Re: trying to get my THumb-dvs to run on my pi?

Patrick Perdue

I had problems powering more than one ThumbDV from a PI 3 (not 3 b plus) without a powered hub. This after including max_usb_current in /boot/config.txt, which I believe is no longer relevant with newer boards.

I could use one at a time, but the first wouldn't be recognized anymore when I installed the second. A powered hub fixed this problem. I'm currently using those dongles on an old Mac Mini, which is now running Debian. It works fine on that host without a hub. My XLX reflector is connecting to AMBE remotely. My system gets very little D-Star traffic compared to other modes (mostly Allstar and EchoLink these days, with occasional DMR or YSF), so the transcoders don't have much to do lately. It seems to work fine when it's needed, though.

On 7/3/2021 10:38 PM, Gwen Patton wrote:
Bryan  K7UDR  clearly has the superior setup, and is with NW Digital, so I'm going to let him field this one.

My Pi would go into a boot loop with the ThumbDV in its USB port directly, but boots fine with it in a powered hub. Go figure. Maybe not all Pi's have the same power available. Mine's a Pi 3.

I think Bryan probably has better information to give you.

Gwen, NG3P

On Sat, Jul 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM Justin Mann via <> wrote:
Hi there,
DO you have instdructions on getting that setup on the pi?  I already have a hostname:
Thanks so much,

On Jul 3, 2021, at 10:52 AM, Gwen Patton <ardrhi@...> wrote:

First suggestion. Is your ThumbDV plugged directly into the Pi? The USB port on a Pi usually doesn't have enough current to run a ThumbDV. If it is, try a powered hub.

I run AMBEserver on my Pi, with a daemon to update the dynamic DNS it points to, with a powered hub for the ThumbDV, and it works great.

Gwen, NG3P

On Sat, Jul 3, 2021, 2:28 AM Justin Mann via <> wrote:
I’m trying to get my THumb-dvs to compile and run on my pi so that I can get them to work on my xlx reflector, xlx094.  However, I’m getting some errors when I try to run the install script from n5amd.  I’ve attached the output in a text file, can y’all take a look?


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