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How to perform a software full install on Hog 4 consoles


Occasionally a Full Install of the Hog 4 OS software may need to be performed on the console to perform a software upgrade or downgrade.

A full install will erase all data on a console's hard drive

Ensure all shows are backed up to external media before performing a full install


  1.  Ensure that all show data is backed up to an external media device, like a flash drive.

  2.  Download the latest Full Install file from the High End website.

    1. The full install file has a .iso file extension.

  3. Create a Full Install USB flash drive 

  4. Power off the console

  5. Insert the Full Install USB flash drive created in step 3

  6.  Connect a USB keyboard to your console. Unplug all other USB devices from the console

  7. Power on the console

  8. Wait for the System Installation screen to appear

  9. To begin the software installation process, press [ enter ] on the external keyboard

    1. If the blind key is flashing, you can hit [ Enter ] on the console

    2. Or use the touch screen or trackball to click the "continue" button

  10. The installation will take ~ 6 minutes to complete

  11. When the installation procedure is complete a "console installation complete" message will appear

  12. Remove the Full Install USB flash drive from the console.

  13. Press the [enter] key on the external USB keyboard.

    1. Or use the touchscreen or trackball to click the "continue" button.

    2. Or press the [enter] key on the console's front panel if the [blind] key is flashing.

  14. The console will reboot and the newly installed software will now run.

Creating a Bootable USB Drive


If installing Hog 4 OS v3.9.0 and newer

You will need the following:

  • A computer running macOS 10.10 and later or Windows 7 and above.
  • A 2GB or larger USB flash drive

Following the steps below will erase all contents on the USB flash drive. 

  1. Download and install the Etcher application on to the computer. Etcher can be downloaded here.
  2. Insert the USB flash drive into one of your computer's USB ports
  3. Launch Etcher
  4. Click "Flash From File" and find the .iso file for the Hog 4 software version
    Etcher screen. Flash from file is in blue
  5. If you have more than one flash drive plugged into your computer, click "Select target" and click on the flash drive you want to use as the console restore stick

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  6. Click "Flash!". Once it is finished, Etcher will give a "Flash Complete" messageScreen Shot 2021-05-30 at 1.13.03 PM.png
  7. Remove the flash drive from the computer


  1. If installing Hog 4 OS v3.8.0 and older

    You will need the following

    • 2GB or greater than USB flash drive
    • Windows PC or a Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), or 10.10 (Yosemite)

    The steps below will erase all content on the USB Flash Drive

    Steps for Windows

    1. Download and install the Linux Live USB Creator application to your Windows PC. ( )
    2. Insert a 2GB or larger USB flash drive into one of your computer's USB ports.
    3. Launch the Linux Live USB Creator application.
    4. In step 1 of Linux Live select the USB flash drive that you plugged into the computer.
    5. In step 2 of Linux Live click on the ISO/IMG/ZIP button.
    6. Use the browser that pops up to select the full restore file you downloaded from the HES website.
    7. Skip step 3 of Linux Live USB creator.
    8. In step 4 of Linux Live USB creator enable the following options:
      • Hide created files on key
      • Format the key in Fat32
    9. Click on the lightning bolt in step 5 of the Linux Live USB creator.
    10. A notification will pop up warning you that your USB flash drive contents will be erased. Click okay.
    11. When Linux Live USB Creator is finished it will alert you. Remove the USB flash drive from the computer and proceed with step four of the full install procedure listed on page 1 of this document.

    Steps for Mac OS X

    This process does not work on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

    1. Download and install Unetbootin
    2. Open a terminal window on your Macintosh computer
      1. To access the terminal: Type "terminal" in the spotlight search field and click on the application "Terminal" 
    3. Insert the USB flash drive you wish to use into one of the USB slots
    4. In the terminal window, type diskutil list and hit ENTER
    5. Locate your USB flash drive in this list and type "sudo fdisk -e /dev/rdisk#" where # is the disk number of your USB flash drive and hit enter. When prompted, type in your computer password
    6. Type p and hit ENTER
    7. Type f 1 and hit ENTER. The terminal window should now read "Partition 1 marked active"
    8. Type write and hit ENTER
    9. The terminal will read "A reboot will be needed for changes to take effect. OK? [n]" Type y
      1. This will not restart your computer
    10. Type exit and hit ENTER. You can close the terminal window
    11. Start Unetbootin
    12. Select the "Disk Image" option and make sure the "ISO" is selected from the drop down menu
    13. Ensure your USB flash drive is inserted in your Macintosh computer and is selected in the drive drop down menu in Unetbootin
    14. Click on the button with the three dots (browse button) and select the Hog 4 OS full restore .ISO file that you downloaded from the Hog 4 OS page
    15. When Unetbootin, is finished it will alert you


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