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Box gone Loopy

Post by JG3view » Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:45 pm

Hi
My box is in a bad way
At the moment when I apply mains power it is looping

I get about 28s of the 3view watch)search)interact screen
then 2s of CodgeView crash>burn>reboot
(starting in normal mode)

Then repeating as above
During this cycle telnet is only available intermittently for varying lengths of time most not long enough to even login
I did manage to get in once and ran noscanboot this resulted in the following
"rm: cannot remove '/settings/codge/var/scan': No such file or directory"

Any ideas on how to proceed on this

BTW at moment connected by SCART nothing on HDMI
Remote does nothing not even a flicker


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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by Barry The Sprout » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:49 am

Hi

Sounds like time to get a screwdriver out. See what is going on inside the box. Make sure it isn't full of fluff and over heating (unlikely).

That hard disk sounds like it could be wearing out. Would only cost £30 to replace, or salvage one from an old laptop.

Do you have many recordings on here you care about? Could be worth trying the low level recovery \ reset. Worth a punt maybe.
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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by Barry The Sprout » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:55 am

If the firmware is needed, I'll dig out a copy for you.

I've just checked the old CodgeView notes and even though the instructions are still there, it seems his links have changed. So if you are rebuilding, you may find the following useful.

Instructions: http://batteredbits.co.uk/3View/CodgeNotes.pdf
Firmware v1: http://batteredbits.co.uk/3View/codgev1.tar
Firmware v2: http://batteredbits.co.uk/3View/codgev2.tar
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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by JG3view » Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:29 pm

Barry The Sprout wrote:If the firmware is needed, I'll dig out a copy for you.

I've just checked the old CodgeView notes and even though the instructions are still there, it seems his links have changed. So if you are rebuilding, you may find the following useful.

Instructions: http://batteredbits.co.uk/3View/CodgeNotes.pdf
Firmware v1: http://batteredbits.co.uk/3View/codgev1.tar
Firmware v2: http://batteredbits.co.uk/3View/codgev2.tar
Hi
Thanks for replies and links
I have redone the codgeview stuff but still only getting constant reboot
This is result of codgev2.tar install

Code: Select all

3view /tmp >./install.sh
remounting / rw
/sbin/fsck.jfs version 1.1.13, 17-Jul-2008
processing started: 1/1/2000 0.29.24
Using default parameter: -p
The current device is:  /dev/sda5
Block size in bytes:  4096
Filesystem size in blocks:  244140
**Phase 0 - Replay Journal Log
Filesystem is clean.
making backups of system files
installing...
applying binary patches
43+0 records in
43+0 records out
43+0 records in
43+0 records out
mounting / ro
if you see an error here, that's OK
mount: mounting /dev/sda5 on / failed: Device or resource busy
creating database backup
creating channels backup
**** Using ndb_guide_t for ndb
dataFile=/home/guidedata/guide_data.ndb
mapFile=/home/guidedata/guide_map.ndb
output=/home/3view/backup/channels/01-Jan-2000-00-29
Segmentation fault
completed, please type reboot now to finish installation.
3view /tmp >
Do you see anything amiss with that?

Just noticed "Segmentation fault" is that a problem?

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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by Barry The Sprout » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:29 pm

"Segmentation fault" is never a good sign.

I haven't seen the log output in ages. So the following is educated guesswork:

First thing I notice: 01-Jan-2000.

When you ran this install did you make sure you had set the date correctly first? Unless you are doing a bit of time travel back to the start of the Millenium you have a box there that has reset date due to loss of power.

To set the date, as root:
date -s '2018-10-24 12:34:56'

I'd set the date and try again.

Also, do you have a spare hard disk you can test with? (Guesswork...)

Did you look inside the box? No missing bits or leaky capacitors?
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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by JG3view » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:34 pm

Barry The Sprout wrote:"Segmentation fault" is never a good sign.



To set the date, as root:
date -s '2018-10-24 12:34:56'

I'd set the date and try again.
Hi
When I try that as user 3view I get

3view ~ >date -s '2018-10-24 13:15:56'
date: invalid date '2018-10-24 13:15:56'
3view ~ >

When I try to login as root password avtrex

I get access denied

So has it gone back to the long password which I don't know

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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by Barry The Sprout » Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:52 pm

The "long password" is on page 6 of the PDF document. Scroll up... and you'll find I added a link in an earlier post.
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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by JG3view » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:36 pm

Barry The Sprout wrote:The "long password" is on page 6 of the PDF document. Scroll up... and you'll find I added a link in an earlier post.
Hi
Sorry about that I should read things more thoroughly

I have decided to open it up

Have got screws out but the top does not seem to want to come off

Should the front panel be removed first?

Sorry I am useless at dismantling thing without instructions

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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by Barry The Sprout » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:09 am

Sorry - not taken one apart in ages so I cannot remember. It is fairly simple though - just give it a bit of a wiggle once the screws are out.

If still confused I'll go pull a box apart and check for you. I do have more than one of these and some spare parts.
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Re: Box gone Loopy

Post by Barry The Sprout » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:25 pm

Okay. I have reminded myself of the box by pulling it apart. Best thing to get hold of is a credit card or simlar plastic item that can be used to persuade the plastic apart.

Once you have the screws out from underneath, a good determined wiggle will get the rest of the box apart.

When looking at the front panel it is held on by chunky plastic tags. One centre bottom of panel, three on the top.

Use something plastic to persuade it apart. Screwdrivers\metal will scratch.
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