I've been using LEDE on an Archer C7 AC1750 v2 for several months quite successfully as a main household router that also handles DDNS and acts as an openVPN server. Today I attempted to update it to 17.0.2 to see if it would resolve a weird IPv4 vs IPv6 routing issue that I see with some of my devices. Unfortunately, when I attempt to apply the sysupgrade package, I get:
root@archer-c7:/tmp# sysupgrade lede-17.01.2-ar71xx-generic-archer-c7-v2-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin
Image metadata not found
Invalid image, hardware ID mismatch, hw:c7000002 494c0001 image:c7000002 00000001.
Image check 'platform_check_image' failed.
My system does report it's running the same architecture and architecture:
LEDE Reboot 17.01.1 r3316-7eb58cf109 / LuCI lede-17.01 branch (git-17.100.70571-29fabe2)
root@archer-c7:/tmp# cat /proc/cpuinfo
system type : Qualcomm Atheros QCA9558 ver 1 rev 0
machine : TP-LINK Archer C7
processor : 0
cpu model : MIPS 74Kc V5.0
This looks suspiciously like another issue reported against the Linksys EA4500:
But before I go and do the double-secret aftp recovery trick, I wanted to check here to a) see if there were any totally obvious things/steps I'm overlooking (based on the Netgear thread it looks like probably not), and b) report this instance in case it's a sign of a larger issue.
LEDE doesn't touch the ART partition (it's mounted read-only), and AFAIK the stock firmware don't either. It looks like the hw version comes from some regions of the flash, and most likely not from the ART partition.
All in all, it makes no sense from the stock firmware to touch the hw version/revision... So no, I don't think that you flashed something that altered all that at once. You've just got yourself a real IL router. Do you have anything on the labels at the back of the router that would tip you off ?
I think that the fact we have the same device but different results is a good indicator that your ART partition is IL localized.
Well, there are no unusual markings on the product ID sticker or anywhere else. I happened to find the box (no idea why I saved it), and it's in English, with no mention of a particular zone/region. So either Amazon picked up some 3rd party stock, or it was mislabled, I suppose. I'll go ahead and marked this solved, though the "resolution" is a bit unsatisfying. Thanks so much for your help!