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Foxsat HDR will not boot (stuck in limbo)

Marc

New Member
Hi,

I am running the custom firmware version 4.1.3, and this morning the box will not boot up. It doesn't' say BOOT, but goes straight to 'Custom Firmware_4_1_3' on the front panel', and all buttons are unresponsive as is using the remote. I've removed the network, HDMI and satellite aerial cables.

So I've tried:
1. Turning off at the back, leaving for a minute or two, turning back on. I can hear the disk starting then the box stops - just displays as above.
2. Pulling plug out, same thing happens
3. Inserting a USB into the front with the custom firmware load & trying to flash as reinstall. This appears to run successfully, but it doesn't properly go into standby and is back to completely unresponsive & 'Custom Firmware_4_1_3' on the front panel'

Appreciate some help here - based on description - is there any way I can tell if it is disk or unit failure, or something else?

Thanks in advance.
 
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raydon

Well-Known Member
Sounds like a hard disk problem. Custom firmware depends on hard disk access to boot correctly. Reinstall Human standard firmware to eliminate this from the equation.
 
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Marc

New Member
Thank you both. It is disk failure, at least we can watch TV again.

In lieu of new drive, can I record direct to plugged in USB?

I'm going to upgrade the drive capacity. I'm assuming the foxsat is 32 bit / max 2 Tb. Also assume it needs one that says DVR compatible, or are there other recommended disks? The one I've removed is a Seagate Pipeline.

Edit (won't let me post the entire links) - have found that WD AV-GP looks a potential fit - amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DXOJJQQ/
as does the newer Seagate Pipeline - amazon.co.uk/Seagate-ST2000VM003-Pipeline-3-5-Inch-Internal/dp/B008B0RQ1C/

Thanks again.
 
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Marc

New Member
Thanks @Black Hole
I'm borrowing a caddy and will run diagnostics on the disk. Assuming it is broken beyond repair and I buy either the WD or Seagate 2 Tb replacement, then will need to format the new drive to Ext3 and partition. Can someone point me to the manual partition settings for a 2 Tb drive (or a 4 Tb drive)?

Thanks.
 

prpr

Well-Known Member
Can someone point me to the manual partition settings for a 2 Tb drive (or a 4 Tb drive)?
You can forget anything above 2 TB (not 2 Tb !)
In case it helps you do the maths., here are the numbers from a couple of mine with differing disk sizes:
Code:
Disk /dev/hda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1               2     4209029     2104514   83  Linux
/dev/hda2         4209030     4417874      104422+  83  Linux
/dev/hda3         4417875   924331904   459957015   83  Linux
/dev/hda4       924331905   976768064    26218080   83  Linux


Disk /dev/hda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1               2     4209029     2104514   83  Linux
/dev/hda2         4209030     4417874      104422+  83  Linux
/dev/hda3         4417875   572701184   284141655   83  Linux
/dev/hda4       572701185   625137344    26218080   83  Linux
It would seem you just need to work out the size for partition 3 as all the rest are fixed.
 
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Marc

New Member
Thank you all, and @prpr for the partition sizes.

I mounted to PC using a caddy and Paragon software, and successfully checked & repaired hda1 & hda2 (one minor issue on /hda1). Replaced disk in Humax and it booted up fine. From telnet, have reinstalled custom firmware and webif and related packages to be on the safe side. Then ran the fix-disk utility which fixed errors on /hda3 and /hda4. Just running it a second time to make sure no fresh corruption and it that it now runs error free. On failed or failing disks, a second fix usually finds new problem sectors.

If it comes back with fresh errors - buy new disk and restore what I can from backup, if it comes back clean will re-check in a week or two. / rinse and repeat as needed. Maybe a periodic check/ fix-disk is good housekeeping with these boxes.
 
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prpr

Well-Known Member
smartctl -a /dev/hda
but you need the smartctl package, which isn't in the repository (I don't really know why).
 
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Marc

New Member
Thanks @all.
Last few days spent checking this and other disks.
  • Crystal DiskInfo for SMART details - shows caution due to 209 reallocated sectors
  • MiniTool Partition Wizard (older version has more 'free' functions) was used for Surface Testing - problems at 97%
  • SeaTools used for various Seagate Tests and repairs - all successful / passed except 'Long Generic' which froze at 97%
  • And the miracle worker... Eassos Disk Genius (replaces their Partition Guru) - which manages to reset / repair certain types of damage (shows SMART info too). The Humax drive had issues around the 97% marker (118,000/121,601 cylinder) which Eassos seems to have dealt with - rescanned ok. I had hoped to reconfigure but will have to make sure that hd3 doesn't go above about 90% usage pending new disk.
 
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