Reflashing my F3

Piltdownpaul

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Ah my machine has stopped booting up, goes to L0040 and then stops.
 
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Null Modem Cable on Standby. There is a Topic about recovery after bricking. By me. After I bricked mine. And recovered it. Eventually.
 
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i have a cable. I shall search for it.
 
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Where can i get the recovery tool?
 
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Piltdownpaul said:
Where can i get the recovery tool?
Please Sir. Me Sir!

PM me your EMail address and I'll whack it over to you. DO run the autoexec.bat file first. No idea what it does, but having wasted time, I tried that and it went through no problem.

And for the Flash, you should use an earlier Firmware than you were using went it went t*ts up.
 
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Ok . pm sent
 
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Sorry, the .bat file is called "config"

PM received and package will be on it's way soon.
 
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Many thanks...here goes....
 
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This rs232 to rs232 cable cant be a null cable i'm reckoning
 
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No. But you can get one for a pound and a few pennies from the flea market.
 
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I cant see the skybox in the device manager.
 
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Should it show in the device manager-it isnt PNP is it? Should it show in the erom upgrade software?
 
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Null cable ordered, when it rains it pours here bloody hell.
 
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Morning, PDP

I've shifted all the Posts about this from the general F3 Topic.




A few points:

Your F3 is not Plug and Play

You need to read the Readme that came with the bundle I sent

Then Download to your PC an earlier Version of Firmware than the one you were using

Then connect the F3 using a Null Modem Cable: It needs to go to a proper 9 pin Serial Port (eg on a PC), NOT via a USB Adapter.

Ensure the F3 Power is OFF ( Not Standby)

Then from the bundle run "config". Nothing much will appear to happen

Then run the actual programme "EROM Upgrade" in the bundle - This gives you a Setup screen where you check the Port etc (It should already be correct, as per the Readme, but if not is easy to Edit: If you can't establish the Com Port using Device Manager, just experiment as it'll only be 1, 2 or 3!))

Then point it to the F3 Firmware you want to flash with (Must be an earlier Version than you've been using) and tick "Include Bootloader"

When all this is done, it will sit there waiting for you to turn on the F3 Power and you'll then see it Flashing.


It's very easy and very quick to set up. The Flash itself took a couple of minutes, IIRC.

It doesn't necessarily work first time, so you may have to repeat a few times.

On completion, turn off F3 Power, disconnect Null Modem Cable and Reboot.

Upgrade Firmware as required

Restore your TP_Prog file that you will, of course, have Dumped to USB on a regular basis ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,






This is drawn from the deep recesses of my mind as it's a few months since I did it - but it was pretty easy, for sure.
 
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No problem Tivu,going to give it a go in a second, been tied up with my mother who's been ill in hospital so ive got a lot on my plate. I ordered a cable on ebay and then realized the one i was using was a null cable as i used to use it for flashing the technomate. I'll be back with more problems or maybe success in a mo.
 
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Did a back up yesterday morning as i'm still sorting channels after installing the dish so theres no problems on that side.
 
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Ok, well Mother comes first.

The box can wait - so if you do have a go and don't succeed, just put it to one side and try another day.

And good on you having a Backup >>> So many people don't bother. I Dump after every major fettling session and every month regardless. It's just so easy and saves so much grief.
 
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Aaaahhh its downloading to the box, thats a start. I have time tonight as my mother is being disharged from hospital. She had a minor stroke but shes fine apart from her blood pressure. It takes so long travelling from the sticks into Leicester visiting. As you can appreciate livin int yonder!
 
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Thanks for the PMs, PDP ................. I'm sure the Forum Members would like to know the result too.

I'll leave that to your good self :)
 
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Well that was quick and painless. In all it took maybe 10 mins from bricked box to a working machine with all my channels reinstalled with satellite motor settings all correct. Off we go again. Many thanks to Tivu above for guiding me through the process. :-respekt
 
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