Uniden R7 owner having issues updating Firmware using the USB cable and software tool...

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In my experience, the update process rarely fails on Mac, and sometimes fails when I try on Windows.

@Dzyner if you are ever unsure if your gps is working, I can build a special file for you with a GPS alert right outside your house or local supermarket.

You should never get repeat failures. That suggests to me either a faulty cable, incorrect upload tool installation (unlikely if it can read a connected detector), or faulty hardware.
 

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Hi everyone!

I just bought a new Uniden R7 and am having a hell of a time with firmware updates, and fear my detector may now be messed up as a result.

I downloaded the "Uniden R Series SW Download Tool V1.28" tool to my PC from this site...

https://support.uniden.com/radar-detectors/

This also included the Firmware for the R7, which consisted of two files, "r7_v129.129.113_db191002.bin" and "DB_202000106.bin". It took several tries to get the "r7..." file to "Download" to the device, and I'm still not sure it actually fully completed because once the blue progress bar completed it started over again and then displayed a "DOWNLOAD FAILED!!!" alert. The version shows it is the latest one, but I'm not sure I buy it due to the error.

I then attempted the second step, which is to "Download" (not sure why they call it "Download" when you're UPLOADING it to the device) the other file, "DB_202000106.bin" to the device, with the "Recovery Mode" box checked. This also resulted in the same error, but this one simply will not complete at all. The blue progress bar barely starts and the error pops up (see screenshot).

Can anyone help provide some insight into how I'm supposed to successfully update the firmware on this thing? I'm temped to just send it back and buy another Escort, at least I'm able to update the firmware on that one!

Oh, and after all of this happened, my detector is giving GPS errors when I try to store false alerts.
Their updating system needs an update. Your not the first person to have problems with it. The best way to do it is to first start the Uniden update program. Go to the Uniden sight and look for the update for your detector. Then download it and when it's done put it on your desk top so it's easy to find. If it's a large file it will be in a ZIP format so you must unzip it before putting it in the update program. Windows operating system has an unzipping tool built into the program, right click the file on your desk top and unzip it. Put the unzipped file on your desk top, now go back to the Uniden update program and put the UNZIPED file into the program. Plug your detector into your computer and it will see your detector click the update button and it will start the update. GOOD LUCK.
 

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Yup its clunky and dated for sure. The biggest challenge for me, using Windows 10, was getting the drivers installed. After that every update is a breeze.
 

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Apologies in advance for any repetition... In my experience, the issues arise in three areas:
  • Cables. I had perfectly good data cables fail. Try another one or two.
  • Driver. Install and reinstall the stupid driver. Uninstall everything and try again.
  • Computer. Try another windows computer.
I have a background in IT and years of experience with this sort of thing, and I struggled with the Uniden update process in my first attempt. My guess is that the device is fine and some piece of the process is failing. This is also why I hate windows and dumped years ago it for a Pixelbook with Linux installed as my daily driver. I keep a single Windows box just for this crap.
 

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I would redo the main firmware. Use 129.129.113
I don't recognize the 129.129 .1023 in your picture
If it didn't say COMPLETED then it failed to fully load.
Try this file...
The DB USA_format.bin is from a member here that adds to the latest Uniden DB any new or missing items that haven't been updated yet. Try that instead of DB_202001106.bin
Again, download and unzip it before loading.
Do the firmware first!
Can this file be used by the DFR7? I am having problems updating the redlight camera, db and firmware as well.
 

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Can this file be used by the DFR7? I am having problems updating the redlight camera, db and firmware as well.
Firmware for the DFR7 is specific to that detector.
R7 stuff won't work.
The database file, I don't know, but maybe.
Others more familiar with your detector may know.
 

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Can this file be used by the DFR7? I am having problems updating the redlight camera, db and firmware as well.
The update file will be ONLY for the detector listed in the description. You must look for the update file for each detector R3 or R7 for it to work.
 

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FYI: R3 - R7 software updater don't work on latest Mac update Big Sur
 

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