- FM30 TX Module
- FR Mini as TX Module
FM30 Initial Flash¶
The only way to flash the FM30 series is using STLINK. Luckily, their pads are pretty generous on the TX and easy to connect. Note this is a one-way process, there is no returning to the stock firmware after flashing.
- The TX module is opened by removing the four screws on the corners of the case using a small phillips screwdriver, then two further screws to remove the circuit board once inside.
- Connect wires to SWDIO, SWCLK, NRST, and GND to the header points shown in red above on the TX. Attach 5V to the VCC pad, not the 3.3V pad!
- Connect the other side to an STLINK programmer
- Flash using the
- After the flashing procedure, it is safe to leave the STLINK device connected to test that the firmware is operational, but uplug the USB connection before inserting the module into your handset for testing.
- Be sure your handset has the External Module type set to CRSF. See the general Troubleshooting section for other ways to determine your module is flashed and ready for flying.
Updating the TX is a lot easier and can be done via DFU without needing an STLINK.
- Remove the module from your handset. ⚠️ DO NOT plug in USB while the module is still in the handset. There is no protection to prevent connecting the USB's power directly to your handset.
- Hold the button labeled "Bind" on the FM30 TX. Plug in USB. There should be a "ExpressLRS DFU bootloader" device in Windows Debvice Maanger. If not, the STM32 DFU drivers may need to be installed.
- Flash using the
- Note that the process always reports failure but this occurs after flashing, so check for the message "File downloaded successfully", not what follows it:
Download [======================== ] 97% 46080 bytes Download [=========================] 100% 47340 bytes Download done. File downloaded successfully Invalid DFU suffix signature A valid DFU suffix will be required in a future dfu-util release!!! Error during download get_status *** [upload] Error 74
FR Mini RX as TX¶
The RX has the same RF components as the TX does, making it a possible candidate for a small ~200mW TX module. Wiring to the JR Module Bay requires only 3 pins (JR pins are starting from the top down)
JR Module Pin | FR Mini Pin | Description |--|--|--| | CPPM | None | | | Heartbeat | None | | | VMain | VIN | Use the VIN pin on the pinheader (middle pin), 3.3-3.4V. Do not connect directly to handset battery voltage-- this will burn out the 3.3V regulator even at 10mW output. Use either a 3.3V boost converter (to raise voltage from 1S provided by the handset) or 3.3V buck converter (to lower 2S or 3S handset voltage). The LDO has a very small dropout voltage, so there's not much benefit to bypassing this soldering directly to the VDD pad on the programming header. Expect over 250mA current draw in practice at 100mW. | | GND | GND | Use either the GND pin on the pinheader (outermost pin) or the GND pad on the programming header. | SPORT | TX2 | Use the TX2 pad on the receiver and remove the 4.7K pullup resistor. Without removing the resistor, the module will work okish as a transmitter, but firmware updates through OpenTX will fail with NoSync
FR Mini RX as TX Initial Flashing¶
The only way to flash the FR Mini is using STLINK. Note this is a one-way process, there is no returning to the stock firmware after flashing. The flashing procedure is similar to the FM30 TX module flashing listed above but using these pads on the receiver. Use the
FM30_RX_MINI_AS_TX_via_STLINK target for initial flashing.
FR Mini RX as TX Updating¶
Updates are done through OpenTX's built-in firmware flashing tool.
- Build the firmware using Configurator and selecting the
FM30_RX_MINI_AS_TX_via_UARTtarget. The build process will generage a
- Copy this file to the handset
FIRMWARE/directory on the sd card.
- Flash the firmware to the module using OpenTX
- Hold the MENU/SYS button on the handset to open the system menu
- Press PAGE to navigate to the SD card browser
- Scroll down to the FIRMWARE directory, and press ENTER
firmware.elrsand long press the ENTER key to open the context menu
Flash Ext. ELRSfrom the menu
"Unable to connect to target device"¶
If the flash fails with "Unable to connect to target device" (not "No STLINK found!") it is likely your STLINK clone does not have the RST line connected, but you can trigger the needed reset manually with a little more effort. The reason this is needed is that SIYI have disabled "Software Reset" to protect you from stealing their firmware binary.
- Verify your wiring
- Make sure the TX board is powering up (the LEDs light up)
- Use the STM32CubeProgrammer or STLINK GUI to connect see next step.
- Before you press CONNECT. Short the RST line from the TX to GND. Press CONNECT and quickly remove the wire from the GND pad.
- If it works, the GUI will tell you that the board is readout protected and must be disabled. Do this.
"flash loader run error"¶
Before both the TX and RX can be flashed using the
st-flash utility used by PlatformIO on Linux, the STM32 chip must have its "Readout Protection" (RDP) disabled, which was set by SIYI at the factory to make our lives more difficult. The windows flashing utility usually automtically disables the this, but the Linux utility does not. If you do not disable readout protection you'll get this cryptic error when flashing:
2021-07-06T21:08:42 ERROR flash_loader.c: flash loader run error 2021-07-06T21:08:42 ERROR common.c: stlink_flash_loader_run(0x8000000) failed! == -1 stlink_fwrite_flash() == -1
- Click the "Connect" button to connect to the ST-LINK device. You'll probably get a popup error Error: Data read failed. That's normal. If it says it can't connect or no device is present, you'll have to figure that out first.
- Click the "OB" button on the left.
- Expand the "Read Out Protection" section.
- Select RDP = "AA"
- Click the "Apply" button at the bottom.
- You should get a message indicating the "Option bytes successfully programmed". If so you're good to go. Click "Disconnect" at the top and flash from PlatformIO now. You can also flash directly from this GUI if you have the binaries and know their target addresses.