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hi,
Problem that i am having is that the TC5125 linux RDP client is not compatible with Windows 2008 server.
I have searched HP site and any forums for any clues basically in the newer version builds connection is not an issue.

I tried getting the thin clients to boot via USB which had a linux distro on there but that give me an error on boot even though the USB linux distros work fine on full blown machines.

Any clues on how i can update the RDP client . I am a novice as far as linux is concerned!
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by:Michael Worsham
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If you plug in the USB drive into the t5125, is there any messages in 'dmesg' that reflect the USB device?
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by:amajidkh
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when i plug in the usb drive and set the thin client to boot up from the USB it started up fine like its loading something when it is loading vdgrim.gz or something it reboots then says unknown data source well along those lines ill have to get the exact error
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by:ifreq
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I went through some sites too. Unfortunately seems that latest firmware mage is dated as follows:

HP Compaq Thin Client t5125 Linux Image       L1ST3158 A 10 May 2006

As the TC OS x runs from firmware image (we call it as busybox/hardware linux) there is no way to upgrade RDP-client without having good knowledge of modifying the firmware-image. Which to be honest need help from HP Engineers.

I also checked the USB-Disk/stick booting matter and there is no solution for this. Seems product is deprecated as it hasnt got any software update for few years.

Ofcourse before throwing the thinclients into the trashcan you could check has the TC newest version installed (L1ST3158), if not try to update and see if it helps on this matter.

You can find newest firmware from this url: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=472258&prodTypeId=12454&prodSeriesId=472257&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=2020

If the solution is still NO, I recommend you to contact HP and ask for a newer product.

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hi ifreq,

thank you for the observation, yes the thin clients are all updated with the latest firmware: L1ST3158 A
i have read on a few forums on HP site that people have had to revert back to a windows 2003 server environment as they had over 100+ thin stations and changing all of them was not an option.

I know that the tc5135 or 235 has a image which is compatibel and has been updated ithe the right rdp client however the image on that is 59mb my flash is only 32 so unable to reimage this.

I will try to get the unit to boot of a usb when i get a bitmore time.  thanks fo ryour help.
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No problem, I hope you get boot from usb. But I doubt it very highly.
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For those that have t5125s that you want to use with Windows 2008, I have managed to make it work with a few tweaks.

Basically these are the steps:
- flash with latest available HP image
  (at time of writing L1ST3158 A, 10 May 2006)
- open xterm with Alt+F2
- backup original rdesktop by gzip /mnt/opt/rdesktop/bin/rdesktop
- copy a recent rdesktop 1.6.0 to /mnt/opt/rdesktop/bin/, e.g. from t5135-image, replacing original.
  Can be done with wget http://www.idrift.no/gaute/rdesktop

The t5135s 1.6.0 version looks in all the wrong places for libs and stuff, so we need to do a few more steps:
- symlink /root/.rdesktop/keymaps -> /mnt/opt/rdesktop/share/rdesktop/keymaps
- make /mnt/lib
- symlink /mnt/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.8 -> /usr/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.8
- edit /etc/ld.so.conf and append /mnt/lib
- run ldconfig

That should do it. If anyone requests I could do a more thorough write-up, and if so I'd place it at http://www.idrift.no/gaute/t5135.html
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