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  • Should I start over? We're at Fedora 16, VB 2.2, LMS 7.7

    We own an older a Small Green Computer that hasn't been updated in quite a while. The current system is: Fedora 16, VB 2.2, LMS 7.7. I'm wondering what is the easiest path to get up to date?

    To move to VB 2.4 we need at least Fedora 23. VB 2.4 is needed for the latest version of LMS 8.2. I've made a full backup of our music. I've read on the Fedora website that upgrading from Fedora 16 is complicated. Would it be easier to just format the hard drive and reinstall everything?

    To start over would it be simplest to:
    1. Format the hard drive in the Small Green Computer
    2. Install the Fedora Image.iso, from f23-base.iso from a CD.
    3 Install VB 2.4, from vortexbox23-recovery.iso from a CD.
    4. Install LMS 8.2 from LMS Download.

    Also, what is the md5sum file for?

    Thanks for your help.

  • #2
    Your plan would be the easiest. Not needed to format the HD first, as the image will wipe out everything on the HD anyhow. The md5Sum is just a check sum to make sure that the image you download is identical to the hosted image (nothing got corrupted in the download). google md5sum to find a program that can read your downloaded image file and give you the md5sum. You can then compare that to the reported value. I don't usually bother doing this, because if a download is corrupted it typically won't work anyhow.....

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    • #3
      garym , thanks for the support. One more question. The current version of Fefora is 34. Should I install Fedora 34 or look for an old install of Fedora 23?

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      • #4
        When you install the latest iso for Vortexbox, it will include the appropriate fedora as well automatically. (It's not very recent Fedora, but it will work fine). p.s. I've moved on from vortexbox, to using an Rasberry Pi 4B running piCorePlayer as the operating system. Runs LMS very well and can also serve as a player. The entire thing is the size of a pack of cigarettes not counting the attached small USB drive and very low power.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by garym View Post
          When you install the latest iso for Vortexbox, it will include the appropriate fedora as well automatically. (It's not very recent Fedora, but it will work fine). p.s. I've moved on from vortexbox, to using an Rasberry Pi 4B running piCorePlayer as the operating system. Runs LMS very well and can also serve as a player. The entire thing is the size of a pack of cigarettes not counting the attached small USB drive and very low power.
          garym, that's really interesting. We use piCorePlayers to distribute the music around the house from our VortexBox to our amplifiers. I'm upgrading the VortexBox because it doesn't support the latest LMS. The only reason I'm trying to upgrade the VortexBox software is because it does a nice job of ripping CDs and organizing the files.

          My other option is to just upgrade the OS on the Little Green Computer, and install LMS on that. Totally ignoring VB. Is that what you've done with the Rasbery Pi?

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          • #6
            So really all I have to do is:
            1. Create a USB image of the VortexBox 2.4, using http://iso.vortexbox.org/vortexbox24...e-20151125.zip
            2. Follow the installation instructions for VB 2.4 found here, https://wiki.vortexbox.org/vortexbox...n_instructions
            3. Import my music from my back up USB. From what I've read on FAQ, Connecting to a SMB files share from Windows, I've found this instructions https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1037477/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RobotsEatDoughnuts View Post
              My other option is to just upgrade the OS on the Little Green Computer, and install LMS on that. Totally ignoring VB. Is that what you've done with the Rasbery Pi?
              Yes, I no longer use my little green computer hardware or vortexbox at all. I have LMS installed on my rPi4B with a 4TB USB drive connected to the rPi holding my music.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RobotsEatDoughnuts View Post
                So really all I have to do is:
                1. Create a USB image of the VortexBox 2.4, using http://iso.vortexbox.org/vortexbox24...e-20151125.zip
                2. Follow the installation instructions for VB 2.4 found here, https://wiki.vortexbox.org/vortexbox...n_instructions
                3. Import my music from my back up USB. From what I've read on FAQ, Connecting to a SMB files share from Windows, I've found this instructions https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1037477/
                correct. steps 1 and 2. And step 3 if you want to be able to transfer files back and forth to the vortexbox from your windows computer.

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