Transferring software to the Argus is done for two reasons:
UPDATING: The Argus database is effective for 56 days (international: 28 days.) To rely on the Argus database for IFR flight, your database must be current. Whether or not you use the Argus for IFR flight, it is a good idea to update it from time to time to keep your information accurate.
UPGRADING: The Argus software (operating system) can be upgraded to enable new features to be supported. The initial release version is 5.00. The current version as of 05 Jan 2000 is 5.09. If your Argus doesn't have the current version, you can upgrade if you desire. Click here to see a summary of the changes incorporated in each version.
Please see this important notice regarding the continued availability of hardware exchange databases.
For technical reasons we have expanded our international database offerings. If you use the international database or receive your updates on floppy disk, be sure to read this important new information.
Here is an overview of the transfer process:
1: Get the update or upgrade data file into your computer. This can be done by download over the internet with your authorization code or by obtaining a CD-ROM with the data from Eventide.
2: Obtain an "authorization code" from Eventide. This will be provided automatically by email if you have an electronic "subscription" or sent with the floppy disk. You can also request an authorization code by telephone or fax, and receive it by email when processing is complete.
3: Go to the Argus AMEND page and hold down the DEP key until the DATA TRANSFER page is displayed. Select the correct baud rate and "Y," and press RTN on the Argus to activate the transfer.
4: Connect your computer to the Argus using the cable provided when you obtained your first update. Using a "terminal program," transfer the data to the Argus. When the transfer is complete, the Argus will restart with the new database or software.
If you wish to download the file from the Internet, click on the link
at the end of this section. Select the file using the corresponding suffix
on your USER ID. (The "password" is used only when transferring the
expanded file into the Argus unit.) Your browser will ask where you
want to store the file. Again, we recommend C:\ARGUS, but any location
is satisfactory. All files are of type "EXE" to reduce transfer time and assure
EXE Files are "executable" and cannot be transferred to the Argus as is! You must RUN the "program" by double clicking on it or running it in a DOS window. This will create a BIN file that you can send to the Argus. You CANNOT send an EXE file to the Argus as is!
Because of the need for complete accuracy in transferring files into the Argus, several checks are incorporated to make certain that the data hasn't been corrupted. The first of these checks is incorporated in the uncompression of the file. When you run the EXE program, the data is checked and if an error has occurred, the computer will say so on the screen. We recommend that you watch the running of the program (it only takes a few seconds). If any error is reported, get a new copy of the "EXE" file. It is very unusual for actual data corruption to occur, but if the file transfer is terminated before completion, the data will be truncated. There is no danger of damaging or corrupting the Argus by loading bad data since the Argus itself performs a further check of the data before accepting it, but it will be an inconvenience to you.
Because there is plenty of room on the CD, we provide all files in both compressed and uncompressed form. You need only copy the file(s) for which you received authorization codes. Create a C:\ARGUS directory on you hard drive, and copy the appropriate .BIN (uncompressed) file from the CD ROM to this directory. This file will then be directly stored in the Argus as described below.
NOTE: We now provide data on CD-ROM. This paragraph is for reference only, and will eventually be removed. If you have received a floppy disk from Eventide, it will contain a file of the form "ARGUS_XX.EXE." The file has been sent to you compressed because it's too large to fit on a single floppy disk. (If you receive an international update, it will come on TWO floppy disks, with unpacking instructions included.) We suggest you create directory C:\ARGUS and copy it there, but any location will do. The EXE file is an executable program which you must run. (From a DOS window, type the name of the file and press ENTER. From windows, either select RUN from the File menu and enter the file name or double click on it in file manager or Windows Explorer.) When run, the file will expand to a BIN file, and the EXE file can be erased.
When you turn the Argus on, it will go through selftest and display an informational page on which is shown the Argus serial number (six digits), program version (x.xx), database configuration (xx) and effective and expiration dates of the database. All these numbers except the Serial Number are subject to change depending upon new data loaded into the Argus. Before you call for the authorization number, you should have this information available. To make sure you send us complete information, you can print this form and fill it out.
By telephone: Call (201) 641-1200 between 08:00 and 16:00 Eastern time and ask for Argus Database Update info. Be prepared to provide your credit card number and expiration date, and your email address.
By fax: include all the Argus information, including your credit card number and expiration date, along with your name, address, phone, fax number, and email address. Note that many letterheads and fax forms are almost illegible when received due to the tiny print that is unaccountably used on these documents. If yours is like that, please use BIG PRINT for the vital information! In particular, your email address MUST be legible so we can send the code to you.
By email: You can email the required information. Note that email is not necessarily secure, and if you worry more about sending your credit card number to us via email than you do about giving it to the guy at the gas station, we understand.
By letter: Anything you can fax you can mail. If you would prefer to pay by check, this is the best bet. We will forward your authorization code by email or by return post if you order a disk.
WHEN YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR AUTHORIZATION CODE, WRITE IT DOWN! LEGIBLY!
|Transfer Times||38400 baud||19200 baud||9600 baud|
|Operating System||4 minutes||8 minutes||15 minutes|
|US Data Base||8 minutes||15 minutes||half hour|
|International Database||15 minutes||half hour||hour|
To prepare the Argus, power it up and wait for selftest to complete. Press AUX four times quickly to enter the AMEND mode, and HOLD the DEP button down until the DATA TRANSFER page is displayed, at which time immediately release the button. Select 38400 baud if possible, or a lower rate if your computer can't handle that speed. (Hint: for color units, the FIRST time you do this, if you have changed the baud rate, exit and re-enter AMEND. The new baud rate will then become the default for future updates.) Once you have selected the correct baud rate, press LINE until the cursor is at the top of the page and select "Y" followed by RTN on the Argus to ready the Argus to receive data.
|Baud Rate||Word Length||Parity||Stop Bits||Flow Control||Binary Transfer Mode|
|Same as Argus||8 Bits||NONE||ONE||NONE||XMODEM or XMODEM/CRC or XMODEM-1K|
Connect the 9-pin end of the cable to the appropriate COM port. (If you only have 25-pin COM ports, adapters are available at Radio Shack and many computer shops.) The miniplug connects to the front panel of the Argus. It will be necessary to remove the hole plug next to the AUX button (Argus 5000) or the DEP button (Argus 7000). You can do this easily if you don't chew your nails, otherwise use a non-metallic tool to avoid scratching the Argus panel. Insert the miniplug with a satisfying thunk to make sure it is fully connected.
If you have set the Terminal parameters correctly and the cable is properly connected, you should now be in communication with the Argus. Press the RETURN KEY on the computer and a message should appear on the computer screen giving the Argus serial number and free database memory. There is a prompt after this message saying:
ENTER AUTHORIZATION CODE: _
Enter the code you obtained from Eventide and press RETURN. Next you will see:
UPDATE THE DATABASE OR SOFTWARE (D, S)?: _
Press the D or S key on the computer as appropriate. Finally you will see:
SELECT TRANSFER PROTOCOL
Depending upon the protocol you have selected or is available from your terminal program, press 1, 2, or 3. (Hint: XMODEM-1K is modestly faster than the others if you have it available.) The computer will now show "BEGIN <protocol> TRANSFER." This means that the Argus is waiting for data.
Now use the terminal program to initiate the data transfer. Usually this involves clicking on an icon, finding the appropriate .BIN file (e.g. C:\ARGUS\XXXXXXXX.BIN) and double clicking on its name. If all has gone well so far, the transfer will complete without further attention and the Argus will recycle, after which the new software will be available.
If you have lost your cable and can't wait for one from Eventide, you can make your own.
You are now ready to begin. You might want to create a directory for your Argus files before continuing. You can also "bookmark" both links below. We put the files on servers in different locations so that in the case of temporary internet difficulties one failure shouldn't affect the other, and by "bookmarking" the alternate link you won't need this page to find it.
page created 05 May 1996, updated 05 January 2005
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