so.. after pulling my hair for a couple of hours, reading everything I could find on the net and trying all possible combinations of connecting the ESC, Im still stuck with all LEDs dim, and no further reaction from the ESC whatsoever.
To sum up what I believe caused this situation:
The communication from the PC software to the ESC seemed a bit odd from the beginning, by not being able to apply settings, and not being able to update the firmware properly. The flashing chain was 180->200->203->200 and the last step must have messed it up completely.
According to a statement I found somewhere in this thread, the dim lights can be a sensor issue or a bad software installation. The facts that it happened during software installation and that the situation doesnt change when disconnecting the sensor cable let me assume that the firmware isnt installed properly.
Without a properly running firmware, no connection to the PC software can be established, and therefor the firmware cant be rewritten.
I can see two possible solutions:
- an alternative way of "forcing" the firmware onto the device.
- getting a new ESC
As Tekin prefers to deal with customers directly, getting a new ESC (of have Tekin themselves "forcing" the firmware) would mean additional shipping costs and, even worse, a couple of weeks more waiting time.
In addition, this would mean that it could happen again whenever Im updating the firmware in the future.
So if sending it in is the solution here, Im very tempted to return the thing and get anything else.
I know I could just use the Tekin RC without the HotWire, but I make my money with software, and when I have a device that is able to connect to the PC, I HAVE to do it..
Being a novice to the Tekin RS, Im far from a novice in regards to flashing firmware onto all sorts of devices. Doing so is part of my job, and I know that it can be harmful to disconnect a device during the update process. This was also stated in the manual and on the screen during the process.
So, I can asssure the decive was not disconnected during the update, it wasnt even touched.
The only halfway satisfying solution for me in this case would be a way of rewriting the firmware without sending it back to Tekin.
For now, Im putting the whole shiny new car and all related stuff in the garage so I dont have to see it for the rest of the weekend, and make other plan to enjoy it.
Im really sorry for the rant, but Im really frustrated now.
I tried to keep it as objective as I possible could..
a happy racing Sunday to you all!