OK long sad tale of woe: Got this thecus 5200BR off Ebay and all seemed well, tested with some JBOD disks while waiting for my large ones to turn up.
I upgraded to latest v2 bios. Great all went well.
It didnt like the 1.5TB WD EARS due to the 4k, during this time I upgraded to the 3.04.5 beta which looked nice, but I could NOT connect to it except with the thecus setup wizard!! Grrr.
Gave up and downgraded to v2.00.15 using the factorytest.sh. that went well, but still no joy with the speed of the WD drives (yes there may be a work around now I read but not at the time).
Then all of a sudden I reboot it and get no ip address and cant access the box it says WAN ip N/A whatever port its plugged into.
I cant make it do a hardware reset all I get during boot up is the option of reset enabled or disabled and nether makes any difference. there no asking for password etc as I have read elsewhere that it should ask for so i cant seem to reset it that way.
I have tried flashing bios using USB but it seems to just ignore it and boots up as before. So I have no IP, no reset option, which sounds like the DOM is corrupted from reading up.
How do i go about getting the DOM reflashed and how much will it cost me? Or else tell me how to get it working some other way.
it's been awhile since your post but i'll give it a shot. probably your best bet is to contact thecus tech support. you can request a new DOM sent out at your expense. not sure how'll they respond as they have removed support for n5200 units.
OK I have FINALLY managed to hook the DOM up to my Windows XP PC and can see all the little drives on it using an EXT2 /3 driver. Items used 2 x 44 pin pin headers, 1 x laptop ide cable with female ends, 1 x 2.5 - 3.5 IDE converter. Hooking it up wrong = HOT DOM in seconds. It survived several wrong insertions, while i got my head around the reversed pins. You have been warned...
On the PC all are showing as EXT2 except one which shows as Linux and is raw unreadable. is that normal? So I can see the files on all the drives except the Linux one.
Now the question becomes ... can I extract .bin files and copy the individual files onto the DOM on my PC?
This Zip file contains an image of the N5200Pro DOM with FW 2.00.14 named thecus_hda.dd.
The image can be used on a linux based PC to write it to a new DOM if Your original DOM has defects (i.e.: connect to USB via USB to 44pin ide adapter).
dd if=thecus_hda.dd of=/dev/sda (or wherever Your DOM is connected)
After successful writing of the image to the new DOM, just insert it into Your N5200pro and fire it up.
Please do then a factory reset via the front panel!!!
VM takes a little longer to setup but once running you can switch between windows and linux very easily.
booting linux live cd, no setup but it means you've gotta reboot pc every time you access to linux box.
first suggestion is more elegant and allows you play with linux whenever you want from windows desktop.
note i've never reflashed a DOM before. i tried but lacked to proper 44pin adaptor (i had a faulty n5200 where i thought the DOM was the problem, later found out it was the PSU). anyway i've completed all the steps minus the reflash. as you've already sorted the correct cabling / adaptor, this process should be relatively easy. i haven't used VirtualBox, but VM is very easy to setup and run. i've keep a couple of VM's on my machine (windows xp & ubuntu). haven't used my ubuntu VM in a while. if i need access to linux i just install VMware and load the ubuntu VM file and off i go.
Thecus N5200BR Firmware Version 2.00.08 RAID 5 Array Seagate 750GB (ST3750640AS) x 5
Under VMWare as a virtual machine Ubuntu cant see any other drives except the DVD so it cant see the DOM.
I tried installing it to a spare hard drive and it just sits there for hours during hardware detection, but installed fine on same PC as a virtual machine above!
Booted as an ISO it see the drives all lovely and fine, ...but I cant for the life of me make it change drive in command line or any other way make it copy the image onto the DOM. I get no such directory, permission denied or some such nuts all the time.
My HDA file is on a usb stick (/dev/sdb) My DOM is /dev/sda
dd if=thecus_hda.dd of=/dev/sda does not work dd if=/dev/sdb/thecus_hda.dd of=/dev/sda does not work
I cant make it do a hardware reset all I get during boot up is the option of reset enabled or disabled and nether makes any difference. there no asking for password etc as I have read elsewhere that it should ask for so i cant seem to reset it that way. I tried installing it to a spare hard drive and it just sits there for hours during hardware detection, but installed fine on same PC as a virtual machine above!