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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:10 am 
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I'll probably put this in the Kuro Wiki later
I got a Kuro Pro From a friend in Japan today. Some interesting findings

It has no ftp server, but it has a samba server
which is on SMB://KUROBOX-PRO/MTD DEVICE

Also it has a small http server which just serves up this image linked to
http://www.kuroutoshikou.com/
Image

I imagine it would be linked to revolution in the american version

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 3:29 am 
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It looks like the main differences between the Kuro box pro and the Linkstation pro are that the Kuro comes with more flash ram (256 MB, which is enough for a small OS image) and you have to provide a hard drive. Are there any other major differences?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:38 am 
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armstation wrote:
It looks like the main differences between the Kuro box pro and the Linkstation pro are that the Kuro comes with more flash ram (256 MB, which is enough for a small OS image) and you have to provide a hard drive. Are there any other major differences?


kurobox pro has more hacking features...

PCI-express X 1
I2C X 1
GPIO pin X 2
SATA X 2


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:06 am 
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Nice, a PCI slot would be very useful.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 5:59 am 
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I managed to follow the instructions in the documentation and install the provided dev root file system. That process creates the following partition scheme

1. p1 : /boot (16MB)
2. p2 : /rootfs (3GB)
3. p4 : extend (others)
4. p5 : swap (128MB)
5. p6 : /share (others)


They say the process is not reccomended, I didn't have much of a choice. For some reason Netcat didn't work for me to access the uboot settings. And at the moment I don't have a serial kit for it. I think if one would by this the Serial Kit would be a must.

1. After connecting up the hard drive
2. I copied over the files hddrootfs.tar.gz , ChangeMeDevHDD, ChangeMyUbootEnv, uImage.buffalo Kernel from the CD-ROM provided to smb://kuroip//mtd_device.
3. Pressed the initsw button on the back till it beeped

some flashing, afterwards the above partition scheme was created and hddrootfs.tar.gz was untarred into /dev/sda2. I think you could replace hddrootfs.tar.gz with the tarball for arm9-genlink or arm9-Freelink and have a working system when you were done.

After a system reboot the flash was not accessible and the root file system was /dev/sda2
you have to change the location of the swap in /etc/fstab.

I don't know if 3GB is enough for a root file system, especially with gentoo. I ended up buying a USB/SATA bridge to connect to a workstation and use gparted to custom partition the drive

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:54 pm 
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One thing the KuroBox Pro does not seem to have is netconsole access for uboot. It seems as if you only have access through the serial port. This makes the serial port kit a must. After you manage to get a root file system onto /dev/sda2 and have it boot from there (using the buffalo provided hack) there's no way to change the uboot settings unless you do it from a serial console.

http://www.kurobox.com/mwiki/index.php/KuroBoxPro

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KuroPro *2TB Debian Lenny Armel- Kernel 2.6.26
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:08 pm 
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nice info you gathered on this wiki page.

have you tried GenLink and FreeLink on the Kurobox pro?

did they work?

with 256 MB flash it could be possible to use a complete hdd completely dedicated for samba/nfs-shares....but most likely this will work only with the small openlinkembedded image for arm9.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:28 pm 
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I tried both, Genlink was a bit buggy and required some tweaking, I think the distro just needs to be updated at some point in the future I don't think there was any hardware compatibility issue. I'm running FreeLink on it now and it runs fine. Of course there are no kernel modules to do really fancy stuff like encfs/fuse :)

Truthfully I was not able to test out the method of using the initsw button updating method to install FreeLink or GenLink. It was a one way transition, you'd need console access to go back to the stock uboot settings, since netconsole seems to be unavailable serial access is the only way. So I ended up using a USB/SATA bridge to repartition the drive to my liking with gparted and untar the rootfs for Genlink then later FreeLink.

I have found some reports of the initsw mechanism being successful for installing the rootfs for Debian on Japanese sites though, so I'm pretty sure it would work. If we can figure out what mechanism this uses to update the uboot settings then I'm sure we could go back to the stock settings without serial access.

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KuroPro *2TB Debian Lenny Armel- Kernel 2.6.26
KuroPro *1TB Debian Lenny Armel- Kernel 2.6.25.6


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:37 pm 
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Hello Ramuk,
could you please give me the content of your kurobox pro /proc/buffalo/firmware file ?

Thanks in advance,
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 5:04 pm 
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sorry Sylver,
I inadvertantly made a paperweight of my Pro when tryring to fit the cut apart USB cable into the hole on the bottom as a serial port adapter. I'm planning to try and unbrick it when I get some pinheaders (kuroguy was kind enough to send me a JTAG adapter) and get serial access. I left some info on the KuroBox wiki, but it seems to be down now......

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LinkStation HG *250 Uboot - Foonas-EM - Freelink
Kuro HG *750 Uboot - Foonas-EM - Debian Squeeze
Kuro HD *60 Uboot - Foonas-EM - Debian Squeeze (For Sale)
KuroPro *2TB Debian Lenny Armel- Kernel 2.6.26
KuroPro *1TB Debian Lenny Armel- Kernel 2.6.25.6


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 5:10 pm 
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hopefully it got not damaged completely :/

jonli447 already went through that.....i myself already built about 20 serial-adapters with the polarlink-usbphonesync cables...glad i had no problems.

this time populate the serial headers and connect the cable directly.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 5:54 pm 
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mindbender wrote:
hopefully it got not damaged completely :/

this time populate the serial headers and connect the cable directly.


This was my plan, to populate the serial headers on the daughterboard and connect the cable directly.

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KuroPro *1TB Debian Lenny Armel- Kernel 2.6.25.6


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:45 am 
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Ho sorry Ramuk, I hope that you'll revive it soon ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:54 am 
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ramuk wrote:
...there's no way to change the uboot settings unless you do it from a serial console.

If you take a peek at the UBoot source code, the tools\env directory allows you to build "fw_printenv". Closer examination of the source shows that if you rename the executable as "fw_setenv", you should have access to UBoot environment variables from a Linux shell.

I haven't tried building it, so if someone happens to get it working, please post.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:20 pm 
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Ok I got my kurobox Pro and I've installed freelink on it :)
It looks like the Kurobox pro is running @ 500MHz but bogoMIPS are the same than for the LS Pro :shock: How is it possible :?:
Check the logs :
Quote:
Soc: 88F5182 A2
CPU: ARM926 (Rev 0) running @ 500Mhz
Orion 1 streaming disabled
SysClock = 250Mhz , TClock = 166Mhz
[...]
Calibrating delay loop... 266.24 BogoMIPS (lpj=1331200)


The log for the LS Pro says :
Quote:
Soc: 88F5182 A2
CPU: ARM926 (Rev 0) running @ 400Mhz
Orion 1 streaming disabled
SysClock = 200Mhz , TClock = 166Mhz
[...]
Calibrating delay loop... 266.24 BogoMIPS (lpj=1331200)

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