Great thread this and a big thumbs up to all concerned
I have almost no knowledge of Linux but I feel I can follow the instructions posted here to upgrade to Ubuntu however I do have some reservations (particularly with the RGB header, I have a 5200PRO so not sure if I need to solder this on or not??) and was wondering if it all goes wrong can I put the original DOM back inplace and everything will be back as was?
I suppose I should also ask myself why I want to upgrade in the first place, I use my NAS primarily for streaming my music to a Logitech Squeezebox3 and movies to a PopcornHour A100... will I get a speed benefit by going the upgrade route?
All now fully installed and in use... a big thanks to raisinman for this guide which I followed implicitly. I cannot say that everything went smoothly as I am a Linux newbie and following some of the steps was daunting particularly with the Samba shares which gave (is still giving!) me quite a few hair pulling out moments and also the setting up of the the exim4 e-mail client. I did find a few mistakes (e.g. vi /etc/samba/smbuses should read vi /etc/samba/smbusers) in the guide but thankfully these were of the spelling variety and were spotted eventually. All-in-all it's a terrific guide and I am certain I would not have been able to install Ubuntu without it so, once again, thanks to raisinman.
Thanks a bunch for the comprehensive guide. I am in need of customizing my N5200 (non-pro), and think that this will help a lot in reconfiguring the unit to my needs.
The situation in Thailand has made the DOM hard to get. I could only find one supplier that even had it in its inventory (CDW), but apparently they can't get it, either. So I'll just have to sit tight and wait.
Until then, I'm going to get a VirtualBox VM going with Fedora Core 4 (since it's 2.6.11, closest to the 126.96.36.199 that's currently on the N5200) and the gcc toolchain. Hopefully, I'll be able to get it to work once I learn how to use the kernel that Thecus provides. Let me know if anyone wants me to provide the OVA once it's working!
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It has been quite for some time on this thread XD. I guess everything worked fine for you guys . Last week i finished my semester succesfully at school, so i have vacation for the upcoming 2.5 months (YEAAAH!!)
Today i woke up at 8 AM and 9.30 AM i started upgrading my NAS to Ubuntu 12.04 32bit as planned . It went kind of smoothly. All thanks to webmin.
I started to backup all my configuration files using webmin it self(Apache server, Mysql Server, Samba server, FTPD Pro server, RAID, etc. etc.) After the upgrade i just restored the settings and everything worked just fine except website connecting mysql, but i guess its because i changed the root password.
I've got PS3 media server and Sun Java 7 up and running, but ill post the tutorial of it on another thread that i especially made for applications.
If you have some questions, you know where to find me .
Thanks to all that have contributed to this guide which I am about to follow, more or less.
One question I had is do I need to install to a DOM at all. Is it possible to create a RAID and install Ubuntu directly onto the Hard Drives during installation?
My Linux knowlege is basic at best!, but I did start the process. I removed the stock DOM, Modified a VGA cable and plugged it directly into the MB. Upgrade the ram to 2Gb (only detecting 1gb but that was the only spare stick I had). Created a bootable Ubuntu Server 14.04 USB. Started the install. Had to use the flag "forcepae" to continue the installation.
Unfortunately the installer does not see any hard drives. I only installed 1 drive for testing purposes. The only device visible is the USB drive. During detecting Drives it did prompt me that it had detected (from memory) an MDAM raid device as well as Serial ATA device and did I want to activate them. I answered Yes/Yes, Yes/No and No/Yes. No combination allowed me to see the serial ATA drives.
Is it possible to put the complete installation directly onto the Hard Drives without using a DOM or USB? If not can I just install GRUB or someother loader on the DOM/USB and boot linux from the hard drives (preferably using RAID)?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.
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LCD Ubuntu support script Hi After installing Ubuntu on my NAS long time ago, I very happy but I did not like that the LCD was useless because it is a very versatile gadget.
I have spent many hours in order to make it work. Little information and operating own original LCD is very poor. I also put here the contents of ATMEGA168 of the N5200. If someone can read through the port ATMEGA168 content on N5500 i will be very happy if send it to me.
And i will to load it into the N5200 to see what happens. I based on this great work jncronin (thanks for your help !!)
However, these commands do not work in the N5200. hardware LCD is the same but the code is different from ATMEGA168 In a N5500 is more flexible and easy to work.
You can read the code connecting AVRISP in a 6-pin port called J4 just next to the SIMM socket base
The N5200 LCD has many limitations due to useless code which integrates ATMEGA:
I made the following script to control the N5200 LCD.
- You can not write on the top line -Only It allowed to put a static logo of 17 characters on the top line -The Costs of information management for the bottom line is disastrous -slow - Very strict if the number of characters is exceeded will not work - Useless Buttons - Need to send several times the printf command to change the output.
I think the more elegant solution would be to write a new program for the ATMEGA168 that controls the display and buttons.
I'm doing a job of reverse engineering to figure out how connects the ttyS1 port the display and buttons to ATMEGA . For thus some brave man can write the code clean.
I relied on this page:
www.chaostreff.ch/Thecus_n5200_Debian (thanks for your help) And based on my script is infotet.sh I'm happy with the result, this worked in Ubuntu 15.04 The script relies heavily on the output of commands so must be checked if you change the language currently done for Spanish. Work in progress
Soon I will publish comments script so they can modify it. For ubuntu: put in /etc/init,d run update-rc.d initlcd defaults to run at startup initlcd start for run from shell initlcd stop for kill it
It show: Ubuntu 15.04 Booting...
Ubuntu 15.04 Raid5 md0: [UUU]
Ubuntu 15.04 CpuLoad: 100%
Ubuntu 15.04 FreeMem: 484Mbytes
Ubuntu 15.04 Eth0:192.168.1.100
After two cycles show System uptime and time
Inform Up:3 15:04
And restart... There is also a horrible blured video (sorry) you can see in action
°°° New DOM:www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003ZSQDJQ/ref=oss_product - 8GB Integral MLC 44pin Horizontal ATA IDE Flash Module I had originally planned to go for a Transcend as that's what most people seem to use but ended up going for an Integral one as it was much cheaper. Worked fine though. 4Gb will prob do too but 8 was as low as I could find. °°°
wow, I haven't been on this thread in years - for some reason I don't get any notifications for new posts, I wonder if I can turn this on somewhere.
My N5200 is happily humming away just fine still after all this time. To be fair it's only on a few hours a month as I use it for a second backup destination now that I've built myself a new NAS.
Anyway, cagivaraptor... I don't see why an SSD wouldn't be useable as the boot drive. After all you can install Ubuntu from a USB stick and it gives you the option to install to any of the connected media so I expect that you could select an SSD instead of the DOM.
You could try it out with a (different) USB drive as the boot drive initially to make sure that the NAS will boot off another device okay before shelling out for an SSD. If using a USB flash drive works then an SSD should be fine.
However, I wouldn't bother using an SSD. The NAS is pretty under powered anyway which limits overall speed, and an SSD would only give you minimal speed increases when the boot drive is working, which is quite rarely actually. Larger local speed increases would come with using SSDs as the raid array. However even then with the low power of the NAS your probably not going to see a huge increase as the real limiter is the bandwidth across your network and older mechanical drives are easily fast enough to saturate this link already.
The boot drive doesn't see much action after the NAS has booted so I wouldn't bother with an SSD. And the large size of an SSD would be wasted. Ubuntu only takes a few gigs and unless you store lots on the boot drive then the rest of the space will be watsed. I would just use a USB flash drive instead of an SSD if you're just wanting the minimal speed increases.