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Upgrade Procedures for R1.0 ML910™ RUGGED NOTEBOOK
Firmware and Software:
1) Embedded Controller Firmware, for #2 or as a prerequisite for a R1.0 to R1.1 upgrade
2) Support RF Pass-through in Retrofitted ML900 Docking Stations
Purpose and Requirements
This procedure provides step-by-step instructions for a qualified computer technician or
administrator to upgrade the firmware and software components of Release 1.0 ML910™ RUGGED
NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS (ML910) shipped prior to approximately June 2, 2008. R1.0 notebooks
shipped after that date already include these features, as do all R1.1 notebooks.
There are two cases for using these procedures:
1) To upgrade the Embedded Controller (EC) BIOS firmware to version 4.8, which is a prerequisite
for upgrading the EC to version 5.1 or later, as part of the ML910 R1.0 to R1.1 upgrade. The latter
upgrade is required when migrating from Windows® XP Professional to Windows Vista™ Business
edition, and is covered by a separate upgrade package. For this case, only Procedure I needs to be
completed.
2) To enable a R1.0 notebook to operate properly in an upgraded ML900 docking station.
Procedures I through IV need to be completed.
The new features in the ML Administrator Application (MLAA) and the ML User Application (MLUA)
are added specifically for customers intending to operate their ML910 notebooks in ML900 docking
stations that have been modified to add ML910-compatible RF pass-through connectors. ML910 RF
pass-through operation is automatic and requires no configuration when used with ML910 high-tier
docking stations, but must be enabled and configured using MLAA and MLUA for use with these
modified ML900 docking stations. These instructions are provided in Procedure IV.
Additional information regarding RF pass-through operation is included in the latest ML910 Rugged
Notebook User Guide, 6871008P31-B. Refer to Chapter 4, Expanding Your Computer, under the RF
Pass-Through heading. This guide may be downloaded from the same site where these instructions
and the firmware/software upgrade package are located: www.Motorola.com/ML910.
What You Will Need
CD or DVD Burner In addition to the Motorola firmware and software files, a CD or DVD burner is
required to create a bootable disc needed to update the EC BIOS. The ML910 you plan to upgrade
may already include an optional drive in its media bay; either the Combo (CD RW / DVD) or the Dual
(CD RW / DVD RW) drive can burn CDs. Only the Dual drive can burn DVDs. External media
burners may be used as well.
CD/DVD Burning Application The R1.0 ML910 notebook initially was shipped with a copy of Nero
7 Essentials, which was later updated to Nero 8 Essentials. Either version can be used to create the
MOTOROLA, the Stylized M Logo, and ML910™ RUGGED NOTEBOOK are registered in the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2008 by Motorola,
Inc. All rights reserved.
ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A

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    What You Will Need CD or DVD Burner In addition to the Motorola firmware and software files, a CD or DVD burner is required to create a bootable disc needed to update the EC BIOS. The ML910 you plan to upgrade may already include an optional drive in its media bay;...

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    Support If you are unsure of any step in this procedure or otherwise need Motorola support, please call the Motorola System Support Center (SSC) at 1-800 221-7144. You may key in 2, 2 and 1 to bypass the greeting and be directed to the ML910 support team.

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    Step-by-Step Procedure Important Before you begin this procedure confirm that the current version EC BIOS running on the ML910 notebook is 4.7 or earlier. If the EC BIOS is 4.8 or later you will not need to update it, i.e., skip steps 11 through 14 in the EC BIOS Upgrade Procedure.

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    Perform Procedures I, II and III in order. I. EC BIOS Upgrade Procedure 1. Download the ML910™ Rugged Notebook R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Package from www.Motorola.com/ML910 image is RF-PT.iso. This image contains: a. EC BIOS V4.8 b. ML User Application V4.A c.

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    5. Click on “Image, Project, Copy”. 6. Click on “Disc Image or Saved Project”. 7. Browse to the folder where the downloaded ISO bootable file is located and select it. ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    8. Insert a blank CD/DVD disc into the drive and click the Burn button to create the bootable media. 9. Burning process and status are displayed. 10. Burn process completed successfully message should display. The bootable disc is now ready to begin the upgrade.

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    “undo” or recovery procedure. The ML910 would need to be returned to Motorola’s Service Depot for repair. 13. Choose “Y” - Yes to update the EC BIOS to version 4.8. This will take about 20 seconds to complete and the system will restart automatically.

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    II. ML User Application Upgrade Procedure 1. Confirm the version number of the existing ML910 ML User Applications (MLUA) is 4.7 or earlier. a. Double click on the ML User Application icon in the System Tray b. Check the version as highlighted below. 2.

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    5. Click Yes to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Runtime Libraries. 6. Double-click on SETUP.EXE in the MLSERVICE folder. 7. Click the Next > button to continue. ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    8. Accept the default settings and click the Next > button. 9. Click the Next > button to start the installation. 10. Please wait while MLService is being installed. ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    11. Click on the Close button when MLService is successfully installed. ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    12. Double-click on SETUP.EXE in the MLUA folder. 13. Click the Next > button to continue. 14. Accept the default settings and click the Next > button. ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    15. Click the Next > button to start the installation. 16. Please wait while ML User Application is being installed. ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    17. Click on the Close button when ML User Application is successfully installed. 18. Proceed to the next section (III. ML Administrator Application Upgrade Procedure). ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    III. ML Administrator Application Upgrade Procedure ML Administrator Application (MLAA) is an optional application intended for use by System Administrator (SA) personnel to configure the parameters of various functions in the notebook, like the default configuration that automatically loads when the ML910 notebook is turned on. As such, this application is normally installed only when needed by System Administrators and then removed.

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    4. Double-click on setup.exe. 5. Click the Next > button to continue. 6. Accept the default settings and click the Next > button. ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    7. Click the Next > button to start the installation. 8. Please wait while ML Administrator Application is being installed. ML910 R1.0 RF Pass-through Upgrade Procedure, Version A...

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    9. Click on the Close button when ML Administrator Application is successfully installed. 10. The upgrade procedure is complete. Restart the system in BIOS Setup mode if you wish to reset the Boot Device Priority Sequence. Also, restore any security or policy configurations that may have been disabled in order to perform this upgrade.

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    IV. Enabling the RF Pass-Through Option Using MLAA and MLUA Launch the ML Administrator Application. Go to the RF Pass-Through options available in MLAA (highlighted in Figure 1, below). Change the RF Pass-Through User Control from [Disable] to [Enable] (Figures 2 & 3). Select [Write to EC] to change the setting (Figure 4), a message will be shown after the setting is updated to System EC (Figure 5).

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    Launch the ML User Application. Select the RF Pass-through option available in the MLUA. Before the RF Pass-through User Control in MLAA is changed to [Enable], the RF Pass-Through Control will be grayed-out. After the RF Pass-through User Control in MLAA has been set to [Enable], the default setting will be [Automatic Selection].

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    11. Note that the RF Pass-Through Option will not be applicable under the following conditions: a. The ML910 does not have RF Pass-Through option installed. RF Pass-Through here refers to the internal factory-installed RF Antenna Switching Board. b. The ML910 is being docked in either an ML900 mobile dock or an Office Port Replicator. 12.

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