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> Bricked Sl5500?, During an OZ flash
LavaDevil
post Dec 18 2004, 05:38 PM
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I put OZ 3.5.2 on my Z SL5500, and followed the installation instructions on openzaurus.org. After I hit the combo C-D-FullReset, I saw the battery light and mail light turn on, then go out after a few minutes. Then, after replacing the battery lid and switching to 'normal operation' on the battery door, it doesn't turn on. I tried it again, same result. I'm using a SanDisk 128MB CF card for this. Anyone have any ideas?
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samac
post Dec 19 2004, 12:41 AM
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Did you push the reset button again after the lights went off?
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post Dec 19 2004, 01:56 AM
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You also have to remove the cf and sd cards after a flash of OZ for the first reboot.

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LavaDevil
post Dec 19 2004, 08:12 AM
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I did hit reset after the lights went out, but I didn't take the SD card out before trying to turn it on. I'll try that and tell how it turns out, thanks.
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LavaDevil
post Dec 19 2004, 08:19 AM
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Nope, nothing still, even after I took the cards out of both slots. I can press the D+P combo, and that lights up the mail and battery, but nothing else. Anything else?
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post Dec 20 2004, 10:17 AM
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that once happened to me, but i just reflashed again and all was fine! very often, i've thought i've pressed full reset but it hasn't pushed properly, that could be the problem.
I reckon you should try flashing again and then pressing the reset button again, but ensure that it engages fully.
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post Dec 20 2004, 01:37 PM
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By 'engages fully', do you mean hold it down for a while or something? I'll try it, it is pretty hard to know whether it works or not :S.
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post Dec 20 2004, 09:23 PM
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Aaak! I just had the same thing happen to me on an SL-5000D - Same procedure, but with a Sandisk 256mb CF. I prepared the zImage and initrd.bin on the card (24+8 zImage), pushed the C+D+reset combo. The 2 lights came on for a few minutes, and then went out. I turned it back to normal operation and... nothing. Since then I've removed all the cards, removed the battery, pushed full reset again, and still nothing.

Brick! sad.gif

I re-did the files on the CF, and tried to reflash, but the C+D+reset doesn't do anything - no lights, no response whatsoever...

I removed the battery, I'm going to let it sit overnight and see what happens in the morning, but I'm a little worried for my poor collie...

Help!
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post Dec 20 2004, 11:53 PM
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Just happened to my 5500, using a 128mb Viking CF. I was flashing OZ 3.5.2, and - the lights came on, stayed on for a few minutes... and then I reset & tried powering on, and Nothing.

SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP US!
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post Dec 21 2004, 05:14 AM
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If you use a zImage & initrd.bin you shouldn't be able to permanently brick your Z.

A couple of you have said that the lights came on and stayed on, this means that the ROM flashed.

Have you tried holding the on/off button down for a bit longer? My collie sometimes needs me to hold it down for a few seconds, or have a few goes before it boots (and when it boots, the backlight doesn't come on straight away - tilt the screen and see if there's any text scrolling by).

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post Dec 21 2004, 07:13 AM
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Well, I just tried many attempts to get it to come on - it's definitely not powering up. I haven't seen a single light since both lights went out after flashing. I think it did successfully flash, it seemed to take an appropriate length of time. But however it turns itself off after flashing, it really turned itself *off*. D+P+Reset does nothing. C+D+Reset does nothing.

I guess I don't understand - if we flashed the zImage and initrd.bin - isn't there a bootloader that's left intact in that process? Why isn't it at least powering up? Is there any lower-level access to the device? I think I can get my hands on serial sync cable, would that help? Are there any key combinations other than C+D and D+P?

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LavaDevil
post Dec 21 2004, 01:58 PM
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I think I found the problem for me: I didn't make sure that the images were downloaded fully, and they were corrupted! My zImage file was 189KB when it's supposed to be 889KB.
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post Dec 21 2004, 02:33 PM
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I checked mine for the right sizes before flashing, but maybe there should be md5 signatures provided so we could check integrity before flashing... At any rate, mine's deader than a doornail - I can't get it to even light up to reflash.

It's completely dead to the world... when it's plugged it doesn't even charge. Maybe 256mb was too big of a card... blew it's mind maybe. I verified that the sharp read the cf card first, that's where I verified the file sizes. Fresh FAT format, readable, etc... I just don't understand how flashing can "break" it so thorougly. I mean, it won't even *try* to come on.

Guess I shoulda just stuck with the old Sharp ROM... sad.gif

What options do I have now? JTAG? Not that I have the equipment, but is there anything else I can try?
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post Dec 21 2004, 03:56 PM
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When I've had problems, reflashing with a known-good Sharp OSPACK file has worked. Also, I had semi-bricked my 5500 when installing a previous Hentges release because I thought the zImage and initrd.bin files I downloaded had the gz extension appended and simply renamed them. D'oh... After a bit of confusion, I finally realized what I was doing and decompressed the real files and did a successful flash.

Good luck!
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post Dec 21 2004, 06:33 PM
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Hey, you guys... I called Sharp this morning, and the guy was very helpful. He didn't even act like I had committed a major evil by trying to use OpenZaurus. Anyway, after I explained to him that I didn't have a CF reader or any way to reflash it, he told me that all he knew of to do would be to send it into them & have them reflash it for me. Of course my next question was $. According to him, No charge.

I bought my 5500 SECOND HAND - there was NO WARRANTY. It seems like Sharp just likes being helpful... or something. Tell me how everything goes....
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