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System Recovery Utility menu is intended to receive device information, change STB boot loader settings, update software, change video output mode and graphics resolution, reset STB to the factory settings, system recovering and other auxiliary functions. This feature is similar to the MAG-250/254/270 Bootloader menu.

It is not recommended to make changes to the System Recovery Utility menu without properly understanding its settings and the consequences of changing them.

Bringing up System Recovery Utility menu

  1. Power off (unplug the power supply) STB.
  2. Push and hold the Menu key on RC (it should be directed straight to STB).
  3. Still holding the Menu button power the STB on (plug in the power supply).
  4. Wait for (~10 seconds) System Recovery Utility menu.
  5. Release the Menu key.
  Menu button on SRC-4513 (slim)
System Recovery Utility MAG256

Setting up video output mode and graphics display resolution

To correctly display video signal on TV after STB software loaded, it is possible to set proper video output parameters at the boot stage. System Restore Utility menu contains the following settings:

  • TV System - STB video output mode;
  • Grafic Resolution - graphics window resolution of STB video output.

Description of these parameters is provided in section Video Output Mode and Graphic Resolution.

Software version and device information

  • Enter System Recovery Utility menu.
  • Choose Device information - by pressing OK on RC:
      • Vendor - Manufactory identifier.
      • Model - STB model identifier.
      • HardwareVersion - Version of the system board.
      • Serial Number - Serial number of device (STB).
      • MAC address - Physical address of network interface.
      • BootLoader version - BootLoader version (if the second bootloader is on, then you will see the second bootloader version).
      • Image version number - version of firmware;
      • Image date - Date and Time of firmware version creation.
      • Image description - the additional description to the firmware version.
      • Userfs Image version - the version of User settings (UserFS - the part of the image file);
      • Save Info to USB - saving data of window "Device Information" to the USB drive (you must first create folder mag256 on the root of the USB drive and connect the USB drive to STB).  

Be sure that the USB drive file system is FAT32.

Selecting boot mode NAND1 / NAND2 / DHCP

  • Enter System Recovery Utility menu.
  • Select Boot Mode and by pressing the right on RC set the boot mode:
    • DHCP - download by a script that STB requests from the DHCP server. This option can be used for initial download or for software updates. The DHCP server must be configured properly. For a detailed description, see DHCP server configuration. Loading and updating STB software;
    • NAND 1 or NAND2 - banks of the internal non-volatile memory of STB that used to store the firmware. The bootloader will use that copy of the firmware which is specified in this setting.
  • Select Exit and Reboot, сonfirm with Yes.
    Note. If instead of Exit and Reboot you pressed Exit on RC, press Menu on RC to return to the main utility menu.
  • The boot mode (NAND or DHCP) and the status of the loading process are indicated on the TV screen.

    If the software is successfully downloaded, the user interface of the embedded or external portal should be displayed on the TV screen (depending on the settings of the STB software).

1. Using two memory banks (NAND1 and NAND2) improves the reliability of the software update process. If the operation fails, you can load STB firmware from the alternative bank.
2. After successful STB updating the value of the active bank (from which to boot) changes to the opposite one.

Selecting the software update mode

  • Enter System Recovery Utility menu.
  • Select Upgrade Tools and by pressing the right on RC set the update mode:
    • Using USB - for updating will be used the firmware version (image) from the USB-drive connected to the STB. For a description see Firmware update with USB-drive.
    • Using multicast - for updating will be used the firmware version (image) that transferred to STB from PC by Multicast broadcasting. For a description see Multicast update.
    • Using static ip and tftp - for updating will be used the firmware version (image) that transferred to STB from the TFTP server.
    • Using dhcp - loading the image by the script, which STB requests from the DHCP server. See DHCP server configuration. Loading and updating STB software.
    • The status of the updating process is indicated on the TV screen.
    • After a successful software update, the STB will automatically reboot.

If the update is unsuccessful, check the boot mode settings or use a different update type.

Reset to factory settings from System Recovery Utility menu

  • Enter System Recovery Utility menu;
  • Select Default Settings.
  • In the Resetting to defaults window select Yes.
  • At the bottom of the window, information about the reset operation performed should be displayed.
  • Go to the upper menu level by Exit.
  • Select Exit and Reboot, сonfirm with Yes.
    Note. If instead of Exit and Reboot you pressed Exit on RC, press Menu on RC to return to the main utility menu.
  • STB will automatically reboot.

After resetting STB to the factory the environment variables including the bootloader settings are set to the initial value.

  Video example. Reset to Default Settings. MAG256
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