Install of the latest build 48 that was just released and it bricked my router. Well it was going to happen eventually - my first bricked router after years of open source firmware and multiple router makes/models.:(
After some google-fu I was fortunate enough to be able to de-brick my WNR3500v2 without having to add a header pinout. I found a link where someone shorted 2 pins of an system board chip and I was able to reload the latest stock netgear firmware via tftp. After a couple of failed attempts of tomatousb standard I'm giving up.
- Already on dd-wrt - have been for months - seems to be going nowhere and not being addressed and I really like tomato
- Loaded the latest build 48 mini tomatousb (as of 7/26/10). Woohoo - tomatousb on my wnr3500v2 !!! Multiple setting changes and reboots for testing no problem.
- Hard reset and loaded build 48 std tomatousb
- Get message that system update successful, please wait. Then get the tomato "continue" button. PC is stuck searching for IP address. The the only lights on the wnr3500v2 are both amber - system and link light for the port I'm connected to. Uh-oh…
- Waited 20 minutes and no change in status - still amber lights. 30/30/30 reset and wait 10 minutes - no change. Noticed that the reset button has no impact on light status, etc. There should be light activity when holding the reset button for any length of time. Hard code ip for my nic and no change. Determine router is bricked and luckily found the solution for going back to netgear firmware.
- Being a glutton for punishment try it again. Searching here and the wiki I cannot find a direct upgrade from netgear —> tomatousb firmware. Load dd-wrt mini, hard reset and no changes made. Successfully load tomatousb mini build 48 reset nvram and reboot. System says I have 22.xx mb total memory available at the upgrade window - same as before. Load standard build and get 2 solid amber lights again and it's bricked.
- De-brick again back to latest netgear.
Am I missing something? Is there a way to go directly to standardd build without the 2 other steps of dd-wrt and tomatousb mini? Does standard build even work?