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LS210D stock firmware
« on: December 29, 2020, 06:03:08 am »
Hi All,

First post here!

So a friend gave me an LS210D that was bricked and told me I could keep it if I could fix. He tried to install Debian onto it without success (something to do with it not accepting password) so the HDD was removed (a 3TB model) and he wiped it and intended to use it elsewhere but then didn't need it as he got a QNAS.

So basically what I have now is an LS210D with a blank HDD. I'm assuming I would need to get stock firmware onto it first before attempting to go debian or anything else but I've not got much of a clue how to go about it?
Are there any guides for this device to basically load it back to factory. I wouldn't be worried about data loss since it is a blank HDD anyway.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: LS210D stock firmware
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2020, 10:09:24 am »
There's a pinned post for restoring the stock firmware here:
http://forums.buffalotech.com/index.php?topic=30419.0

If you don't want to open the device (that model is a pain) you can try doing it via TFTP:
https://buffalonas.miraheze.org/wiki/Restoring_Stock_Firmware_via_TFTP

You can use similar methods to give the debian install another try:
https://github.com/1000001101000/Debian_on_Buffalo

Usually when people have trouble installing Debian it is because they skip setting up their /boot partition in the partitioning menu of the installer.

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Re: LS210D stock firmware
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2020, 12:37:38 pm »
There's a pinned post for restoring the stock firmware here:
http://forums.buffalotech.com/index.php?topic=30419.0

If you don't want to open the device (that model is a pain) you can try doing it via TFTP:
https://buffalonas.miraheze.org/wiki/Restoring_Stock_Firmware_via_TFTP

You can use similar methods to give the debian install another try:
https://github.com/1000001101000/Debian_on_Buffalo

Usually when people have trouble installing Debian it is because they skip setting up their /boot partition in the partitioning menu of the installer.

Hi,

Apologies I missed the pinned post! I also have been reading http://forums.buffalotech.com/index.php?topic=26096.0 

Currently I could not get TFTP to work (I guess due to lack of knowledge more than anything!) so I opened the unit up. Since it had been opened before no more clips broken!
I created a partition of 975.6MB and copied all *.buffalo files to it from the extracted IMG files (renamed to zip and extracted then added to same folder). I made sure it was the first partition and formatted as ext3 also.

When I boot the device I cannot get the LSupdater to find the device? I enabled debug mode and have tried connecting ethernet cable straight from Win laptop to device and also small unmanaged switch between device and laptop. I also made sure my IP was 192.168.11.1 on laptop.

I know I'm doing something wrong but cannot figure it out!

Thanks

EDIT: so I discovered my mistake. I hadn't copied the boot files over as it had "updated" on the end so didn't copy. Once I figured this out LSupdater was able to detect the device on my network and allowed me to write firmware.
« Last Edit: December 29, 2020, 01:20:43 pm by AlienatedCargo »

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Re: LS210D stock firmware
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2020, 02:23:59 pm »
So I'm onto my next hurdle!
The firmware seems to have wrote and now onto 'linkstation booting, please wait..' but the bar got to the end and I got an error stating no response from linkstation after 1200 seconds, try again? plus a red (2 long 5 short) flashing power icon on the device?
I tried a reboot but its back to 2 red plus 5 short flashes?
It did say unable to read some img files before writing firmware but I did just copy everything to make sure I didn't miss anything so assumed it was this.
Thanks
« Last Edit: December 29, 2020, 02:27:29 pm by AlienatedCargo »

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Re: LS210D stock firmware
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2020, 04:31:37 pm »
7 red blinks usually means it can't even find the boot partition. That seems odd since you're already past that point (it sounds like you previously booted all the way to EM mode from the drive).

You might want to connect it to a PC and run diagnostics on it before continuing, you won't get very far if that drive is failing.

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Re: LS210D stock firmware
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2020, 12:47:41 am »
Hi,

Apologies for the late reply.

I think you maybe right. I'll get it into the pc when time allows and use the WD software to check it over. If that works I'll use WD to fully nuke the drive and start again.

Thanks for all your help!

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Re: LS210D stock firmware
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2021, 02:30:03 pm »
Hi,

So I tried diagnostics and the HDD is fine. I fully wiped it and started from scratch. When I run the Buffalo series updater I get 2 errors:

"Could not open UImage.IMG"
"Could not open initrd.img"

It then goes on to install the firmware then reboots and back to 7 flashes? am I possibly downloading the wrong firmware for the LS210D? I used the below:
https://s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/buffalo-downloads/LS200_series_FW_1.75_mac.dmg.zip

Thanks

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Re: LS210D stock firmware
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2021, 10:32:16 am »
I'm not familiar with the Mac version of updater. I'd suggest looking for the files it mentions and see if they are named wrong or have some sort of permissions issue.

I know the windows updater works fine on Linux under WINE, you could try it under WINE on OSX and see if that helps.