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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