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On 4/30/2022 at 4:18 PM, MadMartigan said:

All part of my reasoning for a pinned topic. Tons of great info here. 

On the left is the flash-able version, on the right is the clone non-flashable.  I tired many methods with hot swapping and its a no go.

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Anyone else getting caught out with knockoff Aladdin's, if your SST chip is laser etched its most likely fake. Only genuine ones I've seen had printed text.

What I gather from this thread is the problem stems from the provided laser etched 49LF020A actually being a 49LF002A which has a different write protocol, making the (probably also cloned) Lattice on the Aladdin incapable of writing to it. But, You can still program it with an external programmer... if you have one.

What I managed to do was buy a new 49LF020 from Australia's favorite electronics store, Jaycar.
I then booted to the clone and hot swapped (remove the Aladdin while system was booted, swapped the SST chip and reinstalled the Aladdin), then proceeded with the flash.

Attached are how I setup the xbox for the hotswap, the clone chip details and then my aladdin with the genuine chip installed and the clone next to it.

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31 minutes ago, SpankyToot said:

Anyone else getting caught out with knockoff Aladdin's, if your SST chip is laser etched its most likely fake. Only genuine ones I've seen had printed text.

What I gather from this thread is the problem stems from the provided laser etched 49LF020A actually being a 49LF002A which has a different write protocol, making the (probably also cloned) Lattice on the Aladdin incapable of writing to it. But, You can still program it with an external programmer... if you have one.

What I managed to do was buy a new 49LF020 from Australia's favorite electronics store, Jaycar.
I then booted to the clone and hot swapped (remove the Aladdin while system was booted, swapped the SST chip and reinstalled the Aladdin), then proceeded with the flash.

Attached are how I setup the xbox for the hotswap, the clone chip details and then my aladdin with the genuine chip installed and the clone next to it.

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Nano USB Programmer is all you need and are on ebay.  Alleviates the headache when odering aladdins and alike.

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On 6/21/2022 at 4:07 PM, Donnie-Burger said:

Nano USB Programmer is all you need and are on ebay.  Alleviates the headache when odering aladdins and alike.

 

Thank you! I'll be ordering one of those soon just to have on hand. Couldn't find any in Aus for less than stupid prices sadly, so any time sensitive installs will be a quick trip to Jaycar.

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17 minutes ago, Donnie-Burger said:

Just got a 10 pack of Aladdins delivered from China.  Un-flashable and socket is reversed for some reason.  Externally flashable just fine.

Do you have one of the older, maybe even an original, Aladdin XT plus 2 modchip?

Have you tried to install a relabeled SST49LF020A - actually an SST49LF002A/B - flash chip in it and see if Evoxdash or XBlast OS can flash it?

 

Edit: I'm thinking that somewhere along the way of cloning the modchip, the CPLD code developed for them dropped support for FirmWare Hub (FWH) flash memory chips, only supports LPC flash devices, since Evoxdash has code in it to recognize FWH (SST49LF002B) flash devices to write a BIOS to them.

 

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3 minutes ago, KaosEngineer said:

Do you have one of the older flashable Aladdin XT plus 2 modchips?

Have you tried to install a relabeled SST49LF020A - actually an SST49LF002A/B - flash chip in it and see if Evoxdash or XBlast OS can flash it?

Yeah non flashable - These are same ics just reversed socket.  I have the Nano and that worked as it should.  The ics have the exact same #ing as the last unflashable batch I got.

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