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Zipit Possibly Bricked


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My miniSD card came in the mail today (finally) and I got to hacking. I've been following the Hak5 episode video and the third link in the show notes, down to the T. I got to the part after it copied everything to the memory card and powered off. I pressed the power button to test and see if it works fine (like Darren did in the episode), the backlights flash once, and both LED's on the front power on but nothing comes up on the screen. Is my poor ZipIt dead and gone?

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Wait so you never got the weird penguin open zipit logo? or is it just when you put the card in?

Even if it is bricked you can still fix that but you would have to open it and solder some cables and stuff.

Here's a video with the whole process of doing that.

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Don't think its done for yet.

Remove the SD card, Now use a paperclip to press the reset button on the side.

Be plugged in when you do this.

If nothing, then remove teh battery, then remove power. Put in the battery, then the power.

You should boot up to either the openzipit logo, or the original firmware.

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I tried what Bob Dole said in his post, but it doesn't seem to be working. I guess I'm going to have to do the serial hack, but I have no idea where to get the stuff to do it, or what to do with the wire after I'm finished. I really dont want a wire hanging out of my ZipIt when I'm finished.

It also isn't helping that I switched from Windows to Linux half way through the flash (not my fault, my Windows took a shit and I can't find my Windows disk)

Also, that tutorial uses Windows to flash the ZipIt, could you do this flash in Linux?

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I tried what Bob Dole said in his post, but it doesn't seem to be working. I guess I'm going to have to do the serial hack, but I have no idea where to get the stuff to do it, or what to do with the wire after I'm finished. I really dont want a wire hanging out of my ZipIt when I'm finished.

It also isn't helping that I switched from Windows to Linux half way through the flash (not my fault, my Windows took a shit and I can't find my Windows disk)

Also, that tutorial uses Windows to flash the ZipIt, could you do this flash in Linux?

Yah its fairly simple, you are just sending data straight in via JTAG. You would solder up the pads, send the data via serial port, and then if you don't want the JTAG anymore, just unsolder it. I'm shocked that it actually bricked. I thought I did the same thing until I found the reset switch, hit it, which turned off the device, thenturned it back on to the original firmware.

http://zipit2system.sourceforge.net/?page_id=5

This helps.

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Sorry for the double post, but here is some more details on whats happening. It shows no indication that it's on the charger any more, opposed to when it was stock it had the ambalamps on the front showing it was charging, etc... Even on the charger and no battery, it just sits there. If it is bricked and the only way to flash it is to JTAG it, I'll sell it. JTAG'ing looks way too complicated and i don't even want to try it

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