Flashing the WT9440XL

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    Avatarmrkknick
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    I have recently picked up a used 9440XL that was supposed to have XPe. However, it came with NTe and locked. It’s got a PXE Bios and responds to Wyse Simple Imager, but it never completes the flash process. The only firmware available from Wyse is W192B270.img. Also, the WSI does not give me a listing for the 9440XL in the GUI, but I can see the entry in the subfolders and bat files. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi,

    I don’t know a lot about these devices as they were made by a company Wyse purchased a long time ago.

    Try this, download an older version of WSI here:

    http://www.freewysemonkeys.com/downloads/Wyse_ … Build1.zip

    Import the .img file and go.

    I think these devices used a parallel lap link cable to load the image file, not sure what utility was used to do this,

    Good Luck!

    -TT

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    — Update —

    Well the older version of WSI was a bust. The system does not have the NetXfer system on it at all. The only way to flash this puppy was manually. I had to use an old laptop to make it work.

    1. Download the Disk on Chip tools from http://www.m-systems.com/site/en-US/Support/SoftwareDownload/TrueFFS5.x/default.htm
    2. Download the flash image from Wyse.
    3. Burn extracted files to a CD. (My boot disk doesn’t have network capabilities)
    4. Get a laptop that you don’t mind trashing its hard drive.
    5. Reformat the hard drive to match a windows boot disk with CD-Rom support.
    7. Copy the contents of the CD to the to the hard drive.
    7. Acquire a F-F 44-pin ribbon cable (2.5 hard drive connectors)
    8. Open the 9440 up and install the hard drive from the laptop on the ribbon cable directly to terminal’s system board.
    9. Boot the terminal, but hit the Del key to enter BIOS.
    10. Disable the PXE boot option (just because you will never need it)
    11. Enable the IDE channel 1.
    12. Save and exit. After it starts booting turn it off.
    13. Boot the terminal again and hit the Del key to enter BIOS.
    14. Perform an IDE detection and set the hard drive parameters.
    15. Save and exit. The terminal will boot into DOS from the hard drive.
    16. Enter the command “DINFOâ€￾. It will return the type of flash chip and its location. Mine was at D4000.
    16. Then enter the command “PUTIMAGE FILENAME.IMG /WIN:D400â€￾ where the filename.img is the downloaded Wyse image file. “D400â€￾ is correct, even though DINFO returned “D4000â€￾
    17. The image transfer took about 5-minutes, but there are counters indicating that it is doing something.
    18. When finished, shut the terminal down. Unplug the hard drive and reboot.
    19. Press the Del key to enter BIOS.
    20. Disable the IDE channel and manually set the hard drive parameters to “Noneâ€￾.
    21. Save and exit and allow to boot normally. The new image o/s should load correctly.

    I hope this might help someone else with one of these 9440XL or 8440XL units. I was able to flash both types of unit using the procedure.

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    Wow, awesome piece of research on this one. I would be really interested to see what the original Wyse tool was that imaged these puppies.

    Thanks for posting this back, I will have to dig out my old 8440 and give it ago!

    Cheers,
    -TT

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