Openmips Enigma2 restart cron Gigablue

If you use a Gigablue SAT Box,after some weeks enigma2 will hang up:

edit root crontab:

$crontab -e

insert:
0 1 * * *   killall -9 enigma2 && sleep 5 && init 3 && /etc/init.d/samba restart
5 1 * * *   wget -O /dev/null -q "IP-OF-GIGA-Box/web/powerstate?newstate=0&type=0"

This will restart enigma2 Service, Samba and Webinterface too! Then Enigma is set to Standby!
That kodi can access the TV Bookmarks to view TV over LAN! If Standby is not set Kodi hangs!

Openmips: Upgrade Gigablue Firmware Failure Boot Freeze Enigma

If you own a Gigablue TV Box ( Gigablue UE 800 2 Tuner DVB-S + DVB-C for example) a reboot on Firmware 4.2 can lookup the box to factory reset. This did my box too.

I decided to upgrade the Firmware from openmips 4.2 to current 5.4. But you ran into some bugs, like freezes on Firmware flashes! Hang on Reboot, or boot after Flash into old Firmware.

I found some Workarounds to fix (I have a gigabue with 2 Tuners inside and a HDD)

  • To upgrade you need 3 USB Sticks 4GB FAT32 formated
  • Go to the official Downloadpage and download the Firmware for your Model current Version 5.4 openmips!
  • Extract this Zip File to one Stick (Folder gigablue)
  • If you have never updated the box, last 12 month, search on openmips-page for the last „Bootloader Zip file“
  • Extract it to the other usb stick with Folder „gigablue“ too. (check subfolders and files do not change folder tree, cause the root path is gigablue where the bios looks!
  • FOR SUCCESSFUL FLASH REMOVE HDD and 2nd. ADDON Tuner Card ! CAUSE THIS CAN FREEZE the FLASHING (I/O Conflicts) !!

Firmware Opemmips go: http://image.openmips.com/5.4/index.php

Bootloader Openmips go: http://image.openmips.com/5.4/index.php?open=loader

Now let’s upgrade..

  • Plugin the USB Stick with the last Boot Loader, Power off and on the Box by switching the PSU Switch, PRESS + HOLD OK BUTTON if the old Loader Shows Revision Number on Display „15XX“ then the Bios starts flashing the new Loader and Reboots after 1-2 Minutes without any work by YOU!! On newer models Press + Hold OK, then the Screen Shows PRESS POWER Button to Flash! (Bootloader 16XX Handling)
  • After this Reboot, Power off, and change the USB Sticks and do the same work again, but to Flash NOW the „Openmips OS“ with enigma2.
  • If this is successful the Box reboot again, but now into Opemmips 5.4 (Blue/White Logo instead Red/White)
  • Change on a TV the Settings, HDMI Output, Language, Network Wifi, Satellite LNB and start Channel Auto Search
  • Go to System -> Software and add your wanted Plugins like „Openwebif“ Web Interface and „EPG-Refresh“ (AUTO Update Channel Lists)
  • Test the box and do A „Full Image Backup“ to a empty USB STICK!!
  • Power down the Box and Plugin HDD and 2nd. Tuner Cards, Power on and Test again
  • Do a FULL IMAGE BACKUP by the Interface to HDD (/media/hdd) too.

be happy and start recording your TV Sessions ..