Applies to Models: all WRN series recorders as of 01/01/2021
Due to the nature of the WRN series recorder running Linux, in some cases, such as losing the administrator password, you may need to re-image the operating system. This article details steps to accomplish this update. If Hanwha Vision releases any updates for this model recorder, they will be through an ISO that has the drivers and updates contained within that ISO. This would necessitate a re-image of the Linux OS on this recorder. These instructions will walk you through that process.
If you simply need to update the WAVE VMS server or client software version, there is no need to perform a re-image. Simply update the VMS using the information in this document, or by manually installing the Linux packages downloaded from the WAVE VMS web site.
Warning: You will need a blank 8GB or larger USB drive to perform this process.
If you use a smaller drive, the process will fail with an error.
This process will reformat your USB drive and erase all the data stored on it.
We recommend using a brand new thumb drive for this process.
If a new USB drive is unavailable, copy off all data from the drive
before performing the steps below.
Step By Step Guide:
1. Connect a USB Keyboard and Mouse to the WRN unit.
NOTE: The initial stages of re-imaging require a physical keyboard.
On-screen keyboards are not available in the re-image process
2. Back up your WAVE configuration if possible
NOTE: Even though you might be locked out of the WRN Linux desktop in some cases,
if you can log into the WAVE system from a client workstation or the WAVE Sync website,
you can backup the License keys and the WAVE database
3. Click >Here< to go to the Balena site to download the utility to make a bootable USB drive
4. Download Balena Etcher
NOTE: Etcher is very simple, you select your source file, your
destination drive, and burn the image
5. Download the latest ISO for the WRN
NOTE: To download the latest Linux build for the WRN
Click >Here< to download the Image from North America
Click >Here< to download the Image from the European Union
6. Once the ISO is downloaded, create your bootable image using Etcher, select your source file (the downloaded ISO) and the destination drive (your USB stick). When Etcher is complete, plug the USB Drive into a blue USB 3.0 jack on the WRN.
7. Repeatedly press the F5 key during WRN boot until it beeps and enters the BIOS boot menu
8. Select the USB device (Figure 1)
NOTE: The name will be different depending on the brand of the
USB drive (Figure 1)
9. Press the Enter key to select the first highlighted option (Figure 2)
10. The errors below can be ignored (Figure 3)
11. Partclone will show progress bars for the first half of the image process (Figure 4)
NOTE: This will take roughly 5 minutes, after the progress bars are
complete, you will receive two warning prompts for confirmation that
existing files will be deleted and overwritten.
12. Type Y (Figure 5)
13. Press the Enter key to proceed with both prompts (Figure 5)
14. Partclone will take roughly 5 minutes to complete (Figure 6)
15. Select the option to Power Off (Figure 7)
16. Click on OK (Figure 7)
17. Remove the USB drive from the WRN
18. Cycle power to the WRN
NOTE: Contact Support at either address below for the Linux password.
North America Support: email@example.com
European Union Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Addendum: Should WAVE not recognize the recording drive(s) in Linux upon system
recovery click >Here< to properly remount them for WAVE usage