[Librecmc-users] help needed router upgrade failed, have hard brick

Robert Call bob at bobcall.me
Wed Apr 11 19:48:55 EDT 2018


On Wed, 2018-04-11 at 19:02 -0400, zap wrote:
> I am clarifying that my router is hard bricked (different one than
> the
> one I am connecting with)
> 
> 
> On 04/11/18 18:59, zap wrote:
> > 
> > On 04/06/18 17:46, zap wrote:
> > > I bricked my tp link wr1043n v1.9
> > > 
> > > Long story short, my device has the continuous flash bricked
> > > status.
> > > 
> > > I was wondering a few things:
> > > 
> > > if a usb male to usb male cable could be used to unbrick the
> > > device, and
> > > install a graphical image,
> > > 
> > > if a serial cable could be used although I would need a thorough
> > > guide
> > > to unbricking it and what I would need
> > > 
> > > Or, if there is another easier method I haven't listed... (not
> > > including
> > > buying a new router of course!)
> > > 
> > > All of these I would need someone to give me the guide to doing
> > > so though.
> > > 
> > 
> > Oh and by the way, my router doesn't even show up with ip neigh.
> > 
> > So I believe it is a hard brick.
> 
> 

Define:

> continuous flash bricked status.

A few of us have already responded to this :

On Mon, 2018-04-09 at 08:40 -0800, Christopher Howard wrote:
> Maybe others have some updates... But I think the situation is there
> is lots of documentation for unbricking WR1043N(D) on the Internet,
> under OpenWRT, but nobody would want to document it for libreCMC
> unless they tried it out with actually hardware. You would actually
> be the best candidate to document that, if you had success.
> 
> Also, I think there are differences between the different hardware
> revisions of WR1043ND. So folks likely are hesitant to give you
> advice that might not apply.
> 
> https://www.startpage.com/do/dsearch?query=openwrt+unbrick+wr1043nd&c
> at=web&pl=opensearch&language=english
> 
> For my part, I've only got newer hardware to work with, specifically,
> the TPE-R1100, the GL-AR150, and the GL-AR300M (NAND) units.
> ...

The directions are going to be the same and many of us don't have this
version of the router. To quote the OpenWRT TL-WR1043ND page [1] :

> Flashing / Recovery using tftp only (without serial console)
> 
> If your device doesn't even boot (e.g. due to a bad flash), and your
> device is recent enough (circa 2011, v1.8+), you can use the device
> built-in auto tftp recovery process.
> 
>     Connect the device (one of the LAN ports) to a host computer via
> an ethernet cable
>     Change the host computer IP address (manual or static) to
> 192.168.0.66
>     Install a tftp server. ...
>     Download a desired firmware (openwrt *factory.bin or the original
> firmware wr1043nv1_*_boot*.bin) and rename the *.bin file to
> wr1043v1_tp_recovery.bin in the tftpboot directory (if you use Tftpd
> check log viewer for read request from your router, to make sure your
> rename is correct). The v4 file needs to be named
> wr1043ndv4_tp_recovery.bin.
> ...
>       Use a pin or paper clip to press down the reset button (in the
> hole besides the power adapter hole) and connect the power, while
> holding down the reset button for a few seconds
>     The LEDs should flash indicating firmware upload in progress.
>     The device will automatically boot to use the new firmware after
> flashing.
> 
> 


[1] https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wr1043nd

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