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JSAUX released a firmware update for their Steam Deck Docking Stations

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JSAUX (pronounced Jay-Socks), announced recently that they've made available a new firmware update for their first two models of the Steam Deck Docking Station.

This concerns the original Docking Station and the Upgraded Docking Station (which I reviewed) and not the newest version that features an M.2 SSD slot that I'll be reviewing sometime soon.

What's new? JSAUX say they worked to improve the compatibility with televisions and monitors from LG. While small on changes, any increase in compatibility is great and shows they don't just forget about old models when moving onto the next. In their own words they said "With this new firmware we want to show our customers that we are focused and committed to improving our lineup of Docking Stations. To us, every client matters and that’s why we thrive to give you the best possible experience.".

Unfortunately, there is a catch. Their firmware update is only designed for Windows. However, I have mentioned the Linux Vendor Firmware Service to them, so hopefully they can put it up on there giving Linux users an easy way to update too.

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redneckdrow 27 Sep
Y'know, the US Joint Special Operations Command might take umbrage to their pronunciation. They do make great hardware though, so I bet they get a pass.
Bumadar 27 Sep
QuoteUnfortunately, there is a catch. Their firmware update is only designed for Windows. However, I have mentioned the Linux Vendor Firmware Service to them, so hopefully they can put it up on there giving Linux users an easy way to update too.

When I started reading I was thinking "it's used with a Linux device so have they really made it possible to update from Linux" and when I saw your catch line I was laughing out loud. Let's hope they check out fwupd.org and get it included.
Beren 27 Sep
How would one go about to aquire the new firmware, and how would one go about updating the device? They asume you have a separate windows device?

Edit: Firmware is available here -> https://www.jsaux.com/blogs/steam-deck/were-upgrading-our-steam-deckss-docking-stations-firmware


Last edited by Beren on 27 September 2022 at 3:17 pm UTC
tfk 27 Sep
They probably thought that the updater would run fine through Proton.
jrt 27 Sep
QuoteUnfortunately, there is a catch. Their firmware update is only designed for Windows.

wtf. Imagine building a product targeted at a Linux PC and not even supporting firmware upgrades on it. The people who are building this aren't even thinking about the steam deck outside of gaming mode.
Quoting: jrt
QuoteUnfortunately, there is a catch. Their firmware update is only designed for Windows.

wtf. Imagine building a product targeted at a Linux PC and not even supporting firmware upgrades on it. The people who are building this aren't even thinking about the steam deck outside of gaming mode.
In that connection, this "Linux Vendor Firmware Service" Liam linked to seems kind of interesting . . . well, I mean, finding out much more about it would probably actually bore my socks off, but just taking a brief look at its existence and thinking about why that would be opened my eyes to some implications of how Linux, hardware vendors and firmware would have to interact.
jrt 27 Sep
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: jrt
QuoteUnfortunately, there is a catch. Their firmware update is only designed for Windows.

wtf. Imagine building a product targeted at a Linux PC and not even supporting firmware upgrades on it. The people who are building this aren't even thinking about the steam deck outside of gaming mode.
In that connection, this "Linux Vendor Firmware Service" Liam linked to seems kind of interesting . . . well, I mean, finding out much more about it would probably actually bore my socks off, but just taking a brief look at its existence and thinking about why that would be opened my eyes to some implications of how Linux, hardware vendors and firmware would have to interact.

My ThinkPad got official support for LVFS when it was more than a year on the market. It's really great! Firmware upgrades of the uefi, fingerprint sensor, ... just work like regular updates via cli or integrated into the gui software center. It's really amazing.
japzone 28 Sep
Having no way to update the firmware with the device the accessory is designed for is pretty dumb. Hopefully they rectify that blunder soon.
Miles 28 Sep
Some of us don't have, and don't want, Windows on our systems. Even more infuriating is the fact that the Steam Deck itself is a full fledged PC running Linux, already connected to the device via USB, and could very easily poll the version and flash the dock right from the Steam Deck without the need to use a separate PC. It baffles me that they didn't just use what's already there and fully capable.
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