Pi-Star Dashboard not functioning

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2E0IZB
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Pi-Star Dashboard not functioning

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Hello

I'm posting here in the hope that someone can offer me some assistance. I have a repeater set up in my property and whilst I am not the 'Keeper', I tend to keep an eye on things and the core PI and MMDVM was originally set up by me.

Unfortunately, whilst the PI is still running, the repeater is still connected correctly to the host network (Phoenix E) and otherwise working okay, I am no longer able to connect to the web dashboard using either the shortlink http://pi-star or using its internal IP address. When I attempt to do so, I get 192.168.1.### refused to connect.

I have checked the router which is in order, and it's firewall, which is also fine and not blocking any connection to that IP.

Using PuTTY, I can connect to it using the same iP address and login, but unsure what to look at or what to check. I tried to run pistar-update but simply got a "command not found".

Anyone have any ideas or willing to do an MSTeams meet with me and help me out?

I would re-do the whole install, but the MMDVM is one of the very original ones using an arduino due card, and it was a challenge to flash the arduino last time with the up-dated firmware etc. Any suggestions are gratefully received. Are there better cards out there now-a-days which are easier to update?

Paul
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Re: Pi-Star Dashboard not functioning

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2E0IZB wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:23 pm When I attempt to do so, I get 192.168.1.### refused to connect.
Sounds like the webserver isn't running.
2E0IZB wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:23 pm Using PuTTY, I can connect to it using the same iP address and login, but unsure what to look at or what to check. I tried to run pistar-update but simply got a "command not found".
Not sure why you got command not found. You saw the pi-star ascii graphics right?

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2E0IZB wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:23 pm I would re-do the whole install, but the MMDVM is one of the very original ones using an arduino due card, and it was a challenge to flash the arduino last time with the up-dated firmware etc.
You shouldn't have to mess with the firmware on the arduino. Simply reimage the SD card in the RPi and restore your backup. That should solve your issue. I suspect the SD card got corrupted and the webserver isn't starting properly.
2E0IZB wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:23 pm Any suggestions are gratefully received. Are there better cards out there now-a-days which are easier to update?
There are tons of different hat designs that are easier to update than the arduino, the most popular ones now run a STM32F103, but if you are wanting something with full repeater functionality and FM support you need to get one of these http://www.repeater-builder.com/products/stm32-dvm.html
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Re: Pi-Star Dashboard not functioning

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Sadly its not showing the PI-STAR logo, but Im not entirely sure it ever did.

Unfortunately my knowledge of LINUX is sketchy at best.

The backup image was on my last PC which unfortunately went "pop" last year, and stupidly I never put a backup of the image into the cloud.

We have been getting reports in the last few weeks that the TGs on TS2 are not transmitting properly and from observing the XMT light on the GM340, I would agree... it seems to be not transmitting when it should be so I suspect there may be something adrift on the MMDVM board anyway. It works fine with the TGs on TS1.

Thank you for the link. This looks much more like what we need. It would make sense to start afresh so I will certainly give that some thought.

Does anyone know if this same sort of board is available in the UK?
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Re: Pi-Star Dashboard not functioning

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2E0IZB wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:50 pm Sadly its not showing the PI-STAR logo, but Im not entirely sure it ever did.
Maybe you weren't running Pi-star or a very old version prior to May 2017, and never updated. The fact you were using an old arduino due confirms that as those went the way of the dodo around that time too.
2E0IZB wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:50 pm The backup image was on my last PC which unfortunately went "pop" last year, and stupidly I never put a backup of the image into the cloud.
I'd just get a new SD card. Download the new image, burn it to the new SD card. Then insert the new SD card, boot it and set it up and see what happens, I suspect that it will just work and you won't have to update the firmware on the arduino.

If it doesn't, then you can at least put the old SD card in and you are instantly back where you are at today.
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