Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

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Atomicity
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Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

Post by Atomicity » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:40 pm

Hi there!

A couple of months ago, I installed a Pluto-IIx in my DOL-001 and I have been enjoying the night-and-day difference HDMI makes over composite video ever since! I would now like to upgrade the firmware on the Pluto to GCVideo 2.4b. I already ordered and received one of these from KNJN:

https://www.knjn.com/show.html?pg=img&src=6160

However, I have no clue what to do next. Can anyone explain what I need to do? Would I need to desolder the Pluto from the GameCube to do it, or could I simply leave it in?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

Post by Streetwalker » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:31 pm

You can leave the board in the system. There should be a flashing tool from KNJN to reprogram the flash chip with the files from the gcvideo repo.
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Re: Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

Post by Atomicity » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:12 pm

Streetwalker wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:31 pm
You can leave the board in the system. There should be a flashing tool from KNJN to reprogram the flash chip with the files from the gcvideo repo.
Thanks for the quick reply! Does my GameCube need to be turned on or off in the process of updating the firmware?
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Re: Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

Post by Streetwalker » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:05 am

I don't know. It depends whether the serial board provides power to the FPGA or not. Try with the GC off first, and if it doesn't work, turn it on.
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Re: Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

Post by kooliokool » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:23 am

Does anyone have a tutorial or something on building a gcvideo 2.4c .bit? I was looking at this: https://www.knjn.com/docs/Re-programing ... %202.3.pdf and I have the programmer already but it doesn't look like unseen keeps a bitfile of the latest version anymore.
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Re: Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

Post by Jweeber » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:28 am

I'm not a programmer, but this may point you in the right direction:

https://github.com/ikorb/gcvideo/tree/master/Firmware

From the bottom of that page it says:

"To build the firmware, type make. You will need a Linux or other Unix system with GNU make, perl and ZPU gcc."

FYI, there was another minor revision now @ 2.4c (https://github.com/ikorb/gcvideo/tree/master/HDL) which adjusts the audio volume. Might be worth a look if you are going to the trouble of updating it, it might as well be current.

Good luck.
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Re: Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

Post by kooliokool » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:50 am

Jweeber wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:28 am
I'm not a programmer, but this may point you in the right direction:

https://github.com/ikorb/gcvideo/tree/master/Firmware

From the bottom of that page it says:

"To build the firmware, type make. You will need a Linux or other Unix system with GNU make, perl and ZPU gcc."

FYI, there was another minor revision now @ 2.4c (https://github.com/ikorb/gcvideo/tree/master/HDL) which adjusts the audio volume. Might be worth a look if you are going to the trouble of updating it, it might as well be current.

Good luck.
Yeah, I saw that but I am definitely struggling. Is there anyway someone could build 2.4c and host it for me?
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Re: Updating Pluto-IIx firmware to GCVideo 2.4b

Post by kooliokool » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:29 am

Didn't realize there was a release option that already had them built!

https://github.com/ikorb/gcvideo/releases
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