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USB-Link Automatic Firmware Update

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Revision Date 11/04/08

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Functional Specification
USB-Link / EDL
Adapter Firmware Update Support
Table of Contents

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Implementation.....................................................................................................1
Change Log............................................................................................................3
Implementation

Introduction
This document defines a mechanism to force USB-Link firmware update without the
usual version checks. The driver for this support is providing end users the ability to roll
back USB-Link firmware in the field, typically as a debugging tool.

Implementation
The USB-Link RP1210 vendor .ini file NXULNK32.ini has been modified to include the
following section and field:
[BinLoad]
Auto=FALSE

As indicated, the default value for “Auto” field is FALSE, which disables automatic
firmware update support in the USB-Link drivers.

In the event a user has a need to update the USB-Link firmware file to an older version
than that currently installed, the following sequence is performed:

 Back up USB-Link firmware file, usblink.bin, residing in \NEXIQ\RP1210A\


path

 Copy replacement usblink.bin file to \NEXIQ\RP1210A\ path. This file will


typically be provided through Snap-on tech support or engineering contact.

 Open \Windows\NXULNK32.ini file, and under [BinLoad] section, change


value of “Auto=” field to “TRUE”, then save the file.

 Open an RP1210 connection. On doing so, the USB-Link drivers will


automatically prompt user to proceed with firmware update.

 Once firmware update has been completed, set “Auto=” field in device .ini
back to “FALSE” and save. This will prevent automatic firmware update sequence
in subsequent connections.

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Change Log
Rev Author Sections Changed Change Description Date
1 Matt Roache All sections Initial creation. 11/04/08

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