Blinking power LED after upgrade to non-Netgear firmware

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Lightning
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Blinking power LED after upgrade to non-Netgear firmware

Hi,

I purchased _two_ WGR614v8/L today and I wanted to flash the latest Tomato firmware to them.

I did it as described: opened the GUI, went to Upgrade Firmware, selected .chk-File and upgraded the router. After the Test LED stops to blink the router seems to restart and then a couple of seconds later the green power LED starts to blink.

The only thing I can do after this point is pinging the router (192.168.1.1) and "downgrading" to original firmware via TFTP. A reset (hold the pin 20 seconds) does not seem to work either.

The same s*** happens with the other router. Could it be my fault? Any ideas?

Both serials start with 1W61867...

Thanks in advance!

Nachi
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This looks like a serious

This looks like a serious issue..

The upgrade does take a long time to complete.

Also which version of the original firmware you are trying to use?

The router switching back to a tftp server mode means the firmware update corrupted the flash and there are some checksum errors and hence it is going to the recovery mode and starting a tftp server.

-- Nachi

 

Lightning
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So green flashing power LED

So green flashing power LED means TFTP mode?
Why does no firmware from this site work? The only thing I could get working is the default NETGEAR WGR614v8 firmware.

Lightning
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Still trying to fix the

Still trying to fix the problem.
Perhaps someone else has an idea?

Nachi suggested me to use Firmware 1.1.2 and then flash to DD-WRT or sth. else.
This did not work either.

The router is a WRG614v8, FCC ID is FY306400057.

I won't try it with the other device since it had the same issues.

Any help greatly appreciated! I need to return the device within the next 1.5 weeks to receive my money back if it does not work.

Thanks to you all!

SouvikGhosh
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yes, green LED blinking means

yes, green LED blinking means tftp server is running in the board. So you can install the tomato firmware using tftp command also. I am not sure which version you are trying but I have tried the tomato download from "http://www.myopenrouter.com/download/10286/Tomato-for-WGR614L-v1.11.0415..." and tested to work fine.

Lightning
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Lightning
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SouvikGhosh said:

SouvikGhosh said:
yes, green LED blinking means tftp server is running in the board. So you can install the tomato firmware using tftp command also. I am not sure which version you are trying but I have tried the tomato download from "http://www.myopenrouter.com/download/10286/Tomato-for-WGR614L-v1.11.0415... and tested to work fine.

I am not sure but I think I tried to install this version via Webinterface. I'll give it a try tonight. I need a serial cable but if I open the box my warranty wil void.

If it does not work I need to return the devices. German support just said that we should get a "original" firmware from the US site for v8. Why does Netgear promote this box then as an "open source" router?

Thanks for your help.

Can it be that hard :-(? 

Lightning
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delete, triple post ;-)

delete, triple post ;-)

Nachi
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Lightning.. - sorry to learn

Lightning.. - sorry to learn that you couldn't run tomato on the router yet....

I did try out the v1.1.11 6.0.36 both NA and WW versions and also verified the source code for both the version. I am able to load the tomato firmware on both of these versions well.

The works on both the Web and serial console.

Unfortunately I cannot check out the european version of the hardware, can anyone help me giving me console dump during boot, and dump of nvram and cfe.. that definitely will help to debug the issue

Nachi

Lightning
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Nachi said:

Nachi said:
Lightning.. - sorry to learn that you couldn't run tomato on the router yet....
I did try out the v1.1.11 6.0.36 both NA and WW versions and also verified the source code for both the version. I am able to load the tomato firmware on both of these versions well.
The works on both the Web and serial console.
Unfortunately I cannot check out the european version of the hardware, can anyone help me giving me console dump during boot, and dump of nvram and cfe.. that definitely will help to debug the issue
Nachi

I can only do that with a serial cable - which I don't have and which would break the warranty, right?

 

SouvikGhosh
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Please try to upload the

Please try to upload the image using tftp command from a LAN pc. Connect a PC to the LAN port of the router and give it an IP in 192.168.1 subnet (for example 192.168.1.11). Try to upload the image from your PC console using the following command - "tftp -m binary 19.168.1.1 -c put ". Please run this command when your green LED is in blinking state - since you do not have the serial cable you will have to trust the LED to make sure that your board's tftp server is in listen state.
After executing this command LED corresponding to your LAN pc should start blinking to indicate the date flow. Wait for couple of minutes to let the router flash the image and reboot.
Please try this approach also and let us know your findings.

Lightning
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Ok fine. I'll try that _again

Ok fine. I'll try that _again_. I've been through that several times now and it didn't work.

Hope it helps this time ;-)

Thank you!

Lightning
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Nachi now found out that

Nachi now found out that there are some differences within the boot loader of the new devices. Perhaps we have a fix soon...

Nachi
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Posted a new firmware at http

Posted a new firmware at http://www.myopenrouter.com/download/10413/tomato_wgr614l-lzma/.

Let us know if it is working for you.

Known bugs in Tomato V1.11 versions still present in this version

primarily
1. Reset Button
2. Wireless WPA/WPA2 doesn't work.

And there could be few smaller issues which we don't know yet.

Nachi

Lightning
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Yes it worked besides the

Yes it worked besides the fact about WPA. Also there seems to be an issue with SSH, Telnet and I can not PPPoE to work. I also posted this to the comment about the new lzma firmware. Could you please supply me with an working dd-wrt image? Thanks!

Nachi
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Yes for SSH/Telnet it looks

Yes for SSH/Telnet it looks like the tomato firmware's dropbear isn't opening the shell and simply waiting.

I usually use

ssh root@192.168.1.1 "sh -i"

Command to get a command shell in the router via ssh. There could be a bug in telnet though.

Nachi
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We are working on dd-wrt and

We are working on dd-wrt and myopenrouter firmwares too. Will be posting them next week.

About the ssh/telnet, we need to possibly enable pty support in the kernel.

Lightning
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Sounds great!

Sounds great!
It would be awesome to have DD-WRT including OpenVPN so I don't have to compile it by myself.
Is that possible?

Thanks!

SouvikGhosh
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yes.. A chk firmware will

yes.. A chk firmware will also be uploaded. So you will not require to compile it..

SouvikGhosh
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You can upload dd-wrt

You can upload dd-wrt firmware in the following way -

1. set a TFTP server(ip:192.168.1.2) with a trx image file,rename it to vmlinuz
2. in CFE mode execute commands:
nvram set boot_wait=on
nvram commit
reboot
3. then CFE will load that vmlinuz file but can't load successfully,the console will show some message like this:
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WGR614v8 - 1.5 (Fri Jun 6 15:53:24 CST 2008)
et0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 4.130.30.0
Device eth0: hwaddr 00-33-11-11-77-33, ipaddr 192.168.1.1, mask 255.255.255.0
gateway not set, nameserver not set
Loader:raw Filesys:tftp Dev:eth0 File:192.168.1.2:vmlinuz Options:(null)
Loading: ....... 1937466 bytes read
Entry at 0x803ae580
Loader:raw Filesys:memory Dev:eth0 File::0x803ae580 Options:(null)
Loading: .. 33 bytes read
Entry at 0x80001000
Closing network.
Starting program at 0x80001000
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
4. recorde these two address 0x803ae580 and (0x803ae580+0x1c)=0x803ae59c, this address depends on the bootcode that used.
5. in CFE mode and execute commands by using these two address:
load -raw -addr=0x803ae580 -max=0x3a0000 192.168.1.2:vmlinuz
boot -raw -z -addr=0x80001000 -max=0x3a0000 -fs=memory :0x803ae59c

6. then this will load trx image and boot up with it.

But for this you will require to open the box and seup the console as well.

Lightning
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Uh... I don't want to do this

Uh... I don't want to do this. This is too much :-) ... I have no serial cable at the moment and I don't want to break warranty. Is there no similar way as with Tomato?

Thanks :)

SouvikGhosh
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Actually the europian board

Actually the europian board comes with some different versions of bootloader so the dd-wrt image published in this site can not be upgloaded. However you can follow the steps I mentioned in my last post in this thread. Since you already have the serial console you cabnn give it a try.
Besides this the tomato firmware for the europian board has already been published by nachi in this site. You can try this image also.

Thanks

zueri4
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Hello

Hello

I'm European and I have the same problem with the blinking LED.
I bricked my second WGR614L today by uploading the newest DDWRT image through the Web Interface.
I don't get the tftp thing working. I have to start cmd in windows and copy and pasted the command you mentioned?

Sorry

Regards
David

Lightning
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Come on guys!

Come on guys!
It's time to post a big message on the front page that there are problems with the european version. We all bought the routers awaiting a great piece of electronic engineering with the possibility to flash Open Source firmware on it.

But what's now? The only thing working at the moment is Tomato in a horribly old version with WPA not working and PPPoE problems (see my other posts). DD-WRT was promised to be finished last week but nothing happened.

What's the problem right now? Please support us, this could be a bit better :o)

Thanks!

g00dman
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Same problem here - got new

Same problem here - got new WGR614L, tried upgrading to Netgear's DD-WRT firmware - and now I have a white brick with a happily flashing power LED. I'd like to downgrade to the original firmware, but am not able to find it... Could someone please provide an URL for me? Thanks.

Btw: This thread is now more than two weeks old... by now you could really have put a big, red "This formware doesn't work with european routers" on the download page!

DamageR
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welcome to the club

welcome to the club Yell

same shi(x) here...got an WGR614v8 and still waiting for a LZMA dd-rt version!

i need WPA or WPA2 

DamageR
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g00dman said:

g00dman said:
Same problem here - got new WGR614L, tried upgrading to Netgear's DD-WRT firmware - and now I have a white brick with a happily flashing power LED. I'd like to downgrade to the original firmware, but am not able to find it... Could someone please provide an URL for me? Thanks.
Btw: This thread is now more than two weeks old... by now you could really have put a big, red "This formware doesn't work with european routers" on the download page!

sure you have a 614L and not an v8 o v9?

look at http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/WGR614.asp

g00dman
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Well... on the package it

Well... on the package it says WGR614L, the sticker under the router says WGR614v8. Aren't the L and the v8 identical?

In the meantime I installed Nachi's tomato firmware mentioned earlier via TFTP. But the fact that WPA(2) isn't working is bugging me a lot, so I'm still waiting for a EUROPEAN dd-wrt-mod for this router.

DamageR
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g00dman said:

g00dman said:
Well... on the package it says WGR614L, the sticker under the router says WGR614v8. Aren't the L and the v8 identical?
In the meantime I installed Nachi's tomato firmware mentioned earlier via TFTP. But the fact that WPA(2) isn't working is bugging me a lot, so I'm still waiting for a EUROPEAN dd-wrt-mod for this router.

your waiting ends now: Sealed

http://www.myopenrouter.com/forum/thread/10459/New-DD-WRT-version-availa...

 

Nachi
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If you have received a V9

If you have received a V9 instead of a WGR614v8 - WGR614L is internally is the v8 hardware. please contact Som. at http://www.myopenrouter.com/profile/240/.

Check out tthe latest dd-wrt builds for WGR614L EU and NA versions.
http://www.myopenrouter.com/forum/thread/10459/New-DD-WRT-version-availa...
This is tested to work on EU versions with some LED issues.

For tomato - Tomato that works on the EU version is at
http://www.myopenrouter.com/download/10413/tomato_wgr614l-lzma/

lnxmatt
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SouvikGhosh said:

SouvikGhosh said:
Please try to upload the image using tftp command from a LAN pc. Connect a PC to the LAN port of the router and give it an IP in 192.168.1 subnet (for example 192.168.1.11). Try to upload the image from your PC console using the following command - "tftp -m binary 19.168.1.1 -c put ". Please run this command when your green LED is in blinking state - since you do not have the serial cable you will have to trust the LED to make sure that your board's tftp server is in listen state.
After executing this command LED corresponding to your LAN pc should start blinking to indicate the date flow. Wait for couple of minutes to let the router flash the image and reboot.
Please try this approach also and let us know your findings.

 I had bricked my router, by putting the wrong firmware on it, and it sat with the power light flashing green.   I found this on the forum and tftp'd a new firmware up to it and it came up like a charm.  Thanks man, you are a life saver.

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