UP Board hanging with Ubuntu Server 18.04

robjordanrobjordan New Member Posts: 2

Mine's an original Up-Board, 2GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC. I've been running it happily with Ubilinux 3 for three years. I'm not using any special Up board features, it's just a utility server running a few network services. To be honest a Raspberry Pi would be just as good, when I bought it I specifically needed an Intel processor but that's no longer the case. But I have it and I still want to put it to good use.

The installation was getting a bit unmanageable with Ubilinux 3, some repo errors, etc, and in-place upgrade wasn't possible/supported so I decided best bet would be to move to Ubuntu Server 18.04, the rationale being better long-term support.

I installed Ubuntu 18.04.3 Server (with LVM - in hindsight I regret) and then followed instructions to replace the kernel with 'kernel 4.15.0 for UP'

Question: Given I'm not using any special features of the Up board, I'm uncertain why a specialist kernel is needed. Are there issues with the standard kernel running on Up board, or does the specialist kernel just unlock new features?

Since I reinstalled, every few hours the server will freeze (it's running headless). kern.log seems to be silent in the period that the server was 'frozen'.

One avenue I explored was to try and disable acpi via grub options, since I seem to recall I had disabled it in Ubilinux due to floods of 'hpet1: lost xxx rtc interrupts'. But that led me down another rabbit hole. The server would not even boot, failing with an error message "Failed to connect to lvmetad. Falling back to device scanning" followed by "Volume group -vg not found"... the root volume is not mountable. So I've backed off from attempts to disable acpi.

Question: Why does LVM not work when acpi is disabled?

I've just updated BIOS to in a final attempt to cure the problems, to UPC1DM15 (I was refused when trying to update to DM17... I gather that's unsupported for boards of this age?).

Any suggestions on how best to make this server stable?

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  • DCleriDCleri Administrator, AAEON Posts: 1,018 admin

    We haven't tested the LVM installation, I would suggest to avoid using it and keep acpi enabled.

    Regarding the freeze, can you provide any more details? it is not easy to understand what is happening without software setup, configuration, applications running, etc.

    If you are not using the 40pin header, you can just keep using the standard ubuntu kernels (including the more recent 5.3 now avaialble.

    The BIOS 1.7 can be installed on all UP Board as long as they are not part of the initial batch for innovators.
    What is the error shown?

  • robjordanrobjordan New Member Posts: 2

    @DCleri said:
    We haven't tested the LVM installation, I would suggest to avoid using it and keep acpi enabled.

    Thanks. I have now reinstalled Ubuntu Server 18.04, without LVM, and without the UP kernel. It's been running stable for 3 days, so I'm hopeful that the issue was caused by one of those two factors.

    The BIOS 1.7 can be installed on all UP Board as long as they are not part of the initial batch for innovators.
    What is the error shown?

    I think it was "Error: Secure Flash function is not supported on this file". I can't reproduce now as I'm trying to keep the server running, but I recall that the error led me to this post, which is where I downloaded the UPC1DM15 version.

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