Potentiostat Firmware Update
Last Updated: 12/9/19 by Tim Paschkewitz
1Step 1: Obtain Firmware
Pine Research Instrumentation to obtain the firmware appropriate for your instrument. We do not list our firmware publically to prevent improper firmware installation.
Once obtained, the firmware image will be a compressed ZIP file.
2Step 2: Decompress Files
Once obtained, open the ZIP file and extract files to a known location on your PC (we recommend creating a folder on the desktop for simplicity). The firmware will be a filetype called a "package."
3Step 3: Prepare System
Turn on the instrument using the main power switch and wait for the potentiostat to appear in the AfterMath instruments list. The instrument should appear along with its serial number under the “Instruments” node (see lower left portion of the screenshot shown in Figure 1).
Figure 1. AfterMath Screenshot with Connected Instrument Circled
Once you have verified that Windows recognizes the USB potentiostat and that AfterMath can establish a connection with it, close the AfterMath Application (but keep the potentiostat power turned on).
4Step 4: Start the Firmware Package
From the location where the firmware image was saved, double-click the package file (see Figure 2). Two windows will open, including a warning that AfterMath application is closed prior to proceeding.
Figure 2. Pine Research potentiostat firmware update utility
After clicking "OK," the updater utility will compare the firmware version on the potentiostat to the new version pending installation. Click "Yes" to install. The message shown will be like the following:
The window will indicate that the firmware is being transferred to the instrument. It may take 10 seconds or so to transfer. When the installation is complete, the potentiostat will reset. When the message "*** Receive timed out." this indicates that the installation has been successful. A window will appear to inform you that the firmware installation was successful.
5Step 5: Verify Firmware Update
Verify the firmware update by starting AfterMath and inspecting the instrument Device tab (see Figure 3). Under the firmware version, you should see a version reported that matches the most recent installation (see Figure 3).
Figure 3. Device Tab in AfterMath