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brin831

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guys we were doing a transition to digital with our xpr repeater ... we programed all up and had some audio issues that we think we have fixed with software updates of hand helds ...

anyway ... the issue i'm having is that the 8300 repeater doesn't read or write anymore works fine but its stuck in digital all is working exactly as it should etc. but we can no longer program the radio ... any tips tricks or thoughts on what do to here have tried with 3 different pc's with the most up to date software which was used to program the radio last ... have tried new known working program cable so thats not the problem its the radio ... moto wants more than 1000 bucks just to look at it bc its a discontinued model.

any help is appreciated.
 

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You need to upgrade your firmware. Latest XPR8300 is 02.07.00.04. If FW is older than 01.02.00 you need to go to 01.06.02 first, then on to the latest and greatest.

Just went through this a bit ago myself.
 

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Not sure if he can upgrade it if he can't talk to it. Sounds like the ethernet port is pooched which was a common problem with those.
 

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What I had happen was CPS was working but tuner was not. I upgraded all my software and then along with tuner not working, CPS quit too.

I believe I had to break out an older version of CPS to do the intermediate firmware upgrade, then used the new one for the final bump up but it did work on both.

As Mike said, you can't discount your communication pipe has sprung a leak either. Good luck.
 

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thanks yeah we can't read or write to it ... have always used usb to the accy port

repeater was running old old firmware 1.01.00 if i remember but have never had a need to upgrade it ... it has happily run 10 watts analog for 8 years until now.

With that said i guess no real suggestions on a back door or way to reset the unit etc. huh?

thanks all
 

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If you do send it to moto dealer cost is 1,200. They no longer support the XPR 8300 they will send you a XPR 8400. I've had many of these do this myself. Programmed one incorrectly got to a tower site to put it in place , and was unable to read or write it.
 

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so they will just send me an 8400 ??

my supplier keeps pushing me to get the new 1ru version of these repeaters
 

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so they will just send me an 8400 ??

my supplier keeps pushing me to get the new 1ru version of these repeaters
Yes I've sent off 2-3 of these and that's what I've been told by Motorola. I do also work for a dealer. 1,200 is dealer cost. If a dealer sends it off for you they may charge also to do so. Not sure how it works dealing directly with Motorola , and getting repairs done.
 

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well vans we have a mol account and do many things ourselves i just hadn't really even researched sending it back myself bc honestly i trust my dealer with my kids but i know they just want to make a sale ... we are def. just sending this sucker back in!!

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Awesome hope that works out good for you. If you ever upgrade the SLR 5700 is an awesome replacement!
 

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If your going to upgrade I would use the SLR series. The 8400 is end of life and has many known problems - Bad PA Decks and network card issues
 

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There are "ham friendly" dealers who will sell brand new SLR series repeaters for $2000 + shipping. The biggest advantage of the SLR series is that they are not just "2 mobiles in a box..." :D
 
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