NSLU2 hangs - very fustrating
- This is my 2nd NSLU2 and it's behaving like the 1st that I returned.
It's currently flashed with V23R25. Initially, I had no problems
flashing the firmware, formatting the drives (2x Maxtor 160GB
Diamond Max Plus), creating users, setting permissions and shares.
Both units did this part fine.
The problem occurs when copying large files (multiple 700MB) to
either disks. The connection to the NSLU2 would drop, can't access
shares, and cannot establish a connection via the web interface. I
can ping the NSLU2, but nothing else. No matter how long I waited,
the connections never came back. Tried shutting down the NSLU2
by pressing the power button, would hear the beep, but it never
After pulling the power cord and rebooting, the NSLU2 would boot and
the DISK LED's on the unit would indicate the drives are connected.
Once in the web interface, it states that both drives are "Not
Installed". Nothing more fustrating than not being able to acces
your drives and fearful of lost data.
I powered everything off overnight and today, it recognized DISK1
and Disk2 was "Not Installed" eventhough the LED's indicate both
drives are connected. After copying more files to DISK1, the unit
hung again, but I was able to perform a shutdown using the power
button. Up reboot, it's now showing "Not Installed" for both disks
again. This happened on my 1st unit also.
Like everyone else, I've plugged the USB drives into my WinXP
machine and they work fine. Also did the delete partitions thing on
both drives before starting this whole process and that didn't make
much of a difference.
There are 2 incidents that came to mind that may or may not be
related to the problem above:
a) it only took 6 minutes each to format my 160GB drives? This
didn't seem right as the Tom's Hardware review indicated 12 minutes
to format his single 160GB drive.
b) after letting the unit powered off overnight, I'm wondering if
the problem is heat related. I will try again tomorrow and will try
to post result.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jones_chan" <jones_chan@s...>
> This is my 2nd NSLU2 and it's behaving like the 1st that Ireturned.
> It's currently flashed with V23R25.This is similar to the problem I have on *one* of my NSLU2's.
> The problem occurs when copying large files (multiple 700MB) to
> either disks. The connection to the NSLU2 would drop, can't access
> shares, and cannot establish a connection via the web interface.
Whenever I do large file transfers, it disconnects its shares from
the network, and I have to power-cycle to get things back (power-
cycle by un-plugging - the power switch on the front 'beeps', but
never shuts off).
When it powers back on, I'm not seeing the same problem that you are
with the disks not being recognized as connected - once I power-
cycle, it's OK until the next big file xfer.
My *other* NSLU2 is working just fine so far. I've only got 2 USB
HDDs - I've moved them back and forth to determine this.
The one with problems is running V23R25. The one that works is
running V23R24. I don't know if that's the reason, but it's the
only difference I can determine (other than possible a hardware bug
on the one NSLU2).
I'll try 'downgrading' my 'bad' NSLU2 to V23R24 to see if that fixes
the problem. I'll report back here with results.
> The one with problems is running V23R25. The one that works isbug
> running V23R24. I don't know if that's the reason, but it's the
> only difference I can determine (other than possible a hardware
> on the one NSLU2).fixes
> I'll try 'downgrading' my 'bad' NSLU2 to V23R24 to see if that
> the problem. I'll report back here with results.Thanks for the reply Paulb,
> - Paulb
I turned on the NSLU2 last night after letting it sit for a few
hours. It booted with Disk1 "Installed", but Disk2 "Not Installed".
I read your comment about downgrading to V23R24, so I tried that
late last night and it really F'd the unit bad. It doesn't boot
anymore - the status light continually blinks Amber/Green.
Got tier 1 tech support on the phone for over an hour and have to
say it was a waste of time. They couldn't understand that unit does
not boot so there is no possible way to access the web interface to
flash the unit. I kept asking if there is any other way of flashing
this thing and they kept wanting to troubleshoot the unit (swap
cables, connect PC to NSLU2 directly, etc.).
I've given up on the NSLU2. I have to applaud Linksys for a great
idea, but it was poorly executed. There seems to be too many bugs or
incompatibilities between HD+USB Drive Enclosure+NSLU2.
Worst of all, I've never had confidence that this unit was
safeguarding my data once it was on the drive(s). Too often the
NSLU2 would report my drive(s) as "Not Installed". There's nothing
worse than the feeling that your data is inaccessible or potentially
I may revisit the NSLU2 in 6 months when it becomes mature, but I
can't see myself using this unit now.
I wish Linksys would redesign this unit with SATA interfaces and a
large enclosure capable of storing 4 drives. That I would buy!
- On Thu, 26 Aug 2004 17:21:48 -0000, jones_chan <jones_chan@...> wrote:
>Have you called their techincal support ? Linksys should support you
> I may revisit the NSLU2 in 6 months when it becomes mature, but I
> can't see myself using this unit now.
since it sounds like you have only upgraded the firmware.
- --- In email@example.com, David Ondzes <dao@p...> wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Aug 2004 17:21:48 -0000, jones_chan <jones_chan@s...>wrote:
> > I may revisit the NSLU2 in 6 months when it becomes mature, but I
> > can't see myself using this unit now.
> Have you called their techincal support ? Linksys should support
> since it sounds like you have only upgraded the firmware.I was on the phone with Linksys tier 1 tech support for over an hour
late last night - they were useless (see my post). They couldn't
understand that this unit boots from an embedded linux. Once the
firmware upgrade got screwed up, the unit can't boot. There's no
other way to get access to this device other than the ethernet. I've
heard there's a serial port somewhere on the circuit card (not
confirmed), but I'm not about to crack this thing open.
- I had the same problems with the NSLU2 hanging on large file transfers.
(Also hanging when transferring many small files)
Changing the USB cable on my external HD case was what actually fixed
it for me. I have no idea why, but (knock on wood) I haven't
experienced a hang in a couple of weeks where I would usually
experience it once or twice a day.