Are the TPLink partitions only useful when you want to TFTP back to stock firmware?
Will I still be able to tftp DDWRT releases if I ever brick, if I don't fix this partition?
Those partitions are most likely required also when you attempt to flash from TP-Link web interface a new firmware!
Would expect TP-Link firmware to use the info on those partitions to check against the new firmware image for a match.
If you end-up flashing TP-Link firmware (from DD-WRT) and the content of those partitions is bad you might not be able to update original firmware or to flash back DD-WRT firmware without opening router case and using UART.
where do i look to see if pations are overwriten? any help is good plz
Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:50 Post subject: My Experience With C1900
Just wanted to give some advice from my experience. After flashing dd-wrt I immediately decided to go back. I did not see the feature I was looking for. No worries, I seem to be asking the impossible outside a very expensive router. After being told I would have to open the unit buy things to connect I started to panic. Then I found this thread.My first mistake was using the C9 file instead of the C1900 file, which was in the first example. So everytime i tried to upgrade back up using C1900 latest FW it failed. Then i tried many times to use tftp. The quick easy download program TFTPD32 and TFTPD64 by Philippe Jouni was not actually working on windows 10.That wasted time, so I don't recommend using that. I started using winagent. This actually works. I could see what the router was actually looking for, V2 instead of V1, that's when I realized I had the wrong file. I reverted back to dd-wrt and used the correct file for C1900. I did all the steps to change the MAC back, worth it. Then I was able to upgrade once back to factory software.
My router was not from costco, but it was the black one, all working now. Thanks for all the posts.
Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 18:36 Post subject: Archer C8 V2 brick
This is C8 V2, not C9, but I have the same problem:
( https://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=988029#988029 )
So erased mtd3, and now running CFE for V1 instead of CFE for V2, so all the blue LED-s ON, but the UART is still working.
Anyone can send me a "recovery pack": mtd3, and cfe or a full dump?