In one of my previous articles, I discuss how to setup qsat decoder after a software upgrade. It is sometimes imperative fr you to run into problems that may kill/brick your qsat, speed,cobox, super esat or nusky decoder at some point. Some of the causes of soft-brick for the qsat decoder includes power interruption, attempting to use an incompatible software to upgrade your qsat and so on. Regardless of what causes your qsat decoder to die, this post will help you out as long as it is software-related. For solutions to hardware problems of qsat, read this. This post shall be 2-in-1 as we shall be discussing how to revive a dead qsat decoder as well as how to backup up your qsat so that you won’t lose your setup when you upgrade your software at any point.
The subject of Discussion on this Topic
- First off, you will learn how you can obtain a full backup of your quat’s decoder database in the event that you factory reset your decoder or upgrade your decoder’s software. Taking the backup will help you restore your settings and channels after a reset. I mean once you restore the DB, all your channels, customizations and settings will be restored.
- In addition, i will teach you how to wakeup/revive your qsat, speed, nusky or cobox decoders. You will need this n the event that your qsat suffers a soft-brick which prevents it from booting up. similarly, YOUR QSAT MIGHT HAVE ENTERED A bootloop, or maybe yours is displaying a bluescreen or the dreaded download from TS message.
How to Create aBackUP of Qsat Orginal Firmware and Database
It could be a lifesaver to create a backup of your existing firmware, setup, channels prior to a factory reset or software upgrade on qsat. To do this, follow the instructions below:
- First, insert a virus-free USB pen-drive / storage device into your working qsat decoder. Note: this can be an external HDD or a USB flash drive
- On your remote navigate to Menu>>Upgrade>>USB/Card Upgrade>>press ok twice( this will open your USB device)>>
- Now press the favourite button on your remote as indicated in the picture above(the FAV button enables you to download the whole flash file which is about 9.04mb or more. Alternatively, press the blue button on your remote if what you want to back up is simply your DB(Database).
- You are done, your firmware will be stored as flashfile.bin(xx.0mb, while your Database will be DB.bin(77kb).
- You now have the backup of your decoder’s firmware.
How to Revive a Dead qsat Decoder That is Bricked During a Software Upgrade
Within this context, the damage we are addressing here is when there is a disruption/interruption of the upgrading process of qsat due to power failure. This trick will also work for Speed HD, Qsat Q23G and newer, cobox, q19g and nusky.
Note: You should use the flashfile.bin that was backup from a working qsat decoder of your exact model. E.g, IF YOU OWN A QSAT Q23G, YOU MUST USE A QSAT Q23G FIRMWARE.
Steps on how to revive a dead qsat Q11G, Q13G, Q11G+ and older decoders
- Backup the firmware of a working qsat decoder using my method above. If you have a qsat q11g, you can simply download the one i uploaded here.
- After downloading, extract the .rar archive so that you can get the real file inside which is .bin. E.g for q15g, you will get the following after extraction Q15G _V5.11.23_20131224.bin. Before you copy this to your flash drive, rename the entire filename with the exception of the file extension to “rom.bin“. in other words, rename Q15G _V5.11.23_20131224.bin will become rom.bin. If however, you are using a qsat that is newer than q13g+, for example, you are using a q23g, q26g, q28g, speed HD or newer, you need to rename the extracted file including the file extension to “rom” That is to say, Q26G _V5.11.23_20131224.bin will become “rom”. For the records, “rom.bin” will not work for qsat q23g and newer same way “rom” will not work for q11g and q13g.
- You can now copy this to your empty USB flash drive. Don’t copy it into an occupied flash drive. The only file on the USB pen drive you wish to use must be the rom file.
- The next step is to power off your qsat of with the power switch at the back of your decoder or by removing the power cord.
- Now, insert your USB flash drive to the front USB port then Switch on your qsat and qsat will Auto-detect your custom firmware. Once it recognizes your rom file/flashfile, qsat will repair itself. You only need to watch as this happens.
- After all, is done, your qsat will reboot. Congrats your qsat is back to life.