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Custom A2000 FreeNAS Image

By ·Categories: Technology·Published On: May 11th, 2009·1.1 min read·

We’ve been offering FreeNAS on the ARTiGO A2000 for a little while now.  However, there were a few small issues that came to light that we wanted to fix.  First, the Ethernet on the ARTiGO A2000 would only run at 100 Mb.  Second, the SATA controller was only running at UDMA33.  Fortunately we’ve fixed both of these issues with a custom FreeNAS image, thanks to help from the community (you guys!).  You can download the image here (file no longer available) (Note: this is the uncompressed image, so you don’t have to run it through gunzip before flashing). This will require re-flashing the CF card with the new image, which means you’ll lose your settings unless you save them prior to updating.  Please let us know if you’re using the new image and how it’s working out for you!

UPDATE: I’ve updated the download link above to point to a new image that should solve the issues Burr (from the comments) mentioned related to UPS and iTunes/DAAP.  If you installed the old image from the link above and you don’t care about the things Burr mentions then there’s no reason for you to update.  Otherwise download the new image linked to above and reflash your CF card (remember to back up your settings first!).


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  1. b. webb May 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the great work here guys.

    I loaded this image onto my A2000 this weekend, and have found only two issues. Both of these things work with the version of FreeNAS .69.1 that is downloadable from the FreeNAS site, but not with this image.

    1. The implementation of Firefly used, and iTunes 8.1 appear to not play nicely.

    2. FreeNAS and my UPS don’t play nicely. I end up with stale data issues. I also end up with stale data with the regular .69.1 release, but the it resolves its issue after a few minutes automatically with that version.

    That said, I can deal with those issues for now in exchange for the gigabit connection, and improved disk speed. Thanks again guys.

  2. Martin May 13, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Any chance you will contribute these improvements to the main branch of FreeNAS? Would be great to have it merged into the next release of 0.69.x.

  3. david May 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Burr: We’re currently testing an updated image that should take care of the issues you’re seeing.

    Martin: It looks like the patch for the gigE has already been submitted and should be on FreeBSD 7.1 (stable) at this point (http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=130846). The SATA patch came from George Hartzell (who helped me out A LOT with creating our custom build, thanks George!) who said that he submitted the patch to both the FreeBSD developers and the FreeNAS developers, so hopefully it will find its way into future builds.

  4. david May 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Just wanted to say that I submitted our patches to Volker (main FreeNAS dev) and he says he’s incorporated them into 0.69.2 and 0.7, so hopefully things should be smooth with FreeNAS on the A2000 from here on out :)

    Also, new image that solves Burr’s issues coming soon, stay tuned.

  5. b. webb May 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve loaded the new image on my A2000, and things appear to be great. Thanks!

  6. Roland May 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    FreeNAS only accepts a compressed file when using the built-in firmware upgrade feature. So if you use this image to upgrade an existing installation, make sure you first compress (zip) the file. Save or rename the resulting .zip file as .img and you’re good to go.

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