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How to backup Dm600s

Fano

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Anyone know if its possible to backup a DM600S if no hard drive is installed ?
Its straight forward enough for a 500s but the 600 seems to be far more tricky.
 

dazling

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This is not my work but have used it on my DM500 S and C and works perfect and would imagine it will work on any Dreambox.

Hope this is what your after very easy to follow TUT with different options on which way you wish to go.


Backup/Restore your DreamBox image.


The following describes how to:
- Save a fully working copy of your current image, including emu settings & keys and channel lineups.
- Restore the saved image to the same box or install it on another Dreambox

This tutorial assumes you have a Windows based PC with LAN connection to Dreambox already setup.
We will be using the Telnet and FTP facilities built into Windows/InternetExplorer but you can use any other Telnet and FTP client if you wish.


BACKUP

With the Dreambox running, and connected to PC via network cable and to TV with scart.
Go into the Dreambox network configuration
- Official, Ronald, SF, Free-X TV: small Dream button -> Setup -> Expert Setup -> Communication Setup
- Traveller: small Dream button -> Setup -> Network
Write down the following information:
IP (Dreambox IP address)
Netmask
Nameserver
Gateway
Press Lame button to get out of menus.

Telnet
- Win98. Click on the Start, select Run, enter telnet in the box then click OK - a Telnet window will open. In the top menu, click on Connect -> RemoteSystem. Enter as the Host Address, the Dreambox IP address you wrote down earlier - click connect.
At Login type in: root [enter]
At Password type in: dreambox [enter]
- WinXP. Click on START -> AllPrograms -> Accessories -> CommandPrompt. Type in: telnet [enter]. In the Telnet screen, type in: open IP [enter] (where IP is the DreamBox IP address you wrote down earlier)
At Login type in: root [enter]
At Password type in: dreambox [enter]

Telnet into the Dreambox as described above and type in the following line to save the img file (you may replace the filename "backup.img" with another more descriptive name if you wish - eg: myimage001.img):
cat /dev/mtd/3 > /var/tmp/backup.img [enter]
Wait for prompt to return then close Telnet window.

A backup copy of your image is now stored as a temporary file in your Dreambox. We now need to retrieve it via FTP.

FTP
Open an InternetExplorer window and in the address bar type in the following: ftp://root:[email protected] (where IP is the DreamBox IP address you wrote down earlier). Click GO and a directory listing of your DB will appear.

Open the var directory then the tmp directory under that, copy/paste or drag/drop the backup.img file you created earlier to a suitable place on you PCs harddrive. Close the window.

NOTE: The saved image file can only be restored using the following method - Do not use DreamUp(LAN).


RESTORE/INSTALL

Connect Dreambox to PC with LAN cable and to TV with scart.

Boot up Dreambox - If installing to a newly flashed box, ignore any setup screens and repeatedly press Lame button to get blank TV screen.
Go into Dreambox network configuration:
- Official, Ronald, SF, Free-X TV: small Dream button -> Setup -> ExpertSetup -> CommunicationSetup
- Traveller: small Dream button -> Setup -> Network
Enter all the network details you wrote down previously, tick Configure Network and then Save - repeatedly press Lame to get back to blank TV screen.

Connect to the Dreambox via FTP as described above.
Open the var directory then the tmp directory under that, copy/paste or drag/drop the saved backup.img file from your PC harddrive into the tmp directory. Close the window.

Telnet into the Dreambox as described above.
Type in the following 2 lines:
cd /var/tmp [enter]
eraseall /dev/mtd/3 && cp backup.img /dev/mtd/3 [enter] (where backup.img is the name of your image file)
Wait for erase to complete and the prompt to return (be patient), then type:
reboot [enter]

Box should reboot and come up with your saved image/settings. If it doesn't reboot within a minute or so then power off for 10 seconds and let box boot up normally - DO NOT Flash Erase otherwise your settings will be lost.

IMPORTANT: If the new img file is not in the /var/tmp directory or you enter the img file name incorrectly at the eraseall stage, you will lose the existing image in the box. Your only course of action then is to reflash the box with another image via Null-modem cable and DreamUp.
 

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thanks alot dazling just the bit of info i was looking for i wonder if this will work on the tm9100 or if theres a similar way to get the the job done.
 

dazling

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thanks alot dazling just the bit of info i was looking for i wonder if this will work on the tm9100 or if theres a similar way to get the the job done.
Well the tm9100 is a linux reciever so cant see why it wont its just the paths you might need to change a little to get it to work.


Let me know how it goes