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I am a bit confused about the different loaders, is there any difference between DS918+, DS3615xs and DS3617xs?

Is there different functionality, or is it just a question of selecting the version that works with my hardware?

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Compatibility between loader of the DSM software version and unit (Synology hardware).

 

But how did you get a bootable usb stick with the bootloader for the DSM6.2? I can not create one with Rufus, Etcher or dd command on Linux, so I am stuck with 6.1

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I didn't really do much. I use the 1.04b image, change VID/PID and the serial number/mac address from a real Synology device. I am not sure if serial and mac address is necessary.

I think that was it.

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That is exactly what I did with no success at all :-(

 

Generated MAC address, serial number, changed vid and pid, but all of this shouldn't have any influence of booting at the first place, for later installation purpose, I think it is more important.

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Have you looked at this?

 

You might have to change a few things in your BIOS depending on the hardware you use.

I haven't had much luck with generated serials, I would suggest you try getting it working with only changing the VID/PID until it boots.  If my memory serves me right, the serial/mac is only important, if you need to use hardware decoding.

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OK, gotta go to work now, but will keep on trying until it works ;-) 6.1 install was super fast and un-eventful though.

 

Thanks

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