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Posted by penbex Message # 1     Posted at April 14, 2011, 2:40 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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New firmware is available now in the download section!

This firmware is for KW-1004 based devices (Neon, Proline, Goodmans, Watson, etc. etc.)

For other models like the Centrios you will have to do an additional update. Contact me if you want to participate in testing this...

 William
(Last Edited: April 14, 2011, 3:53 pm)
(Last Edited: April 14, 2011, 3:55 pm)
 
Posted by tieftaucha Message # 2     Posted at June 17, 2011, 6:03 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Hello an thanks for your great work. The new Firm works fine for me. Its so cool that you do all that work for us. Go on further you are the best. LG Andreas
 
Posted by penbex Message # 3     Posted at June 17, 2011, 7:26 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Thanks, I just want to get the most out of my devices
 
Posted by Sammy Message # 4     Posted at December 9, 2011, 8:05 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Hi, the firmware subject is not really clear to me. As far as I remember there is a "generic" firmware that should load into any device. I've got an IPMicro, but i couldn't sort out, where or which this generic firmware is, I cannot load any 2.x firmware.

Could someone explain that to me?

What can I do at the moment to upgrade my IPMicro to a 2.x firmware?

Thank you,

Sammy.

 
Posted by penbex Message # 5     Posted at December 9, 2011, 9:31 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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The official "worldstation" webpage and database are still functional.
However, Taiwanese Penbex seems to have closed their company website.
In the past they had some of the GPL code on their corporate site.
After some searching I also found that one of their founders has started a new company and works on a new project.
So it appears that Penbex is slowly going down and it might just be a matter of time before they also shut down the database (which would kill all devices without our modified firmware).

Regarding the models:
They have pretty much generic KW-1004 model which is sold under various brand names. All these models have a tiny difference in the bootloaded and due to that do not accept firmware for the alternative brand names. Some models are very old and did not get firmware updates for a long time (and thus many bugs), some are a bit newer and thus have some bugs fixed. This is why there was the release of a generic bootloader. So that everyone could enjoy the latest fixed. Of course combined with the use of our database so you can actually influence the contents.

Besides the generic models there were a few non-standard models. These include the IPMicro. The differences were caused by other memory chips and in case of the IPMicro difference in front panel key drivers.

There is some good news though. Is soon as I have some spare time (right now a bit busy with the SkyTC firmware) I will toss together a version 2 firmware for IPMicro!

 

 

 


 

 
Posted by Pollocedrone Message # 6     Posted at February 6, 2012, 9:58 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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hi at all! fw 2.0.0.18 is the newest fw for my akira hi fi stereo? thanks!
 
Posted by Jenkie Message # 7     Posted at March 29, 2012, 12:18 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Hello, this update (2012/03/05 New ListenLive Firmware available for download) works for radio Akira MCC-B04W?
Jenkie
 
Posted by penbex Message # 8     Posted at March 29, 2012, 12:52 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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No, sorry. The Listenlive firmware only works on devices originating from SkyTC.

 

 
Posted by pistik Message # 9     Posted at February 13, 2013, 10:57 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Hello,

i have firmware 2.0.0.8 - Release build 01/10/12-1401, SW: 20080410.0.1.99 on my new Konig HAV-IR21 ... 
I try to upgrade to 2.0.0.18 from USB but when i choose file KW-1004-2.0.0.18 in upgrade menu, there is just screen with text "Firmware Upgrading(About 5 minutes)" and after few seconds and rebooting i see same version in my informations. Am I doing something wrong?

Thank you.


 
Posted by penbex Message # 10     Posted at February 14, 2013, 11:16 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Quote:
Hello,

i have firmware 2.0.0.8 - Release build 01/10/12-1401, SW: 20080410.0.1.99 on my new Konig HAV-IR21 ... 
I try to upgrade to 2.0.0.18 from USB but when i choose file KW-1004-2.0.0.18 in upgrade menu, there is just screen with text "Firmware Upgrading(About 5 minutes)" and after few seconds and rebooting i see same version in my informations. Am I doing something wrong?

Hello,

The Konig is a device made by a Taiwanese company called "Penbex" they went bankrupt over a year ago.
The original firmware that is on the radios connects to a database that is on some webspace reserved by Penbex.
Since the company is gone, there have not been any updates to this database.
In fact, it is likely that the database will be completely gone soon.
In that case your Penbex based radio will not be able to get any station lists.

I have made modified firmwares for Penbex radios. This modification lets the radio connect to our database.
However, the firmware is for each Penbex radio different. So far I have made versions for a number of models but not yet for the Konig.
I hope to have some time to do this soon.

So in short, the KW-1004 firmware can not run on the Konig and is rejected by the upgrade process.

 
Posted by pistik Message # 11     Posted at February 14, 2013, 11:35 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Thank you for your reply. Is there any way to change the server without installing your framework? I have pretty good debian server so can i use it instead original World Radio? I have some linux, and php/mysql experience. Or I just have to wait?
 
Posted by penbex Message # 12     Posted at February 14, 2013, 10:22 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Nope, but I will look into it asap.
 
Posted by speed79 Message # 13     Posted at March 5, 2013, 8:33 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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yes please i am also an owner of konig hav-ir and i m trying to find a solution to listen my favorites stations
i contact with konig they made an update in their database but i would like to use your firmware
 
Posted by penbex Message # 14     Posted at March 5, 2013, 12:25 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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You mean that Konig released a firmware update?
Checked, they did not..
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Posted by speed79 Message # 15     Posted at March 5, 2013, 1:01 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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no i mean i send them some stations tha links and they put it in my countrys stations list
but not all of them... 
can you make a firmware for konig hav-ir? i noticed that you have firmware for many devices
 
Posted by penbex Message # 16     Posted at March 5, 2013, 1:56 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Can you test the following:

1. Power off the Machine. (remove power from the mains socket)
2. Press the [UP] key and hold. (Note: some models appear to use the [Left] key)
3. Power on the system again. (plug power back into the mains socket)
4. You should see [USB upgrade] on the screen.
5. Release the [UP] key once you see that screen.

What we need to see is the [USB upgrade] notification.
This process is triggered by powering up the device (from disconnected power cable) usually with one single button pressed.
On most Penbex models this was the UP button. On some it was the LEFT button, but there is no restriction to what button (back/menu/standby etc.) they used for this.

 

 

 
Posted by speed79 Message # 17     Posted at March 5, 2013, 2:34 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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its the back button it saws ART upgrade
 
Posted by penbex Message # 18     Posted at March 5, 2013, 3:45 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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UART upgrade? can you check the other buttons, we need USB upgrade
 
Posted by speed79 Message # 19     Posted at March 5, 2013, 3:58 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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its the play/ pause  button now i saw it
 
Posted by penbex Message # 20     Posted at March 5, 2013, 4:05 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Perfect.. this means that we can safely flash the modified firmware.
If flashing goes really bad and the device does not start anymore, we can use the recovery procedure.

The recovery procedure requires the use of a USB A <-> USB A  cable (both sides the same plug)
The device is connected to the pc as flash disk and we can transfer the firmware like that.

The exact procedure is described on the forum.

 

 
Posted by speed79 Message # 21     Posted at March 5, 2013, 4:11 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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which firmware can i use? and how to make the update flash? i tried to update with the same method as i do with penbex original firmware but nothing happens
 
Posted by speed79 Message # 22     Posted at March 5, 2013, 4:32 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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i used the KW-1004 firmware
 
Posted by penbex Message # 23     Posted at March 5, 2013, 4:33 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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The procedure is exactly the same as with the original firmware.
I am working on the firmware file right now. The modifications are in. Now have to repack everything, make the correct file and test it.
Once everything is done I will post it online in the Penbex firmware download section.

 

 
Posted by speed79 Message # 24     Posted at March 5, 2013, 4:35 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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ok thanks for the effort
 
Posted by penbex Message # 25     Posted at March 7, 2013, 3:33 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Firmware has been created. Contact me on voyager2003@zonnet.nl for upgrade details.

~William

 
Posted by pistik Message # 26     Posted at March 16, 2013, 11:49 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Nice one. Thank you. It is working like a charm now
 
Posted by ppvw Message # 27     Posted at March 26, 2013, 1:32 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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The newest Firmware here for thje ODYS Inet Musicbox is 2.0.0.23. The Favorit list here from "User Settings" is not in the radio list . Is there a new Version coming ? Podcast Settings also doesnt wortk.
 
Posted by Harari49 Message # 28     Posted at March 29, 2013, 8:51 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Hello William

Does this firmware fit also the Cobra CIR 2000?

Thanks

Igal

 
Posted by penbex Message # 29     Posted at March 29, 2013, 10:10 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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No, it does not.

 
Posted by ivanko Message # 30     Posted at April 9, 2013, 6:46 am,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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 William
please update the firmware on the Olympia Web Radio 300
 
Posted by penbex Message # 31     Posted at April 29, 2013, 2:34 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Olympia version is in progress.. soon will be available.
 
Posted by nokia9800 Message # 32     Posted at April 29, 2013, 4:35 pm,     subject: New Penbex firmware 2.0.0.18 (April 2011)  
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Hi William!

Please release a patched firmware for ODYS