Firmware: Updates

About Firmware Updates and a Warning

Periodically we release new firmware for our products. We generally recommend AGAINST updating firmware unless you have a very specific reason for doing so, as there is always the chance something will go wrong during an update leaving the device bricked in a state where it has to be sent in for repair.

If you are attempting to update your firmware because you think your current firmware is corrupt, be advised that you will not be able to update your firmware unless the old firmware actually works (a little) and is able to accept new firmware. You will have to return your device to us in these cases.  Some newer r

Again, most of the time problems can be resolved without a firmware upgrade. Consult this site and/or contact us at if you think you need a firmware update.

Firmware Update Procedure

The information on this page pertains to the following devices:

  • APU1 AutoProm
  • Ostrich 1.0
  • Ostrich 2.0
  • Flash & Burn (BURN1 / BURN2 / Jaybird)
  • Roadrunner LS1 16-Bit Emulator
  • QuarterHorse J3 Ford Emulator
  • Demon integrated tuning device
  • NEMU integrated tuning device

Directions for updating firmware:

  1. Download the following utility (new version as of 2017):
    Firmware Update Utility
    and unzip it to the location of your choice.
  2. Download the appropriate firmware package for your hardware from the table below and unzip it to the location of your choice (preferably to the same location as the update utility).
  3. Connect your hardware to your PC and close all software applications.
  4. Start the firmware update utility. Your hardware should be automatically detected. If it isn’t, click the “Detect” button
  5. Click the “Browse” button in the update utility and browse to the firmware package you downloaded and unzipped in step 2 above.
  6. If the package and hardware match, the “Update” button should be available. Press it now.
  7. Once complete, the updater should notify you of success and display the new version information.

Firmware downloads for individual units:

Hardware Current Version Notes
AutoProm 2.17 No updates available.
Ostrich 1.0 N/A No updates available.
Ostrich 2.0 20.9.O Provides newest ‘trace’ implementation and vendor-specific security. Well tested.
BURN1 / BURN2 / Jaybird 5.14F Legacy firmware shipped in all units up to 2016. Does NOT support F3v2 chips currently shipping in 2017. Recommended for all BURN2 units which will be programming 28/32pin EPROMs and older F3 chips.
BURN1 / BURN2 / Jaybird 5.16F Supports Ford F3v2 chips (released October 2016). Some users have reported bugs with programming 28/32pin EPROMs and some older F3 chips. Recommended for F3v2 Ford chips only at this time. Fix in the works.
Roadrunner 12.14.R Update for smoother RTACS work in EFI Live vs v12.13.R
QuarterHorse 1.6 Not user-upgradable. Must return to for upgrade.
Demon 1 1.9.D EMAIL US IF NEEDED! Bug fix. Recommended for all Demon1 units.
Demon 2 2.9.D Initial release version. Installed on all units at factory.
NEMU N/A No updates available.