CSR Bluetooth Module Programming

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Introduction: CSR Bluetooth Module Programming

About: An engineer who likes to tinker with electronics and make stuff!

I've made a few Bluetooth speakers recently (links below) and whilst they are great to look at and fantastic to listen to but the "Name" that comes up on my phone (or Bluetooth streaming device) is either:

1) Something boring like "CSR 8645"!

and/or

2) The same as another speaker (if I've used the same module)

I've discovered a way to reprogram this "Friendly Name" It's pretty straight forwards but there are a few steps...

Lets begin:

Links to my BT speaker projects:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Hydra-a-MONSTER-Bluetooth-Speaker/

https://www.instructables.com/id/Meet-Holman-the-Ultimate-Bluetooth-Speaker/

Step 1: Purchase a SPI Programmer

To reprogram the CSR chip you need to talk to it using an SPI interface. The equipment you need is a USB to SPI converter. Here is a link to the programmer I purchased. I don't think it's a genuine one but it still works

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CSR-USB-SPI-ISP-Bluetooth-USB-SPI-Download-Module-Chip-Programmer-Debugger-New/322814866732?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

Here is another one (authentic?). This one has the pin-out printed on the case (different pin out to the one I purchased)!!!

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CSR-USB-SPI-ISP-Bluetooth-USB-SPI-Download-Module-Chip-Programmer-Debugger/131774277515?epid=2211280305&hash=item1eae5be78b:g:P4gAAOSw0QFXBgrn

Step 2: Download the Software

Update note:

Unfortunately the process documented below (done a couple of years ago) no longer works, clearly CSR or rather Qualcomm is not interested in supporting makers! Please do your own internet searches and you should be able to find old 'private' copies of BlueSuite. Good luck!

This is a 3 step process.

1) Sign up to the CSR website here (use the register link)

https://www.csrsupport.com/register.php

NB: Ignore the messages that say you are not an authorized user - the registration process will complete ok. Carry on regardless!!!!

You will receive a confirmation e-mail, but not immediately. mine too about 1/2Hr to come through. Complete the registration steps noted in the e-mail.

2) Sign on then go to this URL

https://www.csrsupport.com/PCSW

for some reason I can't find this page by navigating but if you are logged in you can use the link above and it takes you right to the PC software you need

3) Download then install Bluetooth Suite. The latest version is 2.6.8 at the time of writing (Feb 2018). The software works with Windows - most versions.

NB: Some of the other changes that are possible with this software are only functional on a 32bit machine (ie win7). However we don't need those features for us to simply change the name.

Step 3: Where to Connect To?!

Before we connect up lets look at a variety of the Bluetooth boards currently available.

Most Bluetooth modules on e-bay/aliexpress have a set of pads (often unmarked) on the PCB. I've included 5 pictures of the most common Bluetooth PCB's out there and I've managed to change the name on all on them.

I've also included the pin outs for the CSR 8630 chip so you may be able to work it out for other modules I have not detailed here. Unfortunately the CSR 8645 is a BGA (Ball Grid Array) so you cant 'bell out' the connections to the chip as they are hidden underneath!

Step 4: Connect Adapter to Module

Using the information in the previous slides, connect the module up to the USB-SPI adapter as shown (image to follow).

I made up a short ribbon cable to go from the CSR-SPI programmer to the PCB I wanted to reprogram. I soldered the wires directly to the PCB using minimal solder as the joints are all temporary.

Step 5: Open "PStools" Software and Reprogramme the Chip's Name

Follow these steps (watch the Youtube video) - particularly note MAKE A BACKUP of your starting parameters. It is easy to brick the device and if you want to get back up and running this original settings file will make that possible.

1) Navigate to the location where the software was loaded. It should be in:

C:\Program Files (x86)\CSR\BlueSuite 2.6.8

2) Double click on the application "PSTool"

3) Go to File>Dump and follow the prompts to make a backup of you current/initial settings.

4) When the files has saved go to the search box and insert "name"

5) Change the name to the new name

6) Press the "Write" button

7) Your finished - you can make another backup of the new settings if you want but that's about it!

Step 6: Finished!

Step 7:

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24 Discussions

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lipton5001
lipton5001

4 months ago

Hey - I managed to bust my KRC 86B. Would you mind linking a "default" dump?


Thanks,
Darie

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sjowett
sjowett

Reply 4 months ago

Hi Darie - I've been away this weekend - lock down starting to lift here in Australia! I've executed a dump and put it on the last step of the instructable. I had to rename the file to.txt to get it to upload (it saves as .psr). Let me know if this works for you.

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lipton5001
lipton5001

Reply 4 months ago

bloody legend !!! thanks a lot !!!

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pandrews6
pandrews6

Reply 7 months ago

The resistor goes between +3.3V and SPI_EN

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pandrews6
pandrews6

8 months ago

This is great. I can't wait to change the name on my various KRC-86B.

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ssashton
ssashton

1 year ago

I have some CSR8675 modules, but they will not switch to the aptX codec, they are stuck using SBC. Does anybody have an idea what's going on? I wonder if there is a firmware setting I need to enable? (P.S. the problem is not my phone, I can use aptX on other receivers)

Thanks!

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JohnB1058
JohnB1058

Question 1 year ago

Hi just stumbled on your post.Recently purchased a couple of CSRA64215 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Professional-Amplifier-Board-DC-12V-CSRA64215-Bluetooth-V4-2-APTXLL-TWS-HiFi/254154561057?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648) in an attempt to add bluetooth audio and calling functions to daughters car. All media works fine but when connected via phone the external party cannot hear my voice.. Tried have tried a couple 2 pin condensing mic's (see image attached )that i know work and have been tested on pc. I have a question open with seller but not confident he understands electronic, and to be fair nor do I. could it be he has shipped the pcb's with mic disabled. ? any advise would be grateful. I have been looking at the programming module, but reluctant to purchase additional components in case i am missing anything.

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EliasC39
EliasC39

Question 1 year ago

Hi sjowett I am trying to make an bluetooth audio player I have almost done the pcb. But There is only thing I need to know before completing and ordering the pcb. Does spi_en need to be connected to the isp module to be able to program a csr8645? Also could you please help me by checking if there is any errors in the design i have made? (The correct wiring is on the pcb but not on the schematic)

Regards Elias
Here is a link to my pcb layout https://easyeda.com/Sub-to-pewdiepie-to-be-a-banana/reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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MoeinValizadeh
MoeinValizadeh

Question 1 year ago

Hi, I don't have any ISP programmer like yours but as you know , arduino uno boards support ISP programming mode! could you please tell me how can I use arduino uno as programmer instead your ISP programmer.
I apologize if my english language speaking is not as well as you

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beparker
beparker

1 year ago

CSR have changed ownership. Bluesuite does not seem to be available with Qualcomm. Any updated information?

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johnyradio
johnyradio

Question 1 year ago

hi, great instructable! But your pinouts don't match the pinouts i see on the ebay module i have. No idea how to connect battery power to this module. Any ideas? thx!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/232877101659

CSR645 module pns.jpg
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sjowett
sjowett

Answer 1 year ago

The battery is connected to "BAT" for the battery positive and the battery negative is connected to GND. The battery is shown in the left hand corner of your picture. You may also need to connect the Power_EN to the battery positive bia a 10k resistor to wake the unit up. -I'm not sure this is required for programming though.

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johnyradio
johnyradio

Reply 1 year ago

in your pic, bat is shown at 5th pin up on the bottom left.
in my pic, bat is shown at 4th pin up on the bottom left.

Is my pic incorrect? Comes from the ebay page.

thx

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sjowett
sjowett

Reply 1 year ago

Looks like my pic is pointing to the wrong pin - I think your pic is correct. Ill try update soon!

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johnyradio
johnyradio

Reply 1 year ago

thx!

a bit off-topic: if i'm not trying to program the board, just power-up with a battery, and pair to my smartphone, can the power_en be connected permanently to bat? i'm unable to pair-- just seeing a Mac address instead of CSR8645's name. When i try to pair i get an error.

Is it necessary to long-press PIO7? i think I've read that's the "pair enable" pin.

-thx

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johnyradio
johnyradio

Reply 1 year ago

fixed. No probs with a new module. Bad board, i guess.

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livacreative
livacreative

Question 1 year ago

I have a question about CSR 8630(b04u). Is that necessary to connect SP_EN for programming
to change the name? The board I have doesn't have that pin(image attached).
Thanks in advance,
Livins

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klsc1806
klsc1806

2 years ago

Hi, nice tutorial, but after I registered to csr and logged in, I can't access the download area. Accesss not allowed for my user account. If I click request access, then I get an error message that my domain ist not, trustworthy but its my own domain.

Is there now other way to get the latest bluetooth suite?

thanx