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    patch Astro/Alpha regional limitation patcher

    This patcher removes the regional checks that disable the radio functionality in Astro 320, 430, 900 and Alpha 100.
    The testers report some functions do not work in their collars when the patched firmware is installed. Anyway, this is better than nothing.

    Disclaimer.
    The search and replace pattern used in this patch wasn't made by me, I've just borrowed it from somebody's early attempts to disable the regional checks, and put it inside a definitions file for BigBang's "Universal firmware patcher".
    I won't provide any kind of support for this patcher, and I don't know anything about the firmwares for Astro/Alpha and their collars.


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    Hi Alex,
    Im Christoph from germany and Im happy, to find this Forum.
    I downloaded this RRR patcher from your link, but I do not understand how to handle it, is there a "Manual" anywhere?
    Sorry to bother you....
    Christoph

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    Christoph,

    Everything it pretty simple:
    1. Download a firmware for your device - it would most likely be a file with GCD extension or an archive with a compressed GCD file. For example, the latest firmware file for Astro 320 is Astro320_460.gcd.
    2. Start the patcher and open the GCD file in it, the patcher will make a new GCD file in with _Patched suffix in the same folder as the original file. In our example, the filename would be Astro320_460_Patched.gcd.
    3. Make sure you have a fresh set of batteries in your device. Connect the device to your computer, copy the patched GCD file to the device's internal disk into Garmin folder, and rename to gupdate.gcd.
    4. Next time you restart the device, it should install the firmware.

    In case you already have the latest firmware installed in your device - in the example above, you have Astro 320 which runs the firmware 4.60 - to install the patched 4.60 you'll need to change its version first.
    To do this enable "Adjust firmware version" checkbox in the patcher's window, change the value in the edit field to the right to 1, and then process the file.
    After this, the patcher will change version 4.60 to 4.61, and the device will "think" it really makes a version upgrade.

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    Hi Alex,

    Thank you thousand times!
    I tried it the way you explained and it worked properly!!!

    We all should be happy to be part of a forum with experts like you!
    Thank you very much!

    Christoph

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    I know it isn't listed, but would the Astro 220 work with this too?
    Thanks
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    {This patcher removes the regional checks that disable the radio functionality in Astro 320, 430, 900 and Alpha 100.} there is no such problem at 220

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    Astro 220 has not any limitations in radio functionallity. You do not need to use this patch for Astro 220

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    Firstly thank you AlexWhiter for this patch. Anyone tried the patch with latest Alpha 100 7.60?

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    Hi! I bought a TT15 collar from U.S. and my Alpha 100 (which I bought from Finland) handheld won't find the collar at all. Is there any possibility to make changes to the collar, for example change it's software or firmware to make it change frequency, or is the only way to make them connect to change the firmware to the handheld? And will this patcher described abowe do the trick? Thanks already for advise.
    J

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbst View Post
    Firstly thank you AlexWhiter for this patch. Anyone tried the patch with latest Alpha 100 7.60?
    it works just fine

 

 

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