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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post.

2 months 2 weeks ago
p7ayfu77
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46908
Hi,

I started setting up my new ZWO camera last night with the 1.4.6 which i though I would upgrade to first. However noticed some very odd behaviour.
I have a RPI 4B 4GB.
As soon as I connect the ZWO 294 to one of the USB3 ports on the RPI4 the stellarmate hotspot dissapears/drops. I tested this a number of times to make sure. Disconnect the camera usb lead from either end (the camera end or the RPI4 end) and the wifi comes up again shortly. Connect the camera and the wifi hotspot drops away.

It feels like there may be some interplay of the USB drivers and the wifi system?

I found a similar post where someone else described very similar behaviour with his QHY cam.
I suspect there is something going on with drivers/irqs/pci bus or even maybe electronic noise. I did try and issolate any affect of noise from my power sources, and even tried short USB3 leads to and from the camera and pi to limit any cable pickup/capacitance.

Can anyone duplicate this effect or experienced it? How did you resolve?
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2 months 2 weeks ago 2 months 2 weeks ago by Megiddo.
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AstroNerd wrote: To stop the network and WiFi issues you need to re flash with 1.4.6 nit just update through the desktop or terminal updater... :)


I too have the issue... seems to be the same even back to 1.4.4. What I've been doing is unplugging the two USB 3.0 items from the RPi4. Then it sees my ethernet connection.

How to "flash with 1.4.6 nit"? I don't even know what the "nit" is. Is that nit-picking? :P
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2 months 2 weeks ago
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Megiddo wrote:

AstroNerd wrote: To stop the network and WiFi issues you need to re flash with 1.4.6 nit just update through the desktop or terminal updater... :)


I too have the issue... seems to be the same even back to 1.4.4. What I've been doing is unplugging the two USB 3.0 items from the RPi4. Then it sees my ethernet connection.

How to "flash with 1.4.6 nit"? I don't even know what the "nit" is. Is that nit-picking? :P


Sorry spelling issue.. :)
Should say “not”

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Skywatcher EQ8 pro
Meade series 5000 80mm triplet Apo & Meade 8” SCT (de-forked)
Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar Guide Camera
Pegasus Ultimate Hub for all USB & Power
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2 months 1 week ago
maxthebuilder
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46940
Let me rephrase.
I did flash 1.4.6.
Configured.
All was fine including the hotspot until I updated the system (regular update which pulls recent system patches and drivers).

Did this twice.

I just checked with a monitor connected to RPI:
-- when RPI starts - the hotspot is not active
-- it takes 2-4 min for it to become active
-- it becomes active and stays active but
-- it is only occasionally detected by devices (tried with android phone, android tablet, windows laptop, windows desktop)
-- even if it is detected, it shortly disappears
-- if it is detected and stays detected long enough it cannot be connected to
-- all this time it is shown as active on RPI
It's like it's broadcasting but the signal is very weak

AstroNerd wrote: To stop the network and WiFi issues you need to re flash with 1.4.6 nit just update through the desktop or terminal updater... :)


Max S.
RPI 3 B+ and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with Stellarmate OS.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8.
AT72EDII refractor. ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi mount in EQ mode.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.
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2 months 1 week ago
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46941
I thought it was laggy with VNC at 1080P so at 4K, I can't imagine ;-) Are you using WIFI or Ethernet?
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2 months 1 week ago
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46942
Hi Max,

I just installed everything for apt-get -y dist-upgrade and then restarted, I can't replicate any issues. I disconnected Ethernet from SM and it took 15 seconds for the hotspot to kick in.

Jasem Mutlaq
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2 months 1 week ago
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46943

jrsphoto wrote: I thought it was laggy with VNC at 1080P so at 4K, I can't imagine ;-) Are you using WIFI or Ethernet?


Actually tried both, and does not make much difference, which I also though was odd, as with gigabyte Ethernet you would expect a better speed, but no.... :(

Stellarmate OS BETA on Raspberry pi4b
Skywatcher EQ8 pro
Meade series 5000 80mm triplet Apo & Meade 8” SCT (de-forked)
Starlight Xpress SXVR H18, SXVR M25c, Lodestar Guide Camera
Pegasus Ultimate Hub for all USB & Power
Pegasus focus motors on both scopes
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2 months 1 week ago
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46946
Hi,

So just to add to my previous post regarding Wifi dropping when connecting my ZWO 294 to the RPI4 with Stellarmate 1.4.6:

I flashed Astroberry 2.0 last night and used the exact same hardware, connected all my gear in the same way, ZWO 294 into the USB3 port etc, and Wifi hotspot is stable. No issues. Yipee!!!
So for me this certainly discounts any power source noise issues, low power issues (I'm using a 12v 6A), or RPI4 hardware issue.
In fact it squarely points the problems at being within the Stellarmate software/image and perhaps the drivers/kernel modules being used to run the RPI4 hardware.

Not sure what more I can do, what logs I could provide etc, so that we can get Stellarmate as stable as rock rock too as I like the product and paid for it. But I'm some sense I'm disappointed, as its been a struggle getting things up and running, and I've raised support requests with the Stellarmate team and not had any replies.

For now I will stick with Astroberry 2.0 and concentrate on getting my skills up capturing a few nebulae :)
So excited!
Clear skies all.
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2 months 1 week ago
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46947
Correct, this is most likely to do with Ubuntu 64bit kernel. It only happens with ZWO cameras for some strange reason. Still working on it.

Jasem Mutlaq
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2 months 1 week ago
maxthebuilder
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46964
Jasem - thanks for checking!
I am not sure on what's going on...
I consistently get this hotspot behavior with RPI4.
Maybe my unit is special in some way.
I'll re-flash and try again.

knro wrote: Hi Max,

I just installed everything for apt-get -y dist-upgrade and then restarted, I can't replicate any issues. I disconnected Ethernet from SM and it took 15 seconds for the hotspot to kick in.


Max S.
RPI 3 B+ and RPI 4 B (4Gb) with Stellarmate OS.
Nikon D5500 H-a modified. 180 mm f/2.8 antique Nikon. Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8.
AT72EDII refractor. ZWO ASI294MC Pro
ZWO ASI120MC-S on ZWO 30F4 MiniScope.
SW AZ-GTi mount in EQ mode.
SW HEQ5.
iOptron SkyTracker Pro.
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2 months 1 week ago
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46969
It could be 64bit Kernel, by January we will have the stable release for RPI4 ready.

Jasem Mutlaq
Support INDI & Ekos; Get StellarMate Astrophotography Gadget.
How to Submit Logs when you have problems?
Add your observatory info
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2 months 1 week ago
Megiddo
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1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post. #46975

knro wrote: It could be 64bit Kernel, by January we will have the stable release for RPI4 ready.


Just in time for clear weather! :) (dang clouds)
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