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Motorola HT series firmware upgrade

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Zsneese

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I have a /\/\otorola HT1250 and HT1550 that I am trying to upgrade firmware on. I have the firmware but I have no idea on how to upgrade the firmware or what I need. I have the RIB and cable. I have a lot of programming experience but I've never done a firmware upgrade.


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I believe you would need an ibutton and SmartRib box to do Firmware updates on those radios.


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I believe you would need an ibutton and SmartRib box to do Firmware updates on those radios.
SmartRib is optional, iButtons are not used on this series of radios.

From the BatLabs info page on the Pro Series:

You will need to use the RKN4074 Test/Flash/Programming Cable or AARKN4075B (RIB-less Programming/Flash Cable) with these radios.

For both mobiles and portables, you will need the HLN9742 Flash Adapter. If you are using a RIB and associated cable, the Flash Adapter must be connected between the RIB and the Programming/Test Cable. If you are using the RIB-less cable, the Flash Adapter must be connected between the PC and the RIB-less Programming Cable.

You do not need a SmartRIB (SRIB) to flash upgrade the radios, the normal RLN4008 RIB will work just fine.
 

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Nothing special about upgrading the firmware, just be aware NOT to jump large number of versions, like 2.0 to 5.18 as you can brick the radio. There is no smart rib or Ibutton needed, and you will need as posted the adapter that puts the radio in bootstrap mode, all it does is put a ground on a pin on the serial version cable. Select the software exe let it start follow the directions about turning on/off and switching the switch A or B. Also don't unplug, turn off or remove power from the radio as that WILL cause the radio to go into an unrecoverable state. If it looks like it's not doing anything, go get a cup of coffee or a drink of you favorite poison and come back later. I have seen some radios take up to 20 min to load.
 
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