Updating firmware, Data vs. Charging cable

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Not sure if this was covered, but I just received my Uniden DFR9 and it came with a micro-USB cable. I followed the website instructions to no avail. I ended up downloading the Uniden drivers listed for the R1/R3 so that my Windows 10 x64 PC would recognize the bridge from the DFR9. I then proceeded to update the GPS database successfully. Without installing the Uniden drivers for the bridge, the detector would never be recognized by the PC. I used an Anker USB hub and the light doesn't go on for the connection until the drivers were installed. I hope this helps others out. Uniden had minimal documentation for the DFR8/DFR9.
 
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There are many members having difficulty updating their detectors (not connecting etc.).
The issue is rarely the fault of the detector or firmware but far more likely the user is attempting to update using an incorrect cable.
If you are trying to update your detector using the much more common "charging cable", you will be unable to update your detector.
You need to locate a data cable to perform the update.
Unfortunately, cables aren't identified (marked) as either "charging" or "data".
You will either have to purchase a cable specifically designated as a data cable or search through all your cables until you find one that is in fact a "data" cable.

Here is a link (thanks Vortex) if you're looking for a data cable.
Amazon.com: AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Charger Cable - A-Male to Mini-B Cord - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters): Computers & Accessories
Im so glad I saw this post. When i bought my R3 2 weeks ago, I just thought it would come with....read on here nope and watched vortex video and thanx btw for all videos....so I rushed back to amazon for the data cable in vortex posting and followed instructions and updated it right away no issues with this cable. Thanx again for the videos on the R3...Ive watched them all so when it came I was ready and knew all settings instead of trying to figure it out. Anyways , that would have sucked getting the radar then having to wait for the $4.95 cable. Thankfully, this forum right after purchase I realized the mistake I made about this data cable and it being seperate. It was overnight delivery to boot. So 20 minutes or less I had beat deadline and had set everything up as shown on video, and opened uniden for download.
The only mistake I made was I forgot to do a factory reset after data download. So, I know the unit is tip top, outperforming old redline i had easily... low power k band signs, and real k band locals. So do I go and now 2 weeks later do a factory reset or by this point if its working fine cant i just leave it...Im just leaving it.
GET The Data Cable from amazon per vortex link. Even a dummy on the computer like me had 0 issues. Have a nice day
 

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Not sure if this was covered, but I just received my Uniden DFR9 and it came with a micro-USB cable. I followed the website instructions to no avail. I ended up downloading the Uniden drivers listed for the R1/R3 so that my Windows 10 x64 PC would recognize the bridge from the DFR9. I then proceeded to update the GPS database successfully. Without installing the Uniden drivers for the bridge, the detector would never be recognized by the PC. I used an Anker USB hub and the light doesn't go on for the connection until the drivers were installed. I hope this helps others out. Uniden had minimal documentation for the DFR8/DFR9.
Not a lot of info/support on the dfr9 . Bet we got a model that is legacy already.

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what questions do you have my friend, maybe I can help
what an active forum! replies within minutes here :)
my GPS died on the DFR9. so frustrating. no speed or altitude displays. tried factory resets and uploading DB_20181004.bin file and still no GPS...
 

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what an active forum! replies within minutes here :)
my GPS died on the DFR9. so frustrating. no speed or altitude displays. tried factory resets and uploading DB_20181004.bin file and still no GPS...
ummmm wow, did you by accident turn the GPS off in the settings
 

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Nah... Tried turning GPS off/on though during troubleshooting.

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Nah... Tried turning GPS off/on though during troubleshooting.

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I cant say I've ever heard of the GPS chip going bad but there is always a first time for everything. I have the 800 number for their returns, would you like it ?
 

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So weird... But it's been working last couple of days.

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My DFR9 GPS does exhibit odd behavior. It will cycle through 0-2 mph while I am sitting still, and the compass direction switches constantly.
It also shows 1 mph faster than other GPS units (ones that are 10 Hz or known to be extremely accurate) consistently.
 

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For the record, my window 10 based Lenovo laptop gave me an error something about not usable on this computer when 1st time clicking on X64 drivers. So I clicked on X86 (which is 32 bit for you non computer types), so my 64 bit computer said use 64 bit drivers. So I clicked on that again and low and behold I got some activity asking me to confirm I really wanted to run this "malicious" software, which I did. So drivers installed perfectly.

Now on to the question. As soon as the installer started up it gave me 124.124.111 with a date of 2019/07/04 whereas the .bin file I got off the software tool download and extraction also had 124.124.111 but with a date of 2019/04/02. I have not and will not install the older file onto the R7 I got yesterday via Amazon. Please note I got the "updated" firmware file from the Uniden website. To be clear, the first section of firmware stuff was R1/R3 updates, then the R7 section. So I got my USB driver and install toos and .bin from the hyperlinks in that R7 section.

Am I going crazy or does it seem as if I got more current firmware from amazon buy in warehouse then is on the Uniden website. I normally don't see this kind of thing when updating equipment.......

Again, for now, I am doing nothing but unplugging the RD and going with what I got until I hear from one of you guys.

Thanks,

Bob E.
 

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For the record, my window 10 based Lenovo laptop gave me an error something about not usable on this computer when 1st time clicking on X64 drivers. So I clicked on X86 (which is 32 bit for you non computer types), so my 64 bit computer said use 64 bit drivers. So I clicked on that again and low and behold I got some activity asking me to confirm I really wanted to run this "malicious" software, which I did. So drivers installed perfectly.

Now on to the question. As soon as the installer started up it gave me 124.124.111 with a date of 2019/07/04 whereas the .bin file I got off the software tool download and extraction also had 124.124.111 but with a date of 2019/04/02. I have not and will not install the older file onto the R7 I got yesterday via Amazon. Please note I got the "updated" firmware file from the Uniden website. To be clear, the first section of firmware stuff was R1/R3 updates, then the R7 section. So I got my USB driver and install toos and .bin from the hyperlinks in that R7 section.

Am I going crazy or does it seem as if I got more current firmware from amazon buy in warehouse then is on the Uniden website. I normally don't see this kind of thing when updating equipment.......

Again, for now, I am doing nothing but unplugging the RD and going with what I got until I hear from one of you guys.

Thanks,

Bob E.
The latest R7 firmware available to the public via the Uniden firmware upgrade website is 124.124.111 with a red light/speed camera database that was updated by Uniden on 4/2/19. Since your R7 is showing a database file updated by Uniden on 7/4/19, that means you have the most up to date firmware & database provided by Uniden at this time.

When the latest firmware (1.50) was released for the R3, it was packaged with the latest red light/speed camera database (7/4/19), so since you just bought your R7, Uniden is now shipping those also with the most up to date database, and they just haven’t made it available for public download yet. They usually release new firmware and the updated database together. So when they release the next firmware for the R7, that’s when all R7 owners will receive the updated database as well.

Bottom line, you’re already up to date!
 

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