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    STR-DA7100ES and new HDMI board Dashboard
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    Last Reply: December 27, 2011, 11:37 am

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    siebelink1

    Rank: Sony Buff


    Joined: May 07, 2009
    Posts: 20
    From: holland

      Posted: 2011-12-21 11:39



    Can you also do the update throu the RS232 port ?


       


    jehill
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    Rank: Sony Senior Advisor


    Joined: Mar 13, 2003
    Posts: 14283
    From: Sewell, NJ

      Posted: 2011-12-22 13:13

    I just discovered something very interesting in reviewing the STR-DA7100ES service manual.  There is an  HDMI POWER board, but no HDMI board!  The HDMI circuitry is on the ILINK board, part number A-1126-993-A.  The part may be purchased for $391.31 at www.andrewselectronics.com and $430.44 at www.hermanelectronics.com.  These are the sources listed at https://servicesales.sel.sony.com/ecom/accessories/web/index.jsp.  Unsure if they ship outside the USA.  The following notes apply:

    NOTES ON REPLACEMENT OF ILINK BOARD
    New part of flash memory (IC3001) on the ILINK board cannot be used.  Therefore, if the mounted ILINK board is replaced, exchange new flash memory (IC3001) with that used before the replacement.

    NOTE OF HANDLING THE ILINK BOARD (Part No. A-1126-993-A)
    When the ILINK board is replaced by a repair for a fee, throw away the ILINK board after obtaining consent of not returning of the ILINK board to the customer. When throwing away the ILINK board, be sure to throw away after destroying IC3205 and IC3208 physically with the hammer etc.

    [ This message was edited by: jehill on 2011-12-22 13:20 ]


       
    submariner

    Rank: Sony Addict


    Joined: May 03, 2008
    Posts: 214
    From: UK

      Posted: 2011-12-25 22:25

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    On 2011-12-22 13:13, jehill wrote:
    I just discovered something very interesting in reviewing the STR-DA7100ES service manual.  There is an  HDMI POWER board, but no HDMI board!  The HDMI circuitry is on the ILINK board, part number A-1126-993-A.  The part may be purchased for $391.31 at www.andrewselectronics.com and $430.44 at www.hermanelectronics.com.  These are the sources listed at https://servicesales.sel.sony.com/ecom/accessories/web/index.jsp.  Unsure if they ship outside the USA.  The following notes apply:

    NOTES ON REPLACEMENT OF ILINK BOARD
    New part of flash memory (IC3001) on the ILINK board cannot be used.  Therefore, if the mounted ILINK board is replaced, exchange new flash memory (IC3001) with that used before the replacement.

    NOTE OF HANDLING THE ILINK BOARD (Part No. A-1126-993-A)
    When the ILINK board is replaced by a repair for a fee, throw away the ILINK board after obtaining consent of not returning of the ILINK board to the customer. When throwing away the ILINK board, be sure to throw away after destroying IC3205 and IC3208 physically with the hammer etc.

    [ This message was edited by: jehill on 2011-12-22 13:20 ]

    Hi Jehill
    Very interesting, does it say anything about different rev levels of that ilink board as I understood the early 7100ES's could not pass 1080p but the later ones could. I was definitely told they had to change my board even explained it was a push in job not soldered.
    I'm interested in buying a back up 7100Es if I  know I can get the board to pass 1080p, but I'd hate to buy another unit and an ilink boead only to find it would n't take the latest firmware update.

    Also interested what is this 'jig' - is it some software code or a physical piece of hardware?
    Regards Peter


       
    jehill
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    Joined: Mar 13, 2003
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    From: Sewell, NJ

      Posted: 2011-12-26 11:25

    I am pretty sure that I have the last revision of the STR-DA7100ES service manual, Ver. 1.3 2005.12.  The only thing that the last reversion did was add the part number for the ILINK board, so, I believe that it is safe to assume that the part number that I provided is the latest.  A "jig" is a hardware device.  I suspect that the one required is nothing more than a special RS-232 cable with a couple of leads reversed.


       
    jehill
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    Rank: Sony Senior Advisor


    Joined: Mar 13, 2003
    Posts: 14283
    From: Sewell, NJ

      Posted: 2011-12-26 12:03

    I just found other information from Sony referring to both a RS-232 cross-cable (what I was thinking of) and a test jig.  I am unsure of exactly what the test jig is, but I am sure that it is a piece of hardware.  Also, if the HDMI controller version (firmware) is 1.2 or greater, no update is required.  I would be willing to bet the the ILINK BOARD part number that I provided includes the latest firmware, but I can't I can't guarantee it.



       
    Fluggo

    Rank: Sony Fan


    Joined: Sep 28, 2011
    Posts: 5
    From: Sweden

      Posted: 2011-12-27 04:21

    So maybe this board is still availible for order from Japan ?

    Can someone here help us out with contacts and so on ?


       
    Fluggo

    Rank: Sony Fan


    Joined: Sep 28, 2011
    Posts: 5
    From: Sweden

      Posted: 2011-12-27 04:44

    Hello
    I just found this ILINK board at EET Nordic . They are now checking what rev and firmware level it is on the board and will get back to me later today or tomorrow.. I'll post again as soon as I hear anything..

    But as you have to move IC3001 from the old board over to the new it seems that you must flash the board with the new firmware after swapping the ILINK board or it will still be att the old firmware level.


       
    submariner

    Rank: Sony Addict


    Joined: May 03, 2008
    Posts: 214
    From: UK

      Posted: 2011-12-27 10:53

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    On 2011-12-27 04:44, Fluggo wrote:
    Hello
    I just found this ILINK board at EET Nordic . They are now checking what rev and firmware level it is on the board and will get back to me later today or tomorrow.. I'll post again as soon as I hear anything..

    But as you have to move IC3001 from the old board over to the new it seems that you must flash the board with the new firmware after swapping the ILINK board or it will still be att the old firmware level.



    Although I find this really wierd - namely pulling out on old component to exchange a part on a new assembly - why would you do that?? ;

    However it does ring a bell. After Sony found the new 'HDMI' board for me and fitted it; they were not going to celebrate until they had 'flashed the 'new' board with the firmware upgrade'.

    Come to think of it the iLink board description also joggles the old memory banks; as I think I remember feeling how can I test that they have put back the iLink board properly [i.e. does it still work]  if I have no ilink components to test it with.. I think I just accepted it and said well it will be no loss if it can't use iLink as I don't use it and 1080p over HDMI is a must.


       
    jehill
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    Rank: Sony Senior Advisor


    Joined: Mar 13, 2003
    Posts: 14283
    From: Sewell, NJ

      Posted: 2011-12-27 11:37

    Here is how to enter the SPECIAL MEMU MODE on the STR-DA7100ES to check the "HDMI controller version":
      
    SPECIAL MENU MODE

    1. Press the I/O button to turn on the main power, then while pressing the [MEMORY/ENTER] button, press the [MUSIC], [INPUT MODE] and [MOVIE] buttons in order within a second of each other.

    2. The message “MENU SPECIALIZED!” appears.

    3. Each time the [MENU] dial is turned clockwise, the item is switched.

    4. To release from this mode, while pressing the [MEMORY/ENTER] button, press the [MUSIC], [INPUT MODE] and [MOVIE] buttons in order again within a second of each other.

    5. The message “MENU SPECIALIZED OFF” appears.

    [ This message was edited by: jehill on 2011-12-27 11:54 ]


       
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