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Bricked my Instrument Cluster, could use some help.

12147 Views 25 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  Tjdupaix
While attempting to update the Instrument Cluster I didn't realize that the vehicle USB port that the update mentioned was not the one in the center console but was actually a USB port on the back of the cluster, now the cluster reads a continuous loop with the words: "IPS_MSG_CTRL (Activated)"
I have tried re-applying the update with the USB drive plugged into the cluster and it fails every time, I have tried to re-program the cluster as a new ECU but there is no communication, I have also removed the cluster wire connector and let sit for a couple of hours and nothing.
Just curious if anybody else has done this and recovered from it or if a new cluster off Ebay is in order?
Many thanks
I also know that GM recommends not to flash updates unless needed, I was hoping to resolve an issue in which the screen stays blank on start-up.
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Well I managed to "brick" my cluster too. Thank you JetSpeed and somms for saving me.

Public Service Announcement: Do not update every module just because you can... only the module(s) with a problem.

GM Techline Connect (formerly SPS) is a great tool... but like any powerful tool, can be dangerous in the hands of a novice.

I really thought I had trashed the car... I can't tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your experience! Thanks again JetSpeed and somms.
I feel your pain. You can fix it; It's kind of like updating an old Android phone.

The files on the flash drive are created via SPS2. Plug the flash drive into your computer and SPS2 will put the files on it. The flash drive must be completely empty first.

You will need to pull the cluster out of the dash and plug your flash drive with the .bin files into the usb port on the back of the cluster. You will need the special cable described above to make that happen.

It took me several tries to get it right. Good Luck!
Thank you twowheeldrive,
I will keep trying this, just a little confused as to where the flash drive needs to be to download. Bin file.
Thanks again for the response.
The flash drive needs to be in a USB port in the computer you are running the SRS software. It's been a while, but I think the SRS software will find it and verfify before it writes the bin files to it.
Fat32 is what you want. I used a 15GB USB 3.0 flash drive. The bin files are small, less than 30MB in total. There are four bin files.

The files I used are: 23108359.bin, 231083361.bin, 23210046.bin, 907993304.bin, and a file called indication.16005619

I can send them to you. PM me.
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