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Anyone have DD-WRT on WRT54G v8.203?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by billybob_jcv, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. billybob_jcv

    billybob_jcv Addicted to LI Member

    Has anyone flashed DD-WRT onto a WRT54G with v8.203? I tried using the instructions for v8 & v8.2, flashed it with vxworkskillerGv8-v3.bin and I received an "Upgrade is successful. Rebooting..." in my browser window. At that point I pulled the power cord, plugged it back in and I was greeted with no power light, solid green lights on all 5 port lights and no other lights. I can't ping it, can't reset it and no lights flash on power-on. I've got nothing.

    I now have another v8.203 (only version of the WRT54G they have at my Fry's) and I'm afraid the same thing might happen. I can think of 2 possible causes for my first failure: 1) I might have pulled the plug too soon after getting the success message from flashing with vxworkskiller, and 2) Since I pulled it from a new unopened box, I did not think I needed to do the reset to defaults. I really think I did everything else by the book.

    Is either of those a possible cause for my first brick? If so, then I'm willing to try again, if not, I'll probably return the new one and either get a WRT54GL or just bail on the whole exercise and buy a dedicated bridge.
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Who is in charge of version numbering in Linksys - are they deliberately trying to confuse users?

    The good Linksys reputation was earned with WRT54G V1-V4, but they then cut costs and have produced a series of ram challenged dogs, each lasting only a few months - one production run each?

    V5 and 6 are VxWorks
    V7 was an oddball Atheros chipset + VxWorks?
    V7.2 Broadcom/Vxworks
    V8 VxWorks/Broadcom and non changeable antennae
    V8.1 Linux/Broadcom
    V8.2 VxWorks again

    who can guess what have they changed in V8.203?
  3. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    Why in the world did you do that?

    OT: Don't you feel (good) like a beta-tester ? :biggrin:
  4. billybob_jcv

    billybob_jcv Addicted to LI Member

    I was following these instructions:

    # Configure your computers local lan ethernet address to, subnet, gateway . Then connect an Ethernet cable to your computer and port 1 of your WRT54Gv8 router (Do Not Use Wireless).
    # Unplug the power cord from the WRT54Gv8.
    # Push the reset button while plugging in the power cord and hold the button for about 20 seconds.
    # Open your browser and enter into the address bar
    # Use the firmware upgrade dialog to flash vxworkskillerGv8-v3.bin.
    # If you see a dialog to reboot the router, power cycle the router by unplugging the power cord and plugging it in again.
    # Wait for about 1 - 2 minutes.

    My mistake was thinking the "Upgrade is successful. Rebooting..." page was the same as the page being referred to on the highlighted line. So, when I saw that page, I pulled the plug. Clearly, that was not a good thing... :rolleyes:

    My second try with a new v8.2 was successful. I waited a couple of minutes after the vxworkskiller load, and everything worked great. I have the client bridge up and running. Thanks!
  5. ndrew2505

    ndrew2505 Addicted to LI Member

    i flashed vxworkskiller then used linksys tftp util to flash the firmware with. after flashing fw i unplugged then plugged back in and was on dd-wrt.

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