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Old 04-04-2014, 04:15 AM   #766
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I emailed the hobby shop that sells the rx connector style USB adapter that Dirk and I have, and this is the reply.


"You only need to update the firmware from the PC via the USB cable connecting to the program card. Once you updated the firmware on the program card. You can connect the program card to the ESC via the RX plug."
What ever dealer told you this is 100% completely wrong. You can not update the speedo using the program card. Both must be done using the USB through a computer.

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I also emailed "my" hobbyshop, and they said they will inquire about it at the distributor/ORCA.

Firmware-updates need to be done via the USB-Adapter in both cases, for program card and ESC. And for the program card to set the ESC, both need to have the same firmware version installed, AFAIK.
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Here are my settings for 13.5t blinky;

S1-blinky
S2-S6 N/A
S7-off(drag brake)
S8-off(initial brake)-not sure what this does, any insite?
S9-2K(brake pwm)
S10-Level 8(was running 10, but once in a will, from a stop, the car would hesitate upon trying to accel., turned punch down, problem still there?)
S11-8K(pwm)

This was with firmware 3.0. Just loaded 3.3, going to use same settings and see if there is any difference.

To expand on the problem I have with the car hesitating, its like the locked rotor detection in kicking in, it will not do it all the time, it launches off the line fine. Does it mostly after a spin out or shunt, maybe the car is rolling backwards? If anyone has this same experience, please share what corrected it.

I do like the esc, very smooth, almost too smooth, sometimes the car does not seem fast, but the lap times show otherwise.
Any more input about VX-1 settings for WGT 13.5 blinky?

I am basically running the same settings as Slow.

A bit concerned about the power drop off half way into the run. And this is with new 7000 mahr packs.

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Any more input about VX-1 settings for WGT 13.5 blinky?

I am basically running the same settings as Slow.

A bit concerned about the power drop off half way into the run. And this is with new 7000 mahr packs.

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I'm running all the same but S11 is at 4k . I have not had any power drop off.
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Mine is like

7- 5%
8- OFF
9 - 1k usually
10 - lvl 10
11 - 4k

No drop off here either.
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Many thanks for your input. I will try these changes and post the results.

FYI...Pretty wasted after 3 straight days of testing/racing and 900 miles of highway to SoCal this past weekend; so, it will probably be after I take this weekend off.

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What ever dealer told you this is 100% completely wrong. You can not update the speedo using the program card. Both must be done using the USB through a computer.

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EA,

I see that ORCA has added the Version 4.0 firmware for the several ESCs on their website.

Any idea if this updated firmwares have been submitted to ROAR for approval?

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Hi guys
Sounds like a noob question
How and where do I open the software
My computer downloads it, sends it adobe reader but won't open it

Any help
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EA,

I see that ORCA has added the Version 4.0 firmware for the several ESCs on their website.

Any idea if this updated firmwares have been submitted to ROAR for approval?

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Hi guys
Sounds like a noob question
How and where do I open the software
My computer downloads it, sends it adobe reader but won't open it

Any help
What file did you download? ORCA USB_Link Installer V1.2.rar? If so, that's a .rar archive, you need a tool like winrar or 7zip to extract the software from it. When you have done that, you'll have a folder with several files, including setup.exe ... from where on you should feel comfortable again.
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Well, I for one am tired of seeing updates go by w/o being able to use them.

Having to download some malware infected extractor ...that does not open the file anyway is BS.(yes tried it on 3, three, different systems.

This is not user friendly, has never been, and at this point I begin to think never intended to be.

So, time to move on to manufacturers that make products that work for those of us paying the bills.
Just to be clear and fair all three of my ESC's work fine but are basically outdated /obsolete unable to be updated.

It sure is funny to see everyone dance around the subject too leery of pointing out the failure.
Very disappointed in Orca to say the least.


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Well, I for one am tired of seeing updates go by w/o being able to use them.

Having to download some malware infected extractor ...that does not open the file anyway is BS.(yes tried it on 3, three, different systems.

This is not user friendly, has never been, and at this point I begin to think never intended to be.

So, time to move on to manufacturers that make products that work for those of us paying the bills.
Just to be clear and fair all three of my ESC's work fine but are basically outdated /obsolete unable to be updated.

It sure is funny to see everyone dance around the subject too leery of pointing out the failure.
Very disappointed in Orca to say the least.


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Its not uncommon to have to use an unzip program for large files. Ive used it on my 3 computers and it works fine when installing after unzipping it and running the setup.exe file. Are you trying to do it on windows 8? If so there are somethings you have to do to make it work. If hundreds of other people are using it then it must work as intended or no one would ever be able to update their speedo.

Check the new instruction sheet attached and see if there is something there you are missing.

https://www.icloud.com/iw/#pages/BAI...adaptor_manual

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Old 04-10-2014, 11:39 AM   #778
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Well, ORCA using .rar instead of the more common .zip (or maybe even a self-extracting archive .exe) format is probably not optimal, especially for people with lesser computer knowledge.

However, tools like winrar or 7zip (when downloaded from their official sites) are certainly not some "malware infected extractors" - and using archives and extractors is also far from unusual (although it could - and should - be handled a little better by ORCA).
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This is an attempt to post what I received from EA this evening. Doubt the pictures will show as they do when I received it in MS Word. Still should be helpful though.

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How to use ORCA USB adaptor to update your Electronic Speed Controller (ESC)

This applies to the following hardware:
Vritra VX (all colors)
Vritra VX1 (all colors)
Vritra VXX (all colors)
“USB ready” Program Card

What you need:
- An ORCA USB Link Adaptor
- A Windows PC with one of the following Operating Systems:
o Windows XP (all versions)
o Windows 7 (all versions)
o Windows 8.1 (non RT)
- Sensor cable
- ESC to be updated
- Program Card to be updated

Note: Be very careful when disconnecting the Program Card adaptor from the USB Adaptor. It is recommended that you do not pull by the wires and always pry at the plastic connections to prevent damage.


STEP1: PREPARE YOUR SYSTEM
Windows 8.0
You must update to Windows 8.1 then follow Windows 8.1 procedure

Windows 8.1
You must disable Driver Signature Verification.
Follow this link for step-by-step instructions:
http://www.howtogeek.com/167723/how-...igned-drivers/
Then proceed to All OS procedure

All OS
You need winrar to uncompress the installation files, it can be downloaded here:
http://rarlabs.com/download.htm Select either 32bit or 64bit to match your OS. (Note: Suggest using WinRAR version 5.01 files as opposed to the Beta files at the top of the list. Bill)

Save your ESC settings before proceeding to the next step as it will be erased.



STEP 2: INSTALLING THE ORCA USB SOFTWARE AND DRIVER
- Download the software from http://www/orcarc.com/en/download.asp/
- Uncompress the installation file (using WinRAR)
- Open the folder that has just been uncompressed and run "setup.exe"
- Click "Next" to start the install
- Click "Finish", this will start the installation of the USB driver
- Click "Install" to install the ORCA USB_link driver
- You will see the Windows Security screen pop up to warn about non verified drivers, click on Install this Driver Software Anyway (this message may be different for each OS)

- Click "OK" to finish the installation
- You will now see a new ORCA icon on your desktop

STEP 3: UPDATING THE ESC AND PROGRAM CARD
To update the ESC and program box, first you must obtain the new software
Go to http://www.orcarc.com/en/download.asp
Download the correct version for your ESC (VX, VX1 or VXX) and the matching version for the program card and note the downloaded location.

Copy the downloaded files to a place that you can easily find. (ie. An ORCA folder on your desktop)
Plug in the ORCA USB Adaptor to the USB port on your computer and let the computer finish installing the driver for it.

Launch the ORCA USB_Link program

(Note: You will see a window labeled "ORCA USB_Link V1.2")


Make sure that the ESC is unplugged from the batteries.
Connect the USB Adaptor to a Sensor Cable; and then the Sensor Cable to the sensor port on the ESC.

The program will now detect your ESC model and current firmware version. In this case, it is ORCA Vritra VX with software version 3.3 130715A

Please note that in the Model window. However, this window will be blank for VXX (which is normal for the VXX).

Click on Browse to get the new software
Browse to the downloaded file (ie ORCA folder on your desktop) and select the new software file.

You will now see the new software listed

(Note: They will all be listed as specifically named .BIN files within this list.)


Click "Update" to update your ESC
(Note: You will see an "Update Successful" window when the update is done.)

Click "OK" and verify your ESC Firmware version

You can now disconnect the ESC and be ready to update another unit.


Now replace the Sensor Cable with the Program Card Adaptor and plug it to the Program Card.
Update procedure is the same as ESC; but, you will be using the correct .BIN file for the Program Card.

(Note: All references to Program Box were changed to Program Card.)

Please make sure that the white cable goes to the S pin
(Note: Be very careful when disconnecting the Program Card adaptor from the USB Adaptor. It is recommended that you do not pull by the wires and always pry from the plastic connection to prevent damage.)


STEP 4: RESETTING THE SYSTEM TO UPDATE SOFTWARE

You must reset the system to the default setting every time you update the software. This is to make sure that the ESC and Program Card synchronize to each other correctly.

- Plug the ESC to the batteries and the Program Card
- Turn on the ESC
- Go to the Advanced program
- Enter either Stock or Modified mode as you would normally use
- Go to “Load Default”
- Press “ENTER”
- “Load Default Successful” message will be displayed
- Go to “Send” and press “ENTER”
- Turn off ESC and unplug batteries
- Turn on ESC to drain the capacity and wait 30 sec
- Turn the ESC off
- Plug the ESC to batteries and reprogram the ESC that you had before the software update.

PM me with your e-mail address if you want an unedited MS Word file (with helpful pictures). Due to the pics, it is about 2MB in size.

That's it!

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