TLDR: Turn off all other software when updating AccessPort
Welp, Ive found out the hard way that you can brick an ECU as seen here
The morning after I screwed the pooch, I had a few calls and emails with Cobb. They were quick to respond and helpful with all resources and chances to fix the ECU without having to send it away. Unfortunately there was no other option but to send it to them.
The Eyesight system in the USDM FXT and US marketed WRX/ WRX STI (Canadian WRX and STI dont have eyesight) is very tempermental to key in and key out sequences. What I believe has happened is this.
Running AP Manager and VMWare with Windows in background, I had gone too update my AP. Upon Firmware Flash and reboot VMWare prompted to connect to windows or mac - ***VMWare has to be off for all AP updates***. Which interrupted AP Managers update sequence. That corrupted the AP Firmware and it has to be removed from the computer and replugged in. AP Manager goes into Recovery mode to reflash the AP's Firmware. When it flashes the firmware it loads the base version. So, instead of auto updating with all the latest and greatest it goes back to v1. Even if you recover and get the AP back and working AND you hit update it will show that there are no updates to be had. AP Manager for some reason doesnt re-check after re-flash. If you go to use the AP to Flash your Map in your Eyesight equipped vehicle, it has a high chance to brick the ECU.
So, I had to strip the AP and the ECU from the foz, luckily the latest gen of cars have the ECU easily accessible in the Engine bay with a 10 mm socket. Two acorn nuts and three wiring harness connections later its out in under 60 seconds. I shipped it off to Cobb in Texas. Canada Post 5 Day Express. Got there in 4, WooHoo!. Arrived on Thursday at noon, Cobb had the ECU all fixed, packaged, and shipped by Friday at Noon. They have sent it with UPS 2 Day, unfortunately its Business Days; its currently in Louisville, Kentucky and scheduled for delivery on Tuesday.
Next Upgrade for the Forester will be summer setup.
Ill be haggling with Kaltire for some tires. We shall see how it goes.
Yokohama Geolandar G015 - 235/65 R17
Method Race Wheels Rally - MR501 - 17x8 et42 - Titanium
More to come in a few weeks!