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Humble Restoration Man

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My 6-year old toppy suddenly started continually displaying "LOADING" and intermittently flashes "L32026" on the front panel display.
I have swapped the HDD but it still does the same.
Can anyone give me advice as to what I can do to try and get it up and running again?
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DeltaMikeCharlie

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Have you tried reloading the firmware?

http://oztoppy.wikidot.com/firmware-list

You appear to have a TRF-2460.
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Humble Restoration Man

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Thank you for responding - much appreciated! Yes, it is a TRF-2460!
I have no experience working on these devices, could you point me to where I can get comprehensive instructions of how to reload the firmware please? I would like to learn as much as possible.
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Humble Restoration Man

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Good morning everyone. I am disappointed that only one member responded to my problem. It would be sad if we were to abandon the product so early!
The good news is that I have been able to repair my 2060 Toppy and to boot I have not lost the HDD content.
So, if anyone else encounters this problem, this is how you get out of it:
Download the latest firmware for your model and transfer to a new (clean) flash drive (USB2 at least) Plug the flash drive into the rear USB socket on the Toppy. Make sure the mains ON/OFF switch at the back is in the OFF position. Depress the front panel "Menu" button and switch ON the mains switch. Maintain pressure on the Menu button until you see "TEST" and then a File Countdown on the toppy display. The File Countdown will be followed by a second one (slower than the first) and at the end it will show a flashing "END". At the end of the flashing the toppy will go into "LOADING" successfully and there you go!
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DeltaMikeCharlie

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Originally Posted by Humble Restoration Man
I am disappointed that only one member responded to my problem. It would be sad if we were to abandon the product so early!

  • You are welcome.
  • Topfield abandoned its users years ago.
  • This forum only exists because one of the moderators (not me) pays for it out of his own pocket.  Everyone that contributes here is a volunteer.
  • Australia is still in the Christmas/New Year coma.  People have families and go on holidays, etc.
  • If read thoroughly, the link provided in the response contained sufficient information and additional links for you to reload firmware from scratch.  Experienced forum members would already know that and that further comment may not be necessary.
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Humble Restoration Man

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Good on you! I came to join the forum because I am committed to also make a contribution.
Yes, I am not an experienced user of the forum but that would come with time - I did say that I want to learn. I'm not sure that your comments are encouraging for new members.
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IanL-S

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Yes I have been in remote Tasmania for the last week or so. Nothing much happens on the forum for weeks and then a sput of action.

Not allowed to look at forums while on holiday. Assuming I can get the iPad to find a signal.

Ian
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AQUAR

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@ Humble Restoration Man - can you expand on "I'm not sure that your comments are encouraging for new members".

I can read that as a negative comment on those that provide/participate in this forum, or , as a comment that Topfield is no longer supporting their product.

Given we are in the silly season, you still got great "first step" advice within 1 day that restored your Toppy - surely that has to be encouraging for new members. 

Firmware can become corrupted for reasons as simple as a mains power glitch.
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Humble Restoration Man

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Hello Ian, thanks for your contact. Yes, I think you are right, one has to realise that there will be times when the forum will be dormant. I was mistaken to think that over the holiday period folk would have more time for the Internet. I guess that it was bad timing for my Toppie to fail - nevertheless it all had a good outcome. I envy you your trip in Tasmania, I hope that I and the little lady will have the opportunity to visit. I look forward to us exchanging advice again.
William
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IanL-S

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William, in future you may find it useful to consult the oztoppy wiki particularly the when things go wrong section. While it is not actively maintained these days, as nothing has happened in the Toppy world for the best part of 3 years the information is likely to be spot on.

Ian
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Fred

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Humble Restoration Man
Good morning everyone. I am disappointed that only one member responded to my problem. It would be sad if we were to abandon the product so early!


Toppies are approaching end of life scenarios so once the MB's components start failing its usually terminal in the long run,2nd hand parts will eventually run into the same problem,weakness and planned obsolescence in components such as Caps & Resistors.

One tip for the future having posted on Message Boards and later Forums since the mid 1990's,what hits a nerve with many regulars on these Forums is newcomers posting a query or problem then almost demanding/expecting an answer/reply to their drama immediately.

We had that as a common issue on the old Nackamichi(its still going) Message Board,people becoming abusive because someone didn't  answer their question in the time frame they expected.

Anyway i hope your Toppy is sorted and continues working for a few more years.
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