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by RonR
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

A quick google reveals the following will disable the activity LED altogether: dtparam=act_led_trigger=none dtparam=act_led_activelow=off It is also possible to configure the activity LED to be a heartbeat indicator, which means it will flash slowly for low system load, and fast for high system loa...
by RonR
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

Thanks, does it boot once the SD card is inserted? If I understand this correctly rootfs is on USB and bootfs is on SD card which isn't present at boot. I'll try to reproduce that but it would be useful to know whether it's bypassing the error pattern or if it gets stuck in USB boot mode. The state...
by RonR
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy
Replies: 260
Views: 95813

Re: Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy

Kudos for the fast response! Wrt image-backup on the hybrid system generated using usb-boot am I correct in assuming that I would I need BOTH the SD card AND the SSD images to be taken via image-backup? I periodically boot into the SD card (using sdc-boot) and keep it updated and backed up as well ...
by RonR
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

@timg236, I'm using the latest bootloader and vl805: BCM2711 detected Dedicated VL805 EEPROM detected BOOTLOADER: up-to-date CURRENT: Thu 28 May 07:22:33 UTC 2020 (1590650553) LATEST: Thu 16 Apr 17:11:26 UTC 2020 (1587057086) FW DIR: /lib/firmware/raspberrypi/bootloader/critical VL805: up-to-date C...
by RonR
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy
Replies: 260
Views: 95813

Re: Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy

do I risk anything by performing a simple update of the system via "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" and rebooting since I'm currently sitting at 45 days uptime and need to troubleshoot something? None of the recent USB-MSD boot updates should have any detrimental effect on existin...
by RonR
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A Problem: unknown filesystem type 'exfat'
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: A Problem: unknown filesystem type 'exfat'

klricks wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:49 am
That should be:

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sudo apt install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

exfat-fuse is a dependency and will be pulled in automatically, so the following is suffiecient:

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sudo apt install exfat-utils
by RonR
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

A simple 'sudo rm /boot/.firmware_revision' works equally well and doesn't make people scratch their head. If you delete the file then it overwrites the /boot backup. Different strokes, I guess. If I didn't want the backup firmware and modules overwritten, I'd use: sudo SKIP_BACKUP=1 rpi-update
by RonR
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

trejan wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:11 am
Blanking /boot/.firmware_revision forces rpi-update to run.

A simple 'sudo rm /boot/.firmware_revision' works equally well and doesn't make people scratch their head.
by RonR
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: Help? was: Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

knute wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:44 am
So where do I get this usb-boot. It is not at the link you kindly provided?

usb-boot

Link ---^

File is attached to bottom of first post.
by RonR
Sun May 31, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: Help? was: Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

A little help please, as I am stuck. I tried several (read that a lot) times to update my eeprom and I am stuck in some sort of limbo. I ran rpi-update. I copied the files from git to my /boot directory. I tried to copy everything over the a USB stick that had a fresh version of ROS on it. That did...
by RonR
Sun May 31, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

Hello, everything worked normal for me and after few days i got this message: You probably did an 'apt upgrade' and received RaspOS 4.19.118, which overwrote your updated firmware files in the BOOT partition. If so, you'll need to unzip the usb-msd-boot-firmware files to your BOOT partition again.
by RonR
Sun May 31, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

@knute: None of the things you did are going to update your eeprom. In my post just prior to yours, do step 1 to update the eeprom to the 05/28 beta. It appears knute already has the latest beta bootloader installed (1590650553): BOOTLOADER: up-to-date CURRENT: Thu 28 May 2020 07:22:33 AM UTC (1590...
by RonR
Sun May 31, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

@timg236, I'm using the latest bootloader and vl805: BCM2711 detected Dedicated VL805 EEPROM detected BOOTLOADER: up-to-date CURRENT: Thu 28 May 07:22:33 UTC 2020 (1590650553) LATEST: Thu 16 Apr 17:11:26 UTC 2020 (1587057086) FW DIR: /lib/firmware/raspberrypi/bootloader/critical VL805: up-to-date CU...
by RonR
Sun May 31, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Largest SD card supported by PI hardware?
Replies: 21
Views: 1046

Re: Largest SD card supported by PI hardware?

K-Research wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 2:22 am
Any tutorials for using a SSD or HDD ?

Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy
by RonR
Sun May 31, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

Looks like I wound up with the wrong recovery.bin in my beta directory now. I haven't figured out the recovery.bin either. I've gotten to not replacing it (I do use the new supplied one if making up a standalone SD card for flashing something new). You can also use '-i' to ignore the checksum error...
by RonR
Sun May 31, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

That's my understanding of the latest bootloader. There is a later beta of the vl805 firmware: 000138a1 Ugh - Thanks for confirming the bootloader. How did I miss the vl805 update? Have you got the link handy? Or shall I just dig back through the thread? Raspberry Pi 4 VL805 firmware release 0138a1
by RonR
Sat May 30, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

Asking for a sanity check here. As I follow through these threads, I would like to double-check that I haven't missed anything. I believe that I am current, but can someone lay eyes on the data below, and confirm that what I'm running is the current state of things, with respect to this beta? May 2...
by RonR
Sat May 30, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

dickon wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 6:33 am
That just means one of the kernel threads is blocked in D state. It isn't consuming anything.

I'm skeptical that a blocked thread causes the appearance of significant loading. The SD card polling is described as being once per second, yet the activity LED appears to be solidly on.
by RonR
Sat May 30, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

All is good, but I'm noticing green light activity constant now, since on SSD, some sort of activity is happening? Don't happen on SD, but it's so rapid now, that it's actually blinking? :D /boot/config.txt: dtparam=sd_poll_once I've chosen to go with the following, instead, in my config.txt: dtpar...
by RonR
Sat May 30, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

Changing the function of the LED to a "heartbeat" allows polling of the SD slot to continue as it always has, but instead, changes the function of the LED. When set up as a heartbeat, the LED blinks twice slowly at slower clock speeds, and with faster blinks as the CPU speeds up under load. Thanks ...
by RonR
Sat May 30, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

scaramonga wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 1:59 am
All is good, but I'm noticing green light activity constant now, since on SSD, some sort of activity is happening? Don't happen on SD, but it's so rapid now, that it's actually blinking? :D

/boot/config.txt:

dtparam=sd_poll_once
by RonR
Fri May 29, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28
Replies: 194
Views: 14563

Re: USB-MSD boot EEPROM update - 2020-05-28

If you have the latest bootloader installed, running 'rpi-eeprom-update' should display: BOOTLOADER: up-to-date CURRENT: Thu 28 May 07:22:33 UTC 2020 (1590650553) If you have the latest bootloader installed, running 'vcgencmd bootloader_version' should display: May 28 2020 08:22:33 version 7b40bda40...
by RonR
Fri May 29, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: RPI 3B boot from old laptop hdd?
Replies: 15
Views: 419

Re: RPI 3B boot from old laptop hdd?

Botspot wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 8:51 pm
RonR wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 8:44 pm
It doesn't get any easier than: Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy
Does that work for the Pi3? (I thought it was intended for Pi4 only)

It has always worked on ALL Raspberry Pi's (1/2/3/4) and still does.
by RonR
Fri May 29, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: RPI 3B boot from old laptop hdd?
Replies: 15
Views: 419

Re: RPI 3B boot from old laptop hdd?

Mrbrh wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 7:12 pm
I'm curious about the method you used with the hdd taking the root partition, that may work with these old spinners.
Would you know of an easy to follow tutorial on how to accomplish this?

It doesn't get any easier than: Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy

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