Saturday 15 October 2016

Huawei E3131 issues with 3G

I had some issues with my dongle due to a change of carrier and probably change of frequency.
My lovely dongle stopped working on 3G network and decided to connect only on 2G, which made my life a hell.

After few head scratches ( 4 hours ), I tried to upgrade the firmware, which was very hard to find due to the old hardware and only few people providing the software.

I found this russian website which has a good archive of firmware, just use google translate to read what the website say.

The procedure is easy:
1) Connect your dongle to a windows machine
2) Run the upgrade firmware software and it will make the device become a serial port
3) If you dont have the driver installed, you will need to download the Mobile Partner software which includes all drivers
4) If you run windows 10, make sure you reboot on "disable signature drivers" or you will never install them
5) You might need to edit the ini to allow the driver to be installed as not all of the devices are listed but the driver is generic
6) After all of this, run again the upgrade firmware software
7) At some point you will be asked to insert a password, go on here and use your IMEI to get your password
8) After all of this, the job is done! I got back my 3G connection.

Small tip, you will probably need to flash WebUI as well, on my case, it just didnt work and I had to flash it.

I hope this helped someone else.


Saturday 13 February 2016

Karcher SC3 Broken

A very interesting Saturday where I had this Karcher Steamer machine which turned on, detecting water level but not able to warm it up.

After a bit of thinking I have decided to open it and try to find the issue on this simple system, maybe a fuse? Maybe a broken part? It must had be very simple!

I had to follow each cable and understand how it worked:

The controller is powered up and checking if the water is present, if not a light turns on and the pump doesnt turn on.

When the water is present, a pressure detection of 2.1 Bar is taking care to turn on and off the heating element.

When then temperature goes low, the switch turns on the pump that allows the water to be pumped inside the heating system.

Luckily my issue was very simple, I have tested the pump and few connections but nothing was broken or burnt. What I didnt actually check is the long run cable where a female connector wasnt secure inside the pin which controlled the whole heating and pump system. 

Put all back together and I had my steamer machine working without buying a new one or contacting the support.

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