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Motorola cdm1550 firmware upgrade (remote head)

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Fire125

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hi guys,
so i just got a remote head and installed it as it says in the manual, but the radio doesnt power up. someone told me i need to upgrade my radio. doesn anyone knows how to upgrade the firmware and what version i need? tnx
 

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I believe that the last firmware for that radio was R05.10.04. You need the firmware update program, a RIB, a flash adapter and a programming cable.

That being said, the radio not powering on will not be resolved by updating the firmware. The radio NEEDS to power up in order to upgrade the firmware. Perhaps try putting power to the ignition pin?
 

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I believe that the last firmware for that radio was R05.10.04. You need the firmware update program, a RIB, a flash adapter and a programming cable.

That being said, the radio not powering on will not be resolved by updating the firmware. The radio NEEDS to power up in order to upgrade the firmware. Perhaps try putting power to the ignition pin?
the radio powers on! when i install the remote head, it doesnt power on! do you think the firmware is the problem?
 

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hi guys,
so i just got a remote head and installed it as it says in the manual, but the radio doesnt power up. someone told me i need to upgrade my radio. doesn anyone knows how to upgrade the firmware and what version i need? tnx
I agree with N1GTL; simple power on is not a firmware upgrade issue. And, stop and think about this: If you can't power on the radio, how are you going to upgrade the firmware or even program it? The answer is that you can not. So solve the power on problem first.

Some things to check and then double check:

First, there are two ribbon cables; one between the radio box and the remote front housing, and the other between the control head and the remote front housing. These cables must be correctly and completely seated for the radio to work at all. There's a little O or dot on the cables and on the places where they plug in. They need to match up, and then the cables need to be fully seated.

Second, how did the radio power on before you installed the remote kit? Did it need 12vdc ignition sense or just push the on/off button? It should work the same with the remote kit in place.

Third, it's possible that the remote cable is defective. That's easy to test, just find yourself a standard CAT-5E cable (not a cross-over cable) and plug it in in place of the Motorola remote cable.

A word about firmware upgrades for the Waris radios: Except for the very, very early models, firmware upgrades have been few and far between. I've kept a close eye on this product line across a number of forums, and vary rarely have any of the more expert users reported or even discussed firmware upgrades. I've never upgraded any of the Pro Series radios in my fleet or any of my client's fleets.
 

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the radio powers on! when i install the remote head, it doesnt power on! do you think the firmware is the problem?
Two of us have told you that power on is not a firmware issue.

If the radio powered on in dash mount configuration, but won't in remote head configuration, then there is something wrong with the remote head installation. It is as simple as that.
 
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