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Re: Need help on Tracker 2 - firmware back to ver 0

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  • deep_south_bob
    Will do! Bob
    Message 1 of 12 , Jun 23, 2010
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      Will do!

      --- In tracker2@yahoogroups.com, Scott Miller <scott@...> wrote:
      > There was never a firmware rev 0 - the build numbers are supposed to be
      > the modified Julian date of release. '0' would have been 4713 BC.
      > If you've already tried the erase/reload and disable turbo options, and
      > if it was working before, then chances are pretty good the bootloader is
      > corrupted or it may have suffered some hardware damage. Send it back in
      > with a note about the problem and I'll check it out.
      > Scott
      > deep_south_bob wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Scott
      > > I bought the Tracker 2 from you a while back and it has been working
      > > without any issues until recently. June 1 brought some pretty good
      > > lightning down here.....even on surge protectors and UPS it wiped a
      > > mother board on one machine, damaged a network card on another, and the
      > > small Dell that was running the aprs seems to have lost the serial port
      > > connectivity. The tracker has been set up to do weather, digi, and an
      > > Igate. The UIview was running on the internet side fine. The digi seemed
      > > to be functioning on the tracker side as you would hear it key up the
      > > transmitter. Just nothing going through the modem-no receive and no transmit
      > >
      > > So last night I hooked up a new machine running XP service pack 3 and
      > > did the UIview install and used your program for the tracker. I managed
      > > to get into the tracker without much issue (as opposed to the other Dell
      > > which would not connect throught the serial port). I noticed that the
      > > firmware was sitting at version 0 and since I had screen shots of the
      > > original communication and the config files for comparision from the
      > > other machine (version was something like 50xxx) I figured the tracker
      > > would need a firmware upgrade.
      > >
      > > I attempted to use the web side for the task of gettting the new
      > > firmware but it kept giving me errors. So I download the file from the
      > > website and decided to use the file upload feature.. It would start and
      > > then crash giving me a windows error message. I figure okay maybe this
      > > XP machine was too high tech for it so I swtiched everything over to a
      > > machine running NT4. Again when trying to do a firmware check on the web
      > > it couldn't find the location. The upload file feature failed as well.
      > >
      > > So then I went back to the XP machine and using my screen shots
      > > configured the tracker as close as I could get......some areas like KISS
      > > settings weren't available on the version 0. I then went through UIVieew
      > > and set up the identical settings as before for the program.
      > > The tracker has been set up to do weather, digi, and an Igate just as
      > > before.
      > >
      > > As soon as I got uiview to connect to the server my weather was going
      > > out over the internet.....but there seemed to be no transmission over
      > > air. The 2 meter rig was receiving data from other stations and the data
      > > was going to the internet and appears to be hearing just fine based on
      > > the aprs.fi info I did see the red lights come on and off on occasion -
      > > I figured the digi side. But I do not seem to be getting the tracker to
      > > tranmist data from UIview out to the transceiver (which is a dedicated
      > > Yausu 2 meter rig). The cables I checked and they haven't been moved
      > > since originally setup.
      > >
      > > So are my problems with the tracker related to the lack of firmware
      > > upgrade or would the transmit function be damaged somehow?
      > >
      > > I need a solution asap as a lot of hams around here rely on my system
      > > (ironic eh?)....Like I said I had no problems prior to this. the machine
      > > that appears to have the serial port issue was a 500mhz Dell so I
      > > suspect it was about time. Everything else that I had running during the
      > > storms are fine.
      > >
      > > Help please.
      > >
      > > Robert Pullman
      > > KE5JJC Petal, MS
      > >
      > >
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