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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:38 pm 
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I have one of the original Linkstation models (LS1 I believe) and ran OpenLink for a long time. I recently switched to FreeLink and took note of a comment mentioning that "etch" should be used instead of "stable" in /etc/apt/sources.list to avoid trying to update to Lenny. I modified the sources.list to use archive.debian.org so I could get Etch packages since stable is now using Squeeze (it appears that Lenny is now "oldstable"):

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deb http://archive.debian.org/debian/ etch main contrib non-free
deb-src http://archive.debian.org/debian/ etch main contrib non-free


The note mentioned that Lenny needs kernel 2.6 and uboot. I upgraded the Kernel using the webinstaller method, so now I'm running kernel version 2.6.25.20. I'm stuck on the uboot portion. Is uboot truly needed?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:41 pm 
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In a word yes.

Using the method you currently do means that the original 2.4 kernel in flash is loaded and then switches to 2.6 (something like that if I remember). Problem is Lenny doesn't want to boot up with the 2.4 kernel and so it never gets to switch to 2.6.

You want uboot that will load straight into 2.6 in /boot


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:39 am 
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Okay, that makes sense. So I guess I need to install u-boot.

I figured out that I needed to switch back to the 2.4 kernel in order to flash with the pre-compiled u-boot (u-boot-lsppchd-flash-1.2.0-r2.bin from the downloads area).

Now the LinkStation has been flashed with u-boot but I haven't tried it yet. I'm trying to figure out if there are more things that I need to do.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:32 pm 
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I managed to get the kernel 2.4.33 boot image flashed and then I used the kernel webinstaller to get the 2.6 kernel back with u-boot support.

I crossed my fingers, rebooted, and everything worked!

Now I want to start moving toward Lenny or Squeeze. I see that there are some tarballs available. Should I be using one of those? Or should I use some other method to perform the upgrade?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:28 pm 
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I think there's a few things to take into consideration:

    The size of sda1
    The upgrade from etch to lenny to squeeze

If you haven't repartitioned your drive you probably should consider it I think, else you'd run out of space (from what I remember). What does
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df -h
say currently?

I'd recommend installing foonas-em into flash instead of what I think is the old 2.4.33 you did. Foonas-em can repartition your drive and install freelink for you, then would be the upgrade from (whatever freelink is/was) to squeeze, not in one go I think :?

Else you could boot into foonas-em and untar one of those tarballs to / and start from there


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