Monday, January 18, 2010

Disassembling a Synology USB Station SUS-201

So I got bored while doing a backup of a usb disk and disassembled an older Synology SUS-201 disk station. This product contains a 10/100 MAC and two usb connectors for connecting harddrives to.

The unit consists of a RDC SoC processor, 32 MB FLASH, 16 MB SDRAM and a 10/100 Ethernet PHY.

There are some debug pins available and when inspecting the PCB carefully you can see where the test probes have been sitting. If I had an oscilloscope I'd try to see if I could find the serial port and work from there, but that's an adventure for another day.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Karmic, Cups and the root password

Just a short note.

I've been having problems with creating a new printer profile using cups.
Cups kept prompting for the root password but wouldn't accept it.

Turns out you need to be able to login as root directly.
This is done by executing: sudo passwd root
in a terminal. Afterwards, cups performed as intended, go figure!

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