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Potentiostat Firmware Update

Last Updated: 12/9/19 by Tim Paschkewitz

  • firmware,
  • update,
  • potentiostat update
Article Contents/Section Navigation
  1. Step 1: Obtain Firmware
  2. Step 2: Decompress Files
  3. Step 3: Prepare System
  4. Step 4: Start the Firmware Package
  5. Step 5: Verify Firmware Update

1Step 1: Obtain Firmware

Contact Contact Pine Research Instrumentation to obtain the firmware appropriate for your instrument.  We do not list our firmware publically to prevent improper firmware installation.

Genuine Pine Research firmware can only be obtained from Pine Research staff.  You will be provided with a download link after we verify the best firmware for your instrument.

Once obtained, the firmware image will be a compressed ZIP file.
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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."
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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).

NOTE: The name that appears under the "Instruments" node in AfterMath will be specific to the exact potentiostat being tested.  In the example shown in Figure 1, the instrument being tested is a WaveDriver 200 EIS Bipotentiostat/Galvanostat.

AfterMath Screenshot with Connected Instrument Circled

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).

IMPORTANT: DO NOT proceed until the AfterMath application has been closed.

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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.
firmware update utility screenshot

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:

Do you wish to replace firmware version V.x.y.zzz in the attached Pine (WaveNow/WaveDriver) potentiostat (serial number XXXXXXX) with the firmware version in this package (V.x.y.zzz)?

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.
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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).
Device Tab in AfterMath

Figure 3. Device Tab in AfterMath

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