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Trying to update firmward on Delphi SKYFi3.

My Delphi SkyFi3 locks up on "Detecting SD Card". I am running R1.18 and was told by Delphi that I need to update my firmware at http://fwupdt.xmradio.com/. I followed instructions but when I click on XM Firmware Update Client (R2.26) and select "run" and then "run" again, the screen stays on "searching for compatible devices" and does not allow me to select "Start". Got any advice?

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When it gets stuck scanning. Press (volume up) and the (mode) button both down for a few seconds. when you release the two buttons this will turn it off and back on in few seconds.

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I have the same problem and the person I just spoke to said there is definitely a problem with the radio itself and told me to return it to the store! I told her I bought it five months ago and asked if that would be a problem and she said it would not. This should be interesting...

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Pop the SD card out while it is in "Detecting SD Card" then pop it back in. Might have to do this a couple of times. Mine always finishes scan, then loads music ready to play.

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Call xm and tell them you need to cancel your service because your radio sucks, thay have always sent me a new one.

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