7270Re: [nslu2-general] Re: Spin-up maxtor onetouch
- Mar 28, 2008David Shepherd wrote:
> N.b. as is the habit of things on internet the whole EraseAllIt is a fact that the *only* reported cases of end-user brickage of
> situation has become totally exagerated and when googling to find out
> how to use it I found endless websites which solemnly declare that if
> you use eraseall then your NSLU2 will be permanently bricked! Given
> that its a tool produced by Linksys this would seem unlikely but
> common sense is not a major asset in parts of the web!
NSLU2 units have occurred when the EraseAll tool has been used. There
have been no confirmed reported cases of permanent (i.e. requiring
hardware JTAG to fix) brickage when people use UpSlug2 or the SerComm
updater to reflash as recommended by the nslu2-linux project.
There are at least two cases where EraseAll is guaranteed to brick your
1) You get a power failure during flashing. Note that power failure
includes the cat knocking the power adapter out of the wall.
2) You try and flash a Debian image (which for DFSG-compliance reasons
does not contain a replacement copy of RedBoot).
> Clearly eraseall is more dangerous than other toosl to reflash the NSLU2 sinceA goal of the nslu2-linux project is to not increase the warranty/RMA
> it apparent rewrites all the redboot code so if something does go
> wrong you may have bricked the NSLU2 so for standard unslinging etc
> its safer to use something less drastic ... however, in my situation
> (to quote a UK TV advert) "it did what it says on the can".
return rate of NSLU2 devices to Linksys. At the moment, the only cases
we know where using nslu2-linux firmware has caused a return is when
someone has used the EraseAll tool and encountered one of the two known
For this reason, we strongly advise, at every opportunity possible, that
people do *not* use EraseAll.
Now, anyone is free to disregard that advice if they know what they are
doing. At that point, any failure becomes the sole resposibility of the
person making that choice - the project has done all it can to prevent
problems. We don't prevent people using EraseAll, and if it does the
job for someone who fully understands the risks, then that's great.
-- Rod Whitby
-- NSLU2-Linux Project Lead
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