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wasabioss

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This firmware bricked my router (WGR614L-V8) that I have received 1 hour ago. Just two lights (Power, Check light) are on. No pings, no tftp -- I just tested on Windows. I'm figuring out how to unbrick it.

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August 27, 2008 7:27 AM

Please try resetting your box. This firmware is working fine for most of the users.

August 27, 2008 8:25 AM

I wish it is simple as resetting the router :-(

September 2, 2008 11:53 PM

Bricked me too

September 4, 2008 12:15 PM

I managed to brick two WGR614v8s. It worked for a while but then suddenly stopped and now the DHCP won't kick out IP addresses on either, even after a 30/30/30 reset.

For know, I wouldn't recommend this firmware. Actually, I wouldn't recommend the WGR614v8 at all for the time being. I'm sure future DD-WRT/WGR614v8 offerings will improve the situation, but for now I'll just what for my USB Serial cable and practice my soldering skills.

October 4, 2008 10:17 AM

Another brick.

I opened the box, plugged in the router (a WGR614v8) and the native firmware was working. I upgraded the native firmware using Netgear's tools (perhaps this was my mistake?) and that worked okay. Then I downloaded the ddwrt-wgr614v8.chk file from this page:

http://www.myopenrouter.com/download/10472/DD-WRT-v24-SP1-Build-for-WGR614L-W...

And followed the instructions from this page:

http://www.myopenrouter.com/article/10339/DD-WRT-for-NETGEAR-WGR614L-Installa...

The progress bar did it's thing, then the screen cleared and it said something like

October 4, 2008 10:24 AM

WTF, this site cut me off!

Anyway, I'm not going to retype all of that. I'm going to spend my energy looking for a serial cable to try to unbrick my router.

I'd warn everyone to stay away from this firmware until we figure out what's happening. I'm feeling decidedly unhappy right now, and I wouldn't wish that feeling on anybody else.

October 4, 2008 2:41 PM

I, ultimately, returned the router. I had just *enough* with the "open" thingie you advertised (without being compatible with anything that is open?).

October 7, 2008 10:29 PM

I also bricked mine with this "new" version. I have tried updating it through the web GUI and also tftp. Below is the output from the reboot. It will continuously reboot.

I finally had to reinstall the original NetGear firmware to get it to work.

Tex-Hogger


CFE for WGR614v8 version: 1.3
Build Date: Wed Apr 4 11:00:42 CST 2007
et0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 4.138.1.0
Device eth0: hwaddr 00-1F-33-CF-35-BC, ipaddr 192.168.1.1, mask 255.255.255.0
gateway not set, nameserver not set
Loading ..................................
CPU revision is: 00029029
Linux version 2.4.36 (nachi@localhost.localdomain) (gcc version 3.4.6 (OpenWrt-2
.0)) #26 Tue Aug 19 01:24:32 PDT 2008
Setting the PFC to its default value
Determined physical RAM map:
memory: 01000000 @ 00000000 (usable)
On node 0 totalpages: 4096
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 0 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: root=/dev/mtdblock2 rootfstype=squashfs,jffs2 noinitrd cons
ole=ttyS0,115200
CPU: BCM5354 rev 2 at 240 MHz
Using 120.000 MHz high precision timer.
Calibrating delay loop... 239.20 BogoMIPS
Page-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Checking for 'wait' instruction... unavailable.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
PCI: no core
PCI: Fixing up bus 0
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
sb_doattach: incoming bus is PCI but it's a lie, switching to SB devid:0x4318
bootloader size: 131072
sflash: Filesystem type: squashfs, size=0x1e2579
mtd: partition "rootfs" doesn't start on an erase block boundary -- force read-o
nly
ip_conntrack version 2.1 (512 buckets, 4096 max) - 336 bytes per conntrack
ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
ipt_random match loaded
netfilter PSD loaded - (c) astaro AG
ipt_IPV4OPTSSTRIP loaded
VFS: Mounted root (squashfs filesystem) readonly.
Booting device: Netgear WGR614v8/v9/L/WW
boardflags are 0x0750
insmod: wl.o: module not found
nvram_commit(): end
sh: cannot create /proc/switch/eth1/reset: nonexistent directory
sh: cannot create /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control: nonexistent directo
ry
nvram_commit(): end
br0: Bad file descriptor
br0: Bad file descriptor
eth1: Operation not supported
wl0.1: No such device
wl0.2: No such device
wl0.3: No such device
eth1: Invalid argument
eth1: Invalid argument
ifconfig: ioctl 0x8914 failed: Cannot assign requested address
SIOCGIFFLAGS: No such device
SIOCGIFFLAGS: No such device
SIOCGIFFLAGS: No such device
SIOCGIFFLAGS: No such device
rmmod: ipt_webstr: No such file or directory
rmmod: ipt_layer7: No such file or directory
rmmod: ipt_ipp2p: No such file or directory
rmmod: ipt_TRIGGER: No such file or directory
rmmod: ipt_CONNMARK: No such file or directory
rmmod: xt_CONNMARK: No such file or directory
rmmod: ipt_IMQ: No such file or directory
rmmod: ip_nat_pptp: No such file or directory
rmmod: ip_nat_proto_gre: No such file or directory
rmmod: ip_conntrack_pptp: No such file or directory
rmmod: ip_conntrack_proto_gre: No such file or directory
rmmod: ebt_dnat: No such file or directory
rmmod: ebt_snat: No such file or directory
rmmod: ebt_mark_m: No such file or directory
rmmod: ebt_mark: No such file or directory
rmmod: ebtable_filter: No such file or directory
rmmod: ebtable_nat: No such file or directory
rmmod: ebtables: No such file or directory
rmmod: imq: No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat '/tmp/mycron.d/*': No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat '/jffs/mycron.d/*': No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat '/mmc/mycron.d/*': No such file or directory
vlan1: Setting MAC address to 00 1f 33 cf 35 bd.
sh: /tmp/.rc_startup: not found
killall: schedulerb.sh: no process killed
killall: proxywatchdog.sh: no process killed
killall: wdswatchdog.sh: no process killed
sh: missing ]
connect: Network is unreachable
connect: Network is unreachable
connect: Network is unreachable
gethostbyname: Network is unreachable
process_monitor..done
ΓΏ

CFE for WGR614v8 version: 1.3
Build Date: Wed Apr 4 11:00:42 CST 2007
et0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 4.138.1.0
Committing NVRAM...done


CFE for WGR614v8 version: 1.3
Build Date: Wed Apr 4 11:00:42 CST 2007
et0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 4.138.1.0
Device eth0: hwaddr 00-1F-33-CF-35-BC, ipaddr 192.168.1.1, mask 255.255.255.0
gateway not set, nameserver not set
Loading ..................................
CPU revision is: 00029029
Linux version 2.4.36 (nachi@localhost.localdomain) (gcc version 3.4.6 (OpenWrt-2
.0)) #26 Tue Aug 19 01:24:32 PDT 2008
Setting the PFC to its default value
Determined physical RAM map:
memory: 01000000 @ 00000000 (usable)
On node 0 totalpages: 4096
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 0 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: root=/dev/mtdblock2 rootfstype=squashfs,jffs2 noinitrd cons
ole=ttyS0,115200
CPU: BCM5354 rev 2 at 240 MHz
Using 120.000 MHz high precision timer.
Calibrating delay loop... 239.20 BogoMIPS
Page-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Checking for 'wait' instruction... unavailable.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
PCI: no core
PCI: Fixing up bus 0
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
sb_doattach: incoming bus is PCI but it's a lie, switching to SB devid:0x4318
ip_conntrack version 2.1 (512 buckets, 4096 max) - 336 bytes per conntrack
ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
ipt_random match loaded
netfilter PSD loaded - (c) astaro AG
ipt_IPV4OPTSSTRIP loaded
VFS: Cannot open root device "mtdblock2" or 1f:02
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 1f:02
Rebooting in 5 seconds..Please stand by while rebooting the system...
Decompressing..........done


CFE for WGR614v8 version: 1.3
Build Date: Wed Apr 4 11:00:42 CST 2007
et0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 4.138.1.0
Device eth0: hwaddr 00-1F-33-CF-35-BC, ipaddr 192.168.1.1, mask 255.255.255.0
gateway not set, nameserver not set
Loading ..................................
CPU revision is: 00029029
Linux version 2.4.36 (nachi@localhost.localdomain) (gcc version 3.4.6 (OpenWrt-2
.0)) #26 Tue Aug 19 01:24:32 PDT 2008
Setting the PFC to its default value
Determined physical RAM map:
memory: 01000000 @ 00000000 (usable)
On node 0 totalpages: 4096
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 0 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: root=/dev/mtdblock2 rootfstype=squashfs,jffs2 noinitrd cons
ole=ttyS0,115200
CPU: BCM5354 rev 2 at 240 MHz
Using 120.000 MHz high precision timer.
Calibrating delay loop... 239.20 BogoMIPS
Page-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Checking for 'wait' instruction... unavailable.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
PCI: no core
PCI: Fixing up bus 0
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
sb_doattach: incoming bus is PCI but it's a lie, switching to SB devid:0x4318
ip_conntrack version 2.1 (512 buckets, 4096 max) - 336 bytes per conntrack
ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
ipt_random match loaded
netfilter PSD loaded - (c) astaro AG
ipt_IPV4OPTSSTRIP loaded
VFS: Cannot open root device "mtdblock2" or 1f:02
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 1f:02
Rebooting in 5 seconds..Please stand by while rebooting the system...
Decompressing..........done


CFE for WGR614v8 version: 1.3
Build Date: Wed Apr 4 11:00:42 CST 2007
et0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 4.138.1.0
Device eth0: hwaddr 00-1F-33-CF-35-BC, ipaddr 192.168.1.1, mask 255.255.255.0
gateway not set, nameserver not set
Loading ..................................
CPU revision is: 00029029
Linux version 2.4.36 (nachi@localhost.localdomain) (gcc version 3.4.6 (OpenWrt-2
.0)) #26 Tue Aug 19 01:24:32 PDT 2008
Setting the PFC to its default value
Determined physical RAM map:
memory: 01000000 @ 00000000 (usable)
On node 0 totalpages: 4096
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 0 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: root=/dev/mtdblock2 rootfstype=squashfs,jffs2 noinitrd cons
ole=ttyS0,115200
CPU: BCM5354 rev 2 at 240 MHz
Using 120.000 MHz high precision timer.
Calibrating delay loop... 239.20 BogoMIPS
Page-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Checking for 'wait' instruction... unavailable.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
PCI: no core
PCI: Fixing up bus 0
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
sb_doattach: incoming bus is PCI but it's a lie, switching to SB devid:0x4318
ip_conntrack version 2.1 (512 buckets, 4096 max) - 336 bytes per conntrack
ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
ipt_random match loaded
netfilter PSD loaded - (c) astaro AG
ipt_IPV4OPTSSTRIP loaded
VFS: Cannot open root device "mtdblock2" or 1f:02
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 1f:02
Rebooting in 5 seconds..Please stand by while rebooting the system...
Decompressing..........done

November 30, 2008 3:12 AM

I'm so glad I read this post before I uploaded this firmware. I have to agree with wasabioss. I'm fairly disappointed with the WGR614v8. I tried Tomato and has a practically useless device which couldn't do pppoe or even wpa and after almost 2 weeks no-one could help me or even replied to my posts. Switched back to the netgear and realised that the wireless is so weak(and unadjustable) that I could't get my Mvix media player connected in my living room (4m away from the router, in a another room). Plugged my dog old belkin AP in and wireless strength is twice as strong. And now I read that dd-wrt bricks most routers.

thanks, I will be selling my netgear to the next client that requires the absolute basic and no wireless because with that signal strength it's pointless to even market it as a wireless device. Whats sadder is that this device is more expensive than other netgears that are better. the point of it being more expensive is so that open OS's can be loaded on it, when that doesn't work why bother?

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