Revert to stock Linksys WRT32X

HI. I'm having a tough time reverting to the stock firmware for the Linksys WRT32X. As I post this, neither partition has the stock installed--at this point I've got OpenWrt 21.02.1 on both partitions.

Via SSH, with the stock .img in the /tmp directory, I run from the /tmp directory: sysupgrade -F -n -v FW_WRT32X_1.0.180404.58.img. Then I get the following output:

[date/time] upgrade: Image metadata not present
Image check failed but --force given - will update anyway!
[date/time] upgrade: Commencing upgrade. Closing all shell sessions.
Connection to 192.168.1.1 closed by remote host.
Connection to 192.168.1.1 closed.

Ultimately, nothing happens, and I eventually need to switch to the bootable partition to get back in.

Any help is appreciated

Why not using LuCi to load factory firmware, and yes uncheck keep setting and probably need to check force upgrade.

LuCI uses the same sysupgrade command under the hood...
(LuCI has no special sysupgrade facility)

The sysupgrade command looks ok to me. Both -F and -n are there.

That makes me to wonder if the upstream image is ok.
Do the LEDs come on? Does it look alike that the OEM firmware activates?
(Just wondering if there is just browser cache problems or similar)

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The power light comes one and the eth 1 light (my macOS machine is directly connected there) flickers momentarily.

I was actually able to resolve this by installing DDWRT on a partition and reverting to stock from there.

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