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    Default FYI LOR firmware, important info here

    I have a feeling missing this tid bit of info could cause some of us problems.
    It has to do with the new controllers LOR is putting out and changing the firmware to an older version:
    http://lightorama.mywowbb.com/forum76/19424.html
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    Default Re: FYI LOR firmware, important info here

    Vic,

    I was active in that thread, and a big advocate of firmware upgrades, so I'll repeat some of it here.

    In 2009, due to a microprocessor change in manufacturing, CTB16D and CTBPC boards started shipping with firmware version 4.40. Firmware Ver 4.40 is ONLY for boards with a particular microprocessor chip on them.

    The LOR support page lists firmware Ver 4.32 as "current". Ver 4.32 is the most current for "older" boards made early 2009 and prior.

    Some people were wanting to try to load Ver 4.40 on older boards, it will not work as they do not have the newer microprocessor chip on them.

    Someone else was thinking that they should put Ver 4.32 on a newer board, replacing the Ver 4.40 it shipped with. NO! That would render the board useless as the firmware would not control the microprocessor.

    Summary:

    If your board has firmware Ver 4.40 - DON'T do anything to it. It is correct.

    If your board has firmware lower then 4.32, then reflash to bring it up to 4.32.
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    Default Re: FYI LOR firmware, important info here

    John,
    Thanks for the clarification, Since i have a new board with 4.40 on it.
    I know this issue is going to screw up some displays this year.
    If you downgrade a newer board to 4.32 is the damage reversable? (no I have not)
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    Default Re: FYI LOR firmware, important info here

    John, how do we determine which controllers are pre and post controllers?

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    Default Re: FYI LOR firmware, important info here

    Quote Originally Posted by victory402 View Post
    John,
    I know this issue is going to screw up some displays this year.
    If you downgrade a newer board to 4.32 is the damage reversable? (no I have not)
    Vic
    It shouldn't screw up any displays, why would anyone ever try to downgrade the firmware version?

    LOR's bootloader is pretty good at verifiying that the correct firmware is trying to be loaded, and gives an error message and refuses to load incorrect firmware.

    I ran into this the first time I tried to load "green board" firmware into a "blue board" and vice versa. (Several years ago, LOR also had to make a microprocessor change on the CTB16D boards, so they changed the board color at the same time and still support all firmware upgrades for both versions)
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    Default Re: FYI LOR firmware, important info here

    Quote Originally Posted by Al in Raleigh View Post
    John, how do we determine which controllers are pre and post controllers?
    Al,

    In the hardware utility, when you refresh your controller list, it tells you the controller ID number and the firmware version that controller currently has.

    If the standard AC controller has less then version 4.32, then click on the firmware tab, select the 4.32 firmware appropriate to the controller. That is: CTB08D (ver 4.30 only), CTB08S, CTB16PC, CTB16D Green, or CTB16D Blue.

    If the controller has version 4.40, then do nothing, it is current.

    Other firmware will also be listed for other LOR products: CCR150, ServoDog, ELL Transceivers, the regular MP3Director, the Mini-MP3 Director, CMB16 DC cards and the IDMX1000.

    I just finished updating my CCRs to the newest firmware Ver 1-04 for that product.

    Hope this information is helpful to someone else as well.
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