DIR-880L strange issues installing any build after crash

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szyd
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 13:59    Post subject: DIR-880L strange issues installing any build after crash Reply with quote
I was running 44213 when the router locked up. All I did was turn the power off and on like usual except this time it came back in a boot loop.

There is no problem loading any version of stock D-Link firmware (I've tried 102, 105, 106, 108). However, when I try to load any version of factory-to-ddwrt.bin it goes back into a boot loop. This happens whether going through the recovery mode or logging into the firmware and upgrading.

How can I get dd-wrt back on this router?
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blkt
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:06    Post subject: Reply with quote
When is the last time you performed a hardware reset?

https://global.dlink.com.sg/faq/faq_pdfs/DIR-880L/DIR-880L-How_to_reset_to_factory_default_settings.pdf

Go back to stock, verify successful flash and full boot, then hold reset button for 10 seconds.

If you load factory-to-ddwrt, verify successful flash and full boot, then hold that magic button again.

Reconfigure from scratch and do not restore from backup.
szyd
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:24    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the quick reply. I reset it when this happened.

It's back on stock 1.08ww and working. If I press the reset will it not bring me back to recovery mode?

Also, which version factory-to-ddwrt should I flash and from where, the stock upgrade page or recovery page at 192.168.0.1?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:26    Post subject: Reply with quote
A hardware or factory reset is done after it has been powered on for a little while, fully booted.

Don't hold reset during or immediately after power on. I linked r44251 in the previous post.

I don't know if this is still necessary for your router, but see the second post in the thread below.

https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=312507 But, I thought this bootloop issue was fixed.

If not, use dir880-factory-to-ddwrt-r30342.bin then try ddwrt-webflash-dir868-880-r43028a-patched.bin ...


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szyd
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the link to firmware...I had downloaded that version. Smile

I'll try the reset. Where do I flash this, from the stock upgrade page or recovery page?

Also, what is the patched version? The dir-868 didn't flash last time I tried,
blkt
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:49    Post subject: Reply with quote
Stock upgrade page for factory-to-ddwrt, DD-WRT upgrade page for webflash, and quarkysg made some custom builds.
szyd
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:52    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for you help. I'll try the reset and post back.

Any idea why it went sideways from powering off?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:53    Post subject: Reply with quote
Aliens.
szyd
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:54    Post subject: Reply with quote
Also, which build version stock is preferred? Any I should avoid, such as newer versions if they will affect going to dd-wrt due to signature check or otherwise?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 14:59    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ancient astronaut theorists suggest the answer can be found by downloading them all for safe keeping, also profoundly say yes.
szyd
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 15:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
Those aliens again...

I gather 1.08ww should be fine to work from?
szyd
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:56    Post subject: Reply with quote
Over the last while, I have tried so many versions from 26653 to 44251 which you linked, including quarkysg 30432 and none work to go from factory to dd-wrt. The router keeps getting stuck in a boot loop. This has been tried from stock versions 102, 105, 107, 108.

Am I missing something basic here or is there a bigger issue?

I've had dd-wrt on this router as far back as 2015 or so - this just doesn't make sense.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 18:15    Post subject: Reply with quote
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=312507 (same thread I linked above). From quarkysg:

"DO NOT use the firmware images from the DD-WRT website past r30432 or it’ll send your DIR880L into a boot loop.

Do the following to upgrade your DIR880L to DD-WRT:

1. Download the appropriate factory-to-ddwrt firmware image for DIR880L from the link below (from the folder named factory-to-ddwrt)

https://app.box.com/s/b4v1s342ef2dpd52j02lqtuzi1oiipco

2. Upgrade your DIR880L using firmware downloaded in Step 1. You can do it in the D-Link firmware upgrade page.

3. If Step 2 is successful, you should be able to log in to DD-WRT at http://192.168.1.1

4. Download my latest build r33772 from the link above." Note: this build is no longer latest from quarkysg.

"5. Upgrade your DIR880L again using DD-WRT firmware upgrade page.

6. After Step 5 completes, reset to factory default and start configuring your upgraded router."

I don't have your router, but guessing maybe you need to downgrade to an earlier stock firmware. Maybe not.

https://supportannouncement.us.dlink.com/announcement/publication.aspx?name=SAP10189

http://legacyfiles.us.dlink.com/DIR-880L/REVA/FIRMWARE/

I notice quarkysg says to (only) reset to factory defaults (from web GUI, not a hard reset) after the final upgrade.

So, maybe this is the step that is required. If this is the case, only do a hard reset when on stock firmware.

Don't reset during an upgrade (always keep dropdown selected "Don't reset") instead use Factory Defaults tab.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 18:55    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have done all of the above and still boot loop. It does not matter which version of D-Link stock I go from up to version 1.08. I am hesitant to try newer as they may lock out certain downgrade ability.

I'm not sure if quarkysg is suggesting to not use after 30432 permanently or just for the upgrade. I was using 44213 and many others in the 4xxxx build series just fine for a while (reboots, resets, change config, restore config etc).
blkt
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 19:19    Post subject: Reply with quote
Edit: Okay I need to read more carefully, r30432 is about factory-to-ddwrt and also a warning about newer builds.

Also, edited a previous post in bold to reflect the correct factory file, dir880-factory-to-ddwrt-r30342.bin (sorry).

I really do not know which modern vanilla BS builds are okay for DIR-880L, but would trust quarkysg's patched builds.

Maybe useless, but that EOL dlink firmware page goes back to 1.00B48.

If I were you, would be looking for a deal on a used R7500v2 (EA8500 if you know how to ttl serial flash) or R7800.
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