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So I finally got my cubieboard setup to my liking.

It currently is running Arch Linux ARM, and is an ssh server, samba server, and torrent box. And I've even got it running off the 4GB of internal NAND flash.

Here's some pictures of it:
https://plus.google.com/photos/116785772663475241450/albums/5883397723217860897?authkey=CPidxqLd3_PTXg


Also, it was a PITA tryingto set it up without a serial ttl cable, because using the leds as a "visual guide" as the wiki describes is misleading. T Here were many times where I had it up and correctly running but thought it wasn't based on the leds not being lit.
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The cubieboard looks nice. Could you explain a little more about the LED / TTL thing please. Sounds interesting smile.gif
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The cubieboard looks nice. Could you explain a little more about the LED / TTL thing please. Sounds interesting smile.gif

This is what I was using to guage wether or not the cubieboard was booting up:
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You powered the Cubieboard using either a USB to DC power cable or a powered USB to mini-USB cable. The Cubieboard should power on - the red POWER and green LED2 LEDs should light up.
http://linux-sunxi.org/Cubieboard/FirstSteps (under the first step header).

However, when I was installing the software, the green led would not light up. And with little debugging access (other than relying on getting a terminal on a video connection or ssh), I was not able to tell what was broken especially if something during the u-boot process was broken.

SO i needed a serial device to connect to it, which this board uses a 3.3v ttl serial connection.

Once I got that serial adapter, I was able to see that most of the "default" kernels that come with the images don't set the LEDs properly. When i updated to a cubieboard specific kernel, and the modules, the LED indicators were working properly.
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ah right. Interesting stuff mate smile.gif
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Yeah, it's a lot faster than my pogoplug server that it replaced, especially once the cache has been populated.

I was worried at first, the difference between having a Gb ethernet and a 100Mb ethernet with it being a NAS, but I haven't noticed any issues at all.

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