Skip to main content
Electronic Theatre Controls Inc

Creating a ColorSource/ColorSource AV USB Recovery Boot Stick

Requirements

  • Blank USB Stick, between 500MB and 32GB in size.
  • Windows PC with 7-Zip installed: 
    http://www.7-zip.org/

Procedure

  1. Download the latest ColorSource Console Firmware from the ETC website.
    1. http://www.etcconnect.com/Products/C.../Software.aspx
  2. Extract the contents of the ZIP somewhere on your PC: 
    Color-Source-Recovery-Boot-Stick---Table-1.jpg
  3. Right-click on the “ETC_CS_Console_X.X.X.X.X.X.fw” file and choose “7-Zip” > “Open Archive”: 
    Boot Stick Recovery
  4. 7-Zip will open and show a list of files. 
    Boot Stick Recovery
  5. Drag and drop all of these files onto the root of your USB stick.
  6. Once this finishes extracting and copying, close 7-Zip.
  7. Copy the “ETC_CS_Console_X.X.X.X.X.X.fw” file onto the root of the USB Stick

Using USB Recovery Boot

The USB Recovery Boot stick can be used to re-flash the console firmware onto the console as follows: 

  1. With the console power disconnected, insert the USB Recovery Boot stick into a USB port on the console.
  2. Connect console power. 
    The console will start up in Test Mode
  3. Touch “Service CAUTION!”
  4. Touch “Reload Firmware”
  5. Touch “Yes”
  6. Select the “ETC_CS_Console_X.X.X.X.X.X.fw” firmware file from the list 
    (You may not be able to see the full filename)
  7. Touch “OK”
  8. Once this completes, touch “Ok” then “Exit Service”
  9. Unplug the console power
  10. Unplug the USB stick
  11. Power on the console

If error "Failed to Program Coprocessor" appears during this process, it is most likely this recovery will not work. 

Emergency Run From USB

In emergencies, the USB Recovery Boot stick may be used to run the console, for example to attempt to make last-second backups of showfiles from a console suffering a hardware failure preventing normal boot. 

This may be of assistance in some circumstances until a more permanent solution can be found.

  1. With the console power disconnected, insert the USB Recovery Boot stick into a USB port on the console.
  2. Connect console power. 
    The console will start up in Test Mode
  3. Touch “Exit App”
  4. The console will now start up into normal mode, running from USB. 
    This type of startup is very slow and does not do the LED chase. 
    It may take several minutes to show the Language/Start screen.

Notes about this mode:

  • The USB stick must NOT be unplugged.
  • The on-console showfiles will usually be available, however the underlying reason for needing to boot this way may have caused them to become corrupted or unavailable.
  • Export your important showfile(s) to USB as soon as possible!