Originally Posted by Tonhao
I followed the following procedure; I connected the Opus by pressing the central key next to the display and the play key, then the initial screen changed to another requesting the insertion of the CD Recovery and with information that the process could take up to 30min depending on the size of the HD.
When inserting the CD Recovery the process initializes and randomly it lasts 28min and the apparatus gives a boot, or stops half way and the screen indicates that the process failed. While reading the Recovery CD, the screen will stop in the same condition that you asked for the CD to be inserted.
Even when the process is completed and after booting, nothing changes and the device freezes on the home screen.
I repeated this process more than 20 times and nothing.
My patience has run out and I am returning the device to my client.
I can confirm that the recovery-cd's (and I have many versions of them), hardly ever lead to a happy end. They get stuck somewhere in the process. Having said that, it does not make me sad...
Because, what they always did and succeeded in, was to write the very first partition on the Olive disk, the one that is a mystery to me, can't be copied and looks like a bunch of bytes without structure. But it is vital for the Olive (4) to boot.
The 2nd and 3th partitions are the system partitions with all the real code. They are easily backuped and restored. Only one of them is used.
Then you have the 5th and 7th partitions, the so called config and data partitions. These are vital for the music one put on it, and both need to be backuped regularly.
So, if you have somewhere a spare disk with the system partition, and if you can open the Olive and take out the unwilling disk, then you can copy the system partition(s) to the Olive disk, and, if you happen to have both config and data partitions, you can restore these too, and be happy again.
But with only the system partitions, and recovery of the partition-structure, one can have a booting Olive, albeit without any music on it.
The Olive is essentially a closed system, and that is bad. Luckily someone with more skills than me, provided us with the tools to get the contents of the Olive disk displayed on the Linux desktop. That way opens a bunch of new possibilities. Nowadays I can easily append the composers list and other tables. Recently I modified Maestro.php so that it is still fully usable in my constantly updated Firefox browser.
But it will always be possible that an Olive 'dies' because of some hardware failure. The connectors are most likely to give problems (re-attach them), and some component on the motherboard or power supply can go bezirk. Then one need to replace that, or try to repair.
If needed, I could somehow (via Gertjan?) provide the system partition, and of course the modified Maestro.php.