GODOX – Firmware Update Procedures

Godox Firmware

 

UPDATE – Godox have now released the new G1 firmware update software, which now replaces the original Java based upgrade software discussed below.

 

With Godox releasing quite a number of products recently related to their new new 2.4GHz X series TTL radio system, there has also been a lot of new firmware updates available for these products, as Godox work through refining and further integrating the system.

The current Godox Firmware Update Software is however limited, and designed to function with somewhat outdated Windows 7 operating systems and prior. There is also (at the time of writing this) no update software available directly for Apple Mac users.

Due to licensing and other issues Godox may not have new official upgrade software available until later in the year. Though if possible they may release some interim software to help make things easier in the mean time.

Also to make things just a little more interesting, the current Godox firmware download page – http://www.godox.com/CN/Downloads.html is only available in Chinese language. So Google Translate or similar will be needed to find the correct files (the Google Chrome browser is also very handy for fast translations).

UPDATE – The firmware and user manual download page is now available on the English Godox site as well – http://www.godox.com/EN/Download.html

(Though is may still be a good idea to check if the Chinese page may have any later updates).

 

Godox Firmware

 

UPDATING WITH WINDOWS

 

Until new update software is available though, it is possible to update firmware using Windows systems right up to the current Windows 10, by simply Disabling Driver Signature Verification on your computer before installing the current Godox Firmware Update software.

For Windows users at least (even up to Windows 10) the current Godox firmware update procedure is actually relatively straight forward, and quite simple once you have done it the first time. So updating firmware generally nothing to be scared of for PC users at least.

The main thing that seems to avoid most installation issues is just letting the update software install Java7 on your PC, even if you already have a version of Java installed (quite possibly a later version). The software will simply uninstall the current Java software and install a fresh version of Java7.

Shlomi Cohen of Shlomi Cohen Photography has kindly provided the installation and update guide below. If using Windows 7 or earlier you can disregard step 3 of Disabling Driver Signature Verification.

 

1. Do NOT connect the flash/trigger to the computer at this point. If you have already connected the device to the computer prior to the installation, you might have problems as the computer registers the device as unknown, and after that it gets pretty hard to make the computer disregard that.

2. Check the software version on the device and make sure you’re not already running the version you are updating to. If you’re running the latest version, there should be no reason to upgrade.
X1-T:
Turn device OFF. Hold the MODE button pressed, and turn the device ON. Firmware version displayed.
X1-R:
Turn device OFF. Hold the GR button pressed, and turn the device ON. Firmware version displayed.
TT685C / TT685N:
Press the C.fn button and the firmware version will be displayed at the top right corner.
AD360II-C /  AD360II-N:
Press the C.fn button and the firmware version will be displayed at the top right corner.
AD600B / AD600BM:
Press the Menu button and the firmware version will be displayed at the top right corner.

3. Disable Driver Signature Verification using this guide. (Not required if using Windows 7 or earlier).

4. Once the computer has restarted, run the installation and choose to install the drivers (even if you have installed them before). Make sure the installation has completed successfully. If there is an error with installing the drivers, try to correct the problem before continuing.

5. Let the installation install Java 7. I have not tested the software with later versions of Java, even though later versions were available.

6. Turn the device OFF and connect it to the PC using a USB cable. The display of the device will not show anything, but your PC should make a sound that a new device has been connected to it successfully, you might not find any new devices under the “Device Manager” in Windows, this is normal.

7. Run the firmware update software, make sure it is connected to the device and start the process.

8. After the process has finished, the display on the device might be on. Disregard that and unplug the device from the PC.

9. Check the firmware version on the device and make sure that it has updated.

10. Restart your PC to return to the normal driver signing verification mode in Windows. (Not required if using Windows 7 or earlier).

 

Note: If you ever update the firmware for a different device (Transmitter/receiver/flash/whatever), repeat this entire process, including reinstalling the drivers. The drivers that are included with the firmware update software for flash triggers seem to not be working well with the flash, even though they show up under the same name.

 

“Unable to open archive file” Error

Sometimes when trying to install the updater software, when you click on the .exe file to start the installation an “Unable to open archive file” error message will appear.

This is simply caused by the Chinese characters in the folders containing the .exe file.

You will need to either copy the .exe file to your desktop first before opening it, or rename the folders the .exe file is contained inside to remove any of the Chinese characters.

 

 

UPDATING WITH MAC

 

A number of people have also successfully used various virtual windows applications on Apple Mac to update their firmware (again Disabling Driver Signature Verification if using Windows versions after Windows 7).

If you have any tips on installing the Godox Firmware Update Software, and updating with Apple Mac and and virtual windows applications, please post them in the comments bellow. Thanks.

 

Godox  – Firmware Download Page

Godox – Website

 

 

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190 Comments
  1. Herve Krotoff 2 months ago

    I have the exact same issue than Daniel. Tried many times to connect my Godox V1-S to the G3 app on my iMac (running catalina) with no success. The flash is not detected at all. I fully respect the procedure by removing the battetry but no luck at all. I read somewhere that there is a driver to install (CH340) with I did. I has been a disaster : system blocked at startup. I had to reinstall my system.
    I have also a X2T transmitter with same issue.
    Any clue?
    I tested also various cables but with no effect. I use the stock cable provided with the flash unit…..
    Thanks for the help!

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