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Old 28-12-2010, 19:21   #1
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Sumvision MKV Adaptor v1 Owner? Look In...

I've just been messing around with my Sumvision MKV Adaptor (v1) which despite it's crappy UI has served me well and harking back to the updated firmware which essentially bricked these devices, I returned to a firmware not designed for this unit.

The hardware is essentially identical so the firmware runs just fine.

Download this firmware package
Extract the install.img to the root of a FAT32 formatted USB stick
Insert the stick into the SIDE USB port
Remove the power cord
Press and hold the front power button whilst inserting the power cord
After 15-20 seconds the update will commence

New features include;
All attached devices are shared via CIFS/SAMBA meaning the device becomes a NAS (network name "VENUS")
There is a web interface giving access to the built-in bittorrent client
The UI is superb - looks very slick and performs very well
The "Internet Services" are there but nothing to get excited about (features: YouTube, BBC News, Picasa, Weather, CNN, npr and flickr)
It also appears to support USB DVD drives (as well as USB HDD's and USB pen drives).

The latest official Sumvision firmware can be found here if you decide you want to go back.

To ease those not comfortable with this kind of stuff - it is impossible to brick these machines - if the firmware update fails for whatever reason, just start again

Hope somebody finds this useful.
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Errr. do you not start your psot by sayinh that the other firmware essentially bricked the device? Then state that you cannot brick them?
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"Essentially" bricked - it's "technically" impossible to brick these (to the point of no return) but the update released by Sumvision stopped the device from working unless you knew which alternative firmware to use to recover it.
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Well I think mine is bricked.
Its locked in a loop.
It now thinks its an enclosure and connected to a pc.
It comes up with message usb plug in device detected
All remote functions are disabled and it shuts down.

This kicks in before the new firmware flash can start up.

Shuts down and goes through the process again.
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If it's showing any signs of life it is not bricked.

I had exactly the same issue when I flashed the wrong firmware - the OK/Cancel option popped up then after 5 seconds the unit rebooted. I just used the remote to catch the "Cancel" button in time and it was fine until the next power cycle - but you say your remote is unresponsive so that's no good (just to double check - the remote on these things is absolutely bonk - have you tried pointing right in front of the unit?)

You can force a software update by following the instructions above to attempt to flash to the version I posted...

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