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Does your Phantom 3 beep like an alarm clock after upgrade? [Fix in here]

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by putterizer, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. putterizer

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    Here is the problem I had-
    I put the new 1.4.0010 BIN file on a freshly formatted SD card and fired the P3P up. It beeped and flashed like it normally does for firmware upgrades. I waited until the gimbal light was green, about a half hour later. I then turned off the bird, and turned it back on again.
    This time when I powered it on, it sounds like a nasty loud alarm clock. The gimbal light flashes red/green for about 20 min and then goes green but it still is beeping really loud. When I power the bird down, then back up, it still has the alarm clock beeping noise.

    Here is the fix I used-
    I finally got Phantom 3 Professional Firmware v1.4.0010 installed and got rid of the alarm clock sounding P3P.

    I used a hodgepodge combination of different things I read about on here today. So I am not exactly sure what the root cause was, but here is what I did to get rid of my never ending alarm beeping Phantom.

    Removed battery out of phantom for 10 minutes.
    Redownloaded the 1.4.0010 zip file from DJI website and unzipped it.
    Used a different microSD card.
    Reformatted card in the bird, and not on computer. (This was tricky and took a few tries to get. I had to do it immediately after the phantom booted and the app connected to the bird. It seems like it won't work if you wait too long.)
    Put new copy of unzipped bin file on the newly formatted card.
    Reinstalled battery.
    Repowered on Phantom.

    It did its alarm clock super loud annoying beeping for 10 minutes with no arm lights blinking as it recovered from a botched firmware upgrade. After the 10 minutes, the gimbal started its D,D,D chime with the red/green LED alternating and the arm lights started flashing. I came back 45 minutes later and the gimbal was solid green. Pulled the SD card out and checked the txt file.
    Finally success was seen in the txt file!!!

    After I confirmed the firmware upgrade was a success on the bird, I reformatted the card using the GO app. I then test flew it making sure pictures and videos record to the card fine.

    Thanks to all that contribute to this forum. Reading bits and pieces on here today, I was able to fix this myself and save it from an 8 week vacation to California. I even contacted DJI today, and they had no idea on how to fix it.

    I took the bird out and tested out the new POI features...I gotta say, it's pretty pimp.
     
  2. Sunstarfire

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    This happened to me, too. I accidentally put an SD card into the copter with the old firmware and started it up. I didn't realize it was updating and turned it off. When I turned it on again, it made that alarm clock sound. I read about this in another thread. The solution is simple.

    Get an SD card with the correct firmware and put it into the slot. Switch on the drone and put it where the sound does not annoy anyone (I put it into my bathroom and closed the door, still my cat freaked and started to yell at the closed door.... not sure what annoyed me more). It will stop after about 15-20 minutes, and everything will be fine.
     
  3. Hedwig

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    Currently stuck with the same situation. Like you, I tried all those steps after doing some searching. Been trying for two nights now to get the upgrade to work. On a freshly in-bird formatted sd card, I place the bin file on it and insert card into the bird. Insert fresh battery and power on to be greeted by the alarm clock sound. No LED's on the arms but I do get a solid green on the gimbal. After several seconds it starts blinking green and then moves to the green / red updating sequence. I've been locking it in my closet so I don't drive my girlfriend crazy but it doesn't seem to stop even after about 20 minutes. When I come back to check on it the gimbal light is solid red (normally indicating a failed update). Power down then pull sd card to read txt file that says failed/aborted, retry, something to that effect. Been through this process at least 6 times with no luck. Any ideas? Am I not letting it do its alarm clock thing long enough with the solid red gimbal light on?
     
  4. savagemickey

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    Hedwig- did you ever get this situation resolved? I'm having the same problem and have tried it several times.
     
  5. Hedwig

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    Hey savage. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do to fix it. After multiple attempts over the course of about 5 days, I decided to take it In to the shop I bought it from. Apparently, there are rare cases of the aircraft becoming unable to accept any firmware update or downgrade. It sort of falls into a semi functioning limbo between incomplete firmwares. Luckily the shop I took it to was the same one it was purchased at and they swapped me for a new one taking care of the RMA process for me. If you've followed all the usual remedies with no luck, I'm sorry to say your only option is to contact DJI and have it sent back. I hope it works out well for you.
     
  6. exciteresearch

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    I am the winner of a DJI Phantom 3 Standard. After attempting a failed upgrade using the DJI App, I was greated by the alarm sound on my next attempt. Now the Wifi from the aircraft doesn't broadcast anymore. I have no way to use the DJI App to connect. Is there any other known way to upgrade the firmware? Is it a brick now?
     
  7. alokbhargava

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    Common causes of P3 upgrade problems known to me:

    1. Incorrect formatted SD card
    2. Bad SD card
    3. P3P bin file on P3A and vice-versa
    4. Incorrect bin file
    5. Corrupted bin file
    6. Zip file in place of bin file
    7. Insufficient space on SD card
    8. Upgrading 1.19 FW to 1.4 or higher
    9. RC on during AC FW upgrade
    10. Insufficient battery charge
    11. Stopping AC before completion of upgrade
    12.
     
  8. exciteresearch

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    Thanks for the list. The P3S SD card no longer has a bin file on it. How do I get one on there when the P3S WiFi isn't working?