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Difficulty updating Samantha firmware 
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Post Difficulty updating Samantha firmware
We purchased our second Samantha module this season, and we're not having any luck updating the firmware to 2.02. Our old module updates perfectly, but the new one continues to show V2.00.

On both modules, the lights go through the red-white-blue-white-red sequence only once after powering on with the red button depressed and then releasing. After the single sequence, the USB key shows a brief period of activity and then the lights go to solid red with flashing white.

I've tried the Samantha.hex file from both FCS 3.0.6 and ROBOTC 3.51. They are both 822,127 bytes from 09/09/2011, timestamps: FCS 12:04:16 AM and ROBOTC 1:04:16 AM (probably a timezone difference?)

Our older module's status page reports Samantha version V2.02/Sep 9 2011, while our newer module continues to stubbornly report V2.00/Sep 5 2011.

Am I missing a step for a correct firmware upgrade?

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Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:27 am
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Post Re: Difficulty updating Samantha firmware
On a lark I tried an 8GB USB drive and it worked! Apparently the bargain-basement 2GB drive has never worked. I'm guessing that our older Samantha module was actually updated to V2.02 sometime last season at a competition.

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:11 am
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Post Re: Difficulty updating Samantha firmware
Glad to hear it's working. We've used the Samantha firmware for testing and whatnot, but we don't support the Samantha hardware (FIRST/FTC does), so any other requests might be better suited towards them.

We'll try and help if we can, we just can't make any promises :)

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Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:57 pm
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