How to update mod firmware using the VFC or web UI

Topic

  • How to update module firmware using a memory stick (flash drive, thumb drive) and the VFC controller.
  • How do I update mod firmware using the webpage user interface?

Environment

  • Product Family: Transportation
  • Product: Vanguard
  • Components: VFC, modules (mods)

Steps

  • Check the BOM (bill of material) to ensure you are using the correct firmware number & revision for the module you want to update. Then navigate to J:\Dak3024 folder location for the DD/ED number of the firmware needed.
  • Some modules will have only micro firmware and it is the only firmware that needs to be updated
  • Some modules will have both the micro and EPLD and they both need to be updated

 

  • NEW FILE PATH:
  • Modules 0P-1971-4650 & 0P-1972-4750. The following is an example:
    • Example file path J:\Dak3024\030xxxxx\03087618\VFC load files
    • In most cases, to just update the "firmware", then it would be the production file (bottom hex file in the list). That's the main program to use.
    • The FW package (top hex file in the list) includes all of the files below it in one big file. This should not be needed in the field.
    • It's best to leave the MDF, ORDF and LPF alone.
      • LPF = LED file
      • MDF = Module definition file (about the size, voltages, etc)
      • ORDF = Output routine (how we want to display content)
  • OLD FILE PATH:
    • Example file path J:\Dak3024\030xxxxx\03087618\VFC load files
    • DD123456789_Gen5_module_fw_pkg_bootload_hid2097.hex
    • DD123456789_production_bootload_hid2096.hex
    • DD1234556789_production_bootload_hid2097.hex

 

  • Modules 0P-1332-xxxx using 0P-1332-5034 as an example
    • Identify mod firmware in the BOM of the mod - In this example ER-1446708
    • Example file path J:\Dak3024\014xxxxx\01446708\VFC load files
    • Upload the ramload file - In this example DD1446708_ramload_bootload_hid205A
    • This will blank the sign
    • Upload the micro file - In this example DD1446708_micro_bootload_hid205A
    • The sign should return to content and the firmware will be updated

 

 Steps if you are connected to the VFC using a Laptop:

  1. Download the mod firmware to your computer.
  2. Open an internet browser to log into the VIP board inside the VFC controller.
  3. Type the controllers IP address followed by :85 into the address bar. Example http://10.3.20.75:85
  4. You will be prompted to enter the password in the popup window.
  5. Select Firmware from the Dashboard.
  6. Select Update and browse to the epld module file.
  7. Click on the Open button.
  8. Wait for it to finish 100%
  9. Select Update and browse to the micro module file.
  10. Click on the Open button.
  11. Wait for it to finish 100%.

 Steps if you are directly at the VFC:

  1. Download the module firmware to your memory stick.
  2. Insert the memory stick into J3 on the back of the VFC. A Kingston brand flash drive is preferred.
  3. Log into the VFC by pressing enter on the keypad.
  4. Enter the password and press enter again.
  5. Select Shared.
  6. Select Update.
  7. Select Display.
  8. Send files one at a time until each shows finished 100%.

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