Some Seagate 2TB ST32000542AS drives won’t accept CC35 firmware

The reason that the updater rejects certain drives is that it compares the drive’s existing firmware modules against an update matrix in a configuration file.

Here is the decoded version of this file:
http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/HDD/HE-CC35.TXT

Notice that there are three entries for CC34 firmware, but each has different components. Apparently your CC34 components don’t match those called out in the update matrix.

Nevertheless, you can still forcibly update your drives to CC35 firmware.

If you are updating from a bootable CD, then allow the update to fail on the first pass. Wait for the following message:

“The system will power off after pressing any key…”

Abort the batch by typing Ctrl-C or Ctrl-Break. Then type the following line at the FreeDOS prompt:

FDL486A -m Hepburn -f HECC358H.LOD -i ST32000542AS -s -x -b -v -a 20

Power cycle the drive(s) when the update is complete. You may like to play it safe and disconnect those drives that are not associated with the update.

DishNet VIP-722k DVR Hidden Menus and Advanced Functions

To access Memory Dump Screen:

(MENU-6-3) (INFO-BROWSE-THEME)

 

Format HDD:
You should be at the Memory Dump screen.
Press Play, Play, Recall
You will lose all recordings!

HDD Short Diagnostics (DST-1):
You should be at the Memory Dump screen.
Press Pause, 1

HDD Long Diagnostics (DST-2):
You should be at the Memory Dump screen.
Press Pause, 2
If errors are found it may format the hard drive!

HDD Long Diagnostics (DST-2) including Transfer Rate test:
You should be at the Memory Dump screen.
Press Pause, 3
If errors are found it may format the hard drive!

HDD FET Diagnostics:
You should be at the Memory Dump screen.
Press Pause, 6

Diagnostics + Reset LBA Failure Condition:
You should be at the Memory Dump screen.
Press Pause, 8
You may lose all recordings!

Source

This does something… Brings up a menu which looks like it sends diagnostics reports to DishNet. Not sure it does whats is stated below.

Menu63InfoRightLeftTV/Video to clear the NVRAM and the the Menu63InfoRightLeftPlayPlayRecall to clear the HDD

 

Links:

http://www.dbstalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=107

http://www.satelliteguys.us/dish-network-technical-discussions/223265-vip-722-internal-hard-drive-replacement.html

http://www.satelliteguys.us/dish-network-technical-discussions/

 

 

 

 

Bootable Antivirus Solutions

Sometimes tough infections can render a computer unbootable. Or, a virus may be so well designed, it can disable antivirus scanners from working. The solution for this is to scan the hard drive without booting into Windows. The links below are for great AV scanners that offer free bootable images:

Kaspersky Rescue CD  <– My favorite for AV scanning. Very nice, powerful GUI.

BitDefender Rescue CD

F-Secure Rescue CD

Avira Antivir Rescue Disk

Trinity Rescue Kit CD

AVG Rescue CD – Bootable AVG Antivirus CD / USB

The Ultimate Boot CD

How to reset Windows Update components? Fix update problems

Use the Microsoft online tool here

Or, do it manually following these instructions (taken from MS link above):

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756  How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

To reset the Windows Update components, follow these steps:

  1. Open a Windows Command Prompt. To open a command prompt, click Start and then click Run. Copy and paste (or type) the following command in the Open box and then press ENTER: cmd
  2. Stop the BITS service and the Windows Update service. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press ENTER after you type each command.
    • net stop bits
    • net stop wuauserv
  3. Delete the qmgr*.dat files. To do this, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
    Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat”
  4. If this is your first attempt at resolving your Windows Update issues by using the steps in this article, go to step 5 without carrying out the steps in step 4. The steps in step 4 should only be performed at this point in the troubleshooting if you cannot resolve your Windows Update issues after following all steps but step 4. The steps in step 4 are also performed by the “Aggressive” mode of the Fix it Solution above:
    1. Rename the following folders to *.BAK:
      • %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore
      • %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\Download
      • %systemroot%\system32\catroot2

      To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press ENTER after you type each command.

      • Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore *.bak
      • Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\Download *.bak
      • Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 *.bak
    2. Reset the BITS service and the Windows Update service to the default security descriptor. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press ENTER after you type each command.
      • sc.exe sdset bits D:(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)
      • sc.exe sdset wuauserv D:(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)
  5. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
    cd /d %windir%\system32
  6. Reregister the BITS files and the Windows Update files. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press ENTER after you type each command.
    • regsvr32.exe atl.dll
    • regsvr32.exe urlmon.dll
    • regsvr32.exe mshtml.dll
    • regsvr32.exe shdocvw.dll
    • regsvr32.exe browseui.dll
    • regsvr32.exe jscript.dll
    • regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll
    • regsvr32.exe scrrun.dll
    • regsvr32.exe msxml.dll
    • regsvr32.exe msxml3.dll
    • regsvr32.exe msxml6.dll
    • regsvr32.exe actxprxy.dll
    • regsvr32.exe softpub.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wintrust.dll
    • regsvr32.exe dssenh.dll
    • regsvr32.exe rsaenh.dll
    • regsvr32.exe gpkcsp.dll
    • regsvr32.exe sccbase.dll
    • regsvr32.exe slbcsp.dll
    • regsvr32.exe cryptdlg.dll
    • regsvr32.exe oleaut32.dll
    • regsvr32.exe ole32.dll
    • regsvr32.exe shell32.dll
    • regsvr32.exe initpki.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wuapi.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wuaueng.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wuaueng1.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wucltui.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wups.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wups2.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wuweb.dll
    • regsvr32.exe qmgr.dll
    • regsvr32.exe qmgrprxy.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wucltux.dll
    • regsvr32.exe muweb.dll
    • regsvr32.exe wuwebv.dll
  7. Reset Winsock. To do this, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
    netsh reset winsock
  8. If you are running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, you have to set the proxy settings. To do this, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
    proxycfg.exe -d
  9. Restart the BITS service and the Windows Update service. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press ENTER after you type each command.
    • net start bits
    • net start wuauserv
  10. If you are running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, clear the BITS queue. To do this, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
    bitsadmin.exe /reset /allusers
  11. Install the latest Windows Update Agent. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    949104  How to obtain the latest version of the Windows Update Agent to help manage updates on a computer
  12. Restart the computer.

Spantech LLC’s tech guru, Eric Denny. Sharing knowledge.

Welcome to Spantech LLC’s blog and future web store. Created and maintained by computer/electronics technician & engineer, Eric Denny.

Our new web store is almost finished and will soon be live right here at http://www.SpantechOnlne.com. Meanwhile, I have made this private blog public so others may benefit from some of the articles I have posted. Originally, these were posted only for my personal reference. So the writing may be somewhat crude and incomplete.

About me:

I’m a technology guru living in northwest Louisiana. My father is a lifelong medical technology computer programmer. He brought home a new Apple IIe with 64kb of RAM when I was about 8 years old and I have been hooked to technology ever since! I’ve dabbled in pretty much everything technology related. I make my living 100% with computers and technology. It’s a very modest living, but gives me freedom to spend more time with my children and provides enough income, usually, to provide for their future.

About Spantech LLC:

It’s our small, family company. Me, Mom and Dad are the only employees. Mostly we do computer repairs and sales. We sell a lot on eBay (user: span-tech & ComputerSoftware), Amazon, and from our website (currently under reconstruction). I have learned techniques on using the web to track down insane manufacturer deals on laptops, PCs and related gear. We stock up only when we see a great price. We must resell it for cheaper than everybody to compete on eBay. And I guarantee, if we stock it, we can beat any stores price! I am a sucker for cutting edge performance so you will find crazy deals on top-end systems as well. If you need a customized system, I can build one to you’re exact needs. I have built many amazing machines! But, the cost of a custom is more comparable to Best Buy and other large retail stores. Best Buy can’t have your logo etched into a solid stainless steel case though 😉

I started this blog mainly as a place to record my day to day learning and plan to fill it with my past projects to spread some of the knowledge I have gained over the years. Hopefully I will have the time to keep it updated.

How to combine multiple hard drives into a single, parity protected, RAID-like pool for FREE using FlexRAID

In the tech business, you end up with tons of spare hard drives sitting around that are too small for use these days. But I have always wanted to throw them all in my old ATX case that sports 9 fans and chain them together somehow. I found in my venture several ways to EASILY accomplish this and the old AMD XP 2800+ CPU is enough for my needs (~10TB). Now if you know me at all, you know I’m a penny pincher! So paying for advanced NAS software is not an option. So here is what I found:

UnRaid

I LOVE IT! It runs from a USB flash drive and loads a highly trimmed version of Ubuntu linux OS that runs from memory. So ALL of your internal hard drives can be used for the UN-RAID array. The highly configured linux cuts I/O read/writes to the flash drive to an absolute minimum so it will last virtually forever. It also does a great job of powering down drives that are not in use. Its so simple to set up and everything, including networking just work perfectly on the first try. Only problem, a BIG problem for me, the free version is limited to 3 hard drives. Two storage drives that are combined, one to be used for parity backup. Despite the awesome performance, I have way more hard drives! So…

FlexRAID

The PERFECT solution!

FlexRAID is a highly scalable and smart storage system that turns independent hard drives of various sizes, makes, and models into storage pools and storage pools into storage clouds. Additionally, FlexRAID provides both snapshot and real-time parity data protection with support for RAID4, RAID6, and RAIDX where X is any number of tolerances desired. Parity data protection can be configured at the storage pool level and/or at the storage cloud level. Furthermore, FlexRAID is not limited to hard disks as it can pool data from all accessible sources including removable media, external storage, network shares, LUNs, disk arrays, etc.

That’s their description. Use as many drives as you want. Even USB drives or just select folders. You can even use drives on other computers over the network! It will combine and protect in any way you can imagine! I set my parity drive to the size of my largest HD, 2TB. I have it in snapshot mode so every night it creates a 2TB parity archive based on all the other drives in the array. I have 2x 2TB, 2x 1TB, 2x 750GB, 3x 250GB and 5x 160GB hard drives. Don’t ask how I got them all attached! That gives me ~7TB total and if ANY drive fails, catches fire and explodes, I wont lose any data because I can plug another drive in and recover it from the parity snapshot.

With my new 7TB secured storage system, I feel a huge burden lifted off my shoulders knowing I will never run out of space doing critical backups or recording too much DVR and no more worries about keeping backups of all that massive data!  Best of all, I didn’t pay a penny for it since it was all made using spare parts and free software 🙂

Lived, learned & shared. From the life of a geek.