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    • I started with Mint Cinnamon, then tried XFCE both x86 and x64 same problem. tried Linux Light which I think is XFCE all the same flickering screen, so I assumed the laptop had a problem with the screen, never did any more to it, put in my cupboard.
      Whilst I was searching for problems with USB 3.0 and W10 (the wife's laptop would not recognise a USB 3.0 external hdd, would connect at USB 2.0) I found a reference to Creators Update .iso and then found references to users reinstalling using that .iso, so that's what I did, put in a different hdd and reinstalled W10, had it on for a day and no flicker.
      I can only assume that for whatever reason it must have something to with the Nvidia drivers......it's like this laptop, graphics are Intel Graphics HD 4000, whilst this works well on Linux the image is way sharper on W10 (sorry sharper is the only way I can describe it) The only issue I ran into was setting up dual monitor, it seems now you use Win+P to set it up, or as I found out later, Intel HD Graphics Control Panel :)
    • It seems like you've touched all the bases.

      I've run into problems with Xserver back in the day (20 years ago) but, recently, it's been pretty good even when proprietary drivers are needed. In any case...
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      In Pi-Hole, my Top Blocked Domain is settings-win.data.microsoft.com Is it the same with you? The name alone smells of demographics collection (spying). I didn't take note of the number of query's blocked, before putting Win10 on line.
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    • flmaxey wrote:

      In Pi-Hole, my Top Blocked Domain is settings-win.data.microsoft.com Is it the same with you? The name alone smells of demographics collection (spying). I didn't take note of the number of query's blocked, before putting Win10 on line.
      Interesting mine is;
      watson.telemetary.microsoft.com followed by settings-win.data.microsoft.com, all my privacy stuff is off except for location, mind you I went through the wife's laptop whilst I was sorting USB 3.0 and turned all hers off. No idea what is set on the daughters, but she makes me smile, she has a post it over her camera on both her own laptop and the works.
      I did find something odd today after checking pi-hole and dhcp on omv, this laptop had assigned itself the static ip which I had set to the Mint install even though the dhcp option was set. The ip was also appearing in dhcp leases which is odd as the ip is outside the scope, needless to say I have done a release/renew which has reassigned an ip within the scope.
    • @flmaxey

      With the update to OMV 4 I decided to update the Docker Pi-hole, it seems that the latest Pi-hole no longer uses dnsmasq but uses it's own called FTL.

      The one thing I have noticed since updating the graphs are flat or rather they are not recording, I'm wondering therefore because I'm running the latest dnsmasq plugin if this is having an issue somehow. I did find a command to run to check if dnsmasq (but I've shut the page down) whilst the DNS in the plugin is pointing to Pi-hole I'm wondering if I should be looking at this from just using Pi-hole.
    • As I remember, the original concern with Pi-hole was multicast (NetFlix type services) and Pi-Hole's DHCP server.

      When I worked through the Docker config; I tested both server functions, DNS and DHCP, but I didn't "extensively" test the DHCP server function beyond the basics. With that stated, just because I didn't thoroughly test it doesn't mean that it wouldn't work reliably.

      After looking at the number of views on the Pi-Hole "How-To" (closing in on 5000 - astonishing), I've received zero negative feedback. With that in mind, I'd be willing to bet that 100 or so (maybe more?) of those who installed it are running Pi-hole as both their DNS and DHCP server.

      So, give it a try. In my next upgrade (to 4.0) I plan to, because along with the OMV server, Pi-Hole has been rock solid. You could always back out.
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      I need to look at OMV 4 with my hardware test platform, along with running Pi-hole and ZFS on OMV 4.0. I'll be loading 4.0 soon.
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    • I'm working on an OMV4 install, on test hardware, as I write this. I'll look into the graphs issue but, if it's otherwise function, the lack of graphs wouldn't be a show stopper for me. Other than looking at the stat's on occasion, I don't look in on Pi-hole that often.
      Good backup takes the "drama" out of computing
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      4TB WD My Passport $119
    • geaves wrote:

      With the update to OMV 4 I decided to update the Docker Pi-hole, it seems that the latest Pi-hole no longer uses dnsmasq but uses it's own called FTL.

      The one thing I have noticed since updating the graphs are flat or rather they are not recording, I'm wondering therefore because I'm running the latest dnsmasq plugin if this is having an issue somehow. I did find a command to run to check if dnsmasq (but I've shut the page down) whilst the DNS in the plugin is pointing to Pi-hole I'm wondering if I should be looking at this from just using Pi-hole.
      FTL (an older version of it) is in the old version of Pi-hole, on OMV3l. It's a statistics deamon for the Web interface.

      I did a clean OMV4 build, updated, etc., and pulled the latest Pi-hole image (eb902c685095). The graphs work and, thankfully, the How-To still works as written.
      Good backup takes the "drama" out of computing
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      4TB SG+4TB TS ZFS mirror/ 3TB TS

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    • flmaxey wrote:

      latest Pi-hole image (eb902c685095)
      That's what I have, well I've uninstalled OMV's dns/dhcp plugin and enabled DHCP in pi-hole, that's working but the graphs are still flat, showing Total DNS Queries: 0 Blocked DNS Queries: 0. I also followed your guide.

      So I've no idea what's going on, it can't be the Watchtower Docker because I installed that yesterday evening, this started when I started the new pi-hole yesterday afternoon.....thought it might be browser cache, but have cleared that twice.

      By just deleting the old Docker does it clear everything, as in doing a purge --remove, I'm wondering if the issue is a config file or something still hanging around.

      EDIT: The issue seems to be in here
      the 01-pihole.conf there is a line log-queries is should be log-queries=extra, changed that and restarted the container.

      If you google long enough you find the answer 8)

      EDIT 2:
      Pi-hole DHCP scrapped!! iPads and Satellite box will not communicate!! So because the wife's home I have put everything back to the router, so tomorrow I'll reinstall the plugin which worked and reinstall Docker Pi-Hole. Aren't computers wonderful :cursing: :D :D

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    • geaves wrote:

      EDIT 2:Pi-hole DHCP scrapped!! iPads and Satellite box will not communicate!! So because the wife's home I have put everything back to the router, so tomorrow I'll reinstall the plugin which worked and reinstall Docker Pi-Hole. Aren't computers wonderful :cursing: :D :D
      There has to be more to it. When I tested the DHCP function, to get my router out of the picture and in order for all devices to get new addresses, it was necessary to cold restart everything. The restart began with my router, with its DHCP server turned off. (Trying to short cut, moving a device here and there to Pi-hole, created a mess.)

      I scrapped Pi-hole DHCP because of the leases to devices that I made permanent along the way. Device interconnections, based on DHCP IP addresses, become elaborate over time. For instance, I have IP phones which obtain their addresses with DHCP. (There are no traditionally wired phones in the house.) Based on those addresses, which I made permanent, I have QOS setup on the router so their bandwidth is guaranteed if something else swamps my internet connection.

      There are other similar considerations and complexities that held me back but, I'm still going to move to Pi-hole because I want to (eventually) be able to replace my router. The upgrade to OMV4 is going to be interesting.
      Good backup takes the "drama" out of computing
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      4TB SG+4TB TS ZFS mirror/ 3TB TS

      OMV 3.0.99 Erasmus - Rsync'ed Backup
      R-PI 2 $29 / 16GB SD Card $8 / Real Time Clock $1.86
      4TB WD My Passport $119
    • geaves wrote:

      By just deleting the old Docker does it clear everything, as in doing a purge --remove, I'm wondering if the issue is a config file or something still hanging around.
      No it doesn't. It clears the running container and the old image.

      The Pi-hole configuration (under /etc/pihole) is mapped to /dockerparms/pihole outside of the container. If you followed the How-To, the new container would pickup and merge the previous configuration. That was intended as a "feature" :) (for retaining white and black lists and other config settings) but in your case it might have hosed things up.
      Good backup takes the "drama" out of computing
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      4TB SG+4TB TS ZFS mirror/ 3TB TS

      OMV 3.0.99 Erasmus - Rsync'ed Backup
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    • flmaxey wrote:

      There has to be more to it. When I tested the DHCP function, to get my router out of the picture and in order for all devices to get new addresses, it was necessary to cold restart everything.
      Well I spent yesterday doing just that, then I turned on my laptop gave it a static ip, turned off the plugin and enabled DHCP on Pi-hole and set it up, turned on the router, first thing I did was to switch the satellite box and waited.....nothing no address issued, tried my ipad, same, iphone connects, my spare laptop connects, libreelec connects (that was a plus because that is the lounge connected via the same switch as the satellite box).
      So I turned it all off again and left it for 30 minutes....started the same process = same result, so re enabled the plugin and started again, this works and it frustrates the wife when she clicks on ad link and it bombs out :)

      flmaxey wrote:

      The Pi-hole configuration (under /etc/pihole) is mapped to /dockerparms/pihole outside of the container. If you followed the How-To, the new container would pickup and merge the previous configuration. That was intended as a "feature" (for retaining white and black lists and other config settings) but in your case it might have hosed things up.
      On the second attempt, I decided pi-hole would be a clean install, so I removed all reference to pi-hole under /dockerparms/pihole the clean install has indeed reset everything the logs are updating correctly and so are the graphs. The whitelist from the GUI is working I have added a site whilst it doesn't display the static ad it displays a blank box without the sites message 'you are using an add blocker' so that's a plus.
      Emby is running fine graphically and the backend seems to working, llibreelec/kodi is communicating so it looks as if we're back running with a few lessons learn't.
    • The satellite box... One would think that Pi-Hole's DHCP server would comply to the same standard(s) as OMV's DNS plugin but, not being a Dev, the reasons why would be too deep a dive for me. Further, since it's one device, I imagine the issue wouldn't get much attention on the Pi-Hole forum.

      Well, your sacrifice wasn't for nothing:
      Since my clean Pi-Hole install had working graphs as well, I changed the How-To so that graphs will work for other users, in the latest update/upgrade. (I.E. clear the file contents of /dockerparms.)
      In any case, you know you can blame the Yankee for all these issues - even for Pi-hole blocking the wife's ad's. :D
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    • flmaxey wrote:

      Further, since it's one device, I imagine the issue wouldn't get much attention on the Pi-Hole forum.
      TBH I'm happy the way it is at present, the new version whitelist and blacklist add seems to working from the GUI. The only thing that didn't make sense to me was that iPhone would connect but the iPad wouldn't even after a network reset, they both use the same IOS.

      flmaxey wrote:

      In any case, you know you can blame the Yankee for all these issues - even for Pi-hole blocking the wife's ad's.
      :D Well that lets me off the hook for one thing, I have enough trouble trying to explain to her how rotate her photos from the school iPad then upload to the school website......the site provider wants £100 to add code so that it will do it on the fly!! I keep showing her how to use Gimp because it auto detects the orientation, then they have to upload to google drive to a shared folder then you link the folder back to site...why? because there is a restriction on the number of photos they can add to the site!

      flmaxey wrote:

      On the Royal wedding, my wife gives it 5 years before "there's trouble in paradise". (She has a "sense" for those things. )
      Royal marriages seem to have a habit of not lasting long as of late, the question is will they start 'breeding' :D The one that 'might' last is Zara Phillips (daughter of Anne, Princess Royal) to Mike Tindall the rugby player, they married in 2011.
    • geaves wrote:

      TBH I'm happy the way it is at present, the new version whitelist and blacklist add seems to working from the GUI. The only thing that didn't make sense to me was that iPhone would connect but the iPad wouldn't even after a network reset, they both use the same IOS.
      I agree, that doesn't make sense. I think I'd give both a side-by-side examination of their network settings to see what's different on the iPad.
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    • flmaxey wrote:

      I agree, that doesn't make sense. I think I'd give both a side-by-side examination of their network settings to see what's different on the iPad.
      That was one thing I did, I also connected the iPad to the 2.4 network (after a reset) and it still failed to get an ip, the only difference is that they are years apart in date manufacture, but even so that should not make a difference.

      But it's all running Ok now....so....if it ain't broke don't fix it. :)
    • Well, the obvious difference between the two would be hardware (years apart) which software would interact with differently.

      geaves wrote:


      But it's all running Ok now....so....if it ain't broke don't fix it. :)
      That one has served me well.
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