Wrong Code pattern when using tftp ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hi - I seem to have managed to half brick my wrtgs 1.1 (Speedboost) :cry:

    ATM Its running fine - but any attempt to upgrade the firmware via the web interface is greeted by 'Upgrades are Failed' messages - this is the same with a config file BTW

    I have d/l ed the linksys tftp client and it makes its 3 tries but whatever firmware I try I get a big red dot and the message wrong code pattern.

    My dilema is that the next step would seem to be to open the case and start shorting pins BUT the box is working :eek: so I have more to loose than a full brick

    How did I get here - well I wanted to try a Svesoft firmware as I want static IPs assigned by MAC addresses - I suspect that during the process I have flashed my GS box with a G firmware whilst trying to get control of the box back from the Svesoft MAC locked firmware

    HELP :sadbye:
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    The first thing you may want to try is DD-WRT Mini Generic.

    The "code pattern" (if I understand it correctly) is caused by a little security feature built into the native firmwares to keep you from upgrading a "G" to a "GS" with a simple firmware load. If you have, in fact, loaded a "G" code pattern, then none of the native "GS" firmwares will like you any more - they'll think you have a "G" and refuse to load themselves into the unit.

    However, DD-WRT Mini Generic does not have those code pattern checks, so you should be able to flash your router to DD-WRT Mini Generic, then from there to any other firmware you desire. Of course, DD-WRT also supports Static DHCP, so you could just leave it there and learn about DD-WRT, and maybe even load up DD-WRT Standard, or another flavor.

    Or you could upgrade from there to HyperWRT Thibor, or (if you really want to) back to Linksys standard.

    Read up on DD-WRT, and its install procedures, before proceeding. See the DD-WRT forum section here.
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest


    Thats a great help :clap:

    - I have looked at DD - but can you just confirm that I'm looking for 'Mini - generic' and not 'Mini wrtgs'

  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    If you are looking to use DD-WRT as a springboard to go to Thibor or another firmware, then Generic is reportedly the way to go. It is an excellent "loader" firmware to get past the Linksys limitations between the G and GL, and also is a very small firmware and leaves plenty of room to allow upgrades to happen smoothly.

    If you want to use DD-WRT as your end firmware, then you may be able to jump straight into a distribution that is specific to your hardware (which, in your case, would be mini-wrt54gs).

    I'm no expert in this area, though. I have a WRT54G V4 that I upgraded directly using Tofu, and I haven't played with DD-WRT or gotten into converting my WRT54G V4 to a WRT54GS V4 using Thibor (I don't have any SpeedBooster clients, and I prefer the raw Internet speed of Tofu).
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    :cheering: :cheering:

    Thanks - that worked very well - Mini generic via the web interface then Mini wrt54GS - I'm now converted to DD (once I find the static IP settings) and will paypal the $20 that Svesoft had off me :thumb:
  6. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

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