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Price MRK-2 ribless can 'flash' portables?

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I thought I read somewhere that the Price Industries MRK-2 ribless cables can program but not flash the various portables - but the Price website seems to suggest they can both program and flash.

Whats the story here - are there any Price MRK-2 users here than can confirm the ribless cable will indeed 'flash' if required?
 

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I use an RS-232 ribless from Price and have not had trouble flashing any 256k ROM 8 or 512k MRK radios.

No ribless, not Price or Macom will flash an LPE with flash code before P1R09C00, Jag 700p KRD models S1R02A05 and before, or P7100/Jag 700p RU model with flash code before J2R06A02. This is because the older flash codes wouln't turn on the switched B+ to the UDC which powers the rib cable.
 

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Thanks JungleJim. Just out of interest, I guess the solution to getting early firmware variants of the portables you'd listed to 'flash' with a RIBless unit is to inject your own +B to the circuitry? Probably wouldn't be a hard mod to do to the RIBless device concerned.
 

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mitaux8030 said:
Just out of interest, I guess the solution to getting early firmware variants of the portables you'd listed to 'flash' with a RIBless unit is to inject your own +B to the circuitry? Probably wouldn't be a hard mod to do to the RIBless device concerned.
I don't know about that, we just drag out the RIB and wall power supply. I have been able to do the flash upgrade with a ribless cable by using the "recovery" tool in radio maintenance. I don't recommend it as it doesn't always work and if you're not comfortable with it you may put yourself further behind
 
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