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Firmware Patches

Post by R2-D2 »

Information about firmware patches can now be found at the Patches Page.

A prerequisite is something to apply the patches (.tfp files) to the firmware (.tfd file): either FireBird's HDFW v2 TAP for the Toppy (Guide and Thread) or FWPatcher (for the PC). All the main patches (and aXeL and some patching TAPs) are available in one handy PatchPackV2. So all you need now is the latest HDFW v2 (or FWPatcher) and the Patch Pack.

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Summary Table of the main patches, and categories:There are also some less mature, experimental or silly patches in the Development Work section.

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Andy2No wrote:
R2-D2 wrote:A prerequisite is something to apply the patches (.tfp files) to the firmware (.tfd file): either FireBird's HDFW v2 TAP for the Toppy (Guide and Thread) or FWPatcher (for the PC).
Unfortunately, topfield.cc is a now a dead site, so those links no longer work.

On the advice of ccs, I've used FwLoad to install a patch. It's documented here:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/emjbtaps/

Which links to a PDF manual, containing a link to download it from here:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/emjbtaps/FwLoad/FwLoad.zip


It would be good if this, or similar advice, could be placed in the first post, instead of 23 pages in, since this thread is a sticky about applying patches.
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Post by mossman »

Thanks - that's a good summary of what is available. Can someone make this a sticky?
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Post by R2-D2 »

Thanks for making it sticky! I've added the EPG patches to the list.
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Post by rwg »

Thanks, this is a great summary of the patches available (just the sort of thing I was thinking of when I posted in the Site News/Feedback area).

Any chance you can add links to the appropriate threads for each patch when you have a moment so that people can follow up the discussions on each patch?

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[edit] PS. off to patch me some firmware :)
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Post by SonicLife »

Is it worth mentioning that the 3 essential patches are available already applied to the currently recommended firmware from the members only download section of this site?
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Many people put their firmware and patches applied in their sig. Is it worth adding in your post the patch letter used to denote the applied patches in people sig? It may make it easier for other to see what patches others are using together.
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Post by EMJB »

Have just downloaded all the patches & patcher using above links to patch 5.13.59, but I get reports that neither version of the timer patch is compatible with this firmware. Am I missing something?

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rwg wrote:Any chance you can add links to the appropriate threads for each patch when you have a moment so that people can follow up the discussions on each patch?
That was on my list, but it was a big job and I ran out of time last night.

I'm not sure about the letters thing -- mainly because it would mean having to decide on some letters for some of the newer ones!

The good news is that FireBird has a crack team beta testing HDFW v2, and this can do the patching on your Toppy, too! So there's some hope that you will be able to identify what your current (stored) firmware is patched with.
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Post by matt »

R2-D2 wrote:Thanks for making it sticky!
No worries - it took some figuring out!

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Post by R2-D2 »

EMJB wrote:Have just downloaded all the patches & patcher using above links to patch 5.13.59, but I get reports that neither version of the timer patch is compatible with this firmware. Am I missing something?
Corrupt .tfd? Or already patched?
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Post by simonc »

R2-D2 wrote:The good news is that FireBird has a crack team beta testing HDFW v2, and this can do the patching on your Toppy, too!
That explains the recent flurry of activity on ARJ code in FireBirdLib.
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R2-D2 wrote: I'm not sure about the letters thing -- mainly because it would mean having to decide on some letters for some of the newer ones!
Not a real problem though? Can not the Patch creators chose a suitable (unused) letter? I thought it would help new users understand what patches are currently being used by different people (and which ones may or may not work with their firmware).

No big issue, just thought it would help. Excellent job on putting the list together. :)
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Post by gomezz »

More helpful maybe, a tool that runs on the PC that can analyse any copy of the firmware and detects which version it is and which patches have been applied to it. If it could also detect any unrecognised patches (checksum with suitable adjustments per known patch?), even better.
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Post by simonc »

That's kind of what the firmware patcher does. Load a patched firmware into it and it'll detect which of the patches you've got on your PC have been applied. What it won't do is tell you which mystery patches have been applied.

Perhaps there's some means of inserting an additional chunk of data, or perhaps a redundant block of memory that'd be written to flash and could be read by a TAP.
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Post by R2-D2 »

simonc wrote:That explains the recent flurry of activity on ARJ code in FireBirdLib.
Don't remind me! (I'm surprised by the subtle bugs in the original AR002 code that's used verbatim almost everywhere -- bugs that only running it on a Toppy could uncover... :))
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