I have been searching the internet on how to "change" batteries in the 5600/5500 series of trimble totalstations. I have recently acquired one for very cheap. Good working order but the battery is dead. That means that the main firmware of the total station is erased. I have seen various places that will replace 2dollar battery for 200 and clean the seals for free. (yeah right). Me being quite keen for electronics i can replace 2 batteries by myself. But the software is nowhere to be found on the internet.
Is there someone who researched such possibility to write the firmware at home ? I have taken apart the body and researched on how to load the firmware - that would be quite easy. Even dumping from existing station would be easy. But i don't have working one.
There's a few of us been battling this and other issues over the last few years. Presumably you're talking about the software on a CU keyboard like the one below - in which case I understand the software that controls the instrument is "volatile" so if the keyboard batteries go flat, the software goes. I understand that when you send the instrument (or keyboard alone) to the shop to get the batteries replaced - before they go flat - the shop copies the software, replaces the batteries, then flashes the software back onto the keyboard.
The other system is an ACU keyboard that runs Survey Controller software (many versions of it, and now obsolete) and in that case the software is not volatile, it is on a card inside the keyboard.
The other way to do it is without a keyboard, with a DC running say SurvCE, but I don't think that has the parameters for compensator, collimation, temp, etc - and may also not be able to start up the instrument to robotic mode.
Shops in the US offer to flash software back onto a CU keyboard for about $200.
No i am not talking about CU, i am talking about the 5503 unit itself. If you open the side with servo knobs there are 2 boards. One board handles servo drive and second one is the main cpu board. This is the one you communicate with over serial cable or over radio. There are also two batteries and similar circuit that keeps data in memory, also similar memory chips as in CU.
I am trying to contact trimble over this issue, hopefully i will find someone who has the "service program".
Transit and Level Clinic (NC) 919.467.7782.
i am located in Europe.