Updating Flash for an Orion

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Updating Flash for an Orion

Post by rescue161 » Sat Oct 21, 2006 1:34 pm

Anyone have any insight on this? My VHF has G44 for the flash. I'm going to set it up as a dual radio setup with a lowband radio, but I'm certain the lowband is going to be lower than that (don't have it in hand yet).

How hard is it to update the flash in the lowband model?
Scott

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Re: Updating Flash for an Orion

Post by n_zero_ndp » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:40 pm

rescue161 wrote:Anyone have any insight on this? My VHF has G44 for the flash. I'm going to set it up as a dual radio setup with a lowband radio, but I'm certain the lowband is going to be lower than that (don't have it in hand yet).

How hard is it to update the flash in the lowband model?

Scott,
I have G45 here at home... I can e-mail it to you. Latest flash available
that I know of is OG46410. I probably have that at work......

Or as an alternative, you can read the G44 from your VHF and save
it for use on the LB. M/A-COM does not suggest this route as the
flashcode could become corrupt while being saved to your hard drive.

They always suggest you should use a fresh flashcode from known good origins.

ProGrammer gives you the option everytime you program a radio
to update the flashcode. It shows up at the same place where you
have the choice to upload a special keypad file for the control head.

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Post by rescue161 » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:43 pm

Sweet!

What does G45 offer that G44 can't do?
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Post by n_zero_ndp » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:46 pm

rescue161 wrote:Sweet!

What does G45 offer that G44 can't do?
I have no idea...

A newer flash does not necessarily mean new features,
maybe only minor bug fixes. M/A-COM is famous for releasing
updates that fix old bugs, only to create new bugs...

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Post by rescue161 » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:49 pm

I've had good luck in the past with 44, so I guess I'll stay with that. I didn't even think of using the file from the VHF to load into the lowband.
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Post by Meatball » Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:22 pm

46 was the last flashcode available for the Orion. 44 is probably fine...usually the difference between flashcodes was to fix some very obscure EDACS problem.

Probably a good idea to have the same flash code in each radio, though.

If you're going to reflash, don't forget to save your feature encryption and tracking data strings to disk first. If you don't and the flash procedure fails, you'll have to realign the whole radio and get a replacement feature encryption string from MA/COM.

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Dual radio

Post by Glen W Christen » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:38 pm

It is absolutely essential to use the same flash in BOTH radios or you will have many problems. We have a lot of dual-radio in E911 vehicles.

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