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10 June 2018 / by LI Tao

VESC/VESC6 Firmware Installation Tutorial

This thread is simply a straight forward tutorial on how to install firmware onto a VESC. I have bought a clone of VESC6 on taobao/aliexpress, but it should work for any VESC that does not have firmware installed.

Prepare STLINK
Purchase a ST-Link V2 and a 6-pin JST-PH 2mm female header and cables, i have soldered a micro-jst cable, connect the JST and ST-Link together like in the image below. alt text alt text

Connect USB
Plug the ST Link into a USB port of my MacBook Pro. The NiMH/LiPo Battery is NOT connected during the entire process of flashing firmware. alt text alt text

PREPARATIONS
Downloading ARM GCC and installing openocd
Mac OS X 64-bit File:gcc-arm-none-eabi-6-2017-q1-update-mac.tar.bz2

brew install openocd
tar -xvjf gcc-arm-none-eabi-7-2017-q4-major-mac.tar.bz2 -C ~
export PATH=~/gcc-arm-none-eabi-7-2017-q4-major/bin:$PATH

DOWNLOAD, COMPILE AND UPLOAD THE FIRMWARE
First, connect a programmer as described in this post. Then, download the latest firmware from github, compile and upload it:

git clone https://github.com/vedderb/bldc.git

compile default

cd bldc
touch conf_general.h
make -j8 build_args="-DHW_VERSION_60"
make upload

compile servoout

cd bldc
touch conf_general.h
make -j8 build_args="-DSERVO_OUT_ENABLE=1 -DHW_VERSION_60"
make upload

If you want to skip downloading and compiling the bootloader and firmware from sources I prepared prebuilt images. You can download these VESC_default.bin VESC_servoout.bin and skip to the flashing section of this post.

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