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Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)

Posted by nnSlick 
Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 28, 2020 01:28PM
Hi Bodhi,

I have another PogoPlug V3 circa 2012 that unfortunately do not have a running system and I would like to update it to newer Uboot to use your Debian rootfs, since I understand that your newer rootfs requires newer Uboot.

What is the best way to achieve this without a serial cable? I was looking for Debian-3.xx rootfs on your dropbox but it appears to be gone.

Thanks in advance for your help.
nnSlick
Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 28, 2020 06:04PM
nnSlick,

> I have another PogoPlug V3 circa 2012 that
> unfortunately do not have a running system

Do you recall how it was set up to run in 2012? was it ALARM installation? If I know what you did back then, I could potentially show you how to boot with an old Debian rootfs.

> What is the best way to achieve this without a
> serial cable?

There are a few alternatives.

- Boot old Debian rootfs by guessing what envs are currently in u-boot.
- Boot with a SATA drive, specifically prepared to by pass u-boot on NAND. This requires openning the box and connect a SATA cable to an outside bare disk or eSATA enclosure.
- Connect serial console (easy, no soldering needed).

-bodhi
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Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 28, 2020 07:39PM
Bodhi,

As always I really do appreciate your quick response and help.
>
> Do you recall how it was set up to run in 2012?
> was it ALARM installation? If I know what you did
> back then, I could potentially show you how to
> boot with an old Debian rootfs.
>

I have two units, and it looks like back then I 'hacked' them both to boot from a SATA hard drive (via a SATA cable) to run ALARM. One unit boots and I was able to install your new uBoot after booting into ALARM and now have Debian running. The other also has a SATA hard drive connected via a SATA cable but it refuses to boot, the LED keeps flashing.


> There are a few alternatives.
>
> - Boot old Debian rootfs by guessing what envs are
> currently in u-boot.
I was hoping to be able to do this with your old Debian rootfs.

> - Boot with a SATA drive, specifically prepared to
> by pass u-boot on NAND. This requires openning the
> box and connect a SATA cable to an outside bare
> disk or eSATA enclosure.
I think this hardware set up is already done, I have a SATA cable connected to an outside hard drive.

> - Connect serial console (easy, no soldering
> needed).
I remember did build a serial cable, but could not locate it at the moment. I guess this would be the last resort.

Thanks,
nnSlick
Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 28, 2020 07:59PM
nnSlick,

To recreate the SATA hack drive is more time consuming.

So I will try to restore the post's part for older rootfs (should be in my saved release notes).

-bodhi
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Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 28, 2020 08:12PM
I've hijacked the 2nd post in the release thread to make it an older releases post. You can find rootfs 3.x in there.

https://forum.doozan.com/read.php?2,16044,16065#msg-16065

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Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 28, 2020 08:31PM
Bodhi,

Wow, appreciate your prompt response!

The link to Debian-3.17 rootfs on Dropbox seems to be expired though, as I get a 404 error trying to download it.

nnSlick
Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 28, 2020 09:08PM
Ok let me check.

-bodhi
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Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 28, 2020 09:39PM
Turned out I've removed that file to gain back some Dropbox space when it ran low. I've re-uploaded it just now.


Quote
https://forum.doozan.com/read.php?2,16044,16044#msg-16044


Updated 02 Nov 2014:

Rootfs Debian-3.17.0-oxnas-tld-1-rootfs-bodhi.tar.bz2 was uploaded. This rootfs is to keep in sync with kernel Linux-3.17.0-oxnas-tld-1.

Basic minimal Debian Oxnas rootfs for Popo Pro/Classic V3 plug:

- tarball size: 83M
- install size: 251M
- a basic wheezy rootfs
- Installed packages: nano, avahi, ntp, busybox-syslogd (log to RAM), htop, dialog, bz2.
- see LED controls in /etc/rc.local, and /etc/rc0.d/K08halt
- see some useful aliases in /root/.profile
- root password: root

Download at Dropbox:

Debian-3.17.0-oxnas-tld-1-rootfs-bodhi.tar.bz2 (re-uploaded Apr 28, 2020).

md5:
c8e9df471f331c56befc4051a754bfea

-bodhi
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Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 29, 2020 07:26AM
Bodhi,

Thanks for the link and for re-uploading the old rootfs. I downloaded it and try but the plug does not boot.

Since I have another unit working I will put the this one in the garage and will try to revive it with a serial cable.

You are awesome and I really do appreciate your help.

Thanks,
nnSlick.
Re: Question about updating Uboot for a PogoPlug V3 classic Oxnas (OX820)
April 29, 2020 04:37PM
nnSlick,

> Thanks for the link and for re-uploading the old
> rootfs. I downloaded it and try but the plug does
> not boot.
>
> Since I have another unit working I will put the
> this one in the garage and will try to revive it
> with a serial cable.
>

In case you want to give one more shot.

I forgot that you were booting Arch with stock u-boot circa 2012. So the the Debian rootfs needs to have uImage with DTB appended (Step 4). It cannot be used as is, out of the box.


> You are awesome and I really do appreciate your
> help.

My pleasure!

-bodhi
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