When I ran the AirPort Utility software today, I noticed that I had a firmware upgrade waiting for my Time Capsule. So I ran the upgrade and that seemed to go okay, until I got a firmware-error…
I know that when you do a firmware upgrade on a hard disk your hard disk is usually bicked and ready for the trash… but what about a Time Capsule ?
What should I do ?
Most of the time, for a Time Capsule the problem is not dramatic if you run into a firmware upgrade error.
Take these steps, and stop as soon as you succeed :
1- if you have multiple base stations (like Time Capsules or AirPort devices), make sure you run any firmware upgrade on your remote/satellite base stations first, before you run the firmware upgrade on the central/main base station
2- just run the firmware upgrade again (it may just work fine next time, even without any significant change)
3- just run the firmware upgrade again (yep… just try again… sometimes that’s all it needs…)
4- pull the AC-plug from the base station, then wait 30 seconds and replug the AC… then run the upgrade again
5- pull the AC-plug from the base station, then press the reset button (the little hole – can be pressed with a ballpoint-tip or a paperclip-end) on the base station for 30 seconds… then run the firmware upgrade again (…and don’t forget you’ll have to setup your base station again afterwards)
…that’s it !