Update

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Yesterday afternoon was a time when the Greenstar systems in our John Deeres were updated.  Once or twice a year, John Deere provides improvements to the internal programming in the GPS, guidance, and field information packages.  These are typically downloaded from their Stellar Support website, and then put on a USB drive and loaded into the GS2630 screens.  Yesterday’s update placed new information into each of our 3 GS2630 screens and also the 3 StarFire 3000 GPS receivers.  These updates are not difficult to do, but it takes some time.

Here are some pictures of what we were doing:

You get the Greenstar logo when the screen is starting up...

You get the Greenstar logo when the screen is starting up…

After connecting the USB with the new information to the GS2630, the update begins...

After connecting the USB with the new information to the GS2630, the update begins…

The black bar shows the progress...

The black bar shows the progress…

...almost there...

…almost there…

The upload of the update  'took' successfully.

The upload of the update ‘took’ successfully.

Then you verifiy and accept the terms of conditions, and the GS2630 goes through a re-boot of sorts to activate the new information.

Then you verify and accept the terms and conditions, and the GS2630 goes through a re-boot of sorts to activate the new information.

When the reboot is complete, you get confirmation that the new information is loaded and ready for action!

When the reboot is complete, you get confirmation that the new information is loaded and ready for action!

This is one of the StarFire 3000 receivers that got updated.  This device communicates between the GPS satellites and on-board the Greenstar system in each tractor, combine, or sprayer.

This is one of the StarFire 3000 receivers that got updated. This device communicates between the GPS satellites and on-board the Greenstar system in each tractor, combine, or sprayer.

This update was rather lengthy; it involved new software for both the GS 2630 and the Starfire 3000 receiver.  The updates took about an hour to complete in each of the 3 Greenstar systems we use.

This was a task suitable for a chilly day…

All in all, a good afternoon… and our Greenstar is ready for 2016. (or until the next update release!)

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