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WRT54G v5 - update to 1.00.6 fails...

Discussion in 'Linksys Official Firmware' started by d_kopf, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. d_kopf

    d_kopf Network Guru Member

    I'm trying to update the firmware in my WRT54G v5 from the previous official version 1.00.4 to the recently released official version 1.00.6, but it just fails. When I load the new file and click the update button the progress bar starts moving. About halfway done a message window appears (using Firefox) saying "The document contains no data" and when I click OK on that window the progress bar starts over. After a while I get an error message saying that the update failed. WTF?!? Has anyone else some experience or solutions to this?

    I bought my Linksys in the belief that a product backed up by Cisco would be a good bet, but now I'm not so sure anymore...
     
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    What version of Firefox? There was a known issue with firmware updates and the 1.0.x releases of Firefox - try IE. You may also want to try using TFTP instead.

    If that doesn't work, try resetting the router to factory settings.
     
  3. d_kopf

    d_kopf Network Guru Member

    I tried IE as well, with similar results.
    I'll try to reset it to factory defaults then, but if that doesn't work I could try this TFTP, if I only knew what it was... :) I presume that it's some kind of method for transferring the firmware file to the router via FTP?
     
  4. Wintermute_ryc

    Wintermute_ryc Network Guru Member

  5. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Yes, TFTP is a variant on FTP, called "Trivial File Transfer Protocol". Basically, it's a stripped down FTP server that can only get or put files.

    Windows XP (and probably most other Windows) has a client for it. Just type TFTP at the command line for the syntax. Linksys also has a TFTP client, and you can get fancier ones if you want.

    Basically, it allows you to upload a new firmware without invoking the Web interface, which is a good (and stable) way to get firmware updates on board.

    From my understanding, the V5 WRT54G models also have an "administrative mode" that is invoked by applying power while the reset key is held down. In this mode, the router ONLY loads the TFTP server, which ensures that almost nothing is in memory that could possibly interfere with an upgrade.



    Other possibilities:

    1. Make sure the router is not connected to the Internet, and that you only have the one wired client necessary to do the upgrade, during the upgrade process. In other words, don't ask the router to route any traffic or manage a LAN when it's in the middle of an upgrade, and I'd recommend against using a wireless connection to do a firmware update - it increases the risk of something going wrong.

    2. Go into the router configuration and turn off wireless, firewall, and QoS. You want as much free memory as possible, and as little going on as possible.


    It's probably not a bad idea to contact Linksys if these steps don't help. It is possible that you have a defective unit with a bad FLASH chip or something, that is unable to accept the new firmware.
     
  6. NoPayne

    NoPayne Guest

    You might also try downloading the update file again. There is always the remote chance that the file is corrupt. If you have any Firefox extensins installed, take a look at them and make sure they are not causing the problem. Update any that have an update available. For example, I have the 'NoScript' extension installed that doesn't allow java to run in Firefox unless I approve, and I have to approve on a site by site basis. Other extensions can cause unexpected issues. It's something to be aware of.

    But, if it doesn't work in IE either, then we know it;s not the browser. So, why did I just waste 5 minutes typing this? :(

    NP
     
  7. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    NP -

    Because the possibility of a corrupted file is VERY real, and in general a browser extension or setting CAN potentially corrupt a download. And someone with the ability to use the search engine might answer their own question using your post in the future. :)

    Good advice is never irrelevant. :rockon: :rockon:
     
  8. guest

    guest Network Guru Member

    I had the EXACT same problem on a WRT54G v3.0. It was some agressive settings in my SOFTWARE FIREWALL (AVG Antivirus + Firewall). I turned off my software firewall (after unpluding the cable to the modem, just to be safe) and the firmware upgrade worked just fine.

    Good luck man!


    PS. This Guest account is funny as heck. ;)
    Username: Guest
    Password: Guest
     
  9. d_kopf

    d_kopf Network Guru Member

    Success!

    I finally managed to flash my WRT54G, thanks to you guys!
    I tried the management mode at first but it didn't succeed, at least not with Firefox, so I tried IE and then it worked.
    Thank you again for all your help!
     
  10. marcosm

    marcosm Network Guru Member

    and a GL? my WRT54GL doen't work
    it star whid the power light blinking and don't stop. i don't find them whid the pc. why can i restart the memory or erase them? is somethin to do on the chip but i don't know whow is possible to make these memory clean..




    my portuguese vs my english :(
     
  11. marcosm

    marcosm Network Guru Member

    and a GL? my WRT54GL doen't work
    it star whid the power light blinking and don't stop. i don't find them whid the pc. why can i restart the memory or erase them? is somethin to do on the chip but i don't know whow is possible to make these memory clean..




    my portuguese vs my english :(
     

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