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Story HD Mod: Downgrade 1.34US/1.33US to 1.32US
#1  frostschutz 05-03-2013, 02:46 PM
Warning: I can't guarantee it will work for you. Use at your own risk!

It turns out that iriver removed access to the web browser in the 1.3x US firmware (see this thread for details), which causes the WebPortal mod to fail.

This "mod" attempts to downgrade 1.34US or 1.33US or 1.32US to 1.29US in order to re-enable the Story HD's web browser for the WebPortal mod. The existing firmware files are verified to be either 1.34US or 1.33US or 1.32US before replacing them with 1.29US ones. If the verification steps fails, the downgrade will be aborted and no files will be modified.

After installing the downgrade, there will be a "downgrade.txt" file in your internal memory, which contains a debug log. If the downgrader fails for any reason, this file may help me debug the issue. On success, you may simply delete the file.

An additional reboot is required after the downgrade. Once you're back in the main menu, hold the power button for 10s to reboot the device.

If you have one of the following Mods installed, uninstall them before downgrading:These mods modify files which cause the verification step to fail. You may reinstall them after the successful downgrade.

To undo the downgrade, run the regular Wifi updater again. It will redownload the 1.34US firmware update for you.

Warning: I can't guarantee it will work for you. Use at your own risk!
[zip] storyeb07-mod-Downgrade_134US_to_132US-2013-05-03-May.zip (1.03 MB, 656 views)
[zip] storyeb07-mod-Downgrade_134US_to_129US-2013-05-05-May.zip (1.03 MB, 552 views)
[zip] storyeb07-mod-Downgrade_133AUS_to_129AUS-2013-05-24-May.zip (651.6 KB, 592 views)
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#2  frostschutz 05-05-2013, 10:44 AM
Added a downgrade file for 1.29US, since asklepios reports that 1.32US doesn't provide the webbrowser either.

Edit: Updated the file for 1.29US.
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#3  asklepios 05-05-2013, 11:58 AM
It seems that downgrade to 1.29 doesn't install well: after rebooting twice it shows release version 1.32 US in Device Information...
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#4  frostschutz 05-05-2013, 12:00 PM
Yes, the downgrade files verification failed (downgrade.txt hopefully should say so); my mistake. I updated the file.
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#5  temp-au 05-19-2013, 11:25 PM
The mod failed on my Story HD which is currently running release version 1.33AU (i.e. the Australian not US version).

Is there any way of getting back to an earlier version of the firmware in my case?
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#6  frostschutz 05-20-2013, 07:52 AM
Quote temp-au
The mod failed on my Story HD which is currently running release version 1.33AU (i.e. the Australian not US version).
I'm glad I built in that verification step then... mixing AUS with US files might not be healthy - not sure how different those versions are. I don't have a full firmware file for AUS, only patches for 1.29 and 1.33. Thankfully all files changed in 1.33 were also changed in 1.29, so I could possibly build a 1.33AUS to 1.29AUS downgrade.

Is it the same problem (webbrowser disabled, and you want to use WebPortal)? Or do you want to downgrade for different reasons?
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#7  temp-au 05-20-2013, 08:19 PM
Yes, it is exactly the same problem: web browser disabled and want to use web portal.
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#8  jimmetry 05-20-2013, 09:00 PM
Downgrade failed for me too.

Is there any chance of a mod that cancels the boot process and gives me a terminal prompt?
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#9  frostschutz 05-20-2013, 09:15 PM
I'll see what I can do about downgrading AUS firmware, maybe this weekend.

Quote jimmetry
Is there any chance of a mod that cancels the boot process and gives me a terminal prompt?
Not to my knowledge. You can get a terminal prompt (telnet through wifi) after the device has finished booting up. Although I don't recommend it unless you really know what you're about - one mistake and the device is bricked.
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#10  temp-au 05-20-2013, 09:20 PM
Thank you. That is very much appreciated.
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