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    Repair a dead unit (which does not boot after playing with NVRAM)

    Try to follow instructions in this post:
    http://wl500g.info/showpost.php?p=10155&postcount=11
    You can find the mentioned files at Oleg's website:
    http://wl500g.dyndns.org/wl500g-clear-nvram.trx
    http://wl500g.dyndns.org/wl500g-recover.trx

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    The link is down.

    The links are out of services. If is possible to repair...i've a dead unit.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tase
    The links are out of services. If is possible to repair...i've a dead unit.

    thanks
    the links are working fine?

    which link are you refering to ?

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    Angry

    Quote Originally Posted by Antiloop
    the links are working fine?

    which link are you refering to ?

    Logic... my windows is bad . Links are ok. Sorry

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    My asus 500G deluxe is really F'ed up. When I plug in the power LAN LED 1,2,3 and 4 and the WAN light up, but no cables are connected.

    Holding reset botton does not work eigther...

    HELP TIA.

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    pin 10 trick would help you for sure.

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    Oleg, thx for quick response.

    NIC @ 10 half duplex IP:192.168.1.2

    Connected PIN 10 to ground, LAN 1 light now blinking. But router still does not respond to ping. Am I missing someting?

    TIA

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    Power cycle it - it should enter firmware restoration mode.

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    It seems to be stuck in a power loop of some sort. Power led is on, AIR is on, LAN 1 is blinking.

    Time-out bij opdracht.
    Antwoord van 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 tijd=1011 ms TTL=64
    ...4 more...
    Hardwarefout.
    Hardwarefout.
    Hardwarefout.
    Time-out bij opdracht.
    .....
    Time-out bij opdracht.
    Antwoord van 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 tijd=996 ms TTL=64
    ...3 more...
    Antwoord van 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 tijd<1 ms TTL=64

    @EDIT

    Shorted pin 9 and 10, powerlight is now blinking, and LAN 1 is blinking.. But still no pings..
    Last edited by sandoval; 19-06-2006 at 14:37.

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    TTL=64 is linux. It's rebooting in the loop. Just press RESET button to enter recovery mode, as described on the forum.

    Do not short pin 10 anymore.

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    IT's alive.. Where is the donate botton? I love you guys...

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    Hello,

    I have a WL-500G not deluxe! I have the folowing issue:

    Router powers on, ehternet LED flashes, Powerled flashes, the router does respond to ping on 192.168.1.1. Asus firmware recovery fails every time, TFTP sessions always timeout.

    Ping response is alway 100%: Antwoord van 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 tijd=10 ms TTL=128

    I tried PIN 10, but is does nothing else then boot powerled flashes, ethernet flases and fail recoveries.

    Does someone have any idear on how to get this sucker back to life?

    M van der Kruijk

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    Seem to have fixed it, I removed the wireless card, unit booted straitaway. Does someone know where to get a replacement card??

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    If you can't ping you unit or you can't access the unit via telnet or the unit is simply confused then you can unbrick the devices by following the instruction below:

    WL500g Deluxe:
    * open the case (screws are under the rubbers) (guarantee lost)
    * turn on the router
    * on the flash memory (29LV320ABTC-90) short circuit PIN 12 often (several seconds) to ground
    * on the flash memory (29LV320ABTC-90) short circuit PIN 10 often (very short) to ground
    * turn off your unit
    * wait 10 seconds
    * turn the WL500gP on by holding the reset button
    * now, you can flash again via the ASUS-Recovery-Tool

    WL500g Premium:
    * open the case (screws are under the rubbers) (guarantee lost)
    * remove the cover inside with a little screwdriver
    * short PIN 9 or the marked solder point to ground (e.g. to the outside of the power connector) with a cable and a needle.
    * turn the WL500gP on for approx 15 seconds.
    * turn the WL500gP off
    * remove the short circuit bridge
    * turn the WL500gP on by holding the reset button
    * now, you can flash again via the ASUS-Recovery-Tool

    To use the full 32MB ram on the WL500gP use the following commands via telnet:
    Code:
    nvram set sdram_init=0x0009
    nvram set sdram_ncdl=0
    nvram commit
    reboot
    I made a photo for the PIN 10 trick. Here is it:
    Name:  Hardware-Recover WL500gx.JPG
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    Good luck! http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2507
    Last edited by Omega; 11-06-2013 at 02:19. Reason: fixed

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    well, my unit worked perfectly, i wanted to setup an ddwrt in wl500g
    with sp2 release

    folowing instructions (first clearnvram,then restore and then ddwrt fw) i put clearnvram fw,and after that (i done it with restoration utility) unit won`t back from restoration mode.

    whenever i power it, pwr light blinks (0,5 sec continously)

    ofcourse immidiatly after power on, unit goes to 192.168.1.1 (pingable)

    i tryed every method described on this forum or on the net (pin 10 trick),but after succesful flashing (on a restoration utility) unit won`t reboot,and when i plug it in, immidiatly goes in restoration mode

    what to do?
    My network gear: 6 (six)ASUS WL-500G....3(three) LINKSYS WRT-54G...2 (two) LINKSYS WET-11....2 (two) PHEENET WAP011...PHEENET 108G...4(four) PCI Prism 2.5....3(three)PCI RTL8180....2(two)PCI ACX100(Ti chipset)....PCMCIA PRISM 2.5 200mW....PCMCIA PRISM 2.5 100 mW...few 8 port switches 10/100...new stuff D-Link DWL2000AP+,PHEENET WAP011RT,

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