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#1 allenseiler1

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:08 PM

 I have an older vetta amp. I turned it on and powered up but, the screen for the amp selection says vetta init chanl and the efect screen is blank. Does anyone know what this means and how to recover the amps function ?


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#2 DickFoster

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 06:09 AM

Has it been working OK or did you just get it?

As a rule of thumb, the first thing to look at for any sort of software problem is the battery. That is unless you know it's good and not the problem.

The firmware uses the battery backed DRAM to boot up. If it has random garbage data in there due to a dead battery then it just goes haywire.  

Today they use flash memory for that sort of thing so you don't need battery power but back when the amp was designed, flash memory wasn't so common and standard practice was to use battery powered DRAM.

A fresh battery is good for several years, it's just a PITA when it goes down. To replace the battery the amp has to be taken apart enough to access the main circuit board. They used a soldered in board mounted battery holder but it would be easy to relocate the battery to allow outside access for future changes.      


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#3 sliding_billy

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 10:53 PM

Always worth trying an O/S reinstall.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 07:55 AM

Always worth trying an O/S reinstall.

I wouldn't even do that unless I first knew that the battery was good to go.

Attempting to update the firmware is risky business if the system isn't 100% up to snuff. It's just way too easy to brick the amp and get yourself further into the hole than you were to begin with.   


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 01:10 PM

I disagree, but hey that's just me.  I have seen the Vetta come back from some really stupid things with an OS re-image.  Not saying not to have the battery checked if Monkey won't recognize the amp or something, but I have never heard of a battery causing the OS to not take unless it was bad enough that the image wouldn;t even try to take.


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#6 N7532B

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:52 PM

I had a Vetta do that when an update didn't take. It took a couple of tries but it finally went through. I'm not saying that is your fix, just my one experience with that type of issue.


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