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Hi AK...  Back in Jan 2017 I posted how Snakeoil 1.0.0 had installed without problems to my HP t520 Thinclient.

https://www.snakeoil-os.net/forums/Threa...586#pid586

I've simply upgraded the firmware at each prompt from then until now.

However, I purchased 2 x HP t620 Thinclients this week. Hardware and specs are the same as the t520 above but with some onboard audio options. Note both models have exactly the same networking hardware.

Anticipating their arrival I repurposed my old t520 as an Open-media-vault NAS overwriting Snakeoil.

The t620 arrived, I updated the bios, downloaded Snakeoil iso 1.1.0 and tried to install it.  It failed to write grub and then the installer crashed.
Suspecting a corrupt download I re-downloaded and burnt a new disk... same failure to install.

That's when I looked at the back and noticed no lights on the ethernet connection...strange... then a thought...
I downloaded and burnt the 1.0.0 iso and bingo! lights on and installed no problems.

So..it would appear that the 1.1.0 iso is missing ethernet driver r8169 for chip RTL 8111/8168/8411  Firmware rtl8168g-2_0.0.1 2/06/13
(details found from a running Ubuntu 20.04 desktop via USB stick. )

Any chance of updating the 1.1.0 iso to include it ? and to include it for the upcoming 1.2.0 ?

Many thanks,
Bob.
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(30-May-2020, 09:39 AM) Bromf Wrote: Any chance of updating the 1.1.0 iso to include it ? and to include it for the upcoming 1.2.0 ?

Apologies for the late notice. I'll look into this later tonight if not tomorrow (Public holiday) and I'll let you know..

Apologies. Things are really hectic, hopefully from next month onwards I can finally dedicate more time and love on this project. Thumbs Up
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(31-May-2020, 01:02 PM) agent_kith Wrote:
(30-May-2020, 09:39 AM) Bromf Wrote: Any chance of updating the 1.1.0 iso to include it ? and to include it for the upcoming 1.2.0 ?

Apologies for the late notice. I'll look into this later tonight if not tomorrow (Public holiday) and I'll let you know..

Apologies. Things are really hectic, hopefully from next month onwards I can finally dedicate more time and love on this project. Thumbs Up

No hurry...I have a working Snakeoil on the hardware.. just giving a heads up in case others were having the same errors...
Enjoy Liz's Birthday !!!   Smile

Best,
Bob.
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(31-May-2020, 01:21 PM) Bromf Wrote: No hurry...I have a working Snakeoil on the hardware.. just giving a heads up in case others were having the same errors...
Enjoy Liz's Birthday !!!   Smile

Hi, hopefully you have two USBs? Can you:
1. create one USB with 1.0.0, and the other with 1.1.0.
2. Copy out \casper\vmlinuz and \casper\initrd.img of 1.0.0
3. Copy the two files above to the same folder in the 1.1.0 USB

Now boot up the 2nd ISO. Does it work then?
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(01-Jun-2020, 03:12 PM) agent_kith Wrote:
(31-May-2020, 01:21 PM) Bromf Wrote: No hurry...I have a working Snakeoil on the hardware.. just giving a heads up in case others were having the same errors...
Enjoy Liz's Birthday !!!   Smile

Hi, hopefully you have two USBs? Can you:
1. create one USB with 1.0.0, and the other with 1.1.0.
2. Copy out \casper\vmlinuz and \casper\initrd.img of 1.0.0
3. Copy the two files above to the same folder in the 1.1.0 USB

Now boot up the 2nd ISO. Does it work then?

Worked exactly as instructed and networking was correct.
Installed 1.1.0 !
Thanks AK !  I will be listening tomorrow night.

2 quick questions... I may be recalling wrongly though at some point I thought you had rebuilt Snakeoil using 18.04 base ??  this install shows 16.04 ...
EDIT..found the instructions for manual upgrade and running now... :-)   That completed well and afterwards the only glitch was having to install missing cifs-utils.

And having just set up an OMV NAS (using samba) I find that I need to replace the ip address in Snakeoil sources each time I boot the NAS.
My Ubuntu desktop pc adapts to each new ip from the NAS but Snakeoil only looks for the last one. ?
Perhaps I should give the NAS a reserved address or is there some way to have Snakeoil resolve the hostname ?
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(02-Jun-2020, 06:27 AM) Bromf Wrote: 2 quick questions... I may be recalling wrongly though at some point I thought you had rebuilt Snakeoil using 18.04 base ??  this install shows 16.04 ...
EDIT..found the instructions for manual upgrade and running now... :-)   That completed well and afterwards the only glitch was having to install missing cifs-utils.

Yes. The two ISOs are still based on 16.04. I am going to skip 18.04 and move straight onto 20.04 for 1.2.0

(02-Jun-2020, 06:27 AM) Bromf Wrote: And having just set up an OMV NAS (using samba) I find that I need to replace the ip address in Snakeoil sources each time I boot the NAS.
My Ubuntu desktop pc adapts to each new ip from the NAS but Snakeoil only looks for the last one. ?
Perhaps I should give the NAS a reserved address or is there some way to have Snakeoil resolve the hostname ?

You can set a hostname if your router supports it. But to reduce latency, it is better to set a reserved IP address on your router to assign to your Snakeoil machine. That way it will reduce name lookups when using the shared folder. (The lookups will be cached on the local computer, but it's still going to be a round about way compared to direct IP addressing).
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Listening to 18.04.4 vs 16.04...

I would want the sound stage , depth, and lower piano register of 18.04 with the immediacy, attack and life of 16.04.

As I listen to many stringed instruments I will reinstall 16.04 but look forward to 20.04 !! :-)

 I will set a reserved IP address on my router to assign to  Snakeoil.  Thanks for the confirmation !
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(02-Jun-2020, 03:57 PM) Bromf Wrote: Listening to 18.04.4 vs 16.04...

I would want the sound stage , depth, and lower piano register of 18.04 with the immediacy, attack and life of 16.04.

As I listen to many stringed instruments I will reinstall 16.04 but look forward to 20.04 !! :-)

That is the problem isn't it? Big Grin In theory, a change in 18.04 and 16.04 shouldn't make a difference, but it does. While the kernel plays a role, the underlying OS has some influences to the sonics too. Will be great if we can work out the reason/cause behind this. Doing this project at less than part time basis makes it pretty hard to progress quickly, but it is what it is.

I've been using 20.04 as a desktop for about 1 to 2 weeks now. The user interaction latency of this operating system is superb. Hopefully I can get a beta disk out soon.

(02-Jun-2020, 03:57 PM) Bromf Wrote: I will set a reserved IP address on my router to assign to  Snakeoil.  Thanks for the confirmation !

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