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Un-Bricking Linux Plug Computers

Feb 10, 2011, 17:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Akkana Peck)

"Little Linux wall wart computers have a thousand and one uses. But what if you accidentally brick your little plug server? No worries, for Akkana Peck shows us how to un-brick them.The last article on plug computers covered the basics of choosing a plug and talking to it over a USB-serial connection. But what if something goes wrong? Today's article will cover uBoot and how to "unbrick" your plug.


"When you first power on your plug computer with the serial line connected, you'll probably see something like this:

U-Boot 2010.03-01161-gd91b0a9 (Apr 22 2010 - 03:24:41)

SoC: Kirkwood 88F6281_A0
DRAM: 512 MB
NAND: 512 MiB
In: serial
Out: serial
Err: serial
Net: egiga0, egiga1
88E1121 Initialized on egiga0
88E1121 Initialized on egiga1
Hit any key to stop autoboot: 3

"The counter counts down from three to zero, so you have to be quick about hitting a key."

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