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Vertex Firmware Update

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bryanknj

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I am having trouble updating the FIRMWARE on several VX459 portables. I have several portables across both bands. I am trying to load FIRMARE 1.12. I am using the FIF-10A and the CT106 cable.

The radios that I have trouble loading the new FIRMWARE into, all currently have FIRMWARE (1.05 and 1.06). It just "times out" each try I try to load the new FIRMWARE. I have tried this on two computers and both have identical results. Please note that I have been succefful with other VX459s. The only difference is that they started with a higher FIRMWARE version (1.1).

Any suggestions? All help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Bryan K.
 
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Bryan, this is a shot in the dark, but some times that is the case with radio firmware. You may have to flash to a specific version before going to the highest. Any chance you can find 1.10 and flash them to that one first? (You might try searching Google for grins.)
 

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I thought all vertex radios require the firmware writer.. FIF-8 unit

Not the same as the programming cable.

Frank
 

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@nickcarr- Thank you for the reccommendation. I just tried to upload to 1.0 without success. Any other suggestions?
@n3obl- The FIF-10a is a firmware writer and the CT106 is the radio specific cable,
 

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Hmm, well you said this worked before right? Was it using the same compuer/cable/software setup?

I see that the FIF10A is USB as is the cable.

Some random ideas:

1. Could the radios be "locked" somehow? i.e. to prevent programming? Can you reset them to factory defaults first and then program?

2. Are you using the FRONT or REAR USB ports on the computers? Some computers will disable the FRONT ports in the computer BIOS menu. You could try plugging the USB cable into the REAR port.

2B. Are you sure the USB drivers are installed on the computer? There would likely be two sets of drivers. One for the port itself and one for the cable. (They should show in up device manager -- presuming your using Windows.) (See #3)

3. Does the radio/software connection work in other ways? Can you read/write to the radio -- does the radio respond to other interface commands?

4. Does the software require any special access/permissions/keys to upgrade the firmware?

5. If using Vista/Windows 7, do you have administrator access on that PC? If not, you can right-click on the program and choose "Run as Administrator"
 
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Had the same problem with FIF10A and Firmware.

Slow down the rate of the com port in windows.
1200 worked for me on the 450 series and 4600 series firmware.
9600 I guess was too fast.

I thought I bricked it a few times... scary.

OH make sure noting else is running (Antivirus and such)
John
 

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Question LTR Firmware 1.21, Available...?

Had the same problem with FIF10A and Firmware.

Slow down the rate of the com port in windows.
1200 worked for me on the 450 series and 4600 series firmware.
9600 I guess was too fast.

I thought I bricked it a few times... scary.

OH make sure noting else is running (Antivirus and such)
John


I agree with the slowing down, It's worked for me in the past, QUESTION...

I believe firmware version 1.21 will upgrade a 451 from Conv to LTR, can anyone point me in the direction of where to find the firmware? On the VX dealer websidt they only have Version 1.26 and it does not have the LTR built in it anymore.

Any help would be greatly appreciated...
 
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