FFLash V3.85test Object file:

Updated 1/16/00

*FFlash v3.85 update files (FLASH385.ZIP)

Object files (in Motorola S19 ASCII format) for upgrading the FFlash firmware.

There are two (2) files in the ZIP package:


FFlash README Notes:

FFlash v3.85

Wed, Dec 29, 1999, 14:50

FFlash v3.84

Thu, Nov 25, 1999, 14:06

Instructions for FFlash upgrade ({ret} = Carraige Return, Enter, or Return key on your keyboard):

Expanded U5 device IS required to install this upgrade. Be sure to install the U5 upgrade before attempting the FFlash upgrade

If the V3.85 message is not observed, repeat the above procedure. The most likely cause of difficulty would be an error in the LOAD process. In this case, the controller will be reset to factory defaults. Be sure that your XON/XOFF settings are correct (see the FF-800 manual for details). If you encounter the factory defaults, it is best to re-load your configuration before repeating the FFlash upgrade.

U5 Expanded Memory Upgrade

If you need to obtain an expansion memory chip for U5, contact Component Distributors at 800-848-4234. This is their Plano, TX office, so don't be disturbed if they give you another number to call. The device is a SIMTEK 32K x 8 NVRAM, part# STK11C88-45P. The "-xxP" suffix indicates the access time (i.e., 45ns) while the P indicates narrow plastic DIP. There are a variety of speeds that will work, -35P, -25P or -15P. Basically, whatever they have in stock should work. Also, industrial parts (-45PI) will also work. The cost should be less than $20 plus shipping. If you have any difficulties obtaining this part, let me know.

Be Sure to note the orientation of the existing U5 before replacing it with the new device. The SIMTEK parts are half-wide, so the U5 socket actually consists of three rows of equally spaced socket pins. This arrangement allows a normal width part to be used in place of the narrow SIMTEK part. The SIMTEK device should be installed so that it occupies the two socket rows closest to U4.

After installing the new device, you should perform a factory initialization sequence as described below.

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