I am relatively new to the world of the 79 drives... but not new to soldering, electronic projects etc. So, I thought hacking this new elite box here with a 0079FL would be pretty easy. I was wrong, at least so far.
I have a Willem PCB5.0 programmer and 14mm adpater, and it will read/program all of the Hitachi chips.
So, I started out, by removing the existing flash chip from the 79 board. I cleaned up the leads (after removing the epoxy covering the chip)... which was done with a hot air tool, and nothing was damaged in the process.
After the chip was removed, and leads cleaned up, I read it in my programmer... and got a good dump. I even checked it against the other files in the FW Toolbox 4.6 to make sure the dump looked legit.
At this point, I made a txt file with the drive keys, and saved it (I always do this)... then, I used the FW toolbox V4.6, opened my dump, copied my keys, used the smart hack patcher and made a new hacked file, saved the file, then encrypted it and made a new -e encrypted file. I checked the file before flashing it to the chip (using the Willem) and it looked good, and very similar to the original dump. So, I flashed the chip and reinstalled it onto the Hitachi board. The onl;y difference I detected was that my keys had changed location after patching.
After reinstalling the drive into my system, all I get is a E64 error. The drive will not eject, and does not appear to be doing anything at all, as I hear no spinup or any activity.
So, I removed the drive again, pulled the chip, and tried doing the same again, but downgrading to 59 firmware, but spoofed it to 79, and added my keys... no go. Same thing, E64 error !
Next, I used a brand new 47 firmware drive, and spoofed it to 79, and E64.
I even took the 47 drive, and wrote my original 79 dump to it, and tried that, and still E64.
The only thing I haven't tried yet was using a Samsung drive and spoofing it to 79.
I have several questions, and after extensive searching here, I was not able to find answers:
I cannot get past this E64 problem using Hitachi drives. What am I doing wrong ?? Is this elite toast now ? Does the system flag itself when it encounters an improperly flashed drive ?
Does all firmware on 0079fl drives have to be encrypted before writing the flash ? THats one thing I am confused about... as I did it with the 79 flash that did not work. The firmware on the 47 drive was not encrypted before rewriting it.
ANy ideas on what I can do to fix this system and get past this e64 error
Any help is appreciated. THanks!