WRT1200AC V1 will not accept flash file

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perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 0:23    Post subject: WRT1200AC V1 will not accept flash file Reply with quote
I downloaded the factory-to-ddwrt.bin.
I re-set the router to default, pressed reset button for 15 seconds.
Did Router Firmware Update, selected the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file.
After a minute or so I got a successful update popup notice.
The router re-booted and came back up as the factory Linksys firmware.
I did the on-off for 2 seconds, 3 times to change partitions.
It sill comes up as Linksys firmware.
I did this 6 times.
I never got a DDWRT screen.
I have half dozen old WRT54GL with DDWRT and they all flashed flawlessly.
Can anyone get me pointed in the right direction here? I am sure I am missing something.
Thank you!
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blkt
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 0:52    Post subject: Reply with quote
Avoid Chrome or Chromium browsers. Disable any add-ons, extensions or plugins & clear all history.

Pale Moon, Waterfox (Classic 56 or 3rd Gen 78), Firefox ESR 78 or Release 84 (Release version is YMMV)

Linksys WRT1200AC factory stock firmware upgrade page has a file size limitation a little over 32MB.

Install DD-WRT with r34411 factory-to-ddwrt.bin

https://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2018/01-07-2018-r34411/linksys-wrt1200ac/

Then upgrade DD-WRT to r44048 with ddwrt-linksys-wrt1200ac-webflash.bin

https://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/betas/2020/08-02-2020-r44048/linksys-wrt1200ac/

During a firmware upgrade leave the Web GUI dropdown option selected "Don't reset" so ignore it.

Hard reset is hold the physical pinhole reset button 7 to 10 seconds while powered on and after full boot.

CLI reset is Telnet as root then "nvram erase && reboot" either way but after successfully running r44048.
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:34    Post subject: Thank you! Reply with quote
Thank you very much! I will give it a go tomorrow.
blkt
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
Confirmed hard reset is 10 seconds. Forgot to mention a couple things which may or may not be obvious.

It is recommended to flash over Ethernet connected to a LAN port, not over WiFi (disable client adapter).

There might be a need to disable any OS software firewall or security software which may be interfering.
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:45    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you!
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 15:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
r34411 upgrade successful but r44048 upgrade failed. I will just leave r34411 as is. I am completely ignorant of TFTP so I am very apprehensive of using it.



It is so fast compared to DDWRT on my old WRT54GL!

Thank you so very much! I really appreciate you taking the time to get me up and running!
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 15:11    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well, crap! I see what I did! I completely overlooked your instruction "Then upgrade DD-WRT to r44048 with ddwrt-linksys-wrt1200ac-webflash.bin".

I tried it from the upgrade button in r34411 and it failed. Sorry, I am a dummy!

I'll try that after morning coffee.
Monza
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 15:41    Post subject: Reply with quote
The only advice I would add to Blkt's is to allow the update session to complete with no interaction once started.

At one point in the update process a screen will pop up with some info and a "Continue" button. Don't press the button. Just let the update continue, ignoring the pop up, until the GUI pops up.

It may take a minute for the GUI to pop up but it will on a successful update. Allowing the update to start/finish with zero interaction has worked well for my 1200 v1''s.
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 20:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
I tried the ddwrt-linksys-wrt1200ac-webflash.bin and it failed as well. I let it go for almost half hour and came back to see an update failed message. Tried it again and same thing. I guess I will just leave it at r34411.

Thanks to everyone! I really appreciate the help. I guess the old WRT54GL routers got me spoiled with their simplicity and ease of update. I still have one connected to a yagi external pointed toward my shop but it is almost 13 years old! I want to replace it with this WRT1200AC when I am comfortable with it's operation. Several years ago, I allowed my neighbor to piggyback off my internet with another old WRT54 and that thing sat in my attic running for 4 years and I never touched it. I hope this 1200 is half that dependable!

Cheers everyone!
blkt
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 20:04    Post subject: Reply with quote
Which web browser are you using? Did you attempt CLI flash? Giving up far too quickly.
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 20:18    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the super fast response!

I tried Edge and Firefox. I read not to use Chrome and my understanding is that Edge uses the Chromium engine as does Brave so I went back and with Firefox.

I don't know what CLI flash is. Could you enlighten me?

I hate to give up on anything so I will try!
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 20:41    Post subject: Reply with quote
Constipation of the brain!

Ah! OK. CLI Command Line Interface.

I connected via Putty but I don't know the login or password or the proper commands. Do you have a link you could share with me with that info?
blkt
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 20:55    Post subject: Reply with quote
Don't know if your Firefox browser is ESR 78 or not but there's a list of suggested browsers in first reply.

CLI flash: connect with PuTTY via Telnet to 192.168.1.1 with username root and your password.

Type this command to determine the current active boot partition.

Code:
ubootenv get boot_part

The output will return CRC then a value of 1 or 2. Remember this value.

Code:
cd /tmp

wget ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2020/08-02-2020-r44048/linksys-wrt1200ac/ddwrt-linksys-wrt1200ac-webflash.bin

write ddwrt-linksys-wrt1200ac-webflash.bin linux

Then set the boot partition opposite of the value returned earlier from the get command.

The example below is if the get command returned a value of 1. If get returned 2, set 1.

Code:
ubootenv set boot_part 2

reboot
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 21:25    Post subject: Reply with quote
Excellent! 👍

Thanks so much for your patience!

I am not running Firefox ESR. I am using Firefox Browser 84.0.2

I'll give it a go.
perzaklie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 22:33    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well something went wrong.

I followed the instructions to the letter and all seemed to go ok.

I typed reboot and the router rebooted but now the yellow internet light is flashing. I cannot get a response through my browser nor can I connect through putty. I did a reset and still nothing. I turned it off and on three times and nothing.

Ideas?
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