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ka6tya

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All he is gonna do is remove the flash with proper smd rework station and externally re-program the bootloader, than re-solder flash and load firmware via RS232.


Who is the person that will do this  & for how much?

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£29.99  which works out to about $50 plus postage to UK which is +/- $20 each way.

Still cheaper than a new box if it works.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Azbox-JTAG-Reflashing-Service-Elite-Premium-Plus-Ultra-Booting-Debrick-Repair-/200906709490


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Just an update for anyone who is interested.

merkin was on the money. 

The guy pulls out the flash, reprograms it and puts it back in the unit. From what I understand this is the same thing AZ does if you send the box back to them.

Since he is in UK it is cost prohibitive to ship and have to deal with customs. He advised that he just purchased an IC programmer and is going to source a replacement flash chip, program with oem software and send to me. 

I have been practicing my soldering skills on some old PC boards and will tackle the process with my Elite+ when I get the replacement flash chip.

I will post an update once I get it up and running if anyone is interested in doing the same.


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I am not certain but this sounds like what mine is doing. Got hime today and noticed that there was no picture coming out of it- just the no signal logo. First did a sleep and then awake and came back with the same thing. Did an on and off and all that happens is that it starts to come on, after a few the AZBox logo comes up then it disappears and goes to blue screen- I run the output through a VCR that makes blue when there is no signal. The first time it did this there was momentarily a picture but it went away. It seems to want to repeat the process. Not sure if this is the same thing as being mentioned here but if it is it sounds like it is not an easy fix and is also a fix that is beyond my skill level. I currently have it unplugged since sometimes electronics will go back to wokring after being unplugged for awhile.
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This is a different issue than we have had. Sounds like yours may just be a corrupt flash and may be able to be corrected with the TLL? cable.

adm222

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Update I plugged it back in and it bos up I get the AZBox screen than it goes to a blue screen again although it does have the channel name on the display and the light for the stand alone AC3 decider comes on saying ti is receiving something but there is no picture. Like it was when I got home ealrier.

Not sure exactly what corrupt flash means nor do I have a TTL? cable, at least I do not think I do since I know not what oone is.
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Update I plugged it back in and it bos up I get the AZBox screen than it goes to a blue screen again although it does have the channel name on the display and the light for the stand alone AC3 decider comes on saying ti is receiving something but there is no picture.


Have you checked to make sure it isn't in PAL mode instead of NTSC?

http://rickcaylor.websitetoolbox.com/post/pal-to-ntsc-for-the-old-school-azbox-boxes-6032848
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Not in PAL mode. Left it on and it is not in reboot mode anymore. Currently it is "flashing" the no signal message up on screen alternating between that nad the balck screen. It does this when it is both set to a channel the dish is pointing to or one that it is not. The signal level meter reads 100 while the quality is 0.
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Decided to reinstall the firmware since it is letting me get into the menu. I have 0.9.5020. Not sure fi there is a newer one that works. But trying to do so from the menu I have been geeted by a fail to update message. I turned it off and decided to reformat installation area before installing. That seems to have worked but now NOW it cant find the patch file on the USB stick So I am really stuck. I have another USB that has the patch file on it and when I insert that it says something about not being fat232 do not know what that is but this stick had worked before.
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Decided to reinstall the firmware since it is letting me get into the menu. I have 0.9.5020. Not sure fi there is a newer one that works. But trying to do so from the menu I have been geeted by a fail to update message. I turned it off and decided to reformat installation area before installing. That seems to have worked but now NOW it cant find the patch file on the USB stick So I am really stuck. I have another USB that has the patch file on it and when I insert that it says something about not being fat232 do not know what that is but this stick had worked before.


With the original USB stick that it recognized, make 2 copies of the patch file.
Rename one copy as patch.bin  and rename the other copy as just patch with no extension. 

The 2 copies is because some people keep their computers in a mode where it doesn't show common extensions, which will cause you to create a file named patch.bin.bin, which won't work.  But if you make 2 copies, one of the 2 will work.

Put the stick in your Azbox and power cycle via switch at the rear.  That should get you back to working.



EDIT:  And if you get the firmware re-loaded and can't see anything on the screen, watch the screen on the front of the Azbox, and hit the resolution button on the remote, and cycle through the options until you select the video output you're using.  Often people using HDMI can't see anything until this is done.  Usually you can see video out of the regular composite output, but you usually don't need to see the screen if you watch the front screen on the Azbox.


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Did the two copies thing turned on and off and get the same result. Did not think this would work since the AZBox had found the file on the USB prior to me reformattin the application area. The USB was created on a OS 9 Mac so in general the file extensions are not used on a lot of things.
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Did the two copies thing turned on and off and get the same result. Did not think this would work since the AZBox had found the file on the USB prior to me reformattin the application area. The USB was created on a OS 9 Mac so in general the file extensions are not used on a lot of things.


When the file was recognized, I think you said that was from the menu with the Azbox running, and there, it can be named in different ways.  However, once you format the application area, and try to install the firmware via rebooting with switch,  I think that the file must be named patch.bin .   It's been over 15 years since I've used a Mac, so I don't know how they name files, but for the Azbox to recognize the file, it needs to be patch.bin  .
   Re why it would be different loading firmware from the menu vs using the patch.bin and power cycle reboot, I'm not sure, but it seems like if the firmware gets corrupted, you can't trust it to reload the firmware properly, so it seems to be more reliable to do that format application area thing, and then load the firmware directly from a reboot.  (I don't think I said that right, but I think it should be clear.)
   But in any event, that stuck in booting thing only happened to me once, a couple years ago, and the only way I was able to get out of it was via the patch.bin on the USB stick, and reboot via the switch.  Actually, even that didn't work the first time, but then I tried putting in an old firmware, and after that worked, I did it again with the newer firmware, and that worked.


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Someone else suggested ot me that I make sure the path.bin file was the only one on the USB stick. Erased everything else and it worked. Although now none of the channels are in the receiver and all of the settings must now be put to where I want them.
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Did the two copies thing turned on and off and get the same result. Did not think this would work since the AZBox had found the file on the USB prior to me reformattin the application area. The USB was created on a OS 9 Mac so in general the file extensions are not used on a lot of things.


If the USB was created on a Mac, isn't it likely that it is NOT formatted FAT32!?  The USB key's format must be FAT32, then copy your patch and patch.bin files to it and try again.  If indeed it is already formatted FAT32 -- can Mac's do this??? -- then my suggestion may not help.  --Dick
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