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thebionicman
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I am attempting to update a few R8 2s to supplement our static fleet. TIM won't connect. Anyone know of an alternative digital hammer?

 
Posted : October 27, 2022 7:26 pm
John Hamilton
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I believe you need to use winflash for the R8's.  

 
Posted : October 28, 2022 2:03 am
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I second winflash.  And it can be finicky getting it to connect sometimes. I would often have to do a good reboot on receiver to get it to work . It has been a while but hold power key on when receiver is off. Wait till all lights flash keep holding they will go off and keep holding and at some point they all come on solid then release. 

i am trying to remember the best baud rate and settings.  Once you get it working. Hook up the receiver once i. A while and clear the error log files it always kept me from having issues that many seemed to have with everyday work.  Like Bluetooth and i initialization  times etc .  Once a month I would check mine if not weekly when downloading static data. Hope this helps. 

 
Posted : October 28, 2022 6:57 pm

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thebionicman
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Thanks for the tips. The units all hook to the old TSC2 fine. I cannot get them to hook to the computer or Trimble DL. I'll be fiddling with them a bit this afternoon...

 
Posted : October 29, 2022 7:41 am
Sean R-M
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I didn't have any luck with winflash but I was able to connect with Bluetooth to the web interface on my R8-4 to upgrade the firmware.  I watched a YouTube video and followed the instructions to install a Bluetooth modem connection in windows and dial in to the R8. there were a few steps but it worked nicely

 
Posted : October 30, 2022 12:02 pm
thebionicman
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@sean-r-m That may be the trick. My newer devices puke fairly fast. The units do track Anerican and Russian sats fine and download through the TSC. I prefer to use a phone for convenience.

Thanks again, Tom

 
Posted : October 31, 2022 6:01 am

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So I cleared a few errors from my brain and was able to recover limited memory. I uninstalled the default drivers for the usb cable and ran tge trimble usb utility. All receivers hook up to winflash flawless. We went from two to seven working R8s in a matter of hours.

The big lesson is to look for myself when units are considered dead. One was tagged as bad bluetooth but the BT FW was version 1.0 1. We had just paid to have it cleaned and updated. The error codes I just found went back to 2018. Bluetooth is flawless now. I never should have stopped doing my own maintenance...

 
Posted : November 1, 2022 6:37 am