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New FrSky EU firmware - an unwelcome surprise

Taranis and X series receivers.

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Caveman14/05/2015 21:07:39
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OK, I've tried to bind a brand-new, 2015 EU version X8R in D8 mode and it wasn't the slightest bit interested!

Changed to D16 mode and it bound instantly.

So, if like me you're new to things Taranis and have only 2015 X series receivers then the EU transmitter update XJT_eu_150413.frk is the way to go, but, if you've got pre-2015 receivers requiring D8 mode then it's probably best to stick with XJT_eu_150122.frk.

GDB

Geoff Sleath22/05/2015 12:21:18
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That's interesting, Caveman, but I'm not surprised. Looks like I'll be using the earlier (150122.frk) XJT update when I eventually do need to update. I only have 2 X series receivers (an X6R and an X8R) and only the 8 is a 2015 version which I'm using in D8 mode as I don't need the S_port.

Geoff

Helidel13/10/2015 22:27:27
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Ref Chris B's "ps" on his post 26/02/15

I have many X-R rcvs. and only 1 X6R eu rx.which I want to downgrade to suit my old Taranis.

I can use it in the D8 mode but would like to use it in D16.

Have downloaded lots of .frk files and "How to's" but none advise how to downgrade, I expect the answer is reasonable simple but I find that maturity often gets in the way now-a-days?

regards Helidel

Edited By Helidel on 13/10/2015 22:28:03

Edited By Helidel on 13/10/2015 22:28:42

Martyn K13/10/2015 22:32:40
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Basically follow the process for upgrading (using a USB connected module into the S Port) but choose the X8R_150115.frk firmware from the download section on the FrSky site. I did 2 last week, it was very straightforward.

Martyn

Helidel13/10/2015 22:47:08
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Wow

Such a quick and precise reply .. will try that tomorrow ... my "square" eyes tell me it's time for a rest!

Thanks Helidel

Helidel14/10/2015 21:33:00
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Have just tried Martyn's s advice .. a few times ... but get the following problems after installing CP210x VCP Windows drivers.

1] connected USB adapter to the PC & it says it's on COM3

2] open S/port upgrade adapter .. COM 1 displays as not found I change to COM3 and get the same msg.

3] when selecting X8R 150115.frk I get the green led flashing-red solid ... forever!

Cannot see what I'm doing wrong!

Helidel

Helidel14/10/2015 22:14:39
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Have just tried again and while searching for the file .frk I connected the rx and voila the download option lit up it started to and completed the download with a solid green led on the rx.!

Helidel

Martyn K14/10/2015 22:32:29
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That's just what I was gong to suggest!

Chris Bott's method works for me:

Connect the USB adapter to the PC and the smart port adapter cable to the USB adapter.

  • Run frsky_update_Sport.exe
  • Make sure correct com port is selected.
  • Click File and select the appropriate firmware (.frk file).
  • Click Download

THEN

  • Plug the smart port adapter into the receiver.

It will notify you that it has found the receiver and the download will start - takes a couple of minutes. Leave well alone, I have had timeouts while the download is in progress because I have flicked to a background job. The update program seems to need to be in the active window

Martyn

Antonio Rodriguez02/01/2016 22:22:32
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Hi,

I''ve just downgraded a X4R sbus in the hope that it would finally bind with my Taranis Plus (RF fw non modified)

It didn't bind on arrival and soon enough I found out the likely cause (EU FW?)

The RX has been flashed with a couple of different non EU FW from frsky, though the red light flashes at binding then on normal operation it flashes as per signal lost, no green led.

I''ve used D16 mode CH 1-16

any help appreciated, thanks

MattyB20/01/2016 11:42:26
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Hi all,

Just an FYI that I have started a discussion over in "the other place" around FrSky RF firmware and posted up a whole load of links for reference - might be worth a bookmark in your browser...

Edited By MattyB on 20/01/2016 11:43:11

Eagle 89920/01/2016 12:01:34
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Cheers Matty; bookmarked thumbs up

Bob Cotsford20/01/2016 14:12:44
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subscribed, thanks Matty

Eagle 89920/01/2016 17:26:46
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T+ and five X8Rs flashed with EU-LBT this afternoon. I have been using EU version without any problems and this latest version is supposed to be better......we'll see.

Martyn K20/01/2016 17:34:35
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Let us know how you get on please

M

Stuart Ord26/01/2016 18:48:38
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Well, here we go again, another year, another firmware. Hi guys, HNY.

Thought I'd let you know that I've just updated my Taranis Tx and my X series receivers to EU-LBT. (Does anyone know what LBT stands for?) All went well. I've not tested all my telemetry sensors yet, but a LiPo monitor worked OK so maybe they won't need any updating. I used the same procedure as last year - all items flashed from the computer using the frsky_update_Sport.exe program and leads from computer USB to the Tx or the Rx. I see there are instructions now to flash the Rxs from the Tx, but I didn't try it, the old method worked fine. Done X8, X6 and X4 Rxs, using X8 firmware for the X6.

I've read during the year that some people got range problems with the 2015 EU firmware. Generally I had no problems I noticed, except for one big one when a model stopped responding during an aerobatic contest. Instant expensive kit job. It all seemed to work when I picked up the bits and plugged the electronics in again. So it was either a glitch by the radio or a glitch by the pilot, but I'm convinced it wasn't me, even my caller noticed I was waggling the sticks and getting no response. Let's hope this firmware solves any such problems.

Stuart

Fatscoleymo26/01/2016 20:39:16
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Listen Before Transmit

Stuart Ord26/01/2016 21:54:29
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Ah, thanks. Too obvious for me to notice! I thought the 1/1/2015 firmware did that was well?

Fatscoleymo27/01/2016 07:32:22
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No idea Stuart, I've followed this thread from the start and about the only thing I'm clear on is the term LBT!

I've resisted updating anything so far as I've not had to buy any receivers.... but I will have to sometime soon...

Martyn K27/01/2016 11:40:59
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Hi Stuart

Is that the latest EU-LBT Firmware (December 2015)?

M

flight127/01/2016 12:12:59
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Well i have been running the first eu firmware (for internal modual) with out issues, but i have up graded all to the latest LBt EU firmware a few weeks ago and I have had no issues and even with bad (deliberate) placement of RX aerial to check and all is well just as good as before.

As with compatability (because I will get the Horas later this year)I have aslso upgraded to companion 2.17 with no issues other than it's different and you need do things slightly diffentley, all well stated on the opentx site.

For old reciever compatability D8 and long range LR12 just remember in companion setting make shore the eu tick box is not selected before downloading and flashing new firmware.

This will give you D8 and LR12 and d16 do choose from in your taranis model settings.

Also i have just seen on hobbyking new full range rx compatable with frsky acsst and you thought frsky rx were cheep

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