1 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload usb 0:1 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                        
    ** Can't read from device 0 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use usb 0:1 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing fatload usb 1:1 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                        
    ** Can't read from device 1 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use usb 1:1 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load usb 0:2 0x02000000 /boot.scr                            
    ** Bad partition 2 **                                                           
    ===> Executing ext4load usb 1:2 0x02000000 /boot.scr                            
    ** Bad partition 2 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload usb 0:2 0x02000000 /boot.scr                             
    ** Can't read from device 0 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use usb 0:2 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing fatload usb 1:2 0x02000000 /boot.scr                             
    ** Can't read from device 1 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use usb 1:2 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load usb 0:2 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                       
    ** Bad partition 2 **                                                           
    ===> Executing ext4load usb 1:2 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                       
    ** Bad partition 2 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload usb 0:2 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                        
    ** Can't read from device 0 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use usb 0:2 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing fatload usb 1:2 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                        
    ** Can't read from device 1 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use usb 1:2 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load mmc 0:1 0x02000000 /boot.scr                            
    Device: MV_SDHCI                                                                
    Manufacturer ID: 3                                                              
    OEM: 5344                                                                       
    Name: SL32G                                                                     
    Tran Speed: 25000000                                                            
    Rd Block Len: 512                                                               
    SD version 2.0                                                                  
    High Capacity: Yes                                                              
    Capacity: 31914983424                                                           
    Bus Width: 4-bit                                                                
    Loading file "/boot.scr" from mmc device 0:1 mmcda1                             
    ** File not found /boot.scr                                                     
    ===> Executing fatload mmc 0:1 0x02000000 /boot.scr                             
    reading /boot.scr                                                               
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to read "/boot.scr" from mmc 0:1 **                                   
    ===> Executing ext4load mmc 0:1 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                       
    Loading file "/boot/boot.scr" from mmc device 0:1 mmcda1                        
    747 bytes read                                                                  
    ## Executing script at 02000000                                                 
    ## Error: "autodetectfdt" not defined                                           
    ** No boot file defined **                                                      
    usage: fatload <interface> <dev[:part]> <addr> <filename> [bytes]               
    ** No boot file defined **                                                      
    Loading file "/boot/zImage" from mmc device 0:1 (mmcda1)                        
    ** File not found /boot/zImage                                                  
    reading zImage                                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to read "zImage" from mmc 0:1 **                                      
    Loading file "zImage" from mmc device 0:1 mmcda1                                
    ** File not found zImage                                                        
    Unknown command 'bootz' - try 'help'                                            
    ===> Executing fatload mmc 0:1 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                        
    reading /boot/boot.scr                                                          
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to read "/boot/boot.scr" from mmc 0:1 **                              
    ===> Executing ext4load mmc 0:2 0x02000000 /boot.scr                            
    ** Bad partition 2 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload mmc 0:2 0x02000000 /boot.scr                             
    ** Partition 2 not valid on device 0 **                                         
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use mmc 0:2 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load mmc 0:2 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                       
    ** Bad partition 2 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload mmc 0:2 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                        
    ** Partition 2 not valid on device 0 **                                         
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use mmc 0:2 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load ide 0:1 0x02000000 /boot.scr                            
                                                                                    
    Reset IDE:                                                                      
    Marvell Serial ATA Adapter                                                      
    Integrated Sata device found                                                    
                                                                                    
    ** Bad partition 1 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload ide 0:1 0x02000000 /boot.scr                             
    Error No HD connection                                                          
    ** Can't read from device 0 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use ide 0:1 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load ide 0:1 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                       
    ** Bad partition 1 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload ide 0:1 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                        
    Error No HD connection                                                          
    ** Can't read from device 0 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use ide 0:1 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load ide 0:2 0x02000000 /boot.scr                            
    ** Bad partition 2 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload ide 0:2 0x02000000 /boot.scr                             
    Error No HD connection                                                          
    ** Can't read from device 0 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use ide 0:2 for fatload **                                         
    ===> Executing ext4load ide 0:2 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                       
    ** Bad partition 2 **                                                           
    ===> Executing fatload ide 0:2 0x02000000 /boot/boot.scr                        
    Error No HD connection                                                          
    ** Can't read from device 0 **                                                  
                                                                                    
    ** Unable to use ide 0:2 for fatload **                                         
    Using egiga0 device                                                             
    TFTP from server 192.168.15.100; our IP address is 192.168.15.223               
    Filename 'boot.scr'.                                                            
    Load address: 0x2000000                                                         
    Loading: T T T T T T T T T T                                                    
    Retry count exceeded; starting again                                            
    Using egiga0 device                                                             
    TFTP from server 192.168.15.100; our IP address is 192.168.15.223               
    Filename 'boot.scr'.                                                            
    Load address: 0x2000000                                                         
    Loading: T T T T T
     

  6. You don't get anything at boot? Stock u-boot, which we use, prompts Solidrun logo. If you got nothing, than this means uboot is not loaded. We are doing major images rebuild very soon and I'll double check if problem is on our side.

     

    btw. my Cubox has serial port - via micro usb. Isn't this default on all?

    This is a first gen cubox, half did not have a serial port. I would need a pinout to connect to what might be a serial port.  I could not find an archive image from months/years ago to try. 

    And yes, nothing at all, no hdmi signal. 

  7. Maybe I missed something, it's been a few weeks since I needed to install an image.  cubox with hdmi does not boot.  There is no serial port, so I can not even try to figure it out.  Also it never requests an ip address from the router.  Tried with trusty legacy and vanilla.  Used the link specifically labeled cubox-i  http://www.armbian.com/cubox-i/ 

  8. Based on the SoC's so called SID u-boot generates a unique and persistent locally administered MAC address. You should throw your router in the bin and should also start to think about the relevance of problems you're running into (since hundreds of thousands if not even millions of ARM devices get their MAC address this way)

    Just threw my asus rt-ac87u in the bin because I got tired of it malfunctioning.  I no longer like asus products.  So, for the moment I had to turn my cable modem back into a gateway.  That said, I found allwinner owns an OUI

    DC446D and applied it.
  9. My cubietruck mac address which I am assuming is auto generated is invalid.  Though one would think it should work, other software on routers will not accept the mac as valid, and thus I can not add configurations to it.  We probably need a layer somewhere to create 'valid' mac addresses. 02:C2:07:C0:B7:C7 is the generated mac that my cubietruck is currently using which software claims is invalid. 

  10. I will not be running a 15 hour test.  And It's now a 3tb drive.  I would be willing to do .5 of a tb at most.  I don't think one needs to fill the harddrive to run a decent test.  Also the only stat I actually care about is how fast I can transfer files off it via an ftp client or any other, smb, nfs, etc.(75mb/s max on armbian, 20-30mb/s using netbsd)  Last year I lived out in the country and my max speed most of the time was 0.3kps.   I'm in the city now, when I get 10mb/s download it's great. 

  11. @Guest_TFR_* the short answer is no save money and go for an x86 desktop and even though youll spend more money to begin with it will save you a looooot of time and give you more than decent performance, i will recommand you the AM1 platform from AMD its has a more than decent GPU, so it could easily download content and play it using kodi (which in my opinion is the best media center software ever) - itx motherboards for the AM1 socket are cheap so with lets say 100E you could have a pretty decent box (even less if you have some parts around)

     

    the long answer 

    i have a cubietruck (or i think i still have one - bad incident with a power supply last night - be aware when buying cheap stuff from china - save yourself the trouble and always buy power supply or other important stuff form reliable sources)

     

    the cubietruck has at first great specs dual core soc, 2 gigs of ram, sata port, 1gig ethernet - unfortunately the specs are great only on paper (not talking about the soc or ram) but the performance of the sata port and the gigabit ethernet is at half at best. (but i could get continuous  write speeds arount 10MB/s  on a mechanical HDD @7200RPM) 

     

    Software support (at least for this board) is great thanks to the great community here and thanks to Igor, i have been using his images for a long time, but as i said hardware is not up to the task.

     

    So as suggested go for x86 if you value your time and money - at the moment the SBC world, in my opinion, is experimental others may have other options.

    I am getting significantly better speeds on cubietruck.  using a samsung I found inside a seagate backup plus 2t drive.  It's a 5400rpm laptop drive.  Using vsftpd on the armbian vs nautilus ftp(no ssl) on my home computer I'm getting write 30MB/s(upload).  read 70MB/s(download).  Armbian out of the box without any special tweaking.  I had some trouble with the 3.5 inch harddrive addon package, this is without. 

  12. Someone did an amazing job implementing the cubietruck sata speed for armbian.   I am curious as to what was done.  The other day I pulled read 75MB/s(via nautilus ftp) to my main computer from it.  Would perhaps like to apply whatever the fix was to netbsd. 

  13. Tested with a few drives, and different operating systems.  Also a couple power supplies.  The harddrive runs extra hot 107F on the outside for the last one I measured myself.  It dies during heavy loads.  a simple fsck will kill it.  But put it in my main computer and I can write /dev/zero to it all day long.  My first thought is that I had a power issue with some power supplies lying about their actual amperage.  So I found

    "FSP Net 36 Universal Netbook Power Adapter 12V 36W for ASUS Eee PC" in the discount bin and modified it to work in a 12v adapter.   Still the crashing persists.  However if I don't use the 3.5 addon package and I use a 2TB samsung laptop drive, no crashing. 

  14. Thanks Igor.  I figured as much.  I will try and work with the code, also taking into account vlad's analysis.  Will post results.  Oh, and fyi, my proposed solution also fell victim to the same bug today.  The bug can be confirmed by having the motd output the current time.

  15. For /etc/update-motd.d/30-sysinfo I noticed it likes to say my system is up 6 seconds and then when I check with uptime I notice it's wrong and has been up for hours or over a day.

    Just curious if there is a reason for not doing it in a way similar to this?

    function displaytime {
        # we need dedicated function
        local X=$(/usr/bin/uptime -p)
        printf "Up time:       "
        printf "\x1B[92m%s\x1B[0m\t\t" "$X"
    }
    
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