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BA-1000 System Updates

The module on this page is used solely for updating the program inside the BA-1000.  This coded is Copyrighted by Skutch Electronics, Inc. and it can only be downloaded for the express purpose of updating the program within a BA-1000, and it cannot be disassembled or modified in any way that would violate the Federal Copyright Regulations.

The BA-1000 and BA-1000-A are model protected by their code; this means that if you try to change a unit from one type to the other type, the system will crash and can only be restored to the original model type.

How to tell if your BA-1000 can be flash updated

The display of a "Flash" updatable unit will show something like:

0-Menu-v6.21--Th
08/08/02 12:42pm

A non-flashable version will show something like:

0-Menu-v6.21-*Th
08/08/02 12:42pm

The only difference is the "*" toward the end of the top line; a "*" means NOT flashable, no "*" means flashable.

Update Process version 6.xx - Do NOT use this for systems below version 6.xx hardware

  1. Download this file, BA-1000 v6.21 to your Desktop, then run it; it will extract the DIAL0621.BIN and FLASH603.DAT files to your "My Documents" folder.
  2. Take the CF card out of the BA-1000 and insert it into your CF reader.
  3. Insert the CF reader into your PC. - If an auto-play window pops up, just close it -

For Windows Vista/7

  1. Click on the "Windows Explorer" icon to the right of your "Start" button.
  2. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, if "Computer" is not expanded, Click on the ">" on the left of "Computer". - You should see the BA1000_DIAL drive under "Computer".
  3. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, if "Libraries" is not expanded, Click on the ">" on the left of "Libraries".
  4. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Click on the ">" on the left of "Documents".
  5. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Click on "My Documents".
  6. On the right side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Right-Click on the DIALxxxx.BIN file and choose "Copy".
  7. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Right-Click on the BA1000-DIAL drive and choose "Paste".
  8. On the right side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Right-Click on the FLASHxxx.DAT file and choose "Copy".
  9. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Right-Click on the BA1000-DIAL drive and choose "Paste".
  10. Close the "Windows Explorer" window.
  11. Move your cursor over the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in your System Tray (lower right area of Task Bar).
  12. Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and then click the "USB Mass Storage Device" option that pops up.
  13. When it says "Safe To Remove Hardware", unplug the CF reader from the PC.
  14. Take the CF card out of the reader.
  15. Unplug the BA-1000 power "FROM THE WALL", not from the back of the BA-1000.
  16. Insert the CF card back into the BA-1000.
  17. Plug the BA-1000 power back into the wall.
  18. During "Boot Up", you will see the "Flashing Eprom" message on the BA-1000.
  19. When the process is finished, you will notice the new version number in the display.

For Windows XP

  1. Click the "Start" button, then "My Documents".
  2. At the top of the "My Documents" window, below where it says:  "File  Edit  View  Favorites  Tools  Help", Click on the button that says "Folders".
  3. On the left side of the "My Documents" window, Click on the "+" next to "My Computer". - You should see the BA1000_DIAL drive under "My Computer".
  4. On the right side of the "My Documents" window, Right-Click on the DIALxxxx.BIN file and choose "Copy".
  5. On the left side of the "My Documents" window, Right-Click on the BA1000-DIAL drive and choose "Paste".
  6. On the right side of the "My Documents" window, Right-Click on the FLASHxxx.DAT file and choose "Copy".
  7. On the left side of the "My Documents" window, Right-Click on the BA1000-DIAL drive and choose "Paste".
  8. Close the "My Documents" window.
  9. Move your cursor over the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in your System Tray (lower right area of Task Bar).
  10. Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and then click the "USB Mass Storage Device" option that pops up.
  11. When it says "Safe To Remove Hardware", unplug the CF reader from the PC.
  12. Take the CF card out of the reader.
  13. Unplug the BA-1000 power "FROM THE WALL", not from the back of the BA-1000.
  14. Insert the CF card back into the BA-1000.
  15. Plug the BA-1000 power back into the wall.
  16. During "Boot Up", you will see the "Flashing Eprom" message on the BA-1000.
  17. When the process is finished, you will notice the new version number in the display.

Current 6.xx Revision History

  • v6.21 - added ability to use CF cards formatted as hard drives.
  • v6.19 - enhanced audio detectors.
  • v6.18 - fixed rare problem with a few newer CF cards.
  • v6.17 - fixed problem with some newer CF cards that cause a "Call Service" message as they start to boot up.
  • v6.16 - enhanced phone line audio detection to work better on VoIP lines. Fixed issue when recording personal messages directly on system, it wouldn't record them.
  • v6.15 - improved audio routines, changed attended mode to say press # then pick up phone and removed support for ZIP drives.
  • v6.12 - changed the attended routines so the local operator must pick up the phone then press # to talk with the called party. Improved the audio routines.
  • v6.11 - changed silence to start for answering machines to 2.5 sec.
  • v6.10 - adjusted disk routines to use new v3 CF cards.
  • v6.03 - improved lead file organization and added backup to last available lead file in incoming message playback mode.
  • v6.02 - added Return Dial Tone Disconnect - fixed issue where unit could freeze if asking multiple questions in your message and the No Response Hang Up value is higher than 1.
  • v6.01 - fixed issue where unit appears to freeze on playing back a response, also enhanced beginning silence detection on recording.
  • v6.00 - New version hardware - v6.xx will NOT work on any of the previous hardware systems, and v5.xx and below will not work on v6.xx hardware.

Update Process version 5.25 and ABOVE - Do NOT use this for systems v6.xx hardware or below version 5.25 hardware

  1. Download this file, BA-1000 v5.30 to your "My Documents" folder, then run it; it will extract the DIAL0530.BIN and FLASH205.DAT files.
  2. Take the CF card out of the BA-1000 and insert it into your CF reader.
  3. Insert the CF reader into your PC.

For Windows Vista/7

  1. Click on the "Windows Explorer" icon to the right of your "Start" button.
  2. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, if "Computer" is not expanded, Click on the ">" on the left of "Computer". - You should see the BA1000_DIAL drive under "Computer".
  3. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, if "Libraries" is not expanded, Click on the ">" on the left of "Libraries".
  4. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Click on the ">" on the left of "Documents".
  5. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Click on "My Documents".
  6. On the right side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Right-Click on the DIALxxxx.BIN file and choose "Copy".
  7. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Right-Click on the BA1000-DIAL drive and choose "Paste".
  8. On the right side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Right-Click on the FLASHxxx.DAT file and choose "Copy".
  9. On the left side of the "Windows Explorer" window, Right-Click on the BA1000-DIAL drive and choose "Paste".
  10. Close the "Windows Explorer" window.
  11. Move your cursor over the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in your System Tray (lower right area of Task Bar).
  12. Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and then click the "USB Mass Storage Device" option that pops up.
  13. When it says "Safe To Remove Hardware", unplug the CF reader from the PC.
  14. Take the CF card out of the reader.
  15. Unplug the BA-1000 power "FROM THE WALL", not from the back of the BA-1000.
  16. Insert the CF card back into the BA-1000.
  17. Plug the BA-1000 power back into the wall.
  18. During "Boot Up", you will see the "Flashing Eprom" message on the BA-1000.
  19. When the process is finished, you will notice the new version number in the display.

For Windows XP

  1. Click the "Start" button, then "My Documents".
  2. At the top of the "My Documents" window, below where it says:  "File  Edit  View  Favorites  Tools  Help", Click on the button that says "Folders".
  3. On the left side of the "My Documents" window, Click on the "+" next to "My Computer". - You should see the BA1000_DIAL drive under "My Computer".
  4. On the right side of the "My Documents" window, Right-Click on the DIALxxxx.BIN file and choose "Copy".
  5. On the left side of the "My Documents" window, Right-Click on the BA1000-DIAL drive and choose "Paste".
  6. On the right side of the "My Documents" window, Right-Click on the FLASHxxx.DAT file and choose "Copy".
  7. On the left side of the "My Documents" window, Right-Click on the BA1000-DIAL drive and choose "Paste".
  8. Close the "My Documents" window.
  9. Move your cursor over the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in your System Tray (lower right area of Task Bar).
  10. Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and then click the "USB Mass Storage Device" option that pops up.
  11. When it says "Safe To Remove Hardware", unplug the CF reader from the PC.
  12. Take the CF card out of the reader.
  13. Unplug the BA-1000 power "FROM THE WALL", not from the back of the BA-1000.
  14. Insert the CF card back into the BA-1000.
  15. Plug the BA-1000 power back into the wall.
  16. During "Boot Up", you will see the "Flashing Eprom" message on the BA-1000.
  17. When the process is finished, you will notice the new version number in the display.

Older 5.25 hardware Revision History

  • v5.30 - added ability to use CF cards formatted as hard drives.
  • v5.29 - enhanced audio detectors.
  • v5.28 - fixed rare problem with a few newer CF cards.
  • v5.27 - fixed problem with some newer CF cards that cause a "Call Service" message as they start to boot up.
  • v5.26 - enhanced phone line audio detection to work better on VoIP lines. Fixed issue when recording personal messages directly on system, it wouldn't record them.
  • v5.25 - improved audio routines, changed attended mode to say press # then pick up phone and removed support for ZIP drives.

Units BELOW v5.25

These units need to be shipped to Skutch Service at:

Skutch Electronics
Attn:  Service
209 Kenroy Lane, Suite 9
Roseville, CA  95678

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