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Kenwood PSW9531 + Phatbox VW mod to KEG(cable full pin mod and soft hack) --- fully compatybile(just like normal KEG)
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Phatnoise Hardware Support / Re: DMS Tools Dead End
« Last post by Au2ro2 on March 21, 2019, 04:02:06 pm »
If your Phatbox is hacked the best way to fix the original issue would be to replace the hard drive in the DMS, you can get a 2.5" ide drive quite cheaply and it is easy to open the DMS and replace the drive.
If your Phatbox is not hacked do it now while the original drive in the DMS still works.
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Phatnoise Hardware Support / DMS Tools Dead End
« Last post by thirtyonetenseventhree on March 20, 2019, 09:03:22 pm »
Hi All,

Been struggling with a whole mess of intersecting problems. I have a phatbox in an audi with factory head unit. My DMS died a little while ago (the cradle does read it but it's on its last legs making all sorts of noises). I bought a GM one on Ebay as a replacement figuring I could just change the firmware. This has proven impossible so far. Using the DMS tools I can select Audi Native 7.02 in the drop down list. Once I click on 'update firmware' the progress bar reads 'downloading player files' it takes forever and eventually says 'update successfully completed' but current firmware is still listed as Kenwood and nothing has happened. Certainly no green activity light blinks on the cradle. I can put data on it with media manager so I think the cradle works okay. Funnily enough the head unit initially sees the DMS but just scrolls really quickly through all the track numbers without playing any of them. Eventually it goes to 'No CD'. The caveat here is that I am using a Mac with a Windows (7) partition. I'm sure when I downloaded the tools years back that the firmware comes within that and is held locally on the drive - or am I mistaken? I'm wondering if the internet connection might be the problem although the computer connects fine to the internet through Explorer and I have enabled the DMS tools to access the internet in the preferences. Any ideas anyone? Perhaps anyone in the UK can help out if it's beyond my meagre understanding of these things? Thanks all.
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PhatBox Hacking / Re: DMS SSD Solution
« Last post by Au2ro2 on March 11, 2019, 09:40:49 am »
I am now using a mechanical 250GB drive as I still cannot get the mSATA and IDE convertor to work. I might try cloning the mechanical drive to the mSATA to see if that works.
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PhatBox Hacking / Re: Formatted my DMS by mistake
« Last post by smalltownguy2 on March 06, 2019, 07:12:37 pm »
Never mind, I'm an idiot. I see that running the tools app as Administrator helps the different firmwares to show up. I think I've fixed things, we'll see.
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PhatBox Hacking / Formatted my DMS by mistake
« Last post by smalltownguy2 on March 06, 2019, 06:51:32 pm »
Accidentally formatted the hard drive in my DMS, and now I'm stuck. How do I rebuild the DMS? I do not have any backups of the firmware stored anywhere. Is there somewhere I can download firmware to rebuild the DMS partitions and file structure?
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PhatBox Hacking / Re: DMS SSD Solution
« Last post by Au2ro2 on February 09, 2019, 03:21:44 pm »
To answer my own question,
"Now, if only there was a tool to copy and sign the required files on to the DMS after formatting manually, that would work, wouldn't it?"
I think

From:-
https://forum.phathack.com/index.php/topic,1497.msg9786.html#msg9786

"Also the new version will include the facility to explicitly format and load the firmware as opposed to re-partitioning the disk.

In the short term you could simply format PHTSYS and PHTDTA and then run the firmware update process using the DMS hack tools."

So, If I were to partition and format the drive outwith PhatHack DMS I could then just use the 'Update Firmware' option in PhatHack DMS Tools and that would copy the required files to the PHTSYS partition?

Then I could go on to transfer my audio files using PHMM?

Worth a try...
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PhatBox Hacking / Re: DMS SSD Solution
« Last post by Au2ro2 on February 03, 2019, 01:07:37 pm »
I used the following instructions to enable the hidden administrator account in win 10:-
Opened a command prompt with administrative rights.
Ran the following command in the command prompt window
Net user administrator /active:yes

So, I can now format an original 20GB DMS that I had spare with PhatHack DMS Tools when logged in as the administrator and that works in the phatbox  (I still have another original that I used for the hack). So I know the PhatHack DMS Tools work in Windows 10 when logged in as the administrator.
I am still having trouble with the mSATA drive though.
I can format the mSATA drive OK in Linux when connected directly to a PATA port and can copy files to the partitions OK after that in both linux and Windows 10 (there is no PATA port on the PC with the virtual WIN 10 on it though), it just seems to be that the PhatHack DMS Tools running on virtual win 10 have issues with formatting the mSATA drive when connected to the DMS cradle.

Now, if only there was a tool to copy and sign the required files on to the DMS after formatting manually, that would work, wouldn't it?
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PhatBox Hacking / Re: DMS SSD Solution
« Last post by Au2ro2 on February 03, 2019, 09:04:03 am »
Thanks alkmisc
I will try the hidden administrator account in Win 10.
If that fails I will have to see if I can spin up a Win7 virtualbox or even build a win 7 PC just for use with PhatHack.
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PhatBox Hacking / Re: DMS SSD Solution
« Last post by alkmisc on February 02, 2019, 01:58:14 am »
For formatting I just let the Phathack DMS 2.15 tools run and it didn't require any intervention.  I was running it with the administrator account and the elevated permissions option and I think I used the quick format.  It worked on Windows 7.  I could not get the software to run correctly on 10 or XP but that seemed more a software than hardware concern.  I don't know if a virtual machine would cause any issues since that inserts even more intermediate layers in hardware recognition and translation.
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