Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 3 days ago

Thanks, Stepgen. Will try that. At the moment we're very much snowed in up here, so no possibility to try other than a dry run in the living room.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 4 days ago

I have problems with using the two asi cameras at the same time. The asi174 (imaging) is ok, but for some reason the asi120 (guide) doesn't respond. Works well on RPi, but not the Rock. I will try your method, next clear night. So far, I have used the Rock for imaging, and the Pi for mount control and guiding. But I would like to use the Rock for everything.
Another persistent problem is that Ekos on the Rock jumbkes up the keyboard.
There have been too few clear nights for testing.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

First off: solving issue 6 in a previous post, also solved issue 5. A powered usb3 hub is necessary to get the most out of the camera.

Now I also figured out a very annoying workaround for issues 3 and 4:

I set up the rock64 with just the ASI174 and EFW connected to the usb3 port
Then I set up my raspberry pi with the mount, focuser (simulator at the moment), and ASI120 (which is my guide camera)

I used the indi tutorial about configuring indi on multiple devices:

indilib.org/support/tutorials/159-indi-on-multiple-devices.html

The annoying part is that it's a complicated setup, and that guiding is now on the slower device.

The good part is of course that it works.
Btw, I save images locally, which is on the faster rock64. So at least, images captured with the ASI174 over usb3 don't have to be transmitted over wifi before they get stored.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Issue 6 in my previous post is fixed. This was a power issue. I have now invested in a powered usb3 hub (Plexgear Desktop 400 pro). Connecting the ASI174 to this powered hub solved its problems. Connection is faster than on Raspberry Pi. Imaging from ekos/kstars on Rock64 also works, and image download is superfast.

But I still can't guide with phd2 and the ZWO ASI120MM (usb2 version).
And at the moment the most annoying part is that when I run ekos/kstars directly on the rock64, the keyboard gets garbled.
I will probably work around this by trying to set up phd and using the windows version of ekos.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

maudy wrote: Wow! this is progress. What is performance like compared to the RPI3?
I have been watching this thread, and not ordering a rock64 - my mount is a problem enough at the moment. One problem at time.
I wondering how rock64 is working out for the ASI EFW, two ASI cameras, Nightcrawler driver, and mount, phd2, and VNC to the rock64. Also using SMB for file transfers, as well as ssh. The RPI3 with the above does work with zram config, and I am hoping the extra RAM 2~4GB helps. Also, I would be using a wifi dongle since I do not want to always be running CAT45 unless debugging things.

I would love to say that all is fine now and that it works splendidly. Unfortunately, not so.
I now have essentially two identical setups, one on a raspberry pi, and the other on a rock64:
Ubuntu Mate 16.04
xrdp installed
full indi & ekos/kstars install (from the ppa)
all the necessary drivers installed (yes, the ZWO efw now works on both RPi and Rock)
phd2 installed from the ppa (Patrick made the arm64 build)

Astronomy hardware:
AZEQ6GT mount (eqmod mount)
ZWO ccd's: ASI174MM cool with ZWO efw mini for imaging, and ASI120MM (old usb2 version) for guiding
DIY Moonlite compatible arduino focuser

However:
1. lack of clear skies, so can only do indoor tests
2. the setup on Raspberry Pi works flawlessly. I can run indi, phd and ekos/kstars on the Pi from a remote desktop (windows 8 on laptop)
3. running indiserver on the Pi and Rock and controlling from ekos/kstars on my windows laptop works.
4. on the Rock64, I can't use the ASI120. Apparantly having two zwo cameras creates a conflict. This issue was solved a long time ago on the Pi, but persists on the Rock.
5. Ekos/kstars on the rock doesn't recognise my keyboard (laptop, using xrdp). Only in ekos are the letters of my keyboard mixed up, E.g. pressing 'q' results in a 'c'. Doing anything outside ekos works fine.

So, there's still a lot to fix until I can "go live". I will keep updating here when I sort out the issues.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I'm veeeery happy to announce that phd2 now also works on the Rock64 under ubuntu mate.

This is the way to it set up:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pch/phd2

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install phd2



Previously, there was no arm64 build for phd2 on ubuntu. But with tremendous help from Patrick Chevalley, I managed to build phd2 from source. Patrick then added the arm64 architecture to the ppa build.



On the downside: I'm completely clouded in (no surprise there), so I can't test it.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Problems connecting to ZWO efw (Rock64)' in the forum. 1 month ago

Thanks, Helge.
Good to know. Do you use an eqdir cable? Mine works vest when connected directly to the raspberry pi, and not through a hub. The problem is that the Rock only has 3 usb ports; one for the camera (usb3), one for the wifi dongle, and one for a hub. If the eqdir needs to be connected to the board directly, I will need to connect the wifi dongle to the hub. Or install a router and use an ethernet cable. That would be one more device to tinker with on a non-permanent setup. I have the hardware, but like to avoid using it.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Problems connecting to ZWO efw (Rock64)' in the forum. 1 month ago

I've now tested the issue with the crashing driver for the asi filter wheel. After the fix by ZWO (thanks chad from ZWO), and the update by Jasem, it now works.
First try failed, until I figured out that my USB3 cable had a kink. Replacing it temporarily by a USB2 cable in the USB3 connector works.
So, for me this issue is closed.
(But I haven't tested the eqmod driver, that Helge seems to have issues with ...)

Again, thanks to all involved and coming with suggestions. Fyi, it turned out to be a cross compiler issue in the asi driver.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Problems connecting to ZWO efw (Rock64)' in the forum. 2 months ago

Great! Then I shouldn't need to recompile the driver separately. I guess that the fix is part of the standard package now.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Problems connecting to ZWO efw (Rock64)' in the forum. 2 months ago

Thanks for posting here. I already saw the reply on the zwi user forum. Will test as soon as possible

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 2 months ago

Great!
Just don't use a filter wheel with it. ;-)

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Problems connecting to ZWO efw (Rock64)' in the forum. 2 months ago

I got the same info (just not as detailed as your reply) from the ZWO driver developer. They see that the cause is the driver, but they don't have a solution yet. I just hope they're working on one. From the reactions I have received, there are enough people interested to see it work. The Rock64 sbc is a viable alternative to the RPi, because of the usb3 port.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 2 months ago

When you configure your wifi network, you have to enable it for all users. You do this in the desktop where you entered the passphrase for the network. After that you can ssh into the rock from putty.
Indi web manager: I used the command line. But yesterday I also installed the service.
Hope this quick answer helps

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Problems connecting to ZWO efw (Rock64)' in the forum. 2 months ago

Tiny bit of progress. ZWO have identified the problem to be in the driver. From the crash report that I submitted, they could figure out where in the code the crash occurs. They just don't know yet how to fix it.

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Indi on the rocks (a Rock64 to be exact)' in the forum. 2 months ago

Tried it. Libreofgice colours are ok, but the program window doesn't refresh properly.
Kstars refreshes ok, but the ekos buttons were very dark. This was with a fresh ubuntu install. Since I have used the rock headless most of the time, this hasn't bothered me. But tonight I used everything locally, and it was difficult to see buttons that were pressed. I guess it has to do with display and windows settings. (in my case, the display was a 32" philips tv, with hdmi connection.)

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Wim van Berlo replied to the topic 'Problems connecting to ZWO efw (Rock64)' in the forum. 2 months ago

I opened a thread on the ZWO user forum regarding this.

zwoug.org/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=7552

Tonight I started from a fresh ubuntu install (xenial-mate). Installed INDI full & Kstars from the PPA, and tried running everything locally (even using Remote with server localhost:8624). Still no luck. But I did get a ubuntu crash report for the wheel driver.
I'm totally out of ideas, so if I don't get any more input here or on the ZWO forum, I'm writing this off and will wait for Raspberry Pi to come out with a usb3 device.
Btw, the issue is with the zwo mini filter wheel. The ASI174MM works with the Rock64. So, if anyone wants to use the Rock with an ASI osc, that should work just fine.

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