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altist
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altist posted on Mon, Jun 8 2020 12:00 PM

I have recently dug my Beo6 out of storage-it came with a BV10-32 I bought for my partner- and wondered if it is still possible to reconfigure it and upgrade system. It was last configured 2012 and is on 3.00a software.B&O tried to update it in 2015/16 I think and managed to totally remove all configurations that were in it. They then said it wouldn't work and seemed to think that was an acceptable response! I've tried to download the configurator tool on my Mac using a parallels virtual windows 10 but getting nowhere and I'm far from technically minded with regard to computers especially! Any thoughts or help would be most welcome.Thank you.

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Stoobietoo
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The easiest way to see if the remote is working is to charge it for a few hours then press the red dot button and center button together.  You'll see the menus,  go to the config menu and you can choose custom or default. If you click default that will give you a simple set of buttons that should control your TV. You can test the remote works before investing time in programming it.

Once you know that it works we can then try and help.  I don't suppose you have access to a windows PC for this? It is far easier if you do.

Stoobie 

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You need to upgrade the remote to the last firmware version, 3.40 if I recall well.
If you dont you're likely to find your remote totally unresponsive one day or the other after the batteries go under a certain level.

For that you need to connect your remote to the last Config Tool (CT 6.84) and upload any config file to the remote.
Being a Mac guy too, I've tried several way to do that through virtualization, but seems that if any piece of the path is 64 bit, it won't work.
So I dinde push ahead and found an old win XP 32bits  laptop I use for this purpose only and everything goes better.

Once the remote is updated, you still have to program it.

For every step including those above, you'll find plenty of informations and step by step process on this forum.

Cheers.

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You cannot upload a configuration on a Mac using a parallels virtual windows 10 because there is no USB driver that understands "Virtual Windows" In other words you must use the configuration tool on a real Windows PC.

Please see table below for firmware versions


Regards Keith....

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Contrary to what Keith write in his post, I am able to upload a Beo6 configuration to it using a Mac running Parallels.
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altist replied on Tue, Jun 9 2020 11:35 AM

Hi folks and thank you for all your advice and words of wisdom.

In order of reply:-

Stoobietoo...I was able to charge it up and see all the screen displays but when I tried the default it didn't display anything at all...no general controls so probably meaning it was caput sadly.

Matador..sadly it has shut down yesterday and now refuses to start up again..plus the dreaded red light is showing at the back which I've read is pretty much a sign that its now paperweight material.

Keith and Beosince...it would have been good to have had the chance to use my old Dell win XP laptop that I dug out of the cupboard yesterday, but the death spiral red light has pre-empted such a move.

I will out of interest take it apart and see if I can coax some life out of the battery by charging from other sources...I read that idea on here somewhere.As I've said I'm not skilled electrically but its worth a try.

Thank you once more for all the thoughts...its heartening to know that beoworld still has such knowledgable folk able to help and also that some folk still have functioning Beo6 remotes despite all the problems that can beset them!

 

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altist:
I will out of interest take it apart

 

Please don't, the red light is more likemy saying it's not dead.
Do a search on the forum for the right update procedure and in the meantime, put the remote to charge on its dock.

Will try to point you to the right direction but right now I can't. 

As one of the specialist on that matter usually say "99% of the time, they're alive". Weebyx, search for his posts Wink

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Don't start taking it apart just yet. If you have your Windows laptop you may save it. I'll look for the posts which describes how. I used for 2 dead Beo 6's.

When I finish work this evening I'll search it out.

Stoobie

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Ha, Matador types faster.

matador43
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Stoobietoo:

Ha, Matador types faster.

Funny to see how everybody freaks out he did a mistake! 'No no no no no no, drop the screwdriver on the floor! slowly I wanna see your hands!"

And Weebyx hasn't been around yet! Big Smile

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altist replied on Tue, Jun 9 2020 12:18 PM
Wow guys that’s remarkably swift advice. Hadn’t even thought to open tool box yet. I will await any help as and when, and thank you all once more!
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Beosince98:
Contrary to what Keith write in his post, I am able to upload a Beo6 configuration to it using a Mac running Parallels.

I should have been more detailed in my answer. I should have added "if using 32bit"

 

Regards Keith....

Stoobietoo
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This is the thread I was thinking of. 

https://forum.beoworld.org/forums/t/23293.aspx

Stoobie 

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altist replied on Tue, Jun 16 2020 3:21 PM

Thank you again everyone. I finally managed to dig out my old Dell win xp and download configuration too 6.84.  Connected Beo6 but no joy saying it can't do.Tired carefully to take out Beo 6 battery to recharge separately but its one hell of a faff and no joy disconnecting battery connection from rear of remote fascia...tiny connection that service manual gives no help on..Going to have to concede defeat...wish I had managed to start the journey whilst still working as a display and no red light. Paperweight here I come!

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Did you follow what was in the thread I put the link.  I had two "broken" Beo 6's, one updated easily using this instruction the other had an older battery and caused problems.

First I installed configuration tool 6.00, (as per Weebyx in that link I gave) and made a very simple cinfuguration of beosound 9000 and one set of Beolab 8000 speakers.

Even though the screen was dead as it uploaded it updated the BeoLo on the remote control. I then put it back on to charge for a few hours.

Then with configuration tool 6.84 I connected the remote and it updated. It took a while to write the WiFi update (and I nearly gave up on the first try because it seemed to freeze) then it moved on to write the file and sprang into life.

The first one was fixed first go, but I must have tried about 20 times over a week to do the second one because I knew it could woek and did not want to give up. it seems the older configuration tool migh be the thing to get it going.

One thing I dis notice, it while it was dead it shoews up on my Device Manager as a Beo5 and once it was updated it showed as a Beo6.

Good luck

Stoobie

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