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Explorist 500LE with firmware 2.17 (lost)

I possess a 500LE that is almost dead. It had the famous firmware 2.17, and I tried to use a solution suggested by rhamphorinkx in order to change it: I inserted the files USB0002.CMD and USB0002.DAT of the firmware 1.61 in the directory USBTRANS of the GPS.
The loading of the new firmware didn't go to end correctly.
Now my 500 is lacking of firmware, it is not able to use the secret commands, and surely it wouldn't be disposed to accept a firmware different from the 2.17 one (by the way I do not possess this firmware).
I am able to introduce in it data through the serial port (through the USB port it's no more detected).
I possess another identical 500LE with firmware 2.17.
Do you know a way to unload the firmware from this second 500LE?
In particular, for a loading through the serial port, I think it would be better to have it in .hex format, but perhaps I should be able to do something also with the files USB0002.CMD and USB0002.DAT of the 2.17 version . Have you any suggestions at regard?
Thx alot, take care
Alberto

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    pippokid Feb 18, 2008

    I only saw the one relating to the pression on the right bottom portion of the display + compression of the power button. I didn't yet try it.
    Do other ways exist?

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    pippokid Feb 18, 2008

    At the above link I can download the 2.03 US version or the 2.57 EU version of the firmware. But the 500s in which the 2.17 version is installed do not accept any different version. If you look at this also in the internet you can see that the 2.17 verson cannot be replaced anyhow.

  • pippokid
    pippokid Feb 18, 2008

    my 500le is not able to be turned on. the only life sign is going in data transfer mode with secret commands

  • pippokid
    pippokid Feb 18, 2008

    the GPS is not able to accept secret codes. the fact of not having the firmware prevents it from having this function. it can communicate with the PC only through the serial port; apart this, it cannot turn on

  • pippokid
    pippokid Feb 19, 2008

    it accepts only the secret command LIGHT + ENTER + RWR, not the numeric secret commands (doesnn't go to the window with the two zeros

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Hi, here's the link where you can find your firmware and maps & software, i copy and paste the link below.

Magellan Explorist 500LE

enjoy.

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    micromaster Feb 18, 2008

    manuals also included there.



    Regards

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    micromaster Feb 18, 2008

    MapSend Streets & Destinations was designed for use with Magellan Meridian and SporTrak series GPS receivers. These products use a different central processor. They do however work with MapSend DirectRoute software.

  • micromaster
    micromaster Feb 18, 2008

    Try Press ? hold the power upto 5sec. then release.



    Hope it works for you.

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Have you tried to reset to the factory default? I will be checking some solution for it.

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    ExpressFiX Feb 18, 2008

    Setting to Factory Defaults



    • Press MENU

    • Use the Arrow joystick and highlight "Preferences"

    • Press ENTER

    • Use the Arrow Joystick and highlight "Reset Defaults"

    • Press ENTER

    • Use the joystick and Highlight "All"

    • When Confirm prompts highlight YES

    • Press ENTER

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    ExpressFiX Feb 18, 2008

    have you tried secret code 22?

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