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TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine
— 04-05/2012
‘Firmware Upgrade (BOOT
2)’. In actual fact, it does not
make a difference at all which
position you choose – the re-
sult always stays the same. All
you need to know in the boot
loader menu is which num-
ber (0, 1 or 2) corresponds to
which image.
should avoid by all means to
interrupt this process or, even
worse, unplug the receiver.
But then again, this would not
really cause any major dam-
age since the boot loader will
be unaffected and the worst
that could happen is that you
have to restart the flash pro-
cess for the memory bank in
question. What’s more, even
with a failed flash process
there are still two other intact
firmware images in the mem-
ory that can be used to boot
the receiver. And if the worst
case occurs and you manage
to screw up both the firmware
and boot loader the AZBox ME
boasts a kind of panic button
on the back panel which acti-
vates an emergency image to
allow a new flash process.
So now that the new v1.6
firmware was in place we
called up the installation wiz-
ard to adjust the software
according to our require-
ments. Instead of initiating a
channel search we decided to
use the settings list we had
saved previously, because we
wanted to get a first impres-
sion of the revised firmware
straight away. It always pays
off to have copies of one’s cur-
rent settings on the PC as it
saves valuable time in cases
like that. A number of settings
editors for Linux receivers are
available from the Internet,
but in actual fact all you have
to do is copy a directory with
the help of an FTP client. The
settings can be found in the
/etc/tuxbox directory and you
may use any standard FTP ap-
plication such as Filezilla, for
example, to create backups of
your existing settings and to
restore those backup copies
onto the receiver again. The
only thing you need to know
is your receiver’s IP address
to access its file directory.
Key in ‘root’ as user name
and leave the password field
empty by default. If your re-
ceiver can be accessed via the
Internet you should, however,
change the default setting and
set a password to protect un-
authorised access. With MS
Windows press the ‘Windows’
key plus ‘R’ and key in ‘telnet’ (make sure
2. On the first step, the user must upload the desired firmware
3. After the upload, the receiver can be configured to
automatically reboot after the flashing process. This is usually
a good idea.
4. Existing channel and satellite settings can easily be backed
up and restored, by just using any FTP client. Navigate to /etc/
tuxbox and copy the existing files.
On the next page you can
select the required firmware
by pressing the ‘Browse’ but-
ton. Once the right file is cho-
sen a click on the ‘Upload!’
button initiates the file trans-
fer from the PC to the receiver.
This process only takes a few
seconds and after it is com-
pleted the next page appears
on the screen.
On this third page you can
determine whether or not the
receiver should re-boot auto-
matically after the new firm-
ware has been flashed. We
recommend activating this
function because it means
you can leave the box unat-
tended during the entire up-
grade process. Once the new
firmware is installed the re-
ceiver will boot all on its own
with the new software. Sim-
ply press the ‘Flash!’ button
and let the magic begin. You