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truehl
Working USB-Sticks
October 24, 2010 08:07AM
Hi all,
I get only one of my USB-Sticks working with Dockstar and Debian. All other work fine during installation but won't boot. Instead the pogo-systems starts. (by the way: How can I shutdown the pogo-system?) . Is this a know issue or can you tell me which USB-Sticks are working? For me its the transcend JetFlash 8 GB which is running.

Greetings,
Thomas
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 24, 2010 10:10AM
I had similar issues with the Kingston Data traveler 8 Gig pen drive

Question then is: Is the problem 8 Gig for booting? Or have we been unlucky enough to select two brands that have issues.
the same procedure works perfectly with 2 and 4 gig units, off brands even.

John Novack
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 24, 2010 01:03PM
I use Kingston DataTraveler 410 (4GB) and it works fine.

Roman
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 24, 2010 03:18PM
The Super Talent Pico-C Chrome 8 and 2 GB run just fine.

Edit: As this is sticky now, here is some speed info for the 8 GB stick:

root@fredl:~# hdparm -tT /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads: 576 MB in 2.00 seconds = 287.57 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 86 MB in 3.05 seconds = 28.16 MB/sec

root@fredl:~# dd count=100 bs=1M if=/dev/zero of=./test.img
100+0 records in
100+0 records out
104857600 bytes (105 MB) copied, 15.8977 s, 6.6 MB/s



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/31/2010 11:12AM by hkramski.
Twi
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 24, 2010 05:52PM
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 1GB
Transcend 8GB Micro SDHC TS8GUSDHC6 in ultra cheap card reader (appears similar to this).
Working with no issues.
Megabug
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 25, 2010 03:52AM
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8 GB works fine, but is slow!
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 25, 2010 04:06AM
Hi,

OCZ Rally2 4GB is running fine.

thomdock.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/25/2010 04:28AM by thomdock.
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 25, 2010 12:20PM
Kingston Data Traveler 4 Gb. Working slow!
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 25, 2010 04:40PM
I have a SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB and another one that looks exactly alike but does not have the 'Micro' label. Both work perfectly. The one with out the 'Micro' label seems to be a bit faster.

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 4GB that does not cold-boot. It's also painfully slow.

-- Jeff
truehl
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 26, 2010 01:01AM
I've read elsewhere in the forum, that one should activate the sda1 partition. I did so and now sticks boot like a charme!

Maybe Jeff could give a hint in his installation guide!

Thx a lot,
Greetings, Thomas
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 26, 2010 06:22AM
changing the bootcmd to

bootcmd=usb start; run usb_bootcmd; run bootcmd_ubi; run bootcmd_pogo; reset

fixed the issues i had with my kingston data traveller stick for me.

riotz
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 26, 2010 07:49PM
A little instruction here, please
Where does one find the bootcmd and how does one change it?

Thanks

John Novack
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 26, 2010 08:06PM
bootcmd is a uBoot environment variable. Don't mess with it unless you have netconsole or serial access and understand what you're doing.

Let's try to keep this thread on topic. Having a list of known good/bad devices is valuable for new users.

-- Jeff
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 27, 2010 07:05AM
I use a 4 GB Adata flash drive. It has worked since I first set up the Dockstar/Debian in early September. It's been running 24/7 since then (except for a couple of power outages). No problems at all with the flash drive. On the newegg site here:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/2fgnple
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 27, 2010 01:12PM
I used a number (say 10?) of USB flash drives and micro-SD cards. I have not had a single one that didn't work. The performance/speed vary though.
trine
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 27, 2010 02:55PM
The Super Talent Pico-C 8G works OK

The Super Talent Pico-C 16G does not boot from a cold boot but it will boot
if you boot into the pogoplug or rescue and do a reboot command.
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 31, 2010 04:03AM
SanDisk Cruzer Pattern 4GB works fine.

Two unbranded freebie 2GB drives loaded kernel fine, but then hung. Managed to get one working intermittently. Further investigation showed both had unfixable bad blocks on the disks. So check for bad blocks if you do get this issue.
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 31, 2010 04:35AM
Can't boot from Kingston DataTraveler 8GB :(
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 31, 2010 05:11AM
ARJunior Wrote:
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> Can't boot from Kingston DataTraveler 8GB :(


Yes, I confirm this drive do not start from cold boot but works from warm boot.
Re: Working USB-Sticks
October 31, 2010 11:05AM
Sandisk Cruzer Micro 2GB (the orange blinking transparent silicon version) works fine.
but is very slow on write (install took over 75 minutes)

~# hdparm -tT /dev/sda
/dev/sda:
Timing buffer-cache reads: 1264 MB in 3.00 seconds = 420.83 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 58 MB in 3.04 seconds = 19.09 MB/sec

~# dd count=100 bs=1M if=/dev/zero of=/test.img
100+0 records in
100+0 records out
104857600 bytes (105 MB) copied, 52.7569 s, 2.0 MB/s

209715200 bytes (210 MB) copied, 173.895 s, 1.2 MB/s

what sticks are faster than this?
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 03, 2010 10:01AM
I've tried a Kingston DataTraveler 16GB and a Verbatim StoreNGo Pro 4GB and both work, but neither of them will cold boot on my PogoPlug.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/03/2010 10:02AM by RazorsEdge.
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 03, 2010 11:03AM
GOODRAM 2GB works fine.
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 03, 2010 05:13PM
RazorsEdge Wrote:
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> I've tried a Kingston DataTraveler 16GB and a
> Verbatim StoreNGo Pro 4GB and both work, but
> neither of them will cold boot on my PogoPlug.

Are you sure you marked the partition as bootable? (fdisk 'a' command)

-PG
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 04, 2010 04:58AM
Hi,

Transcend JetFlash600 4GB (Product No. TS4GJF600) DOES NOT WORK.
I checked two of them and experienced very strange filesystem errors during writing and/or reading from the stick like the lines below - not only on the dockstar - also on my desktop linux system and on another system with a different linux version.

ext2_check_page: bad entry in directory #65537: : directory entry across blocks - offset=0, inode=4294967295, rec_len=65536, name_len=255
ext2_readdir: bad page in #65537

and
ext2_check_page: bad entry in directory #121208: : rec_len is smaller than minimal - offset=4096, inode=0, rec_len=0, name_len=0

You can reproduce this behavior by running 'rsync -av /DIR_BIGGER_THAN_4GB /MOUNTPOINT_OF_THE_STICK' two times. The first time the stick will be filled with the contents of the directory (heavy write operations on the stick), the second time rsync has to compare the contents on the stick with the contents of the directory before writing (heavy read operations on the stick) which finally will bring the error messages for sure.

Edit: The 8GB Transcend JetFlash600 is reported to run fine - I am currently waiting for the shipment of this one and will report here.

thomdock.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/04/2010 05:00AM by thomdock.
Mike
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 04, 2010 03:51PM
Kingston DataTraveler 101 G2 - 8GB
cold boot - not working
warm boot - working

(Error: "scanning bus for storage devices... Device NOT ready" during cold boot)

partition is set to bootable
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 04, 2010 04:53PM
verbatim store'n go 2gb no problem works cold and warm
Mike
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 04, 2010 05:53PM
Update:
I found a work-around for my Kingston DataTraveler 101 G2 (8GB)
Described here:
http://forum.doozan.com/read.php?3,2075,2233#msg-2233

Kind of a hack but it lets my device boot (albeit delayed) after a cold boot/power outage.

Mike
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 05, 2010 03:41PM
I have an 8GB Verbatim. It ONLY boots on warm boots, not cold. I have the same model on two DS's with the same warm boot results. I assume the drive speeds would be the same. The lsusb says (if I read it correctly) that it's a Kingston product.


>sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads: 516 MB in 2.00 seconds = 257.54 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 52 MB in 3.04 seconds = 17.08 MB/sec

>sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads: 516 MB in 2.00 seconds = 257.54 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 52 MB in 3.04 seconds = 17.08 MB/sec
gus@debian:~$ dd count=100 bs=1M if=/dev/zero of=./test.img
100+0 records in
100+0 records out
104857600 bytes (105 MB) copied, 31.0954 s, 3.4 MB/s

>lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 13fe:3623 Kingston Technology Company Inc.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub


ALSO: 4GB Ativa (Office Depot brand) stick does not boot correctly. Only seems to work on COLD boots, not warm. Go figure.
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 07, 2010 09:33AM
petergunn Wrote:
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>
> Are you sure you marked the partition as bootable?
> (fdisk 'a' command)
>
> -PG

Both times I did as part of the initial partitioning. Unless the dockstar.debian-squeeze.sh script changes anything. I've since switched to using an HD for the main install and everything works perfectly cold and warm..
Re: Working USB-Sticks
November 08, 2010 02:51PM
The uBoot binaries haven't really changed over the last revision. Instead, the environment settings have been adjusted slightly. The old environment started usb, then stopped it, and then started it again. This caused some USB devices to stop functioning.

You can restore the older behavior with the following command:

fw_setenv usb_init 'usb stop; usb start; run usb_scan'

If that doesn't fix anything, you can set usb_init back back to the 'original'

fw_setenv usb_init 'run usb_scan'

-- Jeff
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