[USRP-users] Fw: Re: USRP2+WBX RX gain issues

Vlad Stoianovici stoianovici_vlad at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 5 05:58:08 EDT 2010

From: Vlad Stoianovici <stoianovici_vlad at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [USRP-users] USRP2+WBX RX gain issues
To: "Ioannis Kassotakis" <jkassot at ieee.org>
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010, 11:56 AM

Hi Ioannis!
Follow the instruction from http://www.mathworks.com/support/solutions/en/data/1-CUN7JZ/index.html?product=CB&solution=1-CUN7JZ 
I used them and after a few failed attempts I managed to get everything working.
The images that I used for the WBX daughterboard are:
then you need to download python, but you have it already you can go directly to writing the images to the SD card.
I used these 2 commands:

sudo /home/vlad/gnuradio/usrp2/firmware/u2_flash_tool --dev=/dev/mmcblk0 -t fpga /home/vlad/Downloads/u2_rev3-udp-ise12-20100615.bin


sudo /home/vlad/gnuradio/usrp2/firmware/u2_flash_tool --dev=/dev/mmcblk0 -t fpga /home/vlad/Downloads/u2_rev3_uhd_20100706.bin -w

before you input the 2 commands, make sure you introduced the original SD card from your USRP2 into your card reader/writer, and check to see if you actually see it by going to /dev and look for something like "mmcblk0".
Actually I just realized that you said you use Win XP, but I will leave the above instructions, maybe someone else will use them.
You could also try doing this, because once the images are written, the module can be used under any operating system.
Once again make sure you use the original SD Card from Ettus, also check if your card isn't one of the damaged ones that they shipped out at some point. I remember reading about defective SD Cards, but I think they were not Kingston.
My advice is to write the images from a Unix platform.
If you
 need more help with this, let me know.
I have no idea how to write the images in Windows, but I shouldn't be that hard.
Hope this helps.


--- On Thu, 11/4/10, Ioannis Kassotakis <jkassot at ieee.org> wrote:

From: Ioannis Kassotakis <jkassot at ieee.org>
Subject: Re: [USRP-users] USRP2+WBX RX gain issues
To: "Vlad Stoianovici" <stoianovici_vlad at yahoo.com>, usrp-users at lists.ettus.com
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 10:15 PM


Hi all,
I am also trying to use USRP2+WBX under WINXP 
Simulink (Matlab 2010b) but have so far been unsuccesful to load a 
working Firmware and FPGA code.
I followed the simulink instructions to load the 
Firmware and FPGA to a new 2 GB SD Card (Kingston identical to the original), 
but I get only one LED (the F) lit insted of D & F which means that the 
Firmware is loaded but not running.
Vlad, I understand that you have been succesful 
loading the engine, can you please indicate the exact files that you loaded to 
your SD Card and the exact python utility that you have used?
Ioannis Kassotakis
Athens, Greece

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  Vlad Stoianovici 
  To: usrp-users at lists.ettus.com 
  Sent: 04 November, 2010 7:33 PM
  Subject: [USRP-users] USRP2+WBX RX gain 

      Dear all! 
Myself and my colaborators have 2 USRP2+WBX 
        boards.The configuration which we are currently 
        using is: 
        - USRP2 + WBX Board and a 400 - 1800 PCB 
        - Simulink environment with Matlab 10.
        - Frequency 500 - 700 MHz
        - RX only
        - new UDP images
The boards 
        worked just fine  until today, when we have used a stronger input 
        signal generated by an Agilent signal generator connected directly via 
        cable. The generated signal, a 2 MHz - large wideband signal had a 
        maximum power of -16 dBm which was never exceeded. Most probably after 
        using this signal, the board started to have problems, the sensibility 
        being now much lower. We are forced now to raise the gain of the board 
        to the maximum factor allowed (31.5) in order to see some valid signal 
        at the input. 
The SNR ratio seems to be the same, but the signals 
        which we previously detected with an external antenna around -55 dBm 
        have now a level around -100 dBm. We never tried to use the board as a 
        transmitter so we don't know if the problem is also on the TX branch. 
We would really appreciate any time of hint or tip regarding this 
Also is there a general hardware reset, except the power 
Thank you very much!



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