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Old 11-23-2019, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a miniVBar unit I purchased a while back here in the HF classifieds. I am not sure if it works. I installed the software V5.3, but the software does not recognize the miniVBar. I have the miniVBar powered with a 2S Lipo via the CH2 port, and I am using a standard USB-miniUSB cable to connect to the computer.


The miniVBar came with a note stating that it has the firmware 6.0 express installed.


If it helps, I have a spare VBar Control RX-Sat I can use to connect to the VBar Control radio. I tried binding it to the radio, but I was not successful.
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Old 11-23-2019, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it really does have version 6 then it will not connect through the USB port.

With version 6 it has to be hooked up with a v-link satellite and connected to VBC in order to program it.

Do you get any indication at the satellite that it has gone into bind mode?
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Old 11-23-2019, 02:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I really cannot tell from the hand written note whether it has 5.0 Express or 6.0 Express firmware. The sat LEDs do not light up at all.


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Old 11-23-2019, 02:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have no use for it. I want to resell it, but I don't want to sell it if it is not working.
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Old 11-23-2019, 03:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Regardless of firmware on its own without the satellite does the V light up when you power it up? I can't remember if it lights up even when it is not getting any data.

Connections are upside down compared to NEO.
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Yes. The miniVBar lights up when I connect a 2S LiPo to it.
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There is a little arrow on one pin on the mini v-bar CP port. That is VCC (positive).

The black marker wire goes to that pin from the v-link sat. I am guessing this as when you see the wires when going to a NEO the black wire goes to middle pin which is positive.
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Please confirm this is the correct RX sat wiring.


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Sometimes you need to install the separate PC drivers to get them to communicate. But like mentioned if 6.0 it won't talk on the USB. If you can register it on the vstabi site it will tell you what it has installed currently.

I should sell mine too. I have three of them doing nothing. Two have 5.3.4 Pro and one Express. I have all of them registered so I can transfer them to the buyers.
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Wiring a mini https://www.vstabi.info/en/node/442

With V6 it will not connect to USB as it has been disabled. What you can do is to load recovery firmware via the USB as this gets written blindly.

Videos https://uroehr.de/vtube/cat/old-v5-vbars-archive-

Then register it and load V5.3 and it will now connect to PC. You can then load V6 for use with VBC. All explained in the videos linked above.
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Old 11-24-2019, 06:13 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I've made progress. Driver is installed and the PC software recognizes that the miniVBar is connected via the USB port.









Then I go to File >> Online update









And get to this screen telling me the serial number and firmware version currently installed.







Then I click on "Version 5.3 PL 4 Express (Mini Blueline)" >> Load







And I get this error message







Where do I go from here?
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Success. I loaded a "recovery firmware", and now the miniVBar is updated to the latest version 5.3.4. Thanks for all your help.


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Glad you got it all working. It was a bit difficult for me the first time too.
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I am going to sell it as I have no use for it. I just wanted to make sure it worked before putting it in the classifieds.
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