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Updating from OpenTX 2.1.x to latest 2.2.x

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Allan Bennett27/02/2019 19:55:53
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I'm planning to update my Taranis from OpenTX 2.1.9 to the latest 2.2.x (2.2.3 I believe) but I'm paranoid about the possibility of bricking my transmitter, or having to manually reinstall all my 20-or-so models, so have a couple of questions I haven't been able to find the answer to yet:-

I'm aware of the advice to backup my transmitter before starting, but do I do that using OpenTX Companion 2.1 or 2.2?

I'm also vaguely aware that some file names need to be truncated to work with 2.2.x, so is it best to do that with my present 2.1.9 setup before saving it, or wait until I'm loading the models back into 2.2.x?

iawnski03/03/2019 20:10:44
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I look forward to the replys on this as I am in need of D8 on my new tx,,I also have 2.2 installed and have read u cnt download to the new eu txs will watch this ,do you have D8 on your 2,1,9

Allan Bennett03/03/2019 20:50:17
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I don't know about D8. All my receivers are XxR or SxR LBT -- looks like they're all D16.

Chris Bott - Moderator03/03/2019 20:55:03
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Allan I'd backup using companion 2.1.9 then store the backup away as a copy somewhere safe. That way, whatever you do, you have a something you can go back to. I think I'd take a backup of the 2.1.9 TX firmware too, just for piece of mind.

As for the shorter filenames, I'd deal with that afterwards. Just see what works and what doesn't.

If folk get problems with the process, it's usually with the PC recognising that the Tx is connected to it, or problems with windows drivers etc.

 

Edited By Chris Bott - Moderator on 04/03/2019 11:38:46

Chris Bott - Moderator03/03/2019 20:59:40
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Iawnski to have D8 available all you need to do is uncheck the EU box in OpenTx settings BEFORE you download the Tx firmware from the web to load it into your Tx.

Allan Bennett04/03/2019 08:43:05
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Thank you Chris, I'll do it in the order you suggest.

Allan Bennett04/03/2019 19:57:20
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Almost done!

I had quite a successful afternoon, and my transmitter (Taranis 9D+) now reports that it's got bootloader 2.2.3 and OpenTx 2.2.3.

But when I switch on I get an SD Card Warning "Expected version: 2.2V0018". I've followed a couple of online videos which confirm that I have copied the current SD card data (except Sounds) onto my SD card correctly, but the message still shows. I can press any key to continue, and the trannie seems to be behaving correctly, with all my customised sounds working, all my models there, but none of my model images showing.

What am I missing, please?

Edited By Allan Bennett on 04/03/2019 19:57:55

Chris Bott - Moderator04/03/2019 20:20:24
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The only thing that warning checks is that a particular file is in the root of the SD card. Check the file is there. It's called something like SD card version.

If that's not there, copy it from the downloaded card contents. If it is, then I can check the file's contents against mine. I'm sure the contents is just a number.

Edit:-

In my Horus the file is called opentx.sdcard.version

Opening it with windows notepad and all that's in there is the text 2.2V0018

This Horus is on openTx V 2.2.3

Edited By Chris Bott - Moderator on 04/03/2019 20:29:52

Allan Bennett04/03/2019 21:09:00
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I've just checked my SD card, and there's nothing in the root directory other than all my model .eepe files, and subdirectories  BMP, CROSSFIRE, etc.. So, using Notepad, I've created a file called 'opentx.sdcard.version' with a single line of '2.2V0018'. But I still get the error message when I put the card back in my trannie.

Edited By Allan Bennett on 04/03/2019 21:09:48

PatMc04/03/2019 21:24:12
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IIRC it is, as Chris says just a version number You only need locate and open the file in notepad then change & save it with the expected number.

It's explained in Martin Phillips OpenTx 2.2 documents available as pdf downloads which I've just looked up.

Section 7 page 13 refers to the error message you're experiencing.

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This is easily overcome in one of two ways:
 Simply copy the newer version of opentx.sdcard.version from the new SD card download in place of the old one, or:
 To save having to download the new SD card contents, load the opentx.sdcard.version file into something like Notepad and just change the version number to the one shown in the error message above and resave.

Chris Bott - Moderator04/03/2019 21:32:04
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Allan could you have saved the file as opentx.sdcard.version.txt but can't see the .txt as windows hides it?

You could use SD card page in the system menus to check the filename on the Tx screen.

Also, as PatMc says. Check the number that's in the error message is the same in the file.

PatMc04/03/2019 21:36:09
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I'll do a screenshot of what's on my Taranis SD card & highlight the line you want in a couple of minutes.

Allan Bennett04/03/2019 21:38:48
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Well done! It shows it with .txt on the end. Renaming it as a .version file (instead of .version.txt) has done the job. Thank you Chris and PatMc.

Chris Bott - Moderator04/03/2019 21:43:48
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Bingo! Well done Allan.

Now check every model works as you expect, very carefully.

PatMc04/03/2019 22:07:31
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Good result, Allan thumbs up

BTW, if you don't have them already, Martin Phillips' OpenTX documents are well worth downloading for reference.

Complete Taranis & Horus set of docs here.

Allan Bennett05/03/2019 08:39:32
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Thanks PatMc. I printed a 'manual' (not sure if it was from that link) when I got started with my Taranis but, as with many reference documents (and videos) these days it never seems to cover the little niggles that occur when you're changing or updating, rather than starting from scratch. I've now got to find how to get my model images back, so I'll look through that link again.

And I will check each model thoroughly Chris!

Allan Bennett07/03/2019 17:24:54
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Done, I think!

BMP files are now in IMAGES folder on my SD card, and are displaying correctly in my trannie. I've only tested one model so far, a quad, but it's working correctly. Thanks for your help guys.

Allan Bennett17/03/2019 16:56:45
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First opportunity for a full-duration flight today, and I've noticed I'm missing the "minutes" and "seconds" from my countdown timer. The few other default sounds I use (e.g. "Switch Warning" ) work okay, as do my custom sounds, but my countdown timer announces the minutes and seconds with just a number, e.g. "six" instead of "six minutes".

What have I missed, please?

Edited By Allan Bennett on 17/03/2019 16:57:15

Allan Bennett18/03/2019 15:11:41
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Sorted

The video I used to show me how to update instructed me not to copy the new SOUNDS folder onto the SD card "if your're using a custom sound pack". I've created and use many custom sounds, so omitted the SOUNDS folder. But evidently this doesn't count as a 'custom sound pack', so copying over the new SOUNDS folder onto the SD card has done the job.

Chris Bott - Moderator18/03/2019 19:23:17
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Good news, well done Allan

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