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{{Brick|Some HD-HG300's cannot be flashed with [[OpenLink]] or [[FreeLink]]}}
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{{Brick|Some HD-HG300's are thought to have problems in flashing to [[OpenLink]] or [[FreeLink]]}}
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==Background==
 
{{Brickable HD-HG300}}
 
{{Brickable HD-HG300}}
===Background===
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==Controversy==
Because of a perceived increase in bricked HD-HG300 at a certain point in time, some peole came up with the theory that there is a serise of HD-HG300 LinkStations out there which are somehow inherently broken and can't be flashed. This is a theory, there is no prove of this, others than that the people who "discovered" it want it to be true.
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There is a significant amount of controversy with regards to whether a Non-Flashable LinkStation even exists. Please post your thoughts on the talk page [[Talk:Non Flashable HD-HG300]] or in the forum.
 
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An alternative explanation is that the particular LS became popular at about the same time and sold well, and that many people who didn't know what they where doing, and who couldn't follow instructions ("Disable '''all''' firewalls ...") tried to flash their shiny new LS. Instead of admitting they weren't up to the taks they came up with the "some series must be broken!" excuse, and use isolated observations (defect flash prom in a single LS), to explain the theory.
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You decide. The "some series must be broken!" theory details follow.
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==Firmwares==
 
===Current State===
 
===Current State===
* For some reason you cannot flash these HD-HG300 LinkStations with custom firmwares [[OpenLink]] and [[FreeLink]]. However the original <tt>'''firmimg.bin'''</tt> can be flashed possibly because it is smaller.
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* You ''may'' have problems flashing these HD-HG300 LinkStations with custom firmwares [[OpenLink]] and [[FreeLink]].
 
* You always are able to install [[FreeLink]]/[[OpenLink]] to a [[:Category:LS1|LS1]]/[[:Category:LS2|LS2]]/[[:Category:HG|HG]] if you pull out the [[w:Hard disk drive|HDD]] and manually flash the LinkStation's firmware by connecting it to a workstation running [[w:Linux|Linux]] and [[w:tarball|untarring]] the <tt>'''tmpimage.tgz'''</tt> which is stored inside the <tt>'''image.dat'''</tt> of all firmwares.
 
* You always are able to install [[FreeLink]]/[[OpenLink]] to a [[:Category:LS1|LS1]]/[[:Category:LS2|LS2]]/[[:Category:HG|HG]] if you pull out the [[w:Hard disk drive|HDD]] and manually flash the LinkStation's firmware by connecting it to a workstation running [[w:Linux|Linux]] and [[w:tarball|untarring]] the <tt>'''tmpimage.tgz'''</tt> which is stored inside the <tt>'''image.dat'''</tt> of all firmwares.
  
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==References==
 
==References==
*[http://forum.linkstationwiki.net/index.php?action=vthread&forum=6&topic=342 The Linkstation Community Forum / Linkstation HG (ppc) / DO NOT FLASH OpenLink ON HDHG-300 YOU WILL BRICK!]
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*[http://forum.nas-central.org/index.php?action=vthread&forum=6&topic=342 The Linkstation Community Forum / Linkstation HG (ppc) / DO NOT FLASH OpenLink ON HDHG-300 YOU WILL BRICK!]
*[http://forum.linkstationwiki.net/index.php?action=vthread&forum=6&topic=1612 The Linkstation Community Forum / Linkstation HG (ppc) / Best approach for flashing a "brickable" HG300?]
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*[http://forum.nas-central.org/index.php?action=vthread&forum=6&topic=1612 The Linkstation Community Forum / Linkstation HG (ppc) / Best approach for flashing a "brickable" HG300?]

Latest revision as of 02:52, 11 September 2007

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WARNING!

There is a possibility that you could brick your NAS with these instructions. Please make sure that you read the entire page carefully. Some HD-HG300's are thought to have problems in flashing to OpenLink or FreeLink



Background

Because of a perceived increase in bricked HD-HG300's at a certain point in time, some people came up with the theory that there is a series of HD-HG300 LinkStations out there which are somehow inherently broken and can't be flashed. This is a theory, there is no proof of this. The thought is that some series of the 300 gigabyte HG Linkstations will always be bricked if you attempt to flash them with OpenLink or FreeLink, because these are thought to be defective. Kuroguy has revived one of these bricked boxes via JTAG, so if you brick your box, all is not lost. The serial numbers below are not number ranges, they are single serial numbers where the last three digits have been anonymised.
The theory says you have have one of these LinkStations if your Serial Number is below:
  1. 15803350910xxxx
  2. 45803351010xxxx
  3. 45803351011xxxx
  4. 458011650810xxx
  5. 458011650910xxx
  6. 458011650911xxx
  7. 45801650910xxx

Controversy

There is a significant amount of controversy with regards to whether a Non-Flashable LinkStation even exists. Please post your thoughts on the talk page Talk:Non Flashable HD-HG300 or in the forum.

Firmwares

Current State

  • You may have problems flashing these HD-HG300 LinkStations with custom firmwares OpenLink and FreeLink.
  • You always are able to install FreeLink/OpenLink to a LS1/LS2/HG if you pull out the HDD and manually flash the LinkStation's firmware by connecting it to a workstation running Linux and untarring the tmpimage.tgz which is stored inside the image.dat of all firmwares.

Future Plan

  • UBoot is able to load a kernel from /boot on /dev/hda1, so you won`t desperately need a telnet + ftp-enabled firmimg.bin to upgrade the kernel in flash.

References