Success with 1000-HDC

Following on from the last post, ComTexeStarter has successfully built an 1000-HDC and used it to flash to v3.01.

This picture sums it up very neatly:


I’d be very interested to hear from anyone else who tries this.

21 thoughts on “Success with 1000-HDC”

  1. Managed to connect over to the Elite 48 using both the COM and the TTL cable I bought from ebay.
    Now I’m looking to flash the latest firmware before starting with the setup.
    Anyone know what type cable I need to get to fit the Programming Port?


  2. Great!

    You now have a choice – either you buy the programming PCB (as I did – see other posts) or else you can build an equivalent with resistors and a switch as per the post above. The actual cable on the programming port is a standard IDC header cable, but you could probably attach directly to the pins if you are careful.

    The programming PCB is easier, but it is more expensive

  3. I have the original flasher but home made ft232 USB cable. My flash fails at 99%. Does anybody knows why. I’ve tried many times. My first flash failed at 80%. Can that have any impact on why it won’t work now? It stops at 0-1 seconds left.

  4. Have you tried using a different computer? I had problems initially but using a different machine with a clean install of the utility worked. Also, are you sure you are using the correct image? There are loads to choose from and I had to check carefully to find the correct one.

  5. The first computer failed at anywhere between 5-85% and never completed. The other machine I tried reaches always 99.9% and then fails. I have a texecom Premiere elite 48-w and select p48 but u select a different language pack. I doubt the language pack does any difference.

  6. Right, OK. I wonder if it is something to do with the previous failed attempts. I doubt that it is the cable, as if it was faulty it wouldn’t work at all and anyway all these cables are exactly the same. Have you tried defaulting the panel (holding down the ‘load defaults’ button when applying power)? I think you are supposed to do this anyway as part of the upgrade process and it might clear out any half-finished flashes. You could try the upgrade against the default panel and then restore settings if it works.

  7. Thanks for your answers mate.

    I tried defaulting but it’s not working. The heartbeat led is off.

  8. Quick question. Do I still only connect TX, RX and gnd and leave the +(?) from the USB board?

  9. Gentlemen

    I fixed the problem by getting the original Texecom USB and now my panel is live again which feels great.

    I don’t recommend anyone to flash their panel without the original USB cable.
    I also do know there are loads of fake FT232 chipsets out there and i guess mine were fake and very bad quality.


  10. Glad you got everything sorted out. As you say it does seem difficult to avoid the fake chips these days, although it does sound like you were unlucky.

    I hope this won’t put you off experimenting!

  11. Hi, is there a step by step build guide for the flash interface? Am I right in thinking it is only some resistors, a switch, some wire and of course the usb cable?

  12. Hi, no unfortunately I don’t have a build guide… this is mostly because I bought the real interface and we deduced the wiring afterwards. However, you are right in that it is really just a few resistors and a switch. All of the other stuff on the board is redundant and I think relates to the old non-USB serial flash cable instead.

    If you want to have a go at a guide (or even send me some pics as you go along) I’d be glad to post it up

  13. Hi, I just thought I’d let you know I managed to flash my panel to the latest (v5) firmware using a £3 FTDI cable, and a homemade flasher PCB thanks to the wiring diagram you provided. Big big thank you!

  14. That’s great, thanks for letting me know! The firmware flashing world is on the change slightly with the recent announcement about flashing from the cloud, but this is only going to be available to professionals. It’s great that they are continuing to support and upgrade the panels though.

  15. I’m planning on building my own Flasher but have started by connecting my USB to TTL cable to Com 1. When I run the Wintex software the Program option is disabled. Is this caused by an incompatible cable or do I need to enable some option in Wintex. I have set PC-Com to the correct comms port number under Setup.

  16. I have discovered that it is possible to use Wintex to communicate with the control panel using a Silicon Labs CP210x USB to UART Bridge. I had one of these lying around that I had purchased from the Open Energy Monitor Project so decided to give it try. I’m running Windows 10 with Silicon Labs driver v10.1.4.

    I will provide an update when I have built and tested a flashing interface.

  17. Thanks. There is an issue in that whilst you can use basically any usb UART to communicate using Winter, I think the flashing software will only recognise an FTDI232 which is what is in the official Texecom cable

  18. Yes, you are correct the CP210x cable would not work with the flashing software, I had to borrow a FTDI cable from work for this. I did use my own flashing board, built from the circuit diagram above. Thank you, J

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