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WRTG54GL - Got one but no FW seems to work

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by itsmeohmy, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. itsmeohmy

    itsmeohmy Network Guru Member

    Ok im in a catch 22. Just got the thing in and need client mode so attempted to dd-wrt.v23 it which said it completed. From that point on the router would not do anything except power blink at you. So I un-brick it and attempt to tftp load it again with the same results. (BTW can I tftp FW above 3,125,000 bits?). So I was going to attempt to move back to the 4.30 that came with it and retry using the GUI but guess what, no one has a compiled version that I can find. I attempted to use the older version that was on WRT54G v4 but that fails with "Cann't downgrade to this old firmware version". Anyone got any ideas?
  2. sded

    sded Network Guru Member

    You should load the dd-wrt mini version on a GL, just like the version 4 G, and do it from the GUI.
  3. itsmeohmy

    itsmeohmy Network Guru Member

    Well thats the pblm. I cant get back to a GUI. I can TFTP it which I will try.

    I attempted the v23 generic mini which gives "Error on server : code pattern incorrect"

    Any other ideas?
  4. itsmeohmy

    itsmeohmy Network Guru Member

    OK got a GUI back now under v4.20.7

    Now which version can I run on this unit. I dont know whether to try the dd-wrt.v23_generic, WRT54G, wrt54gs or the 54gsv4. Has anyone loaded any of these on a GL?
  5. sded

    sded Network Guru Member

    From tftp, use wrt.v23_mini_wrt54g.bin. From the GUI, run wrt.v23_mini_generic.bin. Do not try to load anything else but the mini version first. And press the reset button for 30 seconds before you load it.
  6. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

    Some people have put HyperWRT Tofu 11 on their WRT54GL's without any problem. It is based on the official Linksys 4.30.1 (GL) code base + + HyperWRT 2.1b1 + Tofu 11, so you should feel confident loading this firmware on your GL router.

    Sded instructions seem to be right on. One thing is you need to be patient when using tftp (it seems like it's finished but it isn't) --- after flashing do nothing until the router reboots itself.

  7. itsmeohmy

    itsmeohmy Network Guru Member

    Got it!

    Long Version:

    Story goes like this. Got the GL in and right off the bat used the GUI to
    attempt a firmware update to DD-WRT v23. For what ever reason it errored
    the first time so I went back and tried again. This time the router said it
    upgraded but never rebooted. I waited like 10 minutes then pulled the plug.
    Upon coming back up I only got the flashing power and nothing else. No
    pings, http or anything. So off with the case and a quick short of pins
    15/16 during a pwr on gave my ping back. I tried using the standard windows
    XP TFTP client to load an old version of the linksys FW because the 4.30 has
    not been release in compiled format but that failed every time with a can't
    do because FW to old message. So thinking something else is up I decided to
    download linksys's tftp client program
    ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pub/network/tftp.exe and try again. This time I used
    linksys's old firmware 4.20.7. This appeared to fail to begin with but when
    I reset the device low and behold I have the old firmware. From their I
    tried to install the dd-wrt v24 mini or the generic both of which failed
    with a lame "upgrade can failed!" or some such crap. So I used the linksys
    tftp tool to load the mini which to my suprise worked. From their I used
    the GUI to update to the dd-wrt v24 generic which worked. BTW I tried using
    the dd-wrt v24g which failed everytime ending up in a non responding
    blinking power light.

    Short Version:

    Download the linksys tftp tool ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pub/network/tftp.exe
    Download both the dd-wrt v24 mini and the v24 generic
    TFTP the mini first then load the generic using the GUI.

    All in all not a fun process and had me wondering if I had a door stop many
    times but in the end it worked!

    Thanks everyone who helped on this one.

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