If you're one of the lucky few to get their hands on the new TYT MD-2017 then you may have possibly come across one of the few technical issues that are facing some of the early users.
The TYT MD-2017 has only just hit the radio market with users in the United States being amongst the first to get the new dual band digital (DMR) two way radio.
We, as UK dealers of TYT radios were able to get our hands on a demo unit of the radio a few weeks ago and noticed a few snags with the handset. These issues have now been fixed with the release of the latest firmware (June 2017).
TYT MD-2017 Password Issue
One persistent issue that has faced users of the TYT MD-2017 however is that the firmware update appears to lock users out of the radio and subsequently after the firmware update is performed, users are asked for a password when powering on the radio.
People have tried to read the radio in the TYT programming software in an attempt to see what password has been set on the radio or equally they've tried reading the radio in the software to remove the power on password. There is another issue when you try to do this - the programming software asks for a further password to allow you to read the data from the radio. This is the programming password. This is another fault of the firmware upgrade with nobody knowing what password has been set. The same process applies if you try to write to the radio with a blank set of settings.
With the radio requiring both a programming password to read or write to the handset plus a power on password when you turn the radio on. The radio is technically useless and bricked.
How to bypass the TYT MD-2017 Power On Password
If your MD-2017 is now bricked and you're wondering how to fix your bricked radio and bypass the power on password or the programming password, then you need to get the TYT MD-2017 programming software below.
We are not responsible for any further damage you cause to your radio from this point onwards but if you follow the guide your radio should become resuable and therefore able to be reprogrammed.
Resetting your TYT MD-2017 Radio
Please ensure you have backups of codeplugs before programming.
- Uninstall existing CPS MD-2017 Software (if installed)
- Download the NoPassword version of the CPS MD-2017 software (below)
- Unzip the folder to a temporary area such as your PC desktop
- Connect your radio to the PC via the programming cable
- Turn on your MD-2017 (It should start up asking for a password)
- Open the folder you extracted
- Run the CPS-DMR.exe software as Administrator
- If the Software is in Chinese - Click the 4th option in the menu bar and select English
- Click "Read" on the sub menu bar to read your TYT MD-2017
After a few minutes the software will read the data on your MD-2017 and the loading bar will disappear showing you the information from your radio.
The radio is now ready to reprogram.
Please note. In the general settings option in the CPS software, please uncheck the tick box for programming password and power on password. Your radio will be corrupt with the data that's been put into the CPS software so please go through and check all options and submenus.
Download CPS Software:
We have been asked if this no password version of the software is suitable to reprogram the radio but at the time of this news article, we've not yet tried so please let us know if you've been successful or not.
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