Icom: ID-51A Plus firmware update problem

ldaniel

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I have correct cable, the one that doesn't req. the special USB driver you have to d/l. I hook it up, got the correct port #, the display is flashing and the thing will not update. It says it can't communicate with the radio. I even held my foot up in the air to see if that would work. Anyone has any ideas? Icom support says I could send it in, that will cost me around 90 something bucks an hour.
 

wb4sqi

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I have correct cable, the one that doesn't req. the special USB driver you have to d/l. I hook it up, got the correct port #, the display is flashing and the thing will not update. It says it can't communicate with the radio. I even held my foot up in the air to see if that would work. Anyone has any ideas? Icom support says I could send it in, that will cost me around 90 something bucks an hour.
First of all, don't pay Icom to update it for you. It's not a "big" deal update, you can live without it. I have not updated mine and probably won't unless I get bored.

Can you communicate with the ID51 with the ID-51a software, upload/download memories etc.? If this works there's really not much reason for it to refuse to communicate with the radio. Try a different computer maybe? Have the correct firmware? It's different between the Plus and Plus2 radios.
 

N4DJC

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Which cable specifically are you using? If it’s either Icom cable, you still have to install the USB driver the first time you use it. Otherwise it won’t connect.
 
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