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    Oh Dear, Buggered Up My Netgear....

    This is a discussion on Oh Dear, Buggered Up My Netgear.... within the Asking for help forums, part of the Broadband Technical Help category; Originally Posted by FibreOptic If im not mistaken! The software on the router is stored on a RAM like system ...

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      Re: Oh Dear, Buggered Up My Netgear....

      Quote Originally Posted by FibreOptic View Post
      If im not mistaken! The software on the router is stored on a RAM like system and like on a PC it is cleared on reboot!
      I'm afraid you are mistaken. The firmware is stored on an EEPROM.

      If it used RAM it would not survive being powered down. If the EEPROM has been cleared, no amount of resets will bring the firmware back.

      As I know you like Wikipedia, here's a link for you.


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      Re: Oh Dear, Buggered Up My Netgear....

      found this for the DG834GUK, probably posted somwhere on this site, and prob wont work, but hey

      1. First, with the power-on, depress the 'reset' button for 20 seconds.
      If this fails:-
      2. With the power on, depress the 'reset' button for 10 seconds
      Remove the power, with the 'reset' button still depressed.
      After 15 seconds, re-connect the power.
      Continue to depress the 'reset' button for a further 10 seconds
      with the power re-connected.
      If this fails:-
      3. Call NetGear again, to arrange a replacement router :-(

      as said if your router was a pc you would ordering a new bios chip, but this would not be an option for a router

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      Re: Oh Dear, Buggered Up My Netgear....

      Quote Originally Posted by 3xH View Post
      Do you realise what a firmware is?
      Yes thanks, I do........

      Quote Originally Posted by FibreOptic View Post
      Lesson learned! DONT fiddle with the FIRMWARE unless you have to!
      OK, OK, chill out!! If you had read my earlier posts you would know why I did it in the first place. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have a (more reliable) backup of my WAG354G to connect to the internet.

      Thanks Stripe for the info, I'll give it a go, we'll see what happens.

      My point is that I can't see why I can't just re-flash the firmware if its been corrupted. That's what the Netgear Recovery Tool is all about... recovering the firmware when it doesn't install correctly.

      Cheers,

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      Re: Oh Dear, Buggered Up My Netgear....

      I've used the recovery utility myself without problems, on a machine running XP with SP2.

      Going back to the start of this thread I think you have uncovered a compatibility problem when using the Recovery Tool with Vista running in XP mode?

      My money is that the problem here could be resolved using a "bog" standard machine running XP Home with SP2.

      My 2p worth!

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      Re: Oh Dear, Buggered Up My Netgear....

      Quote Originally Posted by dgilbert2 View Post
      My money is that the problem here could be resolved using a "bog" standard machine running XP Home with SP2.
      Too right! Running the recovery utility in an XP VM in Vista has got as much chance of working as I have of winning the lottery without buying a ticket. The whole IP stack has been rewritten in Vista and anything that tries to do something out of the ordinary (like sending out raw Ethernet frames) is doomed not to work. Sorry but the OP needs to install a real XP system.
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