Upgrade of Hornby Elite software

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Upgrade of Hornby Elite software

Postby alan564017 » Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:26 pm

I want to upgrade my Hornby Elite software. Is there a particular name for the connecting wire from the elite to a PC?

Reading elsewhere a printer cable may suffice, USB port type connection one end and a 'telephone' type connection at the other?

Also, my Elite is over 10 years old and has never had the software upgraded. Is it ok to upgrade from the original version to the most up to date version skipping intermediate upgrades.

Thanks for any advice in advance.

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Re: Upgrade of Hornby Elite software

Postby RAF96 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:23 am

The USB cable is a standard printer cable. USB A at the PC end and USB B at the Elite end. You do not use the Expressnet (RJ telephone jack) port.
Each revision update is stand alone and can be installed over any other revision forward or even backward if necessary, without intermediate steps.
The latest version is 1.45 and can be downloaded from the Hornby site. The installer has been optimised so as to cater for various PC speeds and you will be asked to choose a PC Type, pick 2 if your computer is reasonably modern, else Type 1 for an old Pc or Type 3 for a latest generation PC.
The update process is to hold down the red button on the Elite as you power it up, release the button, then plug in the USB cable (you need to know the Com port number so it pays to have a dummy connect unless you already use a fixed port, then run the installer (download it to your desktop for convenience).
The update should take about 2-3 minutes, much shorter and it is likely to fail and bomb the Elite. If so simply repeat the installation from the start picking a different PC Type. Much longer and it will likely load OK just takes a long time to get there.
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Re: Upgrade of Hornby Elite software

Postby alan564017 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:09 pm

RAF96, many thanks, very helpful information

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