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Old 10-06-2007, 10:07 AM   #1
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Newbie has Hack Builder install problem on reader- please help - no BATT LEVEL now!!

I finally gut the guts to try "improving" the fuctionality of my PRS500 reader by attempting to run the Hack Builder script on it. Unfortunately, I had problems at step 2 in the process and need help.

Setup - PC running Windows XP Home -- running latest version of Hack Builder, selected all scripts except DELETE, had it build the script file, and exited the software. I then transferred the contents of the SD__ folder to a freshly 1 GB FAT-formatted SD card. The card was then inserted into my reader.

When the Reader was started up, it showed the necessary upgrade steps -- press keys 3 and so on. I pressed key 3 to run a script and it worked fine.
However, when I pressed key 4 to copy a file, the reader reported an error. I then exited out of this menu.

Any ideas on what I could do to make this work? thanks.

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Old 10-06-2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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I finally gut the guts to try "improving" the fuctionality of my PRS500 reader by attempting to run the Hack Builder script on it. Unfortunately, I had problems at step 2 in the process and need help.

Setup - PC running Windows XP Home -- running latest version of Hack Builder, selected all scripts except DELETE, had it build the script file, and exited the software. I then transferred the contents of the SD__ folder to a freshly 1 GB FAT-formatted SD card. The card was then inserted into my reader.

When the Reader was started up, it showed the necessary upgrade steps -- press keys 3 and so on. I pressed key 3 to run a script and it worked fine.
However, when I pressed key 4 to copy a file, the reader reported an error. I then exited out of this menu.

Any ideas on what I could do to make this work? thanks.
I would suggest that you re-apply the latest firmware before using the SD card to re-flash.
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:17 AM   #3
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thanks.

The reader DOES have the latest firmware version installed on it. Do I have to rerun the latest firmware update again?
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:32 AM   #4
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thanks.

The reader DOES have the latest firmware version installed on it. Do I have to rerun the latest firmware update again?
That's what I would do. I always reran the latest firmware before using the SD flasher. Did it four times without any issue.
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Old 10-06-2007, 12:23 PM   #5
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I've always done steps 5 (create image), 6 (apply the image) and 9 (restart).
Never tried steps 3 and 4 for applying hacks.
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Old 10-06-2007, 12:53 PM   #6
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Yes, 3 and 4 are there mostly for debugging/development purposes. Start straight at 5 (as it's mentioned in the readme, I beleive).
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ddavtian's steps are correct. I'm going to hopefully get the updated mini-flasher working this weekend so that this kind of confusion is eliminated. Flashing stuff from Hack Builder will be simplified greatly.
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:25 PM   #8
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5, 6, and 9 WORKED!!! thanks!!!

"if all else fails, read the instructions..."
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Old 10-06-2007, 09:13 PM   #9
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Uh Oh!! I celebrated too soon...

THE BATTERY INDICATOR IS NOW MISSING!!!

How do I get it back?

Please help... what did I do wrong?

thanks...
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Uh Oh!! I celebrated too soon...

THE BATTERY INDICATOR IS NOW MISSING!!!

How do I get it back?

Please help... what did I do wrong?

thanks...
Did you select "Disable Battery Icon" when you built the hacks? That's what it does.
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Old 10-06-2007, 09:39 PM   #11
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if I disabled the battery icon without realizing it, can I re-run hack builder to create new sdcard files again (with a battery icon present) and run it on an sd card?
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:10 AM   #12
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if I disabled the battery icon without realizing it, can I re-run hack builder to create new sdcard files again (with a battery icon present) and run it on an sd card?
thanks.
You sure can rebuild your hacks and reflash then to change things.
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I reselected the desired items in the hack builder, built a new SDcard file directory, and reflashed the reader. Everything works great now.

Thanks for your help!!!!
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Old 10-07-2007, 08:36 AM   #14
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