Firmware Update

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This page is a translated version of the page StudioXm:FirmwareUpdate and the translation is 67% complete.


Mit StudioX lässt sich die Firmware Deines BEASTX Systems auf den neusten Stand bringen. Die Firmware wird über USB (StudioX for PC/Mac) oder Bluetooth (StudioXm für Smartphones) auf das Gert übertragen. Wir zeigen hier das Update eines MICROBEAST PLUS, die anderen Geräte werden genauso aktualisiert. Über einen Computer mit USB2SYS Interface lässt sich ausserdem auch die Firmware des BLE2SYS Bluetooth Adapters bei Bedarf aktualisieren. Über die Bluetoothverbindung eines Smartphones kann das BLE2SYS nicht aktualisiert werden.

freakware Network

Die Firmware Dateien werden vom freakware Network Webserver bereitgestellt und über StudioX heruntergeladen. Daher wird für den Update Prozess eine Internetverbindung benötigt. Bitte beachte, dass dies Kosten verursachen kann, insbesondere wenn eine mobile Breitbandverbindung vom Smartphone verwendet wird! Am besten führst Du den Updateprozess durch, wenn Du mit einem (freien) WLAN Netz verbunden bist. Beachte bitte auch, dass Du auf Deinem Smartphone die Nutzung der Netzwerkverbindung für StudioX explizit freigibst. Vor allem bei Android Geräten kann das notwendig sein. Wenn keine Netzwerkverbindung besteht, dann wird im StudioX "Keine Verbindung zum freakware Network Server" angezeigt, sobald Du versuchst Dich für das Firmware Update einzuloggen.

Um also die Firmware herunterladen zu können und das Update durchführen zu können, musst Du Dich zuerst in das freakware Netowork mit Deinem Login (=Email Addresse) und Deinem Password anmelden. Falls noch nicht vorhanden, erstelle einen neuen Account über die entsprechende Schaltfläche. Wenn Du Dein Passwort vergessen hast, drücke ebenfalls den entsprechenden Knopf. Die Anmeldedaten können in der Software gespeichert werden, so dass Du den Login beim nächsten Update schnell durchführen kannst. Wenn Du nicht willst, dass Dein Passwort gespeichert wird, dann kannst Du die Option auch abwählen.

Wähle Firmware Update auf der Einstiegsseite

Melde Dich beim freakware Network mit Deinen Zugangsdaten an.

Update procedure

For the update procedure it is highly recommended to unplug all servos as the servo can go to full deflection during the setup. This is because the outputs of your device will not send out any signals during the update process. In such situation some servos can behave very strange or unforeseen, especially cheap servos with bad servo software. Using an electric heli it is also recommended to unplug the motor from the ESC or unplug the ESC or main battery in case this is not used for powering the radio system (no BEC), so the motor will not start by accident during or after the firmware update.

You can only download firmware updates when the device is registered/linked to your user account. When the device belongs to anyone else, a message will tell you. In this case please contact the BEASTX customer service providing your user account (email address) and the devices serial number. To make this procedure more convenient you can click the email link in the StudioX/StudioXm app, so an email with the requesting serial number will be opened automatically.

If the device is not registered to anyone, click the Register Device button once to link it to your account.

In the combo box in the middle of the screen you can choose between all available firmware files for your device. It is recommended to always use the latest/highest firmware version. Firmware files marked as BASIC will provide the standard firmware that usually comes with your MICROBEAST PLUS / AR7210BX / NANOBEAST which means the device will have the flybarless functionality and some little gimmicks like headspeed governor (usually everything that is necessary to fly a helicopter).
Firmware files marked as PRO or PROEDITION include the basic functionality plus enhanced features like rescue bailout, automatic stabilization, bank switching or other features the give you more options and features that may help you flying or that allow to tweak the system to all your needs. Please note: This firmware is not free of charge as it gives some additional functions not all people need and not all people want to pay for! So only if you like to have those features you can upgrade your device to be able to also request these firmware files. In case your device is not eligible to download the firmware, you can get to the freakware Webshop by clicking the button below where you can directly buy the upgrade option for your device.

Once you have chosen the firmware you want to flash to your device and in case the firmware is unlocked for your device you can click the request button. Now please wait a few seconds until the firmware file was generated individually for your device. Once this is done, again click the button to Download and Flash the firmware. Before this happens you will be asked one last time, if you are really sure you want to flash a new firmware to your device. Please note: Flashing from a different major version (i.e. updating from V4.x.x to V5.x.x) will erase all settings of your device and you will have to do all the setup again. This is because typically a new major version will be created when the whole setup procedure has changed are a bunch of new settings and parameters will be added to the firmware, so the old setup is not applicable to the new firmware anymore. So also make sure you've read and understood the manual for the new firmware as well!

The firmware procedure should start immediately after pressing the OK button. During the update please do not do anything! Just wait until the progress has gone up to 100%, which will take a few seconds when using a computer with USB2SYS and may take 1 or 2 minutes when using a smartphone with BLE2SYS bluetooth connection. When using the bluetooth keep your smartphone/tablet in very close distance to the BLE2SYS module (just a few inches) as the bluetooth connection can be interrupted easily. Also it is advisable to keep the radio system switched off when performing the update and stay aways from other radio devices like wifi routers or similar. When the procedure has finished your device will reboot and StudioX/StudioXm will close the connection. Now you can connect again and start over with the setup.

When the update fails

When the update does finish completely usually the device will be stuck in recovery mode as the main application is erased now. This is no problem at all! Just try again. If the update fails again and again at some point, completely close the app and power off your device. Power on again, start the app and try again. If that all does not work you please try another computer or smartphone.

Especially when using the bluetooth connection do as mentioned above: stay away from radio devices that may interfere with the bluetooth connection and try to stay as close to the BLE2SYS as possible. When using a computer in combination with USB2SYS make sure there are no processes running in background that may interrupt USB communication. Especially when using a virtual machine for running the StudioX app it may happen that the USB connection is slow and not performing properly. So do not use a virtual machine for running the app. Also make sure drivers are installed and configured properly. In very rare cases it can be that the wire or plugs from USB2SYS to your device may be damaged or have a loose connection, so try a different connection cable. Finally make sure your power supply/battery is fully charged and holding voltage and disconnect all servos for the update procedure as mentioned above.