ACJr Upgrade Firmware Process, HELP ME

derek4real

New member
I have tried posting in the Neptune Systems Forum but they are not responding and is just being left unanswered.

I have been having problems with updating my ACJr to the new version (to use AquaSurf). The last step says the following:

7. On your PC in the cmd shell type "˜jrupdate aquajrser.enc "“COM1'
without the quotes. You should see a p[xxx] displayed on the second line of the LCD display if the update is working. After about 15 minutes the firmware will be done updating and the controller will restart.

The cmd screen does continue with the update and shows the progress but the ACJr does not do what this statement states.

Is there a way to see if my ACJr is "talking" to my PC. with out doing this update?

I am using 2 serial cable and having the same problem with both of them.
 

sjm817

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Premium Member
You didn't mention if you got to the loader prompt in step 5 and 6

1. Extract the enclosed zip file into c:\aquajr.
2. Connect the AquaJr update serial cable between the AquaJr
temperature probe connector and your PC serial port connector. Or
you can use the normal serial cable connected between the AquaController's
serial connector, and your PC serial connector
3. On your PC bring up a cmd shell (in the start->run command type cmd)
4. In the cmd shell type ‘cd c:\aquajr’
5. On the AquaJr, unplug the 9V adapter. Press the select button on the
AquaJr. Plug in the AquaJr AC adapter. When the screen goes
blank release the select button.
6. You should now be in the ‘Aqua Boot Menu’, press select next to Update
Flash. The screen should display ‘Loader’
7. On your PC in the cmd shell type ‘jrupdate aquajrser.enc –COM1’
without the quotes.
You should see a p[xxx] displayed on the second line of the LCD display
if the update is working.
After about 15 minutes the firmware will be done updating
and the controller will restart.
 
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sjm817

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Premium Member
Here are serial port commands. Can you get any of these to work?

Serial Port Commands
The following commands are available from the serial port. They are executed by typing the command followed
by a carriage return (<Enter>).
l The list command will display all the defined timer names and program
statements. This command is useful in debugging the program used by the
AquaController Jr.
c The current status command will display the current conditions in the aquarium.
It will also list the state of all the control modules.
d The data log Command will print to the serial port all the data logged by the
AquaController Jr.
r The reset datalog will initialize the data log memory and set the number of log
entries to zero.
on XXX This command puts device XXX in manual mode and turns it on. XXX is the
timer name. Example: on LT1
off XXX This command puts device XXX in manual mode and turns it off. XXX is the
timer name. Example: off LT1
auto XXX This command puts device XXX into automatic module. XXX is the timer name.
Example: auto LT1
 

derek4real

New member
You didn't mention if you got to the loader prompt in step 5 and 6

I did not mention, but yes i did it. It says 'Loader' then i proceed to next step. and the cmd screen is updating but the controller does not do this part,

'You should see a p[xxx] displayed on the second line of the LCD display, if the update is working. After about 15 minutes the firmware will be done updating and the controller will restart. '
 

derek4real

New member
Here are serial port commands. Can you get any of these to work?

Serial Port Commands
The following commands are available from the serial port. They are executed by typing the command followed
by a carriage return (<Enter>).
l The list command will display all the defined timer names and program
statements. This command is useful in debugging the program used by the
AquaController Jr.
c The current status command will display the current conditions in the aquarium.
It will also list the state of all the control modules.
d The data log Command will print to the serial port all the data logged by the
AquaController Jr.
r The reset datalog will initialize the data log memory and set the number of log
entries to zero.
on XXX This command puts device XXX in manual mode and turns it on. XXX is the
timer name. Example: on LT1
off XXX This command puts device XXX in manual mode and turns it off. XXX is the
timer name. Example: off LT1
auto XXX This command puts device XXX into automatic module. XXX is the timer name.
Example: auto LT1

How do you do this?

When you hook up the serial cable/ ACJr to the PC nothing happens, is something suppose to happen?

I am not the best computer expert but would need to be walked through this process.

Nothing is happening when I hook it up to the PC.
 

gophilau

New member
I have exactly the same problem to you , I trie -COM1, -COM2, -COM3 and nothing on the -COM and the display only sais ' Loader ' even I reset the memory , initialyse the ACjr
NOTHING

I buy the aquasurf for 6 months ago I order my cable to the store near me and it took 1 monyh before I received the cable and now I cant not update the firmware .........

please help me too

Thanks

Marc
 

derek4real

New member
I did get mine working. what i had to do was go to a friend's house. repeated the steps exactly and it worked like it was suppose to. I find it odd that i had to go to a friends house to get it to work.
 
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