Received the NOS Excito B3 with Wireless LAN option, but without hard drive, last week.
Based on hard drive rail marks, it appears this unit originally had a hard drive - which was removed.
Since the history or mfg. date of this B3 was unknown, I updated the B3 bootloader to support 3 TB disks.
http://wiki.excito.com/w/index.php?titl ... _3TB_disks
I prepared Gordon’s bubbagen image on a Win10 computer using 7-zip for “xz” image extraction.
The bootable, live-USB image for the Excito B3 was placed on a SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16GB USB Flash Drive.
I used the “systemd” version of the latest image.
Per instructions, the B3 booted with Gentoo (sakaki) and patched Excito web interface (gordon).
This B3 was operational with its LAN port (eth1) attached to my home network.
The Excito web page (http, port 80) was accessible from other PCs on my network.
Using Gordon’s patched Excito web interface, I changed the time zone, date, and time.
The GitHub section, Installing Bubbagen on your B3's Internal Drive (Optional)
did not work for the new Western Digital NAS “Red” 3 TB hard drive installed in this Excito B3.
I assume the script could not handle a blank hard drive.
So, logged in as “root” to the Bubbagen “Live” USB image —
Using the “parted” command, which supports GPT, I established four (4) partitions on this hard drive.
I followed the partition example, setting (sda) as GPT, outlined at gentoo.org
https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Handbook:A ... n_the_disk
After I created partitions on the 3 TB disk, I re-tried Gordon’s script for installing Bubbagen.
This time the script ran, as expected.
I shutdown the B3, removed power, and removed the live-USB flash drive.
Reconnecting DC power, the B3 mini-server booted up after about 90-100 seconds, with solid Blue LED.
There were some false starts: Ethernet cable not fully inserted into home network hub, B3 seemed to not boot the hard drive Gentoo image (took longer than Gordon noted)
Quirks (bugs?) discovered, so far.
1.) Date/Time Clock (left) on web interface is different from Home page and Settings/time and language page.
At 22:00 local time (April 20), one would display April 20 while the other showed April 21.
It appears the “date” in B3 web interface is using different underlying references (gentoo/linux).
2.) Installing Bubbagen/Gentoo on new 3 TB hard drives — with no partitions.
3.) Accessing the Excito B3 via Win10 browser: http://B3
Since the B3 acquires its IP address via my home router DHCP — this may be a local network issue
Still investigating, likely will need to turn-off DHCP service on the Excito B3.
4.) Earlier posters have noted “unstable” B3.
Based on my previous work with original Bubba and Bubba|2 ...
installation of these images on new/used B3 miniservers — it does require patience and linux familiarity.
Yet to Do:
1.) Configuration of the Wireless LAN (wlan0) is “locked” via Bubbagen web interface.
I need to decide on my desired network access with good security protections for this wireless port.