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WRT54G bricked need help!

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by shadow88, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. shadow88

    shadow88 Network Guru Member

    Hi I have a WRT54G v1.1 and am having some major problems.

    Last night I tried to upgrade my firmware from Satori firmware*don't remember what version* to the lastest HyperWRT firmware. WIth my luck, "upgrade failed". I've been reading for hours on end now.

    I've tried doing hard reset after hard reset. Must have done about 5 but still no luck. As soon as i turn it on, I can ping my router. I tried using the linksys tftp application to upgrade the firmware and it gets stuck on 93% (tried that about 5times), like some people i read.

    I have windows xp home just to make sure you know.

    So, i tried using the tftp in the command. I typed everything in correctly, "Transfer Successful". But, the router never rebooted? I tried accessing it but still no luck. Did another few hard resets and some more reading and still can't find a solution.

    Also, I would prefer not having to open it up unless last resort.

    If anyone helps me get this going, I can write a big Troubleshooting guide to help anyone that has any problems as I am pretty knowledgable about the subject. Oviously not enought to fix the problem but "ya can't know everything"!

    Thanks in advance.

    Chris
     
  2. Morpheus

    Morpheus Network Guru Member

  3. shadow88

    shadow88 Network Guru Member

    i've read that. Many times now. Still looking for anything possible I can do.
     
  4. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

    If it goes to 93% I would guess that you are trying to put too large an image into the router.

    Try going to the Linksys site and getting the latest version of software for your router. This should be small enough to fit.

    It should then work.

    Wilton
     
  5. shadow88

    shadow88 Network Guru Member

    I finally fixed it. No need to open up the router.

    I followed a guide found off the HyperWRT website. Followed it all. After trying for a long while I thought to myself, maybe I should try putting on the firmware that was on it before. Which was Satori firmware.

    Using tftp through the command console, I uploaded the new firmware and immediately my router rebooted and was ready to go.

    I was so happy. I went to go re-upload the newest HyperWRT and again got a failed flash. Was back to when I started. It turns out that there must have been something wrong with the downloaded firmware. I redownloaded it off this site and then all was good once I re-uploaded the Satori and then reuploaded the HyperWRT.

    Thanks to this site and beautfiul, resourceful forum, my router is running perfectly fine.

    If anyone needs a hand with anythingto do with the WRT54G, E-mail me: shadow88@gmail.com
     
  6. gmb1994

    gmb1994 Guest

    Additional solutions for Linksys WRT54G failed firmwar updat

    This solution helped me recover from a failed Linksys firmware auto upgrade on my WRT54G wireless router, but may work just as well on other models.

    Notes:
    Taken from the Linksys website ... Before upgrading the router’s firmware, make sure that the computer that will be performing the upgrade is connected directly to the router with an Ethernet cable. The computer cannot be connected wirelessly. WARNING: Do NOT attempt to upgrade the router’s firmware over a wireless connection – you will risk completely destroying the router.
    The Linksys firmware Auto Upgrade Utility is available here ... http://www.linksys.com/download/firmware.asp
    Read this before you upgrade your firmware ... http://en.tldp.org/HOWTO/Linksys-Blue-Box-Router-HOWTO/upgradingfirmware.html
    Read this before you upgrade your firmware ... http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=5798
    The WRT54G Revival Guide is available here ... http://homepage.ntlworld.com/linksysinfo/revival/

    You should "Configure" your connectoid as described in the "Revival Guide" before setting up a static IP address.

    I followed The WRT54G Revival Guide to the letter, but still couldn't connect to the router. In fact, when I pinged the router ("ping 192.168.1.1" from the command prompt), I received an error message that the address was "unreachable". I couldn't even use all the options in the "Revival Guide" until I got my computer and the router communicating, at some level. It turns out that setting the static IP was the step that allowed me to reconnect to my router. The problem was that I couldn't remember exactly how to set my IP, nor did I know what to set it to, so here it is for others to follow, in baby steps:

    > Click on the Windows "Start" button
    > Double-click on "Control Panel"
    > Double-click on "Network Connections"
    > Locate the appropriate connectoid under the heading "LAN or High-Speed Internet" ... if you have several connectoids listed, simply double-click each one and look for the connectoid that shows lots of data listed under the "Send" and "Received" packets section
    > Right-click on the appropriate connectoid and choose "Properties"
    > Scroll down and select (highlight) the option "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" under the "This connection uses the following items:" heading
    > Click on the "Properties" button
    > On the "General" tab, select "Use the following IP address:" and enter the following information:
    > IP address: 192.168.1.21
    > Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0 (this value will automatically appear after entering the IP address
    > Default gateway: 192.168.1.1
    > Leave everything else the way it is
    > Click "OK" at the bottom of this window ... you will be returned to the "General" tab
    > Click "OK" at the bottom of this window ... you will be exited back to the desktop
    > Now that you have a static IP address, the router should be able to find you

    Now check to ensure the router can see your computer:
    > Click on the Windows "Start" button
    > Click on "Run..."
    > Type in "cmd"
    > The console window should pop-up
    > Type in "ipconfig" and <enter> and, in a few seconds, you should see your IP address listed under the "Ethernet adapter..." heading and it should read what we typed in earlier ... "IP Address.....: 192.168.1.21" ... if it does not say this number, then you will need to go back through the procedure listed above (and the first part of the revival guide) again, following each step carefully
    > Next, type in "ping 192.168.1.1" and <enter> and, in a few seconds, you should see a reply from the router saying something like "Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64" or something similar ... you should not see "Request timed out" or "IP Address unreachable" .... if it does not say this, then you will need to go back through the procedure listed above (and the first part of the revival guide) again, following each step carefully

    Once you receive the "reply" message, you should double-click on the Linksys firmware Auto Upgrade Utility you downloaded earlier ... just follow the on-screen instructions of the auto upgrade utility to complete the upgrade again.

    Note: At this point, my second attempt to upgrade also failed at the 93% mark ... someone else posted that they had trouble at the 93% mark. After the failed upgrade message, I waited until the upgrade utility returned to the menu screen and I clicked the upgrade button again ... and, this time, the upgrade worked!

    I opened up Internet Explorer and was able to load the router administration page, "http://192.168.1.1", successfully. I immediately reset the firmware options to factory default and pressed the reset button on the router for 20 seconds.

    Now, don't forget to restore your connectoid back to its original state:
    > Click on the Windows "Start" button
    > Double-click on "Control Panel"
    > Double-click on "Network Connections"
    > Locate the appropriate connectoid under the heading "LAN or High-Speed Internet"
    > Right-click on the appropriate connectoid and choose "Properties"
    > Scroll down and select (highlight) the option "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" under the "This connection uses the following items:" heading
    > Click on the "Properties" button
    > On the "General" tab, select "Obtain an IP address automatically"
    > Leave everything else the way it is
    > Click "OK" at the bottom of this window ... you will be returned to the "General" tab
    > Click "OK" at the bottom of this window ... you will be exited back to the desktop

    At this point, I rebooted my computer and was able to surf the Internet once more.

    You may always contact the Linksys tech support people ... they are very helpful ... http://www.linksys.com/contact/contact.asp

    You may also email or pm me with questions
     
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Recovering firmware

    Hello, I just now have successfully recovered my WRT54G 3.1 firmware.

    There was a problem finding "Auto Upgrade Utility" as apperently Linksys download page was modified. So I contacted Linksys support and got answer:
    "Go to this link and download the setup wizard that you need to upgrade your router's firmware."
    http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Sate...966438&pagename=Linksys/Common/VisitorWrapper

    This setup wizard worked fine with firmware for my WRT54G.

    Laurynas
     

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