Updating VarioUltra

1.11   Updating VarioUltra.

From time to time, new VarioUltra software updates will become available in the form of a zip archive file. The current software update file can be found on the VarioUltra v1.33 Update page. 

Warnings:

  • Do not unzip the update or upgrade file. Doing so could cause the update or upgrade process to fail.
  • If you use the Safari web browser on a Mac computer and plan to use it to download the update file, be sure and first uncheck the box for ‘Open “safe” files after downloading’. If the box is left checked, the update file will be automatically unzipped after downloading and will not work with VarioUltra. 
    • From within Safari, go to Preferences > General, and uncheck the box for this feature until after the VarioUltra update zip file has been downloaded.

In the unlikely event that you own a VarioUltra that is running software version 1.0, please do not attempt to update VarioUltra without first contacting BAUM USA technical support. The update process is different for v1.0 than it is for newer software versions. If your VarioUltra is running software version 1.1 or newer, there are two approaches to copying the file to VarioUltra. The first is by connecting via USB to a Windows computer; the second is with a USB stick. Instructions for both options now follow.

1.11.1 Update via Windows PC:

This section provides instructions for copying the update or upgrade file to VarioUltra via a USB connection with a Windows PC.

  • Download the update zip file to your Windows PC. Locate the downloaded file and copy it to the clipboard with the copy command you are most comfortable with. 
  • Use the BAUM-supplied USB cable to connect VarioUltra to your PC. VarioUltra will be recognized as a Portable Device; in most cases, it will appear under your computer in Windows Explorer as a portable device called “VarioUltra”.
  • Navigate to VarioUltra in Windows Explorer and enter it to find VarioUltra Storage; this is the location where you can paste or otherwise copy the zip update or upgrade file to. 
  • Once the zip file has been copied to VarioUltra, you are ready to start the update process.
  • VarioUltra must be connected to a power source during the update process, so either leave it connected via USB to your PC, or connect it to another power source.
  • Start the upgrade process by simultaneously pressing braille keys B7 and B8, and display buttons D3 and D6. The update process will commence. First a row of dots 7 and 8, then a group of 5 braille characters that move from left to right, and then finally VarioUltra will restart and be ready to use.

1.11.2  Update via USB Stick:

This section provides instructions for copying a VarioUltra update or upgrade file to VarioUltra via USB Stick, and then performing the update process. 

  • If you use a Windows computer, download the update zip file to your Windows PC. Locate the downloaded file and copy it to a USB stick. While it’s not mandatory, copying the update or upgrade file to a blank USB stick may make it easier later in this process. 
  • If you use a Mac computer and use the Safari web browser, be sure and first uncheck the box for ‘Open “safe” files after downloading’. If the box is left checked, the update file will be automatically unzipped after downloading and will not work with VarioUltra. 
    • From within Safari, go to Preferences > General, and uncheck the box for this feature until after the VarioUltra update zip file has been downloaded.
  • Locate the downloaded file and copy it to a USB stick.
  • With your VarioUltra switched on and in Braille Notetaker mode, connect the USB stick that contains the update or upgrade file.
  • Open the File Manager application from within the Main Menu.
  • Use the Navistick to navigate down to the entry called “Stick”. This is the USB stick that you inserted a moment ago.
  • Navistick right to open the stick and search for the VarioUltra update file. Once you find the file, highlight it by pressing the right thumb key, B0. You will know the file is highlighted because dot 8 will be added to each character of the file name.
  • With the file name highlighted, copy it using global command B9 + C + B8 (B9 + B1B4B8), or use the copy command inside the Edit menu. The braille display will announce that one item is prepared.
  • Now Navistick left to exit the stick, and then navigate back up to Flashdisk. 
  • With Flashdisk displayed, navigate right to enter the Flashdisk. This is the root folder where the file needs to be copied to.
  • Paste the update or upgrade file to this location using global command B9 + V + B8 (B9 + B12368), or use the paste command inside the Edit menu. The first cell on the braille display will flash during this time.
  • Once the file is pasted to the Flashdisk, VarioUltra is ready to be updated. Since VarioUltra must be connected to a power source during the update process, either connect it via USB to a computer or to an electrical outlet.
  • Start the upgrade by simultaneously pressing braille keys B7 B8, and display buttons D3 D6. If you correctly press these keys together, the update process will commence. First a row of dots 7 and 8, then a group of 5 braille characters that move from left to right, and then finally VarioUltra will restart and be ready to use.

The VarioUltra update process allows the installation of different components, which are part of the update package. The routine checks which components are already present on the device, and installs only those items that are new. Different progress bars will appear on the braille display during installation steps. Installation typically takes less than 2 minutes.

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