[debian-non-standard] USB-Stick not active after flashing

Thomas Ohms sm_debian at lokarabia.ath.cx
Wed Jun 25 19:26:45 CEST 2008

Am Mittwoch, den 25.06.2008, 19:15 +0200 schrieb Tomasz Chmielewski:
> Thomas Ohms schrieb:
> > Am Mittwoch, den 25.06.2008, 14:09 +0200 schrieb Tomasz Chmielewski:
> >> Thomas Ohms schrieb:
> >>> Am Montag, den 23.06.2008, 21:53 +0200 schrieb Tomasz Chmielewski:
> >>>> Thomas Ohms schrieb:
> >>>>> Hi there,
> >>>>> I was following your instructions on
> >>>>> http://wpkg.org/Running_Debian_on_ASUS_WL-500G_deluxe for the same
> >>>>> model. After flashing I put everything on ext3 formatted USB stick but
> >>>>> when I connect the router the LED of my USB stick stays dark. Seems the
> >>>>> USB port isn't active. First I thought that I have done something wrong
> >>>>> with flashing and so I used the Windows recovery tool from ASUS to flash
> >>>>> again (which is quite comfortable), but same result. Also I've added a
> >>>>> boot flag to USB stick and nothing happened again.
> >>>>> Any idea why my USB port on the router isn't active?
> >>>> Is the USB stick detected if you use OpenWRT?
> >>>>
> >>>> Do you have a serial cable?
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>> I'm afraid no - USB port isn't active either and I'm afraid I don't have
> >>> a serial cable (guess it would make things easier).
> >> Please reply to the list (i.e., use "Reply All" in your mail client).
> >>
> >> So if USB doesn't work with OpenWRT, and it doesn't work with original 
> >> ASUS firmware, then it means your hardware is simply broken.
> > 
> > No, with original firmware it works fine! As I said - I could imagine
> > that it has to do with the upload process via tftp and that my way of
> > uploading via ASUS' restoration tool just isn't working as I was
> > thinking of.
> I doubt any of your problems have anything to do with flashing. If it 
> was unsuccessful, your device wouldn't boot. There is no such thing like 
> "upon unsuccessful flashing, USB doesn't work".
> All right - USB works fine with the original firmware.
> If USB doesn't work with the kernel on my site, you won't be able to 
> boot Debian, obviously.
> So you have to debug your issue with OpenWRT - I assume OpenWRT boots at 
> least, but you're not able to use USB?
> If it boots, than dmesg output would be interesting; if you manage to 
> get the binaries of lsusb and lspci, it's output would be helpful, as well.

As I said: I would answer "yes" here if at least I could get the
firmware on my router as mentioned in the HOWTO.
So could we start here?! Means my first problem is: when I try to upload
the firmware I always receive a timeout by tftp. How did you configure
your local network? What steps have you taken to get the firmware on the

Thanks very, very much for your patience and help!

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