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Getting a brand new GSv4 to have v23 firmware

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by Sad_little_man, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Sad_little_man

    Sad_little_man Network Guru Member

    Ok, I read the guides on flashing routers with the v23 firmware, but I'm still not clear on some things. I have a brand new GSv4 that I want to put the v23 standard firmware on, but I'm not sure which files and methods I should use.

    I need to first upgrade to the mini firmware, right? I'll use the normal linksys firmware updater for this, but should I use the generic or specific version of the firmware? Next I need to reset to defaults, right? Then, does the WRT firmware have the same type of GUI updater to use to update to standard? Should I use the generic or the GSv4 specific firmware when I make that second update? Basically I just want to know which files to use for each step and if there's anything else I need to do.
  2. mikez

    mikez Network Guru Member

    i was in the same boat as you, i also have a wrtgs v4 that i loaded with dd-wrt.

    First make sure you set your stock linksys firmware back to factory defaults.
    Next get the dd-wrt.v23.MINI.zip
    Unzip and load the dd-wrt.v23.mini_wrt54gsv4.bin file as your firmware. You can do this through the upgrade firmware page under the web interface.
    After the update of the dd-wrt.v23.mini_wrt54gsv4.bin THEN you can load the standard version through the web interface again.

    I am still running the mini version right now because thats all the features that i need but make sure that you load the mini version i said up above first otherwise your upgrade will fail. (trust me, i did it!)
    Hope this helps....
  3. Sad_little_man

    Sad_little_man Network Guru Member

    Ok, so even uder the linksys web based updater I should use the router specific file?
  4. THILE

    THILE Network Guru Member

    no no...

    This is wrong. If you read the hwsupport.txt in the zip file.

    Linksys WRT54G/GS (any version) flashing notes:
    for upgrading from original linksys firmware, please use the generic mini version
    and flash it from web interface.
    after this first flashing you can upgrade to any other distribution too. for webinterface
    flashing just use always the included generic binaries. the rest is only made for tftp upgrades
  5. Sad_little_man

    Sad_little_man Network Guru Member

    But what about in the guide to flashing that states:

    "he WRT54GSv4 does not support flashing the std or voip version of DD-WRT from the original Linksys firmware, because they limited the maximum firmware size to 3 MByte (as noted below). Thus, only the mini version of DD-WRT can be flashed. Remember that you have to use the special firmware file for the WRT54GSv4, else the upgrade will abort."
  6. 69mws

    69mws Network Guru Member

  7. 4EverGreen

    4EverGreen Network Guru Member

    In this thread I wrote :

    I also have a WRT54GS v4 and didn't load the generic ... 8)

    It's true that the documentation recomends to load the mini_generic version if flashing from the web GUI, but it's also true that I flashed 2 WRT54GS v4 with dd-wrt.v23_mini_wrt54gsv4.bin and dd-wrt.v23_wrt54gsv4.bin both from the web GUI quickly and without any issues.

    They're running smoothly and problems free. :D

    Perhaps the wiki needs some minor updates ...

    Nevertheless, I think the key thing is to reset the WRT to factory defaults before and after every flash. :thumb:
  8. THILE

    THILE Network Guru Member

    I also get confused by the last bit there. It like it says two different things in the documentation.

    I flashed my WRT54GS v4 with the generic mini version, and that worked perfect.

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