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Software Update Procedure for rev 2 Card Reader Emulator.

The internal software of the rev 2 Card Reader Emulator can be updated without it having to be returned for re-programming. A small 'Update Key' can be purchased which contains a new version of the operation software and the Card Reader Emulator will update it's software using the code contained in the key.

Please note that this information does not apply to rev 1.0 or rev 1.1 Card Reader Emulator units as they do not have the ability to self-update.

Update Procedure.

To update the software using an update key, power down the pachinko machine and remove any accessories connected to the expansion port of the Card Reader Emulator Unit. Plug the update key into the expansion port and power on the pachinko machine.

The Card Reader Emulator will immediately enter the setup mode. Using the 'Ball Loan' button navigate to the 'Setup Lock' setting ('L-0') and use the 'Return' button to enable the setup lock ('L-1').

Power the pachinko machine down, and wait approximately 5 seconds before powering the machine back up.

The message 'Flash Update' will scroll across the credit display, followed by the prompt 'y n'. Press the 'Ball Loan' button ('y') to confirm you wish to perform the update procedure. (The 'return' button will exit the update process and return to the setup mode.)

A message asking 'Are you sure' will scroll across the credit display, followed by the prompt 'n y'. Press the 'Return' button ('y') to re-confirm that you wish to perform the update procedure. Note that the buttons for y/n are swapped this time round to help prevent accidental starting of the update procedure.

The card reader emulator will then read the contents of the update key and check that it has not been corrupted. During this checking the display will show 'Fxx' where 'xx' is a hexadecimal number counting from '02' to '3F'.

Once the contents of the update key have been tested, the Card Reader Emulator will begin writing the update to it's internal memory. During this part of the update procedure the credit display will show a small line moving clockwise around the edge of the display. Typically this line will complete four revolutions while the update is being written, though it may be more or less than this number depending on the size of the update.

The Card Reader Emulator will then verify that the contents of it's memory have been written correctly, again with the display showing a moving line segment, but this time the line will rotate much faster. If the update has been successful, the Card Reader Emulator will then display the new software version information on the credit display, before entering setup mode. Please check that this information matches the version information for the update key, before powering down the pachinko machine and removing the update key from the expansion connector.

The update key is reusable, and each key can be used to update the software in as many Card Reader Emulators as you wish. The key can also be returned to us and reprogrammed when a future software update is made available (although the cost and delays due to return postage may make this a less attractive option than simply purchasing a new one!).

If the update procedure is interrupted due to a power failure or other unexpected event during the writing process, the internal software will be marked as 'corrupt' and the card reader emulator will look for the update key next time it is powered up so that it can resume the update procedure. If the update key is not found the display will show ' 1' and will not respond to any button presses. If this occurs power down the pachinko machine and check the connections between the Card Reader Emulator and the update key before powering back up.

If there are any other problems during the update procedure, then please contact us with a description of the problems you have encountered, and we will attempt to resolve them for you.

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