to use the latest 5400 receiver as an "old" 5400 IRCI making it +CAM
version 3, flashing to loader 2.08 with AND without a connector (tip)
Manual for Z-Board III use (new)
Pictures without using the (JP-250) connector
Molex connector for Humax 5400-Z
Humax 5400-Z containing sealed JP-255 contacts
Pictures without using the JP connector
version 1 Pictures
for making Z-Board
asked Questions (troubleshooting on Z-Board)
procedure (not ment for single use !)
complete FREE documentation, files and technical lay-outs for the Z-Board;
For a while a
new hardware model has been released by Humax. Called the 5400-Z. To make it
work exactly like the old 5400 IRCI model you'll have to patch the receiver.
It must contain the 2.08 loader to accept +CAM firmware by Planet Hemp. Until
a few weeks ago only a few people were able to modify the receiver by using a
To make sure
almost anyone can patch the receiver himself and giving satellite-resellers a
free choise of flashing it themselves or let somebody else do it for them the
so called Humax-Team put all information for free on the internet. Some
Satellite-resellers who are not able to construct the device themselves, nor
letting it construct by someone can now order (at several locations) a
plug-and-play version. The Humax-Team produced a few plu-and-play boards for
publishing the information for free an end has come to the monoply-position of
those few people and the few selected satellite shops who could do and sell
the job. Now a large group can do it independently themselves. Negative noise
about the Z-Board and about the sites publishing these files for free has been
heard; the source of these negative rumours is very easy to locate....
You can buy
the Humax 5400 at many satellite shops, when you want to use the Planet Hemp's
+CAM on your receiver it has to be patched. Your new receiver has to contain
loader 2.08, ask your reseller if the receiver is allready patched or not !
For hobbyists it's nice to make the Z-Board themselves and share their
knowledge with others, for resellers the Z-Board is a very useful tool to
flash the receiver to loader 2.08 as an extra service to their clients !
So the Humax-Team
advices to buy the receiver allready patched. Hobbyists can do it themselves
and resellers will have a free choice.
*.zip files someone will be able to construct the Z-Board by himself, all you
need is included, it will cost you about 15 U.S. dollars (!) on parts. After
the Z-Board is constructed it will be very easy to use, flash the new Humax
5400-Z and load the normal +CAM patch after flashing if you want to. (File is
included). Everything is published and ready for download, for FREE. The
Engineering and design took only several days, we had almost no costs for
parts and didn't loose one single Humax receiver ! Anticipation on coming
hardware-changes (by the manufactor) has all ready been done. Release of
information what to do when the hardware changes are made will be published
(also for free !) at the time the modified receivers will enter the market.
to all real professionals who completed this project and made this possible in
just a few days ! Humax 5400-Z resellers will be able to sell the new 5400-Z
modified and containing loader 2.08 !
pictures without using the (JP-250) connector
(Humaxteam) a hobbyist solution, a professional easy-to-use solution will be
files to make the board yourself:
most common eeprom used in the Humax 5400-Z is the xxxxx160B3B, the split file
for the eeproms 27c256 on the Z-Board are included in the ZIP file. The split
files for the other two original eeproms xxxxx160C3B and xxxxx160C3T
will be added to the ZIP file soon.
file added. These files are only for those people who have fear to have lost
their guaranties. After these two files the Humax looks like an un patched
"Z" with a firmware problem and the factory can not see that the
"Z" was patched...
(Dutch) dated October 21st 2001
file added, (dutch) info, pictures and technical layout.
Arnold, Z-Board without using a printboard.
from Nadelboard (for use flashing/patch Humax 5400-Z without JP connector) :
Loters Carsten and Xtrasat Germany for publication and pictures
pictures from a nice hobbyist solution:Nadelboard,
Carsten / Xtrasat Germany !
new pictures, the professional look ! also from Germany, Nadelboard, very nice
Maybe the best solution so far ? Just to put the original Molex connector back
where it came from, the Humax 5400 main board ! In this way you will have the
same connector onboard as the receivers delivered earlier by Humax !
0,50" pitch dual row straight receptacle 40 connector:
number Humax JP 255 Molex 52368-0401
Free sticker for your new Humax 5400-Z ? Yes, indeed ! Humax pasted a sticker
over the old JP 255 contacts on the Humax main board. "Warranty void when
seal is broken". Will this prevent people stop patching the Humax ?
Bernhard for the picture).
is we will have to see if Humax is legally right with this "free
sticker" move; In case of defects and a broken seal Humax will have to
prove the defect was caused by breaking the seal.
Z-Board version III out now ! The
Humax Team crashed some brains again and developed a multi-functional solution
for dealers. The latest Z-Board release (version 3) will make it possible to
flash the receivers to loader 2.08, receivers WITH AND WITHOUT a JP-255
(Molex) connector can be flashed in just seconds. Dealers can flash any Humax
5400 hardware version released till now with this single device, Humax 5400
IRCI and Z. Beware ! Consumers who want their receiver containing Loader 2.08
can buy them already flashed at their dealer, hobbyists can do it themselves
with all free information.
price this option will be only interesting for dealers.
made worldwide shipping possible again, excluding shippingcosts they will
charge 199,= Euro a piece, including 2 free eeproms for the most common
hardware version (type C3B).
ment for single users, that will be too expensive) or construct the Z-Board
yourself by using the files on this page. Within a few hours work a technician
can do it. Also take a look at Arnolds contribution, he made a Z-Board without
using a PCB ! or the Needleboard ?
manual for Z-Board 3 use
III compatible device !)
Humax top (cover) bij removing the screws on the backside of your receiver and
lift the top. Take the Z-Board III and make sure all contacts fit and make
100% contact on the Humax main board. (press the Z-Board well on those
contacts, and hold it this way).
Now press the
small switch on the back of the Z-Board III and switch the Humax Receiver (at
the back) ON while still pressing the switch of the Z-Board III and pressing
it on the Humax Main board contacts !) You will see the Z-Board III booting
loader 2.08 en giving an error message E-IC; you can now release (only) the
switch on the Z-Board III, but keep the Z-Board pressed on the mainboard
contacts ! leave it this way displaying the error message.
Now you will
use WDN4OAK+, already prepared with the loader 2.08 file, press
"download", a message appears "waiting for connection".
Now press the
Z-Board III switch again, and keep it pressed ! and press the Stand By button
on the Humax receiver, this will flashen the Humax, when it reaches 15% you
can release the switch on the Z-Board but keep the board itself pressed on the
mainboard contacts ! until the message "end" appears.
the Humax receiver to OFF bij using the switch on the back of the receiver.
You can remove the Z-Board III from the mainboard contacts now. (Your receiver
contains loder 2.08 now). To add the firmware and settings to the receiver
(because your Humax contains only the loader software now), we do the
Humax to ON with the switch on the back of your receiver, a message loader
2.08 appears on the display followed by an error message E-AC (leave it this
way !) Use WDN4OAK+ and load the file CAM+_Z.HDF and press
"download" (it will wait for connection). Now press the
"standby" button on the Humax, it will load the file, when finished
it shows "end". Reset the tuner and you will see it contains loader
2.08, +CAM 3.2 and a settings list.
From here you
can upgrade to any newer settings list and any newer +CAM release in a normal
Asked Questions Z-Board
most common problem is
1. Use of
wrong eeprom files C3B, B3B, F3B (check this first on the original INTEL
FLASH in the Humax xxxxx160...) click on picture !
connection between the on-board JP-250 and your Z-Board (it's very hard to
make a good connection with a self-build Z-Board; you can use a vesa local bus
i/o card or the orginal connector (look out for bad contact's and look for the
3. If you
have an (error) "E-IC"; just restart your computer and restart
WDN4OAK+, if it doesn't solve the error message you probably have a bad
connection with the JP-250.
4. If you
have an (error) "E-Ax"; the upload went wrong (that's no problem to
correct); disconnect your receiver; pull out the Z-Board; restart your
receiver and restart WDN4OAK+; open your file and go again (waiting for
connection); then push stand-by button on your receiver to update, and
everything will be o.k. YOUR RECEIVER CONTAINS LOADER 2.08
5. remember !
EVERY CONTACT between the Z-Board and the JP-250 connector in the receiver; a
bad contact results in an "error"; if you're using a vesa local card
connector; (light) tin the contacts and check every pin is connected to the
7. These are
the problems we experienced in the "testing-phase" of the Z-Board
with a prototype. The first prototype was used to flash over 20 5400-Z
receivers, without any major problems, only above mentioned minor errors
stopped the process sometimes.
8. By using
the original print, you'll have no problems at all, although it can happen
(sometimes) a bad update occures. The reason for this (bad update) is we are
updating ALL in one session (settings, bios and loader). We had to update
(only a few times) a second time without using the rom board.
9. If you
still have troubles with your self-made Board you can consider buying a
Z-Board (plug-and-play) or wait for your dealer to have one, so he will do it
10 USE ONLY
27C256 eeproms which are 120nS or faster ! Other eeproms MIGHT work, but we're
not sure !
all, for now, we'll make a F.A.Q. list with more problems and solutions for
you, so finally everyone can do it!