Here it is, this is how you fix a bricked xfta router. I do not claim to have figured this out, just sharing
Reviving a bricked XFTA - do this ONLY if RESET did not work
If the xfta doesn't work anymore and you know you bricked it as you can't get into gargoyle web interface anymore even after using the RESET procedure described in the Viewsat + XFTA how to, (I played with it too much and it happened to me and I could not get into the gargoyle web interface either no matter how many times I resetted it) then you can use command prompt to tftp the firmware to revive it.
But first, if you are using vista or Win7, you need to make a small change. In Win XP tftp is enabled as default.
Command Line TFTP:
You need to enable it in Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Windows Features -> check mark : TFTP Client
End of C/P
After doing that, make sure you have the firmware extracted and saved in the C drive.
Now, connect the xfta to the PC via LAN 1 port.
- follow this and set a static IP as mentioned.
Turn off the firewall on your PC - you need the TFTP program to be able to connect out through the firewall area to the router.
Open a command prompt window (start - run - type cmd and press ENTER). Type in cd.. and press enter and keep doing that till you reach the C drive where the firmware is at.
Press and hold the reset button on the back of the router for 1 minute. Then wait for 1 more min and then do a reboot. Now wait for 2 mins till it comes on again.
Now, use tftp to transfer .trx firmware to the router. The commands are as follows - use this in the command prompt screen you are at:
tftp -i 192.168.1.1 put filename.trx
NOTE: I used a windows based gui and that made it very easy.
Be sure to replace 'filename.trx' with the exact name of the TRX firmware file you are using.
Be VERY, VERY careful when you do this!!! Wait till it is done 100% and wait 5 more mins AT LEAST after that. Actually wait 15 mins, just to be completely sure as it takes time to load the firmware from the RAM of the xfta. DO NOT unplug xfta or the power any time when you do this.
Now, after waiting a while, do a reboot... wait 3 mins for the router to boot up,