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Last Updated: 03/07/2018
This page contains firmware updates for HolidayCoro products.

DO NOT UPDATE FIRMWARE IF YOUR ALPHAPIX ALREADY HAS A CURRENT FIRMWARE SHOWN IN THE TABLES BELOW

NOTES:

  • We highly recommend updates of firmware from a Windows PC (Mac platform not supported for firmware updates - native or virtualized due to a IP stack incompatibility)
  • If the update fails, we recommend disabling anti-virus applications and/or firewalls as these can sometimes block updates to the controller

Step-by-Step Firmware Upgrade Instructions:


Failed / Interrupted Firmware Recovery Instructions

If your firmware installation fails for any reason and the controller is displaying a blank screen or the message "Update The Firmware", perform the following steps to recover:

  • Start by downloading the firmware for your specific model and generation of AlphaPix from the firmware tables listed below. Be absolutely sure that build date of the controller exactly matches the date printed on the controller board.
  • We highly recommend disabling any firewalls on your PC (McAfee, Symantec and espically AVG) prior to updating to ensure the data going to the controller is not blocked.
  • Power down the controller
  • Wait 5 seconds
  • Press and simultaneously hold down the " M ", " + " and " OK " buttons on the PCB directly below the LCD interface:
  • Continue holding down the three buttons while the unit is powered up - continue to hold the buttons down for a minimum of 10 seconds after the unit is powered up
  • The controller will return to the default IP address of 192.168.0.50 and indicate "Default IP 192.168.0.50" on the LCD screen
  • Adjust your computer interface (if needed) to reach the controller (see the AlphaPix setup page for network configuration instructions)
  • Open your browser and go to HTTP://192.168.0.50
  • You should now see the firmware update screen and you can select the "Browse" button and pick the correct firmware file (see below) for your controller type (4 or 16) and generation (V1 or V2)
  • Click the button to update the firmware
  • Controller will reboot and if successful will display the firmware version on the second message on the LCD after power up

AlphaPix Version 2 (V2) & Version 3 (V3) Controllers


"HolidayCoro.com AlphaPix 16 | V2 | 2.0 | 01-SEPT-2015"


"HolidayCoro.com AlphaPix 16 | V3 | 3.0 | 30-MAR-2016"
Product Name
(click to download)
Release Date Version Notes

AlphaPix 4 V2 & V3

AlphaPix 16 V2 & V3

ONLY FOR USE ON
CONTROLLERS LABELLED
AS "01-SEPT-2015"
OR "30-MAR-2016"
29-Jul-2016 2.08 Updates:

* Resolves issue with RS-485 output not working with selected DMX Controllers (e.g. 30 Channel DMX Controller) due to non-standard DMX timing requirements on some of these controllers.

NOTE: HOLIDAYCORO IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR "BRICKING" (UNRECOVERABLE FAILURE) RESULTING FROM INSTALLATION OF THIS FIRMWARE ONTO ANY CONTROLLER THAT DOES NOT HAVE HOLIDAYCORO.COM PRINTED ON THE BOARD




AlphaPix Version 1 (V1) Controller


"HolidayCoro.com AlphaPix 16 | V.20 | 01-FEB-2015"
Product Name
(click to download)
Release Date Version Notes
AlphaPix 4 V1

AlphaPix 16 V1
29-July-2016 1.11 Updates:

* Resolves issue with RS-485 output not working with selected DMX Controllers (e.g. 30 Channel DMX Controller) due to non-standard DMX timing requirements on these controllers.

The following table lists suggestions from HolidayCoro and customers to our firmware and hardware, along with their status:
Firmware Requests
Request Date Request Details Status Implementation FW Version Requester
30-Apr-16 Ability to group pixels. Example: Pixels 1, 2, 3 become just pixel 1. Open Carson W
19-Aug-15 Ability to control attached fan based on controller temp. Ability to shut down controller output if over-temp. Completed 2.0 HolidayCoro
25-Apr-15 Adjustable back light brightness level (configuration from web page only) Completed 1.03 HolidayCoro
25-Apr-15 Password Protection (configuration from web page configuration only) Completed 1.03 HolidayCoro
25-Apr-15 Multicast IP Input Selection Button

It is possible to support multicast. If your controller is set to the default IP of 192.168.0.50, set your application to unicast on IP address 192.168.0.255.
This will output data on the entire subnet the controller is on and act like multicast.
Open HolidayCoro
25-Apr-15 Change default of "Color Order Output from Application" from BGR to RGB Completed 1.03 HolidayCoro
25-Apr-15 Make LCD and/or LED 2 indicate when receiving valid E.131/Artnet data Completed 1.03 HolidayCoro
04-May-15 Allow the test mode to function without the need for the Ethernet connection to be plugged in or active Completed 1.03 Kevin Thomas
13-May-15 Move the update firmware button to another page to prevent accidental firmware update button presses Completed 1.03 / 2.01 (changed description) HolidayCoro
16-May-15 AlphaPix 4 and AlphaPix 16 to support up to 999 Universes Completed 1.03 Kent Davis
16-May-15 Support for per-output RGB ordering, not just controller-wide output order. Completed 2.0 Kent Davis
Hardware Requests
Request Date Request Details Status Hardware Revision Planned Requester
25-Apr-15 Monitoring for the following:

* Temperature monitoring on PCB
* Ability to use a standard CPU fan for enclosure cooling / powered from controller
Completed In revision 2 of hardware HolidayCoro
25-Apr-15 "Flipable" LCD display that can be viewed 90 degrees either direction. Only on AlphaPix 16. Cancelled HolidayCoro

In cases where the controller needs to be returned to factory defaults, this video shows how to do that:


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