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    Thinstation and X Server problem

    I am now introducing thinstation to a bunch of our old machines around the school, to utilise them again and I have hit a roadbump.

    I have successfully been using thinstation with our Samsung 911NT and 920XT thin clients, but cannot get it to work fully with these old machines.

    I have made sure the right xorg modules are being put into the image (intel i810), but when I start the machines up, they go through the motions and fail to start X.

    When I look at the Xorg log file, it says no Screens exist?

    Any ideas?

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    Update: I have been able to get a different monitor to work, but it defaults to 640x480, which isn't ideal.

    The chipset can support 1024x768, as can the first model of monitor, and the second type.

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    Ok, this sounds like a refresh rate issue. Perhaps if you look at my experience with the RM14 monitor and Thinstation that will help?

    Hardware specs for RM PMA 1407 monitor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Ok, this sounds like a refresh rate issue. Perhaps if you look at my experience with the RM14 monitor and Thinstation that will help?

    Hardware specs for RM PMA 1407 monitor
    Ok, I think i understand all that. The only thing is, the X.org.log doesn't complain about the refresh or anything - DDC finds the monitor, and lists it's capabilities, including the refresh rate. But I can live with that, as there is a complaint about refresh rates not being in range later.

    So, the problem I have now is that if I wish to use a custom config file for these machines (ie. thinstation.conf-<MAC>) it doesn't read it.

    How do I get thinstation to access the thinstation.conf-0030057AB379 file on the tftp server?

    I have NET_FILE_ENABLED=On and NET_FILE_METHOD=tftp (as well as the NET_FILE_ALTERNATE option) in my thinstation.conf.buildtime, but when thinstation starts, I receive:
    Code:
    Getting global configuration from ()tftp: >: Unknown host
    Not Found
    Can't get global configuration file! Using default config
    Will continue boot in 5 seconds.....
    tft: >: Unknown host
    
    Hosts file not found!
    and then 3 lines for hostname config file, IP address config file and then MAC address file, all resulting in Unknown host.

    What am I missing?

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    Do you have a 'thinstation.hosts' and a 'thinstation.conf.network' in your tftp root?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Do you have a 'thinstation.hosts' and a 'thinstation.conf.network' in your tftp root?
    I have the network one, but not a hosts (as the docs said it is only needed if you are using one of the user, name or group-id files).

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    Update: Got it to pull the config file now. TSoM had mucked up and was pulling an old .buildtime file from somewhere. Started from scratch and now it gets the file.

    Now just to fiddle with said file to get the screen working.

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    Woo! It works! DDC turned off. Manual refresh rates. Works like a charm!!

    Thanks Geoff

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    Heh knew it

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    Cant find conf

    Code:
    Getting global configuration from () Not Found
    Can't get global configuration file!
    Using Default config.
    Will contineu boot in 5 seconds
    
    Hosts not found
    I think he doesnt find my thinstation.conf.buildtime
    What i want is to use it on Flash disks. But for now iam trying to get a Bootable USB stick to work cause its alot easier to edit the files on a USB disk.

    the "thinstation.conf.buildtime" is in the root of the USB stick my buildtime file is like this.


    Code:
    AUDIO_LEVEL=67
    KEYBOARD_MAP=en_us
    TIME_ZONE="UTC-12:30"
    SYSLOG_SERVER=local
    USB_ENABLED=On
    DAILY_REBOOT=On
    CUSTOM_CONFIG=Off
    RECONNECT_PROMPT=On
    SCREEN=0
    WORKSPACE=1
    ICONMODE=AUTO
    AUTOSTART=On
    
    
    SESSION_0_TITLE="Terminal Server"
    SESSION_0_TYPE=rdesktop
    SESSION_0_SCREEN=1
    SESSION_0_SCREEN_POSITION=2
    SESSION_0_RDESKTOP_SERVER=10.31.0.32
    
    
    SCREEN_RESOLUTION="1024x768 | 800x600 | 640x480 | *"
    SCREEN_COLOR_DEPTH="24 | 16 | 8 | *"
    SCREEN_BLANK_TIME=10
    SCREEN_STANDBY_TIME=20
    SCREEN_SUSPEND_TIME=30
    SCREEN_OFF_TIME=60
    MOUSE_RESOLUTION=100
    X_COOKIE=36d71ab65c10ef065702c111a3d31593
    X_DRIVER_OPTION1="swcursor On"
    
    NET_HOSTNAME=NLWLTC186
    
    STORAGE_PATH=/mnt/usbdevice/sda/part1
    anyone who can help me fix this.
    Last edited by Lorenzo; 23rd July 2009 at 10:09 AM.

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    I think he doesnt find my thinstation.conf.buildtime
    What i want is to use it on Flash disks. But for now iam trying to get a Bootable USB stick to work cause its alot easier to edit the files on a USB disk.

    the "thinstation.conf.buildtime" is in the root of the USB stick my buildtime file is like this.
    The thinstation.conf.buildtime is only used when the thinstation is built. thinstation.conf.buildtime is the "default" settings at build time. after that use thinstation.conf.network to override the buildtime settings

    or am i confused with build.conf ?

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    Oke i used TS-O-Matic as builder for the perfect drivers and such and i got it booting now. but when you make a initrd file with TS-O-Matic the configuration like Session type / hostname / and such are all stored into to initrd file i think.

    And what i want is that some of the data like DHCP / video / sound / autorun commands are all stored into the initrd, but files like Hostname / Session type gets read from a different config file but i dont wanna use server conf files just thinstation.conf.user should work right?

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    Correct.

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    but it doesnt work.

    can you explain me what goes wrong since he isnt loading my files what are the points where it can go wrong.

    please help me
    Last edited by Lorenzo; 24th July 2009 at 01:55 PM.



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