Restoring the Neuros LINK

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Different LINK Hardware Revisions

Use 'lspci' from the command line on your LINK to see the display adapter manufacturer, that is the best way (???) to identify the hardware revision of your LINK.

LINK Hardware v1.0

  • Has ATI Video. Purchased before November '09.
  • You've come to the right page, hop down to the NEXT SECTION and read on.

LINK Hardware v1.1 OR v1.2 "Phantom"

  • Has NVIDIA Video. Purchased November '09 or Later.

LINK Hardware v1.3 OR v1.3s "Phantom"

  • Has Intel Video. This is the most current hardware.

Hardware to Firmware Magic Decoder Ring

Hardware* LINK v1.0 ATi LINK v1.1 nVidia LINK Phantom v1.2 LINK v1.3 LINK v1.3S
Firmware

view all,
1.3
(all numbered versions listed on the 'view all' link are for the v1.0 hardware ONLY)

view all,
latest (v1.5.02n.img.bz2)

view all,
latest (1.5.03i3_2010-10-04-20)

Notes

Above firmwares for devices with ATI video, purchased before November '09.

Above firmwares for devices with NVIDIA video, purchased November '09 or later.

Above firmwares for devices with Intel video. This is the current generation of hardware. The above firmware image is in the Clonezilla format. You'll need it. Clonezilla can also be found on several Live-CDs, like Parted Magic.



Restoring the Neuros LINK

If you run into problems with the Neuros LINK, we offer an easy set of steps to restore the software to its "factory defaults". This page describes the steps required.

Please note: Restoring the Neuros LINK operating system will erase any customizations you have made to the operating system.

Please note: If you use PC speaker audio (e.g. the green jack on the back of the LINK), you may need to manually enable it after upgrading to version 1.2.2 or newer. To do this, close XBMC and the Neuros.TV browser and double click on "Set 5.1 Audio Out" on the desktop.


Windows Restore Path

Requirements

  1. Selfimage, a free open source imaging utility.
  2. A desktop PC with Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows Vista.
  3. Your main hard drive formatted with the NTFS file system (Fat32 does not support the large files needed for the LINK restore process).

Process

  1. Download the file directly, or the Bittorrent .torrent file. If you can use Bittorrent, please help us reduce bandwidth costs by seeding the file also! This file is 1300MB, so please be patient.
  2. Remove all USB and media cards plugged into your PC.
  3. Extract and install Selfimage 1.2.1 or newer.
  4. Insert Neuros LINK flash drive in your PC's USB port
  5. Windows XP: run Selfimage from start menu. Windows Vista: Right click on Selfimage in Start menu and select "Run As Administrator" or drives will not be listed.
  6. In SelfImage, you are asked for the input file. Direct the file selector to .bz2 file you downloaded above.
  7. Select "Drive" in the Output options area at the bottom of the Selfimage window.
  8. In the drop-down list you will see a drive that is 3.7-4.1GB in size. Select that drive, as it should be your 4GB USB flash drive.
  • NOTE#1: Make sure it's your USB drive (~3.8GB) it reformats the drive you tell it to, so make sure it's the right drive!!!

Selfimage1.JPG

  • NOTE#2: Make sure you select the "(entire disk)" option, not the "partition1" option for your drive

Selfimage2.JPG

  1. When you are sure you have selected the correct drive, press Start.

Linux Restore Path (Neuros Official Cloning Method)

Requirements

  1. Linux Desktop or LiveCD with Partimage 0.6.4, Grub, Bash, and sfdisk (provided by util-linux on debian/ubuntu). Use x86 only, x86-64 partimage will fail. If your are a debian or gentoo user, the best way to install partimage is to type "apt-get install partimage"

NOTE:

You can actually do this method with the LINK itself, to do it you'll need

  1. the USB key you are going to flash to-obviously
  2. something to boot the LINK from (usb key that came with device or something else you've since formatted to)
  3. LINK connected to internet,you'll need this for partimage (applications>accessories>terminal type "sudo apt-get install partimage)
  4. somewhere to store the image files below (about 2GB IIRC) it won't fit on the USB key that came with the LINK.

Process

  1. Download the file directly, or the Bittorrent .torrent file. If you can use Bittorrent, please help us reduce bandwidth costs by seeding the file also! This file is 1.46GB, so please be patient
  2. Remove all USB and media cards plugged into your Linux PC. Do not yet plug in your Neuros LINK USB flash drive
  3. Login as root, or run sudo su
  4. tar -jxvf neuroslink-1.3.tar.bz2
  5. cd neuroslink-1.3
  6. ls -l /dev/sd*
  7. Plug in your Neuros LINK USB flash drive - Do NOT mount the partitions! If you are using an automounter for USB please unmount any partitions before continuing.
  8. ls -l /dev/sd*
  9. Compare to the list in step 7 to the list in step 9 to find your drive. For this we will assume it is sdm. So you should see sdm1 and sdm2. (Replace sdm with your drive sda, sdb, sdc, sdd, etc). Be careful! This will erase the drive you select!
  10. sudo ./restore.sh sdm
  11. Wait 5-10 minutes and the process should be complete.

Note for Ubuntu users: the above will fail at step 11 because the script will repartition the drive and then try to re-read the partitions. However Ubuntu will instantly auto-mount the drive after the partitions are rewritten, and this will prevent the rest of the script from working. Very annoying. The solution was to run gconf-editor ("gconf-editor" from terminal) and then go to apps > nautilus > preferences and uncheck the "media_automount" option. Then re-run step 11 and it should work now. You may want to re-enable the option afterwards.

Direct Flashing of Image in Linux

Requirements

  1. bzip2
  2. dd
  3. root login

Process

  1. Download the file directly, or the Bittorrent .torrent file. If you can use Bittorrent, please help us reduce bandwidth costs by seeding the file also! This file is 1.46GB, so please be patient
  2. Remove all USB and media cards plugged into your Linux PC. Do not yet plug in your Neuros LINK USB flash drive
  3. Login as root (or sudo su)
  4. bzip2 -d neuroslink-1.3.img.bz2
  5. ls -l /dev/sd*
  6. Insert your Neuros LINK USB flash drive
  7. ls -l /dev/sd*
  8. Compare to the list in step 6 to the list in step 8 to find your drive. For this we will assume it is sdm. So you should see sdm1 and sdm2. (Replace sdm with your drive sda, sdb, sdc, sdd, etc). Be careful! This will erase the drive you select!
  9. dd if=neuroslink-1.3.img of=/dev/sdm bs=1M
  10. type sync

Mac Restore Procedure

  • Download the file directly, or the Bittorrent .torrent file. If you can use Bittorrent, please help us reduce bandwidth costs by seeding the file also! This file is 1.46GB, so please be patient.
    Link-restore-mac.jpg
  • Do not yet plug in your Neuros LINK USB flash drive.
  • Place the downloaded file on the desktop, and extract it by double-clicking it (go make a cup of tea, this will take a while).
  • Open 'Disk Utility' contained Applications->Utilities.
  • Insert your Neuros LINK USB flash drive, and observe it appearing in the left-hand pane (see fig). Take note of the device node for the flash drive that appears in the left-hand pane: "disk1s1" & "disk1s2" mean that the USB flash drive is at /dev/disk1 <- remember this.
  • Open 'Terminal' contained Applications->Utilities, and type the following (hitting 'enter' after each line):
 cd Desktop
 dd if=neuroslink-1.3.img of=/dev/disk1 bs=1048576
  • Wait until the dd command completes, it will take over 15 minutes at least. When done, type
 sync
  • You may now remove the flash device (no need to eject it) & use it on your Link.

Troubleshooting:

  • If you do not see the 3.7-4.1GB drive in Selfimage on Windows, please:
    1. Unplug your Neuros LINK USB flash drive.
    2. Restart your computer.
    3. Plug your Neuros LINK USB flash drive back in.
    4. Follow the instructions above again.
  • Problem: Selfimage fails with this error:
   Write thread encoutered ESelfImageFileError exception: "error while writing to \device\Harddisk2\Partition0: 
   The parameter is not correct

Solution: Make sure there is at least 4GB of free disk space on your computer before proceeding to flash the Link's USB flash drive.

Changes

The latest version's changes are described here.

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