Atomic have released a firmware update for their Cobalt series of integrated dive computers. Since the release of the Cobalt 2 earlier this year Atomic have continued to research and improve the firmware to make their computers safer and more efficient.
ABOUT THE UPGRADE
The new version of firmware is available for both the original Cobalt and the more recent Cobalt 2 dive computers. Before you upgrade you will need to know the serial number of your computer and which version of firmware it is currently running. The serial number can be found on the back of the box, on the right side of the unit or can be found in the Main Menu > Settings Menu > System Information as an eight digit number such as: 1234-5678 Below the Serial Number in System Information you will find the Firmware Version (Dive OS) such as: V.ES1.0. Ensure that you know which version of Cobalt you have and which version of Dive OS it is running before your attempt to upgrade as the two units run on different versions of firmware that will only work on the respective unit. The Original Cobalt will only run on Version 1 and Cobalt 2's only run on Version 2 and of course should only be upgraded to a higher version of firmware. The upgrade is free and can be done by connecting your unit to your Mac or PC with the supplied USB Cable and adaptor.
HOW TO UPGRADE
The new version of firmware for the Original Cobalt is version 1.42; if your unit is using a version older than 1.42, eg. 1.41 or lower, then you need to click the link below and follow the instructions on Atomic's website. Mac users will need to download a free application to install updates to your Cobalt, there are third party divelog programs that support downloading from your Cobalt for a charge but these are not required to update the firmware. Windows users the Atomic Aquatics Cobalt Divelog Program is available for download. This Divelog software can be used to upload and record your dives to a PC. The Divelog program has a built in tool for flashing and updating Cobalt Firmware. If you need to upgrade you need to click on one of the following links depending on what type of computer you are using.
The new version of firmware for the Cobalt 2 is version 2.26; if your unit is using a version older than 2.26, eg. 2.25 or lower, then you need to click the link below and follow the instructions on Atomic's website. Mac users require no special program to update the Cobalt 2 firmware. Windows users also do not require a special program to update the Cobalt 2 firmware.
For more information on the update and future updates; click the link below.
A USEFUL FEATURE YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT
The Cobalt series of dive computer have a pressure sensor that continually monitors the pressure even on the surface. Cobalt computers monitor the atmospheric pressure when you are on the surface so that you can check the accuracy of the depth sensor before you go diving.
MAIN MENU > SETTINGS MENU > SYSTEM INFORMATION
In the system information menu you can check the Atmospheric Pressure of where your are standing in millibar, if this reading is about ± 30mbar of the weather report for that area then you know that your pressure sensor is accurate. Average value at sea level is normally around 1030mbar. This feature not only allows you to check the accuracy of your computer but will automatically adjust your computer when diving inland or at altitude which you have to do manually with most dive computers.