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TOPIC: Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4

Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 3 weeks 3 days ago #27774

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I just received my NanoPC-T4 today. While I tweak some bugs out of my Stellarmate, and use that system for my current astrophotography projects, I wanted to play with a new toy. I will attempt to get everything running on the NanoPC-T4 micro computer as it offers 4 gig RAM, better speed, RTC, and USB3. I have no idea how or if this will work, but it's a challenge and so I will step into it. I would very much appreciate all the help I can get along the way.

If anyone has any suggestions as to where I should start, I'm all ears.

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Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 3 weeks 2 days ago #27795

For $130 that's pricey. At any rate, they say you can install Lubuntu 16.04 on it.. so after you do that, just add the PPA and install as usual.

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I am keen to hear how you get along as this might solve my ASI USB2 problems. Crossing fingers for you.

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Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 2 weeks 5 days ago #27935

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Well, I installed Lumbuntu and then both INDI and Kstars without a hitch. Kstars ran so much faster - seemly as fast as it does on my new MacBook Air. The internal 16GB eMMC means thew OS , INDI and KStars cab reside internally vs using the SD Card. The little machine also has a M.2 PCLe interface for an SSD drive, but those are too pricy for me. I think the USB3 will be fast enough.

But here's the problem...

It has some kind of bug so that the Time and Date, plus Users and Groups system tools do not work.
I get the an error window that reads

The configuration could not be loaded
And unknown error has occurred

I have downloaded and reinstalled Lubuntu three times from their link. I hope they solve this one bug for me.

PK

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Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 2 weeks 5 days ago #27939

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Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 2 weeks 5 days ago #27945

Can you install Ubuntu Mate on it? That's what I did on my Zotac332 miniPC (also 4GB RAM, makes all the difference, I agree!). Indi and KStars run without a hitch on that system.

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Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 2 weeks 5 days ago #27953

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I’ll try. I’m not a Linux user per say, so I do not know how to get the Mate OS ISO on an SD card installed onto the NanoPC. I was hoping the Mate disk image would boot on the Nano but wouldn’t.

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Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 2 weeks 4 days ago #27984

Have you specified the correct boot order in the BIOS/EFI?

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I'm really a neophyte when it comes to this stuff.
I should send it to someone and have them try and get it working, with VNC installed too.
If anyone wants the challenge, message me. I can offer you a unique wood carving from Uganda. :)

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Re:Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 2 weeks 4 days ago #28001

Not that I really want that wood carving (some of them are cursed), but could you elaborate on the users/groups system tools issue?

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Re:Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 2 weeks 4 days ago #28002

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No curses.. just a decoration of African wildlife.
Those evil looking carvings from South Sudan and Congo creep me out too.

When I installed Lubuntu as per their bootable SD card which flashes an image to eMMC, it seems to install correctly.
But when I visit two system tool options (Time and Date, and Users and Groups) it pops up with an error that simply reads:

The configuration could not be loaded
And unknown error has occurred

And gives me no more details on how to fix it.

I thought it would just be user error on my part, but the company (FriendlyArm) emailed me to say they are aware and for me to "wait for an update", giving me no timeline.

So I was hoping that I could install Ubuntu Mate or some other OS that works well with INDI and KStars. Perhaps their FriendlyCore (based on ubuntu-core) would work? I will try that this week.

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Re:Installing INDI/KSTARS-EKOS on a NanoPC-T4 2 weeks 4 days ago #28006

Certainly a permission error in the sudoers file. What's in "/etc/sudoers"?
Temporary solution, for the date and time, you can probably get away with this in the terminal:

$ sudo date --s="yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss"
$ sudo hwclock --systohc

That will set the time, then record it in the hardware clock. Use UTC time, then for the time zone:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata


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