16th January 2010, 21:33 #1
Howto:Flashing a new firmware with Browser
Flashing a new firmware with Browser
What you need to flash
You need the image file you want to flash. Image files have the extension *.nfi. You can't flash other
images like *.img files. Don't try it - it won't work.
You need either a DHCP server, a configured bootloader or a serial cable and a terminal program
You need a browser, and a network cable. If you connect the Dreambox directly to the PC,
you need a cross cable, if you connect trough a switch/hub/router you need a normal
To flash a new image, you can use the second stage loader. It must be present and not broken.
The following steps assume you have a DHCP server. If you don't have one,you have to set up an IP address (klick) in the bootloader's serial setup.
- Power down the Dreambox, either using "shutdown" (to enter the deep-standby mode) or by
using the power-switch. Standby is not enough!
(1.) Press and hold the lower frontpanel button.
(2.) Switch on the dreambox, either by using the powerswitch or, in deep-standby mode,
press the power button. Still, hold the lower button.
(3.) A text "*** STOP ***" should appear. If something like "/flash".. appears, you didn't
hold the right button. Now you can release the button.
The bootloader entered the "waiting" mode.
(4.) Above the "*** STOP ***" text, there should appear an IP-address
(four decimal values with a dot in between). If there appears the string "dhcp" instead,
the box still searches for a DHCP server. Wait a bit. If it doesn't change, something doesn't work with the DHCP server. Check wether network cable is plugged in etc.
If it just doesn't
work, Set an IP using the serial terminal
- Now, open a browser on your PC.
(1.) enter in the address line "http://ip/" (where ip must be replaced with the value in the LCD).
(2.) on the bottom of the page, there's a link called "firmware upgrade". Click it.
- On the next page, you can select the flash image you want to flash. be sure that it has the ".nfi" extension.
You can't flash other images (like .img)!
- Click on "FLASH!" and wait. It might take some time to upload and flash the image.
- Switch the box off again, and on again. The new image should be flashed and working.
24th January 2010, 19:01 #2
- Rep Power
Just to add to the instruction above to help avoiding the problem I had when trying to install the image to flash.
Wanted to install via Web Interface - put DM8000 into deep stand-by, switched it off on the back panel, then pressed (and kept pressed) the channel down button on front, switched the box on again from the back panel and waited for the IP to show up on LCD, but it didn˙t appear. Repeated the same several times but no luck, no IP. Eventually I found out the following:
To get the needed IP I have to switch the box off (on the back) from the switched on mode (working), not from deep stand by. However, if you put the box to deep stand-by, you may (according to the instruction above) get the IP switching the box on with the power button (which I haven´t checked) and not using the switch on the back panel.
- Rep Power
Re: Howto:Flashing a new firmware with Browser
If you only gets DHCP and no IP address, remove any USB memory and it works :-)