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Common Error Messages
 
   Radio did Not Respond
   Unable to Program
    Radio did Not Ack Programming Mode
    Radio did Not Ack first command
    Radio Radio refused to enter Programming Mode
    Error has Occurred, Could not open Com Port x
    Run-time error 8020: Error reading from comm device
    Cannot Start (Code 10) in Windows 8
    CHIRP does not support my (Model Radio)
    Radio Version Not Supported 
   Failed to communicate with Radio 
    Fail Connect with Transceiver
    Could not open port com xx (2, 'CreateFile,
    Store the file name in nullity
    Cable without Echo Loopback
    Radio NAK'd block at address 0xF010  (CHIRP)
   Application cannot run because application configuration is incorrect
 
 
 
Radio did Not Respond
 

Unable to Program
 
Radio did not Ack Programming Mode

 
Radio did not Ack first command

 
Radio Radio refused to enter Programming Mode
 
(see Drivers Page)
This is a very common problem.
Slightly offset audio jacks could be the problem.

Make sure the connector is snapped in all the way.
Some cables require a really hard push to snap in that last 1/16 inch.
 
One indication is that the transmitter may be keyed.
A slight trimming of the cable's plug side and edge may be required.

(Other possibilities are listed below)
 

Graphic by Mike KF5DEY
 
 
 
GT3

The GT3 and similar radios with optional case designs may require a slightly different approach to trimming the cable. The cable cannot seat properly, not because it is misaligned, but rather the ridge on the case may be protruding out too far.

The cable may still need to be trimmed, but from the cable tension area. The graphic below shows the problem and potential solution.


 
Click to Enlarge

Graphic by Lukas Hess
Many programming cables supplied with the radios are not manufactured by Baofeng, even if they have Baofeng stamped on the USB connector.   If you are still having issues after trimming the cable, you may want to refer to the Drivers and Software sections of  Miklor.com


Other possibilities have also been identified:
 
CHIRP - Message appears if selecting the wrong model radio.
       i.e. Selecting Baofeng if the radio is actually a BTech.
-  Radio is not turned ON while downloading.
-  The device driver is not compatible with the programming cable.
-  Wrong COM port is selected.
-  Programming cable is defective.
-  Volume Control level of radio may need to be increased to Full during upload or download.

 
Error has Occurred,
Could not open Com Port x
 

(see Drivers Page)
Each USB slot is connected to a separate com port to avoid conflict. Changing your USB slot will change the com port number.

After making this change, you must unplug and replug your USB programming cable for the new com port number to be effective.
 
 
Run-time error 8020:
Error reading from comm device.
 
Cannot Start (Code 10) in Windows 8
 

(see Drivers Page)
Error occurs if Prolific driver version is higher than v3.2.0.0
Downgrade to v3.2.0.0 and the error should go away.
 
 

CHIRP does not support my (Model Radio)
 
Radio Version Not Supported
 
Failed to communicate with radio:
global name 'vendors' is not defined

 
(see CHIRP Page)
These messages are generated if you are running a much older version of CHIRP.   You must upgrade to CHIRP's Latest Daily Build.
 
 
Fail Connect with Transceiver
(UV5R / UV82 series)
 
This message is generated by the Factory Software.  It can occur when:

1.  (UV-5R)   Incorrect software version for your firmware release. BFB290_and_prior  and  BFB291_and_later  require different software.   They are not interchangeable.

2.  Your radio is not turned ON when trying to program.

3.  You are receiving a signal while trying to connect.
         (tune to a quiet channel or remove antenna.)

4.  Your cable is not plugged in all the way.  (See above)

5.  This can also occur if other software is running on your PC that may be loading down the CPU.  Close ALL unrelated software and try again.
 
 
Could not open port com xx (2, 'CreateFile,
'The system cannot find the file specified.')
This message is generated by CHIRP.
The USB Com Port entered is not correct.  Plug the programming cable into the desired USB port and run: 
Find Com Port  (Windows). 
Enter the com port shown into the CHIRP software.
 
 
Store the file name in nullity
Occurs when trying to save a data file using the Factory Software.
This error occurs when you don't have a valid filename for the file being saved. The filename entered MUST include the .dat suffix. filename.dat
  
   
Cable without Echo Loopback
This indicates that the RX and TX serial lines have not been connected together with a loopback device (a plug that connects the RX and TX lines of a serial port connector for testing) so the characters being sent on the TX line are not being echoed back on the RX line.
  
   
Radio NAK'd block at address 0xF010
(CHIRP / UVB5 / UVB6)
Some more recent UV-B5 / B6 radios ship with only 27 menu options as compared to the 29.
Menu 24 (TX-AB) and Menu 29 (Companding) were eliminated.
 
When using CHIRP, the above message can be ignored.
All data has transferred properly.
 
 
Application cannot run because
application configuration is incorrect
This message is generated by Windows XP.  The following needs to be loaded to your PC.
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package
Direct Download from Microsoft.com

 



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