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my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby kristjanga » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:33 am

I have a problem with my ultrasatan
i once had a problem after not using it for a while but then i just had to re flash the firmware

now on the other hand my device wont boot up and if I try to flash the firmware US_CONFIG counts from 0-9 then tells me "no device found"
any idea what could be done to fix this?
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Re: my ultrasatan does not work

Postby kristjanga » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:47 am

when I turn on the device green light comes on then both red lights blink once and then the red light which has the SD card in stays on

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work

Postby kristjanga » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:51 pm

here is a video of how my device behaves
first one is of the device and its lights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MleYiZ3ciA

second one is what i get on my screen when i try to use US_CONFIG.PRG
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRDg-lsSKiE

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby Dal » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:28 pm

Looks like the firmware needs re-flashing using a JTAG cable. I also have a US which is behaving in a similar way but I've not got around to attempting to flash it with my jtag cable yet.
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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby kristjanga » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:58 am

Dal wrote:Looks like the firmware needs re-flashing using a JTAG cable. I also have a US which is behaving in a similar way but I've not got around to attempting to flash it with my jtag cable yet.


thank you Dal but can you provide me a link to a url where I can buy what I need to flash it?

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby Anemos » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:09 pm

before flashing, try clean the golden pins of Slot SD on your US.
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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby nativ » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:48 pm

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You could try a new cable? If that's something you have not considered already?
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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby Jookie » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:06 am

When something like this happens (the LED stays on after the initial both LEDs blink), it means that the UltraSatan is trying desperately to initialize the SD card, but for some reason it gets stuck there, and as all the communication with ST is done in firmware (which is stuck in the other part of the code), in this state the device won't reply to any ST commands. What you could try is NOT insert any card(s) in the device, turn it on and then try to run the config tool on ST (US_CONFIG.PRG) and see if it the device can be detected - if it will, the only problem will be with the communication with card(s) [trying this won't fix anything, but helps to check if the other parts are OK].

The whole problem seems to be in the communication with the card(s), so there will be some bad connection or short circuit (to VCC or GND) on the wires between the card(s) and the MCU used in the device. This can be checked using a ohm meter, and fixed probably in few minutes. If you can do this or have a friend who can, then this might be a simple fix (measure, see, fix - solder / desolder).

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby GadgetUK164 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:59 pm

Just updated to v1.13 on Lothareks US. All working fine!
One thing I did notice different is it says JOOKIE before Ultrasatan on the detect screen on boot, I guess Lothareks firmware didn't say that as I don't remember seeing it before.

Thanks for the update!

EDIT: Sorry this is off topic, I meant to reply to a firmware update thread.

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby kristjanga » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:26 pm

ok so I finally took out my ultrasatan and my st again to try to fix it
so if I boot the us with no sd card in it i can access it on my ST
so what I did was I uploaded firmware 1.13 on my us and tried to boot it with out success it does not boot this firmware at all
but on base firmware 1.00 and firmware 1.05 it does boot but is stuck on initializing the sd cards

so my guess is that this is a hardware problem and not firmware problem

is there anyone who can fix my ultrasatan??

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby evil » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:09 pm

kristjanga wrote:ok so I finally took out my ultrasatan and my st again to try to fix it
so if I boot the us with no sd card in it i can access it on my ST
so what I did was I uploaded firmware 1.13 on my us and tried to boot it with out success it does not boot this firmware at all
but on base firmware 1.00 and firmware 1.05 it does boot but is stuck on initializing the sd cards


My US behaves like this as well. I don't find it very problematic though, this is what I do;
1. Eject the SD cards
2. Switch on US
3. Insert SD cards one at a time (led flashes for each)
4. Boot up the machine

Only needed when US have been switched off.

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby kristjanga » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:40 am

evil wrote:My US behaves like this as well. I don't find it very problematic though, this is what I do;
1. Eject the SD cards
2. Switch on US
3. Insert SD cards one at a time (led flashes for each)
4. Boot up the machine

Only needed when US have been switched off.


when I switch on US with no cards in it led blinks once (ultrasatan is booting the firmware)
then i insert the SD card and led turns on and stays on (ultrasatan is trying to initialize the SD card but can´t)

I have tried several cards without luck

here is a video of this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsK_nFe_0YE

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby kristjanga » Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:59 am

just tried simbos idea with hd driver without luck :(

I am sure this is a problem with the hardware itself, bad connection in the SD card reader is possible perhabs

I really need some info about who could possibly take the unit in for repair

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby nativ » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:43 am

http://lotharek.pl/ is probably your best bet
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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby kristjanga » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:21 pm

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Re: my ultrasatan does not work (video inside)

Postby fiveofive » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:22 pm

Hi,

my Ultrasatan worked perfectly since 2009 till last week. This is amazing on its own.

However, when I connected it to a STE which worked flawlessly with it before, loaded some demo streaming data and it crashed. Afterwards I think there was some strange behaviour and now the US will not find any partitions on any SD cards anymore.

I tried different Ataris and cards, updated to latest Firmware and checked with HD driver etc. HDR Utilities find the two slots on ASCI BUS 0, but no partitions can be found (thats also the message when booting with HD driver from disk), no matter what kind of SD card or Atari I use. Also, creating new partitions is not possible, as the cards themself are not seen.
So, I suppose there is some issue with the STE DMA port/streaming action or similar which influenced something in the device or SD card slots.

Anyone has a hint what I could try to fix this? Maybe there is a contact who could take a look or repair it?

I really would love to see this device working again as it's a central hub of my ST activities :)

Thanks for any hints!
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