I'm getting really upset with the problem I've tried figure out for 3-4 days now. The problem is that I'm totally unable to connect my LS-CHLv1 both with Ubuntu Linux & Windows 7. The linkstation is not recognized on my local network, no matter whether it is connected to router (Telewell TW-EA510v4)
or straight to computer with ethernet cable. I've tried connection with 3 different computers; 2 laptops (Ubuntu 10.04 + Win7)
and my desktop PC (Ubuntu 11.04)
. I've used also 2 ethernet cables.
On Ubuntu, I've used nmap -sP 192.168.0.0/24
command in terminal to ping my network devices. Every other device is recognized but not the Linkstation. While taking a look into Linkstation's ethernet connector, I can see green light blinking as it should do. However, I can't see any activity on the other side of the cable; no packages received on computer, and connection light at the router's side stays idle. SSH connection is not possible either (~Ubuntu/Win7 + Putty)
Because of this problem, I'm unable to have any connection to my Linkstation. As a possible solution, I've looked for making serial port connection
to get inside the box and see what is the real problem there. Another solution is to buy a new Linkstation but I really don't like to do that due to high prices (~114€).
This linkstation unit has not been used for a half year and I've handled it with care as well. The last time I used this Linkstation (early 2011), I didn't have any problems with connections.
I checked the microchip (MVKKT-BB)
. It seems not to be damaged and capacitors are OK, too. No a sign of scorches either. The linkstation runs fine and blue light blinks normally while booting up. The only, and only problem is that I can't connect the Linkstation through network in any case.
---------------------------------------------------About my Linkstation:
- Two HDD's tried out; Samsung 1.0TB
and Seagate 1.5TB
ST31500341AS. Earlier I didn't have any problems with both of these HDD's.
- I have two separate HDD image backups; Default Linkstation HDD image and Hacked Debian Lenny HDD image. Both tried out & restored without success into both HDD's. Linkstation runs normally with both images (not in EM mode).
partition not included in mentioned HDD images. With linux (Gparted utility)
, sda6 partition is either not recognized (? symbol) or it's free/un-used. sda1, sda2, sda3 & sda5 = OK
- On the Linkstation's side, hosts.allow & hosts.deny + /root/hosts.allow
, all checked and all traffic allowed. (ALL : ALL : allow)
- SSH is running and listening to port 22, according to Linkstation's /var/log messages.
- Rest of the logs are OK, there is not sign of very serious error messages.
- EM mode blinking (purple) = OK, red light blinking (without HDD) = OK. So the microchip detects various HDD conditions.
- Linkstation's ethernet connector blinks heavily after having connected to any computer with the cable. So, there is activity, but for some reason there's no any sign (~IP address) that Linkstation really is on the network.
- Linkstation recognizes whether it is connected to any other network device, according to the fact that the ethernet connector light turns off immediately when unplugging the LAN cable from the other device.
I'm almost ready to give up with this problem since nothing seems to help and I've tried many solutions without success. The only explanation I can see for this strange problem....Either something is still bloking the connection on Linkstation's side, or worse: Is it possible that the microchip is somehow broken and unable to handle network traffic correctly? I haven't modified the microship itself (e.g. by soldering...), only the HDD software.
I really appreciate any hint that can help figuring out this stressful problem. Thanks.