[GL.Inet gl-s1300] Stuck with the old 'Chaos Calmer' OpenWRT

Hey I bought this router recently and I spent 3 hours following these steps over and over and I cant update Openwrt to the current version.

These are the files I installed using uboot

/openwrt$ sha256sum *
a1c37b24cc3f2c419ac570e18271ce096963c4bdbdfa433a577075d6165b95d8  openwrt-21.02.0-ipq40xx-generic-glinet_gl-s1300-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin
44aa7fa97f4313a96ab70513104733307e34b51ef243c6751c3096ba56e04c04  s1300-factory-to-openwrt.img

I was able to ssh into the router


sh root@192.168.8.1
root@192.168.8.1's password: 


BusyBox v1.28.3 () built-in shell (ash)

     MM           NM                    MMMMMMM          M       M
   $MMMMM        MMMMM                MMMMMMMMMMM      MMM     MMM
  MMMMMMMM     MM MMMMM.              MMMMM:MMMMMM:   MMMM   MMMMM
MMMM= MMMMMM  MMM   MMMM       MMMMM   MMMM  MMMMMM   MMMM  MMMMM'
MMMM=  MMMMM MMMM    MM       MMMMM    MMMM    MMMM   MMMMNMMMMM
MMMM=   MMMM  MMMMM          MMMMM     MMMM    MMMM   MMMMMMMM
MMMM=   MMMM   MMMMMM       MMMMM      MMMM    MMMM   MMMMMMMMM
MMMM=   MMMM     MMMMM,    NMMMMMMMM   MMMM    MMMM   MMMMMMMMMMM
MMMM=   MMMM      MMMMMM   MMMMMMMM    MMMM    MMMM   MMMM  MMMMMM
MMMM=   MMMM   MM    MMMM    MMMM      MMMM    MMMM   MMMM    MMMM
MMMM$ ,MMMMM  MMMMM  MMMM    MMM       MMMM   MMMMM   MMMM    MMMM
  MMMMMMM:      MMMMMMM     M         MMMMMMMMMMMM  MMMMMMM MMMMMMM
    MMMMMM       MMMMN     M           MMMMMMMMM      MMMM    MMMM
     MMMM          M                    MMMMMMM        M       M
       M
 ---------------------------------------------------------------
   For those about to rock... (Chaos Calmer, e7067e3+r49254)
 ---------------------------------------------------------------

I tried to upgrade from the cli and it doesnt upgrade from chaos calmer after restarting

I ran


 sysupgrade -v openwrt-21.02.0-ipq40xx-generic-glinet_gl-s1300-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin

It seems like the internal memory is still in read only mode and even if I install the ‘openwrt-21.02*’ bin it doesnt make a difference. Is anyone using this router and had the same problems?

I also tried to force install it and it failed

root@GL-S1300:/tmp# sha256sum openwrt-21.02.0-rc3-ipq40xx-generic-glinet_gl-s1300-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin 
9200e4bce851f88b6bb4b0bbbf28f5e88a0834b19522b99d927a0c4dc7c22df0  openwrt-21.02.0-rc3-ipq40xx-generic-glinet_gl-s1300-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin    
root@GL-S1300:/tmp# sysupgrade -n -v -F openwrt-21.02.0-rc3-ipq40xx-generic-glinet_gl-s1300-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin 
Sending TERM to remaining processes ... logd ubusd netifd gl_crond dnsmasq sh acfg_tool askfirst smbd nmbd ntpd gl-ble-daemon sh gltertf lighttpd rngd sleep 
Sending KILL to remaining processes ... ntpd rngd askfirst 
Switching to ramdisk...
Performing system upgrade...
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
4194304 bytes (4.0MB) copied, 0.090966 seconds, 44.0MB/s
0+1 records in
0+1 records out
3408183 bytes (3.3MB) copied, 0.073613 seconds, 44.2MB/s
Could not open mtd device: /dev/mtd8
Can't open device for writing!
Upgrade completed
Rebooting system...

Follow the instructions exactly - using the 18.06 version… if you keep coming up with QSDK, you are missing important step.

You don’t need to do this from u-boot - use the WebUI recovery.

How about using the factor to openwrt img

Hey thanks for the reply, I think I understand what you mean. I got confused about this line on the wiki

’ Upload OpenWRT .bin firmware image’ and I just used the one provided on the template which is more recent.

I checked the ftp server and there’s no 18.06 image for the s1300,

https://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/18.06.0/targets/ipq40xx/generic/

I believe the first version that has a build the s1300 is this one

https://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/21.02.0/targets/ipq40xx/generic/

how should I proceed?

Which one? I checked the github repo and I could only find the s1300 factory to openwrt

You can just flash the bin file using uboot?

Yes I did that and it doesnt write to the partition, seems like it is still read only

I’m sorry for the late reply.

S1300 is EMMC parition firmware by default.But ‘EMMC partition firmware’ is not currently supported on openwrt-21.02.0.So you need to switch ‘EMMC partition’ to ‘nor partition’.

First,you need update ‘s1300-openwrt-to-factory.img’.please refer ‘https://github.com/gl-inet/openwrt’ and download ‘s1300-openwrt-to-factory.img’.
Then, You could upgrade the firmware compiled by openwrt-21.02.0 normally.

Hi I will try this over the weekend and will let you know the results