IMPORTANT: different firmware for 7000DLE MKIII/Andromeda/8000MKII hardware shipped after 1 January 2023

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IMPORTANT: different firmware for 7000DLE MKIII/Andromeda/8000MKII hardware shipped after 1 January 2023

Postby w-u-2-o » Mon Jan 16, 2023 6:55 pm

Surprise, surprise, there is now a third variant of the now venerable Orion MKxxx boards, one that uses a Cyclone V FPGA. And, just like the last time, Apache started shipping before the new firmware could get properly posted and distributed.

It's unfortunate that parts obsolescence and supply chain issues have once again conspired to muddy the waters and complicate the firmware and hardware landscape, but at least Apache is finding parts and finding away around the supply chain challenges. Given the already existing confusion over MKII and MKIII Orion boards, and now with front panels being labeled "MKIII" with a third FPGA type involved, it might be better if people start referring to the actual FPGA part type installed, i.e. "old Cyclone IV, new Cyclone IV, or Cyclone V". Yeah, it's going to be confusing!

The new FPGA is the Intel (Altera) 5CEFA9F31. New owners of the 7000DLE MKIII (it actually says MKIII on the front), Andromedas with -CV in the serial number, and, when they finally ship, the 8000DLE MKII, will find this Cyclone V family chip inside.

The Protocol 1 firmware has been updated and posted to the TAPR Github site. Detailed instructions on how to select the proper Protocol 1 firmware version for your hardware appear there as well:

https://github.com/TAPR/OpenHPSDR-Firmware/tree/master/Protocol%201/ANAN-7000DLE_ANAN-8000DLE-Andromeda

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LOADING FIRMWARE CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://community.apache-labs.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2333

Protocol 2 firmware is posted in this topic: https://community.apache-labs.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=4462

Don't forget to grab a copy of the Protocol 1 firmware to have handy before upgrading to Protocol 2, just in case of a problem.
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Re: IMPORTANT: different firmware for 7000DLE MKIII/Andromeda/8000MKII hardware shipped after 1 January 2023

Postby N4QNT » Tue Jan 17, 2023 2:51 am

So with the new radio marked MKIII on the front face, we installed the latest firmware Metis_Orion_MkIII_P2_CV_21.7.rbf for the 5CEFA9F31 Cyclone V, but now I'm getting reports that were off frequency 110Hz, I tried the calibration in settings but does not help.. Has anyone experience this issue yet?? Can someone please post the link for Pro1 firmware for this lates MKIII..
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Re: IMPORTANT: different firmware for 7000DLE MKIII/Andromeda/8000MKII hardware shipped after 1 January 2023

Postby K4IBC » Tue Jan 17, 2023 10:20 am

N4QNT wrote:So with the new radio marked MKIII on the front face, we installed the latest firmware Metis_Orion_MkIII_P2_CV_21.7.rbf for the 5CEFA9F31 Cyclone V, but now I'm getting reports that were off frequency 110Hz, I tried the calibration in settings but does not help.. Has anyone experience this issue yet?? Can someone please post the link for Pro1 firmware for this lates MKIII..


https://github.com/TAPR/OpenHPSDR-Firmw ... F31%20FPGA

Notice the P1_CV in the the name.

Firmware for the MKIII whether it is P1 or P2 has CV in the name for Cyclone V FPGA.

Also I am asking that all those with the July 2022 to January 2023 MKII to stop calling them MKIII instead call them MKIIB.
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Re: IMPORTANT: different firmware for 7000DLE MKIII/Andromeda/8000MKII hardware shipped after 1 January 2023

Postby N4QNT » Tue Jan 17, 2023 12:52 pm

Thank you, back to normal..


K4IBC wrote:
N4QNT wrote:So with the new radio marked MKIII on the front face, we installed the latest firmware Metis_Orion_MkIII_P2_CV_21.7.rbf for the 5CEFA9F31 Cyclone V, but now I'm getting reports that were off frequency 110Hz, I tried the calibration in settings but does not help.. Has anyone experience this issue yet?? Can someone please post the link for Pro1 firmware for this lates MKIII..


https://github.com/TAPR/OpenHPSDR-Firmw ... F31%20FPGA

Notice the P1_CV in the the name.

Firmware for the MKIII whether it is P1 or P2 has CV in the name for Cyclone V FPGA.

Also I am asking that all those with the July 2022 to January 2023 MKII to stop calling them MKIII instead call them MKIIB.
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Re: IMPORTANT: different firmware for 7000DLE MKIII/Andromeda/8000MKII hardware shipped after 1 January 2023

Postby StefanoAlvaro » Tue Jan 17, 2023 8:33 pm

w-u-2-o wrote:[b]Surprise, surprise


Hi! I received my mk3 this weekend and after reading this fantastic forum to understand its function logic I want to update to p.2. All ok with the bootloader, all ok with the fw reviews... good, I can proceed!
The installation goes well, without any problems (and it is here that the statistics start to turn bad) but.. when thetis is switched on, the machine is no longer seen.
Panic.
Bad thoughts.
Anxiety.
Hot from the back.
The MB sensor no longer flashes, it is now stopped on.
I can't find the fw 2.8,and try to reload one that works for everyone.
No effect, my mk3 has become a paperweigt.
I call a friend who bought mk2 before me, he gives me some contacts of more expert people who could help me, but hope begins to leave me when the answers retrace my attempts.
Memories come of how good it was to use for 10 minutes, and how dumb I was for not to let it be as it was.
I contact support, but on Saturday they'll never reply (but did right away on Monday, thanks Tony).
I try to launch a desperate SOS to the guru of the forum and Rick, N1GP, replies IMMEDIATELY, telling me that perhaps the problem does not exist, I could be one of the first to have received the new card, for which the development of fw was necessary dedicated, which attach on the mail.
I load it, without not much hope and the light reappears at the end of the tunnel, the MB sensor flash again, and the ON button feel me "click".

I realized how fantastic this community is, a similar problem with another machine (Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom, Flex, Elekraft, Sun…) would certainly have led me to other consequences.

God bless you Rick!!!!!!

Stefano, IZ2ZSF
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Re: IMPORTANT: different firmware for 7000DLE MKIII/Andromeda/8000MKII hardware shipped after 1 January 2023

Postby K1LSB » Tue Jan 17, 2023 9:32 pm

Man, what a great horror story and a happy ending!

Mark

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