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Title: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: pcercuei on April 29, 2014, 12:06:19 am
OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
(http://crapouillou.net/~paul/odrescue.png)

This CD-Rom can be used to reflash a GCW-Zero through USB, from any computer with a CD-Rom drive.

How to:
- Burn this iso to a CD-Rom, or flash it to a USB stick
- Reboot your computer, and from the BIOS, boot from the CD-Rom or the USB stick (just like with Linux or Windows installation CDs)
- Follow the instructions

If your Zero is bricked, it is advised that you first try to only flash the system partition, as this (hopefully) will not trash your data. If after that, the Zero still refuses to boot, do a full reflash.

This CD-Rom will flash the 2014-04-27 release of OpenDingux.

Download: http://gcw-zero.com/files/opendingux-rescue-cd-v0.3.iso (http://gcw-zero.com/files/opendingux-rescue-cd-v0.3.iso)
Changes since v0.2: Now flashes May 5th update with corruption bug fixed
Changes since v0.1: Fixed flashing of prototypes (thanks Harteex).
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: surfi80 on April 29, 2014, 05:05:34 am
this is like an awakening Cemetery PSP?   ::)
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: kaio on April 29, 2014, 05:58:16 am
Hello.My Zero runs with a previous version of firmware (2013-10-04).
I want to backup my data and flash the new firmware via this Rescue-CD.
Will the firmware installed correctly without any issues?
I have no linux on my pc, only raspberry pi, to flash like in manual for separatly partitions.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: Nebuleon on April 29, 2014, 06:15:48 am
Hello.My Zero runs with a previous version of firmware (2013-10-04).
I want to backup my data and flash the new firmware via this Rescue-CD.
Will the firmware installed correctly without any issues?
I have no linux on my pc, only raspberry pi, to flash like in manual for separatly partitions.
a) If you try to install April firmware with this CD, you'll just get October back, unless you do a complete reflash (and then you lose your data). The CD is meant for everyone except those who have a working October firmware already, have not tried April at all, and want to keep their data.

Please wait for the OPK updater.

b) This is a CD with a bootable ISOLINUX on it, so you can pop it in and run the rescue environment even if you have a triple-boot of Mac OS X Hackintosh Edition, OpenBSD and Windows ME on it. To run it, you would just need to make sure that the BIOS is set to boot from CD. :)

edit: previous answer to 'a)' was tl;dr
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: Nebuleon on April 29, 2014, 06:51:53 am
this is like an awakening Cemetery PSP?   ::)
If this thread (http://forums.qj.net/psp-general/56649-psp-cemetery-thread.html) is what you were going for, know that it's almost impossible to hard-brick a GCW Zero. The USB boot mode is built into the Ingenic JZ processors and it's written on a small bit of read-only NAND. You will always be able to run this CD and get a GCW Zero in working order again, unless you become physically unable to raise Power or press the Select button, or one of the connections is broken on the PCB, or your power circuit has died (but in that case, it's nothing that software can hope to fix).
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: pcercuei on April 29, 2014, 07:04:17 am
Please wait for the OPK updater.
Well he didn't say that his Zero is bricked and that he can't backup his data :)
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: Nebuleon on April 29, 2014, 07:37:54 am
Please wait for the OPK updater.
Well he didn't say that his Zero is bricked and that he can't backup his data :)
Yeah, but then updating to April from a working October isn't the best with this CD.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: pcercuei on April 29, 2014, 12:28:34 pm
Please wait for the OPK updater. This CD is for those who already have the partition table from the April update, but got a soft-brick as a result. They will run the system partition flasher only. (And those after April who want to restore their Zero to a pristine state, or get a soft-brick later on, already on the correct partition layout. They will run the flash-everything option.)
No, this CD is for everybody who need to reflash.
Doesn't matter which firmware was running before.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: shirohagen on April 29, 2014, 12:31:48 pm
Thanks soooo much for this guys! I'll try it out tonight, as I have a dead zero at the moment.

I use Mac OSX, so I've read that it might be tricky to boot from a Linux CD like this, something to do with the Mac's use of EFI rather than BIOS. There appear to be workarounds, so I'll do a bit of digging and report back for any OSX users out there.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: theweirdn8 on April 29, 2014, 12:46:50 pm

Blessed are you and the womb that bore you. My system is no longer bricked and I'm at peace.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: kaio on April 29, 2014, 12:54:34 pm
If I understand correctly:
I want to reflash my Zero for the new firmware, and I can use this CD for it.
With this CD I can flash all partitions, include MBR, UNIBOOT, SYSTEM, DATA?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: Gab1975 on April 29, 2014, 01:31:57 pm
If I understand correctly:
I want to reflash my Zero for the new firmware, and I can use this CD for it.
With this CD I can flash all partitions, include MBR, UNIBOOT, SYSTEM, DATA?

To update your console to the new firmware te best choise (IMHO) is wait that the fixed update will be out... this CD should be used if you have a "brick console"...
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: BAFelton on April 29, 2014, 01:42:08 pm
With my proto it fails each times, I tried with every options.

Tried with a new microSD ( removed the internal) with no luck. Does it need to be formatted before ? I don't think so.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: pcercuei on April 29, 2014, 03:14:59 pm
What fails exactly?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: shirohagen on April 29, 2014, 08:32:51 pm
Update from me: The Rescue Disc booted fine on my Mac and my zero is now restored!

Thanks guys!
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.1
Post by: Harteex on April 29, 2014, 09:06:32 pm
With my proto it fails each times, I tried with every options.

Tried with a new microSD ( removed the internal) with no luck. Does it need to be formatted before ? I don't think so.

It does not work with my proto either, it just says:
ERROR! Flashing failed !
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.2
Post by: pcercuei on April 29, 2014, 10:59:59 pm
First post edited, the v0.2 fixes flashing of prototype units.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.2
Post by: Harteex on April 29, 2014, 11:04:42 pm
A quick note about flashing (or at least when it comes to prototypes):
If it fails, just retry again (without disconnecting the zero or restarting or anything), and it should work. For me it never works the first time.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.2
Post by: BAFelton on April 30, 2014, 09:05:57 am
Nope, it fails again for me :(

The archive has the same name though, but maybe it hasn't be renamed ?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.2
Post by: pcercuei on April 30, 2014, 09:07:41 am
The archive has the same name though, but maybe it hasn't be renamed ?
Lol you're right, I only renamed the caption of the link, not the link itself. It should work now.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.2
Post by: BAFelton on April 30, 2014, 09:11:04 am
Ok I try  ;D
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.2
Post by: BAFelton on April 30, 2014, 10:20:56 am
Ok it works now :D

With a beautiful splash screen.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: pcercuei on May 05, 2014, 09:08:39 pm
Updated to v0.3, see first post.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: surfi80 on May 06, 2014, 06:30:16 pm
this is compatible with MacOS X? I have been asked  ???
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: pcercuei on May 06, 2014, 08:19:56 pm
Yes.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: surfi80 on May 06, 2014, 09:13:52 pm
trunk thanks
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: kaio on May 08, 2014, 05:49:47 am
pcercuei
Can I flash full firmware May-2014 to my Zero with October-2013 firmware without any issues with v0.3 CD only?
I will want to wipe all data. Will be a data full wipe?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: pcercuei on May 08, 2014, 07:25:57 am
If you choose the "full flash" option, yes.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: kaio on May 08, 2014, 07:39:14 am
If you choose the "full flash" option, yes.
Thank you very much! You are Awesome!
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Caprona on May 13, 2014, 04:11:01 pm
Hey all,  Firstly thanks for this disc.  I just received my kick-starter zero and It was booting to the hardware test screen.  This disc has made it much easier for me to get started.

Just one thing...  When I first started it up, out of the box, it was booting to the test screen, but the green power LED was working.  Since flashing it the green light never comes on, either to signal power, or wifi connection.  The red one comes on when it's charging tho.  Anyone got any ideas?

Thanks :)
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: dmitry_smagin on June 13, 2014, 06:58:50 pm
I have a prototype GCW-Zero with 256Mb of ram. For a long time I was stuck to September 2013 firmware because for some reason all update .opks failed after being run and got corrupt. After some tries I managed to get up to anti-corrupt update (gcw0-anti-corruption-update-2014-05-05.opk) but the next update (gcw0-update-2014-05-05-take2.opk) finally bricked the handheld (constant yellow screen).

And here came The Rescue CD which saved the day. Note that I used it from VirtualBox 4.3 and it worked like a charm.

Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: btnheazy03 on June 30, 2014, 12:32:38 am
I was able to reflash my prototype GCW Zero with this utility, thanks. I used my Mac Air to do it.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Hman41 on August 08, 2014, 12:03:38 am
My disk wont allow me to select anything other than retail unit and system partition. Stupid question: since the enter button wont select the different option, what button will?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Nebuleon on August 08, 2014, 12:06:01 am
Space. I believe Enter will select only buttons.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Kouen Hasuki on September 07, 2014, 11:12:03 am
Cheers for this rescue disc pcercuei!

Some of my Zero was a little borked after the latest update and some of the changes so I really needed to reflash it up and this did it perfect after I flashed the second time (full flash)
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Kouen Hasuki on November 19, 2014, 09:45:36 am
Just tried this out with "Linux Live USB Creator" for Windows and worked fine, It doesn't recognize the distro (as it shouldn't) and uses the default settings but had no problem!
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Lasharus on November 20, 2014, 10:56:49 pm
Just wanted to list my thanks here too - managed to get my GCW functioning properly, and realise that I've got MORE than 2GB's worth of SD space.

Thanks for the program! :D
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Surkow on November 20, 2014, 11:17:33 pm
Just wanted to list my thanks here too - managed to get my GCW functioning properly, and realise that I've got MORE than 2GB's worth of SD space.

Thanks for the program! :D
Yeah, it (gmenu2x) shows how much space is left, not how much space is used.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Kouen Hasuki on November 21, 2014, 07:21:08 am
Yea that was Lash's problem :P he had something like 1756MB / 1993MB or something like that rather than the normal xxGB/14.5GB :P

Some mess up when they flashed it in the factory I expect :P
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Gab1975 on November 21, 2014, 07:47:02 am
It would be useful to have a new Rescue Disc release (v0.4) which can directly flash the latest OpenDingux release (2014-08-20).
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: kaio on November 22, 2014, 03:56:13 am
It will be really good!
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Dr.Tails on January 01, 2015, 10:32:55 pm
Hi!

I've been trying to reflash my GCW, but I keep getting an error.
It starts flashing, and gets to a part that says:

filename=/usr/share/od-rescue-cd/images/system.bin, addr-0x01000000, check=0
bus 005 dev 005: pid 4770
last_block_len 512
block_nums 144790
last_download_block_num 480
download_times 142 :

after that, it goes red and says "ERROR! Flashing failed!"

Anyone know what could be wrong, and how I could fix this?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: pcercuei on January 03, 2015, 08:59:38 pm
Try with a different cable and/or a different PC, the software on the disc has problems with some USB adapters.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Dr.Tails on January 03, 2015, 10:37:34 pm
I've tried different computers, different cables, burned the disc aswell as convert it to a bootable usb, but it always fails at the same spot, over and over.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: computerguy on January 03, 2015, 10:54:00 pm
What firmware version are you running right now? Maybe your trying to flash the newest version of the os over an older build which might be causing the issue?

As a last resort due to possible problems with breaking wires and such, maybe try taking out the micro sd card from the zero and formatting it through windows first then putting it back in the zero and re-flashing it?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Gab1975 on January 04, 2015, 06:54:35 am
What firmware version are you running right now? Maybe your trying to flash the newest version of the os over an older

I think that when you flash a GCW Zero the previous firmware installed is irrelevant.

PS. @ Dr. Tails: obviously you remembered to start the device in USB boot mode (select+hold powerslider up), am I right?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: masteries on June 10, 2015, 10:06:55 am

Probably a new release of the Rescue CD that contains the latest firmware will be very useful.
Practically is the best and faster way to recover the GCW.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: quartercast on November 14, 2015, 02:13:11 pm
For those who are struggling to create a mac bootable USB rescue disk on mac os X, I used the instructions here (from step 3 onwards):
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx)

Other methods tried and failed on my machine (15-in Macbook Pro 2012, OSX Yosemite):

Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Senor Quack on June 17, 2016, 11:46:28 pm
If the gcw-zero.com website is down, you can use this mirror of the ISO I've hosted:

Download (70MB):    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5tSn03yRsHvNDF4clZfRHp1M28

If you want to verify integrity before use:
md5sum:   be68c77f6a9dfed5a896a33c40e94882
sha1sum:  1b51a4578d195b9df3948c3a631facf3ea82ee91
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Jutleys on January 24, 2017, 01:07:22 pm
Will this work if i want to use a new higher capacity memory card and reinstall the software? and if yes what format do i need to format the memorycard?
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: pcercuei on January 24, 2017, 02:16:23 pm
Yes, it will work. You don't need to format the memory card. The CD-rom will flash a basic filesystem to the SD card, which will expand to the full capacity of the card at the first boot (which will take a bit longer than usual).
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Jutleys on January 24, 2017, 02:37:10 pm
Thanks what if I was to use the rescue CD and put the target firmware in a USB card reader instead of the GCW internal just to flash to a new card and put it back in when done will this work? And last question can we use the rescue CD on a CD or DVD and will they work with Windows 10? Thanks for all the help.
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Jutleys on January 27, 2017, 07:10:15 pm
I am having problems I tried to flash a 64 GB card and a 128gb card they both said it flashed successful when I boot the cards only a blank screen no boot I did full flash on retail GCW on blank new memory cards am i doing something wrong? When I put my original 16gb card back in boots just fine any help would be appreciated thanks.

Update fixed i was not pressing the spacebar to select the flash option duh. All sorted swapped out 16gb card for 128gb sandisk booting great so now we know 128 gb internal card works ;)
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Articus on June 30, 2019, 10:27:47 am
I would get a flashing yellow screen anytime I connected to power.  I thought my proto was DEAD! I was simply looking through the forum and found this gem.  Tried this recovery disk and it worked!  Im SO happy!  Thank you for creating this.  Unfortunately, I had to do the FULL flash.  Its been years since Ive used my Zero and now I gotta brush up on the basics, like installing stuff!
Title: Re: OpenDingux Rescue Disc v0.3
Post by: Surkow on June 30, 2019, 05:08:33 pm
I would get a flashing yellow screen anytime I connected to power.  I thought my proto was DEAD! I was simply looking through the forum and found this gem.  Tried this recovery disk and it worked!  Im SO happy!  Thank you for creating this.  Unfortunately, I had to do the FULL flash.  Its been years since Ive used my Zero and now I gotta brush up on the basics, like installing stuff!
Great to hear all went well. You potentially have to install both the 2014-05-05 update and finally the 2014-08-20 update from the GCW Zero website (http://www.gcw-zero.com/updates) to avoid incompatibility with recent applications hosted at the downloads page (http://www.gcw-zero.com/downloads). The Rescue Disco does not include the games which were originally pre-installed on the device. You will have to re-download them manually.