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Update the Full Speed I/O Card

Manually Updating Cobalt Firmware

Firmware updates were required on Cobalt 20 and Cobalt 10 consoles with version 7.2.0 - if the firmware is not updated on all modules of these consoles, their facepanels will not operate properly.

Additionally, some components may have additional firmware updates available that improve the performance of the components. Please check to be sure that the components of your system are up to date before proceeding with the use of Cobalt Version 8.x. Follow the procedures below to update any component that is not at the appropriate version.

Current Component Firmware Versions by Console

Cobalt 10/20

Component

Firmware Version

Keyboard Master

1.1.0.9.0.0

Fader Display Unit

1.0.4.9.0.16 / 1.0.5.0.16*

Independent Master

1.0.1.9.0.5 / 1.0.2.9.0.6*

Playback Master

1.0.3.9.0.8 / 1.0.4.9.0.9*

Full Speed I/O Card (with Phone Remote)

1.4.2.9.0.5

High Speed I/O Card (without Phone Remote)

1.1.0.9.0.4 / 1.1.1.9.0.5*

 *Version Available when Updated by ETC Service Center Only

Cobalt Programming Wing

Component

Firmware Version

Programming Wing

1.1.0.9.0.0

Encoder Board

1.0.1.9.0.9 / 1.0.2.9.0.10*

Playback Master

1.0.3.9.0.8 / 1.0.4.9.0.9*

Full Speed I/O Card

1.4.2.9.0.5

High Speed I/O Card

1.1.0.9.0.4 / 1.1.1.9.0.5*

*Version Available when Updated by ETC Service Center Only

Cobalt Motorized Fader Wing

Component

Firmware Version

Fader Wing

1.0.4.9.0.21 / 1.0.5.9.0.22*

*Version Available when Updated by ETC Service Center Only

Cobalt Light Server

Component

Firmware Version

Light Server 10x2 Button

1.1.0.9.0.1

Full Speed I/O Card (with Phone Remote)

1.4.2.9.0.5

High Speed I/O Card (without Phone Remote)

1.1.0.9.0.4 / 1.1.1.9.0.5*

*Version Available when Updated by ETC Service Center Only

Congo Jr / Congo Kid / Congo Light Server

Component

Firmware Version

Facepanel

1.9

Full Speed I/O Card (with Phone Remote)

1.4.2.9.0.5

High Speed I/O Card (without Phone Remote)

1.1.0.9.0.4 / 1.1.1.9.0.5*

*Version Available when Updated by ETC Service Center Only

General Update Requirements:

You will need to have a USB keyboard and mouse attached to the Console or ETCnomad Windows Computer you are using to update components.

Firmware updates are not available on ETCnomad Mac Computers 

It is strongly advised that when updating firmware on a console running v7.x, temporarily disable using “Bypass startup screen and start up with specific play” for the duration of the update process. This setting is located on the Backup tab in System Settings and should be set to “[None]”

Bypass Startup Screen.png

Only one component may be updated at a time. Attempting to update multiple components at a time may result in non-working components. 

Updating the High Speed I/O card requires a #2 Philips head screwdriver. Congo Jr consoles may also require a #1 Philips head screwdriver.

Updating the Full Speed I/O Card (Cobalt 10, 20, Programming Wing, Cobalt Light Server, Congo Jr, Congo Kid, Congo Light Server)

This process is only for the Full Speed I/O card. High Speed I/O cards should be updated following the procedure for Updating High Speed I/O Cards. 

With the exception of the Cobalt Programming Wing, the Full Speed I/O card can be identified by the presence of a Phone Remote (RJ11) port. All Cobalt Programming Wings shipped without a Phone Remote port. 

Step 1: Exit to System Settings or choose System Settings from the Welcome Screen.

V8 Settings Icon.png

Step 2: Navigate to the Update tab and select I/O Firmware Update.

IO Download Button.png

Step 3: System Settings will send a command to the I/O Card to initialize update mode and wait for the I/O card to be detected.

IO Downloader Dialog.png

Step 4: When connected, the I/O card will prompt for a firmware file and then ask to download the firmware. Select the following version and click {Download}

IO_CARD_v1_4_2_9_0_005.SRC

IO Downloader Download Firmware.png

Step 5: When complete, the I/O Downloader will return to the “Please Connect Console” prompt. Choose {Exit} to close the I/O Downloader.

Step 6: Choose {OK} to close System Settings and then power off your console/computer.

Step 7: This component is now ready for use on the next normal power up.

 

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