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07-11-2008 04:36 AM  9 years agoPost 1
laddy

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07-11-2008 09:43 AM  9 years agoPost 2
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Anyone got any idea what the update does/improves??

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07-11-2008 11:29 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Barney

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Hi Droid, If you download the file from the link below there is a PDF doc that explains whats in the 1.06 update

http://2.4gigahertz.com/downloads/downloads.html

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07-12-2008 11:35 AM  9 years agoPost 4
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Thanks.....

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07-12-2008 02:37 PM  9 years agoPost 5
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http://2.4gigahertz.com/downloads/downloads.html
They actually only have 1.5 (even if it says 1.6 on the page)

Anyone know whats in 1.6 compared to 1.5?

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07-12-2008 08:11 PM  9 years agoPost 6
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wasnt this update already released couple weeks ago?

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07-14-2008 12:33 AM  9 years agoPost 7
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I'm confused, I did this update weeks ago 1.3 to 1.5 this is the same? Please someone??

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07-14-2008 10:09 AM  9 years agoPost 8
davebNZ

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12 FG Update 1.6

Hello 12FG'ers

I upgraded from V1.3 to 1.5 all fine.

Have just tried the 1.6 update, the progress bar moved around 1/4 and has been stuck there for 20min so far

Looks like it has crashed or hung.

Anyone been successful with this ?

I'll leave it for an hour or so before I power the TX off. Sure hope this does not kill it to the point of not being able load 1.5 again.....

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07-15-2008 12:39 AM  9 years agoPost 9
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Futaba, are you here? We need support!!

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07-15-2008 11:46 AM  9 years agoPost 10
davebNZ

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12FG Toasted !

Well, after staring at a stationary progress bar for an hour, I had little choice I felt and hit the power off.

Dead ! No display at all.

I'm picking there is no master reset button that will invoke a reload (ie no permanent software on board to allow for recovery?).

Anyone have any ideas?

Or am I boxing this new RX off for a trip to a Futaba repair centre

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07-15-2008 11:53 AM  9 years agoPost 11
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07-15-2008 12:34 PM  9 years agoPost 12
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Well, there in lies the problem.

With no life from the unit, and the only method of loading the firmware is to flick the switch on the rear, power on and press the button when instructed to on screen, this all becomes a tad impossible when it does not boot up to start with.

Of course back in the repair centre I'm sure they must have some means in which the flash the OS into the TX, but for us out in the field, how do we recover from a failed updated / install ??

I'm tempted to open it up in case there is a reset / factory default button inside, but a little concerned they may get all sensitive over warranty.

I emailed Futaba support the other day for advice, and so far no reply.

This appears to be a major design flaw IMHO.

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07-15-2008 12:44 PM  9 years agoPost 13
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The 12FG uses a special file system that is not compatible with Windows file system, so you are required to convert from Windows file first then write to the SD card. The SD card must be formatted by the 12FG first. The zip file contains both file converter and updating files.

1. Plug your SD reader/writer into your PC, but do not insert your SD card yet. The SD card must be formatted in your 12FG first.

2. Insert your SD card into your transmitter, power it on. It will say “This card has not been initialized” with a Cancel or Format below this sentence; dial over to “Format” and press. It will check again by asking if you are “Sure?” dial over to Okay and press. Formatting may take a few minutes depending on the size of card used. Once the transmitter is done formatting your card, it will say Format Completed, press the box that is highlighted “OK”.

3. Power off your transmitter, remove the card and insert it into your card reader.

4. Now, you will want to drag onto your PC’s desktop the zipped folder with the latest update on it. You will want to open this folder either with WinZip or as a Compressed file. Once you have this open, you will want to drag the files to your desktop. Once these are all on your desktop, you will see an EXE. file titled T12fgupdate.

5. Place your cursor on this icon and right click. You will see a box open up that gives you the option that says “OPEN”. Select this option, once you select it, you will see a box open up that is titled FUTABA File System Utility. Inside this box, will be another box with the destination selections from your computer to save this at. You will need to select your Removable Disk drive. Click on it, and the “OK” will highlight at the bottom of the inner box.

6. Once you have selected the destination to save the update to your Removable Disk drive, and Okayed this, you will see another box come up saying T12fgupdate…Data Copy On The SD Card. OK? At this point, simply press OK.

7. Once you press OK, you will get a confirmation in the main box that will say, “The copy to the SD card ended normally.”

8. You can now remove the card from your SD reader/writer and insert it into your 12FG. With the power off, move the update switch to the right. You will see a very small dot between the update switch location and the SD card slot, move the switch towards the SD card slot. Now power on your transmitter and you will see “T12FG PROGRAM UPDATE” You will need to press the dial, and the program will start updating. Once it is completed, power off the transmitter, move the update switch to the left and remove your card.

9. If you use your card to hold model files, you will not be able to see the update on this card through your SD Card reader/writer, as these files are not Windows compatible. You will also not be able to see any models saved to your SD card simply by viewing this drive in your PC. To view any files or saved models on your SD card, Futaba has provided a File System Utility for this purpose. You will need to download this onto your desktop to view, move, add and delete models right from your desktop.

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07-16-2008 05:54 AM  9 years agoPost 14
turbocivic4

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So this is a newer update, strange from what I read it seems to be the same update I just did a 3 weeks ago
I hope that other guy gets his radio going without having to send it in. That could happen to anyone of us.

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07-16-2008 11:50 AM  9 years agoPost 15
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Hey jonylien

Yes that is the instructions I've used that came with both the 1.5 and 1.6 updates.

Not possible to perform the update without following these.

Still no joy.

Still no response back from Futaba.

The shop that supplied it are at a loss as to recovery too (no real surprise, this is a fairly new radio), but have said send it back and it shall be sorted. Just a real inconvenience.

About to box up and send away :-(

The idea of having the ability for incremental feature upgrades or bug fixes was very appealing, but if they have no mechanism to recover from a bad install (ie a boot ROM in the device that allows for just flashing) and returning to factory for the special plug in to install software, then it has lost it's appeal.

Let's just hope this is an isolated, hopefully one off, failure !

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07-16-2008 05:35 PM  9 years agoPost 16
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Somebody has tried this update with good results?

Gustavo

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07-17-2008 12:40 AM  9 years agoPost 17
legoman67

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i wouldnt risk it, someone inform futaba of update issues..,

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07-17-2008 05:31 AM  9 years agoPost 18
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It appears I'm not alone. Although two that we know of out of how many 1000 units sold is not major issue rolling out of control.... but very annoying.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_7.../tm.htm#7736346

"It happened exactly the same to me. My 12FG failed to update from 1.3 to 1.5 . I have send it to futaba service. And after 2 weeks i got it back.
They flashed it for free."

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07-17-2008 08:16 AM  9 years agoPost 19
nkwan

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I upgraded from 1.1 to 1.6 no problem.. just followed the instructions. However, i found that the upgrade manual is only for 1.5.. so what's on 1.6??

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07-17-2008 01:42 PM  9 years agoPost 20
Stefano

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Hi,

1.6 is a Bugfix for V1.5. There were some issues when changing frequency from 35 to 40 MHZ (and vice versa).

Don't know if this fix does anything for you people out there in the world using other frequencies?! So the functions are the same as with V1.5!

Greetings
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