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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:12 am 
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I am proud to announce on behalf of lb_worm the release FreeLink v1.0 (arm9) for the Linkstation Pro.

The package can be downloaded at http://buffalo.nas-central.org/download/LSPro_ARM9/Distributions/Freelink/FreeLink_arm9-1.0rev2.zip

Please read the README.1st file included with this Freelink release.

Please post any bugs into the Freelink-arm9 section of the BugTracker.

Note: Please re-install FreeLink with revision 2 of the release. This revision fixes the permission issues that were found in the original release. Sorry for the trouble.

INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

Intrid-Only Installation:

Important: Users that have not installed a lb_worm's custom initrd or firmwares containing lb_worm's custom initrd must install the "initrd-only" package before installing FreeLink. Failure to do so may result in a failed install or a bricked box. The initrd-only package is included in the FreeLink package. Use the updater found in the initrd-only folder to install the initrd-only package.

*Warning Notices: When installing the initrd-only package, there will be an error saying "hddrootfs.img not found", "uImage.buffalo not found". That is expected as we are only updating initrd. The errors can be overridden by using the "Debug Mode" for the Buffalo Updater. To access the debug menu, right-click the "Buffalo Updater Icon" on the Windows context-bar (the bar at the bottom of the screen that spans between the start menu and the clock). Select "Debug(D)..." and the Debug Mode menu will pop up. In the upper left-hand corner of the menu is an "Update" section. Deselect everything in that section except "Update initrd" and hit ok. Then update as usual.

FreeLink Installation:

Users may install FreeLink by using the buffalo updater supplied with the FreeLink package. The FreeLink firmware will be installed in the same manner as the stock firmware. Please use a wired-ethernet connection to install FreeLink. Wireless-ethernet connections are known to cause problems. Ignore the "Waited for 240[s] seconds but couldn't confirm..." message at the end of the update and click "No" when the updater asks whether it should wait again for a response. Also ignore any error messages afterwards. The error messages are cause by the fact that FreeLink does not contain the Buffalo Updater Daemon.

Removal of FreeLink:
If for some reason FreeLink must be uninstalled, users must boot to the ramdisk (initrd) first. The ramdisk contains the Buffalo Updater Daemon that the Buffalo Updater requires. To boot to the ramdisk, access the linkstation shell via ssh. Run the following commands:
1) run "vi /boot/boot_options"
2) edit the line "MENU_TIMEOUT=4" to read "MENU_TIMEOUT=EM"
3) run [Esc], ":", "wq"
4) run "reboot"

The box should boot to the ramdisk after the reboot.

Key notes to remember:

*This version does not contain the updated kernel 2.6.17. As a result, udev will not work in this release.
*Telnet is not installed. Use SSH for shell access.
*Ramuk's freelinkomatix script has not incorporated this FreeLink release yet.
*The default root password is "lspro" and the default admin password is "admin". Please change these passwords.

--Great work lb_worm and thank you on behalf on the community. :)

Here is the wiki page (still a "stub") for FreeLink-arm9: http://buffalo.nas-central.org/index.php?title=FreeLink_for_the_Linkstation_Pro

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Special Instructions for Upgrading from the Telnet-enabled Stock Firmware v1.03rev2:
You will need to edit the text file /etc/linkstation_release so that the firmware date is an earlier date. Otherwise the updater will not install the firmware. The reason is that the build dates reported in linkstation_release for FreeLink and the telnet-enabled stock firmware v1.03rev2 are the same. This issue will be patched soon. :)
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EDIT: by mindbender (just changed some lines to bold + italic style)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:34 am 
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Well done all of you - now watching the clock until I can get home and try it out! Can't wait ....
Will feed back any issues ASAP.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:37 am 
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Actually - the .zip file deosn't seem to be there. There's nothing in the Freelink directory under arm9-LS_Pro.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:44 am 
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Sorry, the file is still being uploaded. It'll be uploaded in about 40 minutes. :)

EDIT: there is a mispelling in the filename. I will rename the package after the upload is complete.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:53 am 
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Oops - being a bit keen there - sorry. Will check back a bit later.
Thanks.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:56 am 
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Jonli I turned your post into a wiki article, you can fix it as you want. Someone would have to try the script on an LSPRO I cannot see a reason why it would not work.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:58 am 
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ramuk wrote:
Jonli I turned your post into a wiki article, you can fix it as you want.

Thank you. I will double check the wiki article.

ramuk wrote:
Someone would have to try the script on an LSPRO I cannot see a reason why it would not work.

I am more than happy to test the script. (going to sleep soon, so likely tomorrow).:)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:17 am 
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The package upload is now complete and the link is fixed.:)

Can someone please report back to me whether or not they were able to download the package? I have had occasional issues with network latency that causes poor uploads. Just want to be sure that my upload is good. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:01 am 
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Hi!

Your upload is good! Now i need a LSPro! ;) Where is the "Buy Now"-Button?!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:30 am 
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Thank you guys - really good work. And the best: It's just in time :up:
I got a sms from our packet station that my ls-pro has arrived and i can fetch it today after work :up:

Maybe we should make this topic sticky?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:15 am 
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I have no problem to download too. Bravo!:up:

Now it's time to give it a try. Currently I'm running the stock 1.03 firmware, can I confirm the procedure should be:

1. Go to the initrd-only sub-dir and run LSUpdate.exe, once it finishes, reboot
2. Connect again, then at the base dir, run LSUpdate.exe, and then reboot

Correct?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:55 am 
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Well done guys :up:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:57 am 
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I am glad that we are not having any issues at the moment. Updates are going well then?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:19 am 
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I have no problem flashing Debian into. Well done!!!!!! :up:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:25 pm 
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topic is now sticky.

Great work!

i am just downloading...

EDIT: is it using the stock kernel or a slightly advanced one compiled from GPL-sourcs?
i just want to compile a bunch of kernel modules for the LS Pro....
if it is the stock one -> ok
if not -> can someone upload a config for it?

EDIT2: forget it..i just finished downloading the file...as the uImage.buffalo is from 5.12.06 suppose it is the stock kernel without usb-printing inside.

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