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8 years and counting...

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Hi,

I just wanted to report on my usage of X2 over last 8 years. I bought it at the very beginning of 2013. Since then it ran almost without an interruption and it was used as my home server, media center and emergency workstation at times.

Recently I upgraded it all the way from 14.04 to 20.04 without any big problems, alas still running with good ol' 3.8.13 kernel.

I'm running the governor in performance setting with passive heat sink - it rarely reaches above room temperature.

For those interested, the SD Card that I've been using is Samsung 16GB SDHC Memory Card Pro Series Class 10 UHS-I
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... _sdhc.html

I would post a photo but it's too dusty for public showcase :)

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for a solid piece of hardware that did not malfunction in its over 70,000 hours of usage.

P.S.: When I used X2 as my temporary workstation during times when my laptop was broken down, I got used so much to the fanless operation that when I got my laptop back it felt weird to hear the buzz all the time.
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Thanks for the update, it's nice to hear the reliability feedback.

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I envy you early Odroidians, having some of those crazy cool early boards like X2 & XU. It's great to see posts like this, thank you so much for posting.
Makes me wonder if I'll be on a forum one day and have someone say "Damn, you were around when N2+ was a thing?".

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The X series has definitely been the workhorses.

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I'm still running an U3 with Debian Wheezy from around the same time which runs 24/7.
Used it for years hardcore to compile software for Debian Wheezy and Debian Jessie as well as Kernels for all the old ODROIDs (X,X2,U2,U3,C1,XU,XU3,XU4)
Even today it houses most of my work running of of an external HDD 500GB 2,5" WD.
I also still have my good old X2 which was the very first ODROID that I bought in 2012, but that one is mostly collecting dust nowadays, but still works fine.
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Unfortunately I never had the U3 but I remember how much you touted the capabilities of it

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What/where is last mate image for X2 ...

I need to reload my X2 ... its the heart of my sdr and iv forgotten its root password ... divorce realy took its toll on me.

I wish it still kept time when it was powered off ...

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Technically you can reset the password on the existing one if you don't need to reinstall.

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I dont need to reinstall ...

But I do need admin again ...

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KC7NOA wrote:I dont need to reinstall ...

But I do need admin again ...
Sorry to hear of your divorce, I'm going through it currently and concur it messes with your mind. For the time issue you have a few choices, you can use a USB GPS to get the time, you can use a USB-RTC dongle, or you can run a NTP server locally or use an Internet based NTP.

To reset the password you can plug the SD into a Linux based computer and follow this guide:

http://www.microhowto.info/howto/reset_ ... ution.html

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The password reset guide is ok, but the chroot step will be problematic, because you will need to run arm code on x86. You'll need to install qemu and do this little trick: https://unix.stackexchange.com/question ... hitechture, or simply edit /path/to/sd/etc/shadow and replace the root password hash with a known password hash.
Put the SD back, reboot and it should work.

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mad_ady wrote:The password reset guide is ok, but the chroot step will be problematic, because you will need to run arm code on x86. You'll need to install qemu and do this little trick: https://unix.stackexchange.com/question ... hitechture, or simply edit /path/to/sd/etc/shadow and replace the root password hash with a known password hash.
Put the SD back, reboot and it should work.
Good catch, I hadn't considered that.

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