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Jan 21, 2014, 12:23 AM
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X8r


Looking to update your X8R or other FrSky S.Port devices? Download the latest firmware from : http://www.frsky-rc.com/download/ind..._id=0&pro_id=0
Obtain an FRSKY USB CABLE (FRUSB-3 UPGRADED CABLE) http://www.alofthobbies.com/usb-upgraded-cable.html
And a FRSKY SMART PORT CONVERTER CABLE http://www.alofthobbies.com/smartport-cable.html

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Jan 21, 2014, 01:08 AM
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Upgrading Firmware in X8R Receiver


See Attached .zip for .pdf instructions and associated files.

Compatiblity : X8R /
UpdateTime : 2014-01-16
Version : V1.2

notes:
Improve the battery voltage precision
Jan 21, 2014, 01:25 PM
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Is it possible to see which firmware is installed in the x-receivers?

/Ville
Jan 21, 2014, 01:53 PM
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Is it possible to see which firmware is installed in the x-receivers?

/Ville
Not to my knowledge - perhaps somebody else has this information.
Jan 22, 2014, 04:57 PM
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X6R s.port problem


I have one of the new X6R receivers and an older X8R, each fitted via the s.port with Alan Adamson's X8R2analog voltage sensors. LiPo and ESC power in each case, with just a single wire between sensor and +ve lead of the LiPo.

Connecting the LiPo to the X8R setup, the A2 voltage is reported on the Taranis - OK. But on the X6R system, no voltage is seen on the Tx although the blue light appears on the sensor. It's necessary to start with the sensor unplugged from the s.port and plug it in once the system is live.

Swapping sensors and connecting leads makes no difference - the problem stays with the receiver, which otherwise seems fine.

And yes I could use an "old" sensor with the new analog port on the 6, but the port's right where the velcro goes...

Brian
Jan 22, 2014, 08:52 PM
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have you put the jumper into the hole on the back, short the two pins on the A1 side.
Jan 23, 2014, 03:48 AM
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have you put the jumper into the hole on the back, short the two pins on the A1 side.
Yes. But it's the same without the jumper.
Just to be clear - the A2 voltage is shown on the Taranis, but only if the X8R2analog sensor is connected to the s.port after the LiPo has been connected.

A FVBS-01 voltage sensor plugged into the A1 port works normally, but I prefer not to use this as (a) the Rx is mounted with Velcro on that face and (b) I want the Taranis to show LiPo voltage on A2, not A1.

Obviously this problem is only important if it shows some oddity of the X6R that needs attention.

Brian
Last edited by Breezy; Jan 23, 2014 at 08:05 AM. Reason: Tested without the jumper, and note about A1.
Jan 24, 2014, 06:25 AM
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Is X8R "equal" as compatible with OpenTX as with OpenTaranis firmware in the Taranis. I updated my X8Rīs with the firmware that can be downloaded from FrSky's website, http://www.frsky-rc.com/download/vie...e=Firmware-X8R

/Ville
Jan 24, 2014, 02:39 PM
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Just a Heads UP


When plugging in the battery and servo leads to the X6R rx - the polarity is opposite that of the X8R.

Thought I had a dud X6R as I just plugged things in the same way as the X8R

Anyway - no harm done.
Jan 26, 2014, 10:15 AM
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When plugging in the battery and servo leads to the X6R rx - the polarity is opposite that of the X8R.
I sometimes think FrSky do this for a spot of harmless fun...

Hey - let's turn the servo sockets upside down for a lark, that'll cause some head-scratching!

Hey - let's make the s.port interface on the X6R just different enough from the X8R to make the X8R2analog voltage sensor require reconnecting each time!

Back in my IT days this was known as Taunt the User
Jan 26, 2014, 03:42 PM
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Updating X8R firmware


I am intentionally cross-posting this, I hope that will be forgiven, as it applies to a few different upgrades. I wrote it based on my experience updating my X8Rs and Taranis using XP. Here I have removed the Taranis (XJT-module)-specific items, to make this version shorter, and applicable just to upgrading receivers.

There were a few things that tripped me up (doubtless all covered in other posts, but I wanted to try and summarize what I had to do).

This is what I had to do to update my X8Rs:

- Download & install the appropriate USB adapter driver for your OS from FrSky before plugging the USB adapter in. Found here, either "Driver-Win7/Vista" or "Driver-Windows XP":
http://www.frsky-rc.com/download/ind..._id=0&pro_id=0
- Plug in the USB adapter, let it finish setting up. Open Device Manager, go to "Ports (COM & LPT), look for "Silicon Labs CP210x USB to UART Bridge". Next to it it will say COMx (mine happened to be COM8). That's the port you'll need to select in the software. Mine did not automatically select the correct port.
- In this order, run the SPort Updater software, "frsky_update_Sport.exe". Found here, "Upgrade Lite-S.Port Telemetry":
http://www.frsky-rc.com/download/vie...rt%20Telemetry
- Now select the proper COM port in the drop-down menu.
- Then click File, and point it to the appropriate firmware file that you downloaded and uncompressed. Firmware downloads:
http://www.frsky-rc.com/download/ind...?sort=Firmware
- Now, with the receiver powered off (ie- not hooked to a battery/BEC; the USB adapter will power the RX), plug the SPort cable into the RX. For whatever reason, if you have the RX connected before selecting the firmware File, it won't find the RX
- The RX should power up when you plug it in, and the Download button should turn black, vs being greyed-out.
- Click Download. Now sit patiently until the process finishes. If I switched over to another program, the update kept failing with a "timeout" error. So just watch the program
- If it completes successfully, you're done. If it fails, try again.

This process worked with my X8Rs.

Resources:
Receivers update post:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...19&postcount=3
Pictures from this thread are attached.

You will need this adapter, "FrSky USB Cable (FrUSB-3 Upgraded Cable)":
http://www.alofthobbies.com/usb-upgraded-cable.html
And this one, "FrSky Smart Port Converter Cable":
http://www.alofthobbies.com/smartport-cable.html
Last edited by RedOctobyr; Jan 26, 2014 at 05:49 PM.
Jan 27, 2014, 12:37 AM
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Folks, please clarify what I need in order to read my lipo voltage on a Taranis with a X8R Rx. Is it plug and play or I would need to use a voltage sensor between the RX and the lipo? If so, which one?
I am confused because I thought I would need a hub or a separated voltage sensor but a Taranis owner told me that as long as I have the X8R I dont need anything else
Thank you
Jan 27, 2014, 02:02 AM
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Folks, please clarify what I need in order to read my lipo voltage on a Taranis with a X8R Rx. Is it plug and play or I would need to use a voltage sensor between the RX and the lipo? If so, which one?
I am confused because I thought I would need a hub or a separated voltage sensor but a Taranis owner told me that as long as I have the X8R I dont need anything else
Thank you
Right. You need just to connect your X8R to the Lipo sensor via the S.Port's.
Then in the Telemetry, select " cell " or " cels " to display individual cell voltage or
pack voltage. The hub is for the old/first generation of FrSky sensors


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