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ASTRO25 Portable and Mobile CPS 16.01.00 Released

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ASTRO25 Portable and Mobile CPS 16.01.00 Released

Postby CTAMontrose » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:44 am

ASTRO 25 Mobile CPS R16.01.00
- Windows 7 is supported in R15.00.00 CPS and higher.
- The vendor is phasing out support for the parallel port adapter DS1410E. Motorola
will not support the parallel port on Windows 7 or x64 bit machines starting with
R15.00.00 CPS.
- If both portable and mobile CPS's are used, it is recommended to
update both at the same time, and tutorials should be installed
with BOTH versions.
- POP25 feature is NOT supported with VISTA operating system.
New Radio Features Supported:
- Fireground Accountability for Mobile Radios - The Fireground Page
allows you to view or define functionality relating to the Fireground
Accountability Feature. Fireground accountability improves resource
management on the scene of an incident. This is for the XTL 5000.
- XTL2500/XTL5000 VHF High-Power models meet 100% Duty Cycle
at 44 watts Transmit Power (Ignore Thermal Power Cutback) -
Enables the radio to maintain a maximum Tx (transmit) power
level of 44 Watts while continuously transmitting (100% duty cycle).
Detailed information for each of these features can be found in the
CPS help. Help can be accessed from the CPS menu by selecting Help->
CPS Help Topics.
New CPS Enhancement:
- Lengthen Maximum Emergency Trigger Duration to 2 seconds -
Selects how long the radio-user must press and hold the
CPS programmed "Emergency" button to activate the radio’s
Emergency Mode operation. The maximum allowable duration
for this setting has been increased to 2 seconds.
For VISTA Users:
The following configuration on Vista Home Premium and Business Premium
needs to be set for the CPS to function properly:
- Vista Theme should be set to Windows Classic.
- Codeplug archive names should not exceed 30 characters.
- A Vista compatible printer is required for using the Print
functionality in the CPS.
- In order for the PDA to synch successfully with CPS on Vista, Windows
Mobile Device Center should be used. It can be downloaded from ... enter.mspx,
- User Access Control should be turned OFF before using CPS
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Features that do not work with User Access Control (UAC) ON:
- PDA: ASTRO 25 CPS Tool will not install
Important Change Control Head information:
Make sure to perform the following steps when changing to 'O5/O3'
control head from Wx control heads in the XTL 5000 radio:
1) FLASHport upgrade the radio using appropriate 'Refresh' FLASHkey
2) From the Change Control Head Window in the CPS, select the new "O5"
control head
3) Write the codeplug to the radio
4) Physically change the old control head to the new "O5" or "O3"
control head
More information can be found under Help-> CPS help topics -> Index ->
'Change - to the New ASTRO 25 Control Head'
System Requirements:
Operating Systems: Windows XP Home Edition (SP 1 or higher)
Windows XP Professional (SP 1 or higher)
Vista Home Premium 32-bit (SP 1 or higher)
Vista Business 32-bit (SP 1 or higher)
Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit and 64-bit
Windows 7 Professional 32-bit and 64-bit
NOTE: XP upgrade, Vista upgrade or Windows 7 upgrade from other
operating systems is not supported.
Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows NT and Windows 2000 are NOT
Hardware Requirements:
Processor 400 MHz or higher Pentium grade Processor for XP
Vista and windows 7 requires 1 GHz
Memory 512 MB RAM minimum for XP
1 GB RAM minimum for VISTA
1 GB RAM for Windows 7 32-bit, 2 GB RAM for Windows 7 64-bit
Hard Disk Space 1 Gigabyte Drive with 250 MB minimum free space
(for a Typical Installation, including Help
Audio-Visual Tutorials) or 150 MB minimum free
space (for a Compact installation)
40 GB hard drive for Vista
16 GB minimum free space for Windows 7 32-bit or 20 GB for
Windows 7 64-bit
Peripherals Microsoft Windows supported Mouse or Trackball
Microsoft Windows supported Serial Port
for radio communication
Microsoft Windows supported Printer Port
for report printing
CD-ROM for software installation
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NOTE: For computers that are not equipped with
a serial port, radio communications may be
possible with the use of an off-the-shelf
USB to RS232 converter, such as the IOGEAR
USB to Serial/PDA Converter Cable.
Known Issues:
1) Drop down items in table fields cannot be accessed when using Windows XP
Professional "Windows XP Style" display. If this issue is encountered,
change the display setting to "Windows Classic Style" for proper
2) Attempting to Read from or Write to a radio with the CPS while the Tuner,
Data Link Manager, or synchronization software for a PDA is open and
communicating with a radio will cause a communication failure.
3) Due to French import laws, the Microsoft encryption support used to
create archive (.cpg) files with the CPS (Customer Programming Software)
is not available on the French version of the Windows Operating Systems.
Therefore, there is no way to save archive files when the CPS is
installed on the French version of Windows. Until import laws are
changed such that Microsoft can provide encryption support, this feature
can not be addressed.
4) Under Tools->FLASHport->Read Radio Configuration, closing the dialog box
by pressing the 'X' in the upper right of the dialog while the application
is still busy (the cursor is shaped like an hourglass) may terminate the
5) Memory issues have been reported when 3 or more sessions of the CPS are
open at the same time.
6) Very seldom, communication errors might be encountered during radio
read/write, if this happens, reset the radio and try again.
7) If Logitech MouseWare version 9.76 is installed on the PC, it causes
Tools>Reports to fail and enter corrupt data in the registry. This occurs
when an ampersand is entered as part of a Zone Channel name. If the
MouseWare is either removed or upgraded to MouseWare version 9.79.1 or
later, it resolves the problem.
8) PDA application does not support HPD 1000 radios.
9) Once starting to read or write codeplug via POP25, the process can't
be cancelled. Depending on the size of codeplug, this process could
take long time (3 to 8 minutes).
10) Please avoid saving an invalid codeplug with "~" characters in table fields.
Doing so may cause the application to terminate.
11) If a communications error is encountered when attempting to Clone HPD 1000
radios (mostly while running in Windows 2000), in the CPS, under View ->
Options -> Timer Options tab, change the value of 'Clone/Read/Write Timer
(sec)' field to '5' or higher.
12) If a communications error is encountered when attempting to FLASHport update
radios, in the CPS, under View -> Options -> Timer Options tab, change the
set the value of 'FLASHport Timer' fields to '40' or higher
13) If an Advanced System Key(ASK) fails to load, close the currently open
codeplug and reopen it. The System Key should be active, even though an error
message may appear.
14) When formatting an Advanced System Key, the 'Initialize' message may appear
several times. Please select 'Cancel' to proceed.
15) 'Failsoft Connect Tone' field can only be Advanced System Key protected if
'Connect Tone' is also protected. Specific protection for this field is not
16) Voice Files do NOT get copied when using POP25 feature.
17) "Preset Zone and Channel Enable" should NOT be enabled when using a DTMF mic.
18) Help files may not open after importing a csv file. If so, close and re-open
CPS for the help files to open successfully.
19) Codeplug archive names should not exceed 30 characters on Windows 7 and VISTA.
20) Users of the Network Radio Programmer on Windows 7 64-bit machines may see a
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"Program Compatibility Assistant" popup displayed during installation. This is
due to Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 compatibility issues with those machines.
After continuing the installation by clicking the "Run program" button on the
the Network Radio Programmer feature can still be used on the machine.
21) Control Head Sync Choose Radio Configuration dialogue does not fit on all screen
22) Attempting to Read from or Write to a radio with the CPS before the radio has
enumerated will cause a communication failure.
23) Double-clicking a link within the help text might generate a error message.
1) It is no longer required that the previous version of the application be
uninstalled before installing this release. Note that this does not allow
multiple versions to be installed, rather the already installed application
will be upgraded.
2) When the Installation CD is inserted into the CD-ROM drive, the
installation will start automatically if auto start is enabled for
the PC. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
3) Please refer to the CPS Programming Installation Guide, which is
included with this software for more detailed information.
4) If a file installed by the CPS later becomes corrupted, the Repair
option on the Installation CD may be used to restore it. It is very
important that the Installation CD for the same version that is
installed on the computer is used for Repair. Use of a different
version in an attempt to Repair an installation will result in further
5) If the PC has never had a 1-Wire USB device connected to it before, such
as the USB dongle used for FLASHkeys or Advanced keys, then plug it in right
after installation to complete the USB install. If it is not recognized or if
auto-detect can not locate the USB device driver, then point the New Hardware
Wizard's Driver installer to it in the install drive, such as
"C:\". The wizard should then find and install the driver automatically.
Connecting the PC to the Radio:
Do not use the Radio Interface Box (RIB), Smart Radio Interface Box (SRIB)
or any of the cables that plug into those boxes. Use only the following
direct PC to radio cables:
ASTRO Spectra Plus / XTL 5000 RS232 cable = HKN6155
XTL 5000 High Power / XTL 5000 with 'O5' Control Head / XTL 2500 / XTL 1500
/ PM 1500
RS232 GCAI cable = HKN6183
XTL 5000 High Power / XTL 5000 with 'O5' Control Head / XTL 2500 / XTL 1500
/ PM 1500
USB GCAI cable = HKN6184
HPD 1000 USB Cable = HKN6177A (6 ft) or HKN6178A (16.5 ft)
When using the USB cable, be sure to always click "Yes" on the Digital
Signature window whenever it is displayed by the operating system. Note
that the USB cable can be used only with Windows XP Service Pack 1 or higher
and operating systems.The CPS or
Tuner application must first be installed before attaching the USB cable and
turning the radio on.
For additional cables information, go to Help-> CPS help topics -> Index ->
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Part Numbers.
For POP25 Operation:
TCP Retransmissions on your machine needs to be set to 5 or higher. Motorola
recommends that if the following registry keys are defined on your system,
they be set to the following values for POP25 operation:
On Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP:
\TcpMaxDataRetransmissions - 5 or more
On XP Only:
\TcpMaxConnectRetransmissions - 3 or more
For help on editing registry values, read Microsoft online support at
- While the POP25 operation is in progress, do NOT attempt to start a second session
the first is done.
Programming Hints:
1) For trunking customers, the first time the CPS is started, navigate to the
User Settings Dialog under the Tools menu and set up the directories where
the system key files will be stored.
2) To retrieve data from ASTRO Spectra codeplugs, first read the codeplug
into the ASTRO Spectra CPS and use the top node drag and drop feature to
copy the data into the ASTRO Spectra Plus or XTL codeplug.
Drag and drop is a very powerful and time-saving tool, but the
data should always be verified before writing to a radio. The Drag and
Drop Report can help with this verification. Please view the Drag and
Drop Tutorial included in Help for more information.
3) To get help on a field, press F1 while focus is on the field, or click on
the Help button on the tool bar (an Arrow with a question mark) and then
click on the field for which help is desired.
4) For more information on the features available in the Windows CPS, we
suggest viewing the audio-visual help tutorials. They can be accessed
from the CPS menu by selecting Help->CPS Help Topics, and then doubleclicking
on CPS-User...Audio & Video Tutorials, then The Tutorials Menu.
Then select the appropriate tutorial.
Legal Notices
This media, or Motorola Product, may include Publicly Available Software (Open
Source Software,
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Freeware, Shareware). Please reference the Motorola Publicly Available Software
Legal Notices File,
MOTOROLA_OSS_LEGAL_NOTICES_FILE-CPS.txt, located in the Legal folder found in the
installation directory, for the Publicly Available Software licensing terms,
acknowledgements, and other software information details.
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Re: ASTRO25 Portable and Mobile CPS 16.01.00 Released

Postby fail999 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:50 am

Has anyone else had problems downloading the new A25 Mobile and Portable? I have downloaded each three times and when opening with WinZip I get a large amount of missing bytes and contaminated file errors. Tried both saving and opening with the same results. About to try a different computer.


Just tried a laptop from the van with the same results as above.....damn!

More on the .zip proble. After five downloads and three computers I tried extracting the archives with WinRAR, while it displays the same errors as WinZip it [b]will extract the archives[/b]. Using the new extractions I have upgraded several R16.00.00 installs and successfully programed XTL5Ks and XTS2500s. This should be a good workaround until /\/\ fixes there screw up.
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Re: ASTRO25 Portable and Mobile CPS 16.01.00 Released

Postby N4DES » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:43 am

There is a problem with both zipped files.

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Re: ASTRO25 Portable and Mobile CPS 16.01.00 Released

Postby CTAMontrose » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:46 pm

They will error on the tuner readme, but should unzip enough to install. I can confirm the winrar trick above works.

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Re: ASTRO25 Portable and Mobile CPS 16.01.00 Released

Postby N4DES » Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:53 am

It has been fixed.

And now new Firmware (6.00.01) has been posted.

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