AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 20 hours 21 minutes ago

The ASI120 does not work well with INdI, as the firmware is outdated, you really need the USB 3 version...
Many people have issues with that camera, there is a firmware upgrade for it, but not sure how easy it is to do... :)

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'Raspberry Pi 4 based on Ubuntu 18.04' in the forum. 22 hours 23 minutes ago

Stellarmate is out in beta for rpi4 and works really well, based on Ubuntu Mate...But well done for getting it to work too... :)

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. yesterday

You can’t use PPA with raspbian, you Ha e to build from Source....or use @rlancaste script, it’s excellent... :)

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. yesterday

It would, and I intend to find out, all I know is I had the issue before and Jasem sorted it, and all he did was re built it, and I Have tried that four times now...
Others I know have had the same issue yesterday, and rebuilt completely and all is now good...so maybe I will ha e to start from scratch with your script and re build.
It’s annoying as I altered your script to suit my needs and if I do a new git pull, it will undo all the changes I made... :(
I have been just re building Kstars and INdI, but think will have to do it all again...

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. yesterday

This is only on raspbian, as that uses the very latest build, my SM is ok as that just updates from a stable version, I have had it happen before, and when I re built it was fine, but have re built several times now and still the same.
Anyhow I now have the SM running well on the rpi 4 and have managed to configure it to run in 4K with and without a monitor attached over VNC, web based noVNC and Remote Desktop....so will stick with that now..as the lack of 4K was my reason for going back to raspbian...
So all good.... :)

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'SM OS on RPi 4 Best Practices?' in the forum. 2 days ago

werper wrote: Stability has been the largest problem I've encountered with the Rpi3. Conneting two Rpi's distributed over ethernet using a dedicated router solved my stability problems. The Rpi's ran INDI, the laptop Kstars/Ekos, communicating to the SMs via WIFI. I agree, the RPi 4 should be able to do it all - but can it? I only control a mount, Canon DSLR and QHY guide cam.

Since ethernet proved for me to be far-and-away the most reliable, what do you think about connecting the SM over the gigabit ethernet, have it run everything, and control it via a laptop or tablet over WIFI using VNV, OR also connect the laptop using gigabit ethernet, run Kstars/Ekos on the laptop and enjoy blazing fast image downloads?

So many way this can be done... all part of the fun. I enjoy having all these possibilities to play with!


Yes running over the Ethernet would be the fastest and most reliable, but for my still no good as I need it to run in headless mode in 4K over VNC and at the moment this only work with a monitor connected, but it does work on raspbian buster, but not on the new beat SM.. so c’mon Jasem @knro, bet this working...... :) :)

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 2 days ago

rlancaste wrote: No the error doesn’t have anything to do with my script but if there is some sort of KStars error, and it is revealed this way, we should see what it is.


Clever bloke like you might, but I ain’t gotta clue what I’m looking for.. :)

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 2 days ago

rlancaste wrote:

AstroNerd wrote: Yep, no other running..


I will try rebuilding kstars on my pi and see if I get the same error.


I think you might as a few people have up to yet, nothing to do with your script I might add.. :)

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'SM OS on RPi 4 Best Practices?' in the forum. 2 days ago

Yes been Playing with this for a while now, your option 1 was my idea as the rpi4 is powerful enough to do this, but my issue is that I have a 4k monitor and it won’t run in 4K headless over VNC.
I use the hotspot to connect to it, but have changed it to a 5ghz hotspot, and have a separate WiFi USB dongle to plug in if I need the internet in it to update..

It seems a shame to just use as an INdI server and run Kstars on a different machine, with all this extra power.. :)

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 2 days ago

Yep, no other running..

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 2 days ago

No, not running any other...and have made sure, but error still comes up, also have run update on older pi3 and Kstars is fine..so not sure, but was fine before I ran the script again.. :(

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 2 days ago

After running your script again to install these new WiFi upgrades, I just opened Kstars and it’s broken, it opens, then when I click ekos it brings up a window that says:

“An instance of INdI server is already open, do you want to close before opening another”

and no matter if I click yes or no it just shuts Kstars completely down every time...
Any ideas..

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'AstroPi3 Scripts revised' in the forum. 2 days ago

Just tried this and seems to work well, but I did disconnect it from my home WiFi but it did not start the hotspot... is this correct..?

Also where can I alter the default 30 seconds to search...?

I had been using a second WiFi dongle and having home WiFi on that, and hotspot on the internal..that seemed to work well, I also added a file to autostart to start the hotspot at boot..

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AstroNerd replied to the topic 'StellarMate firmware update failure' in the forum. 4 days ago

richorn wrote: I just ran the software update tool on the StellarMate (it has been unplugged for a couple weeks) and it is failing an update to the Pi firmware.

Terminal window last lines:

Errors were encountered while processing:
/tmp/apt-dpkg-install-OjMWrA/40-linux-firmware-raspi2_1.20190215-0ubuntu0.18.04.1_armhf.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
stellarmate@stellarmate:~$

Is there a trick I need to know to get the firmware to update?

I have upgraded my equipment and am ready to give the Mate another try, especially since it appears we have a new Topcam driver for the guide cam. Also, this is running the bleeding version.


You can’t update the firmware by using the update tool...only the software on the SM..
Also if you are trying to update to the latest version of SM, which is 1.4.3 then you need to download the latest image and burn to an SD card... :)

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