BCD436HP Sentinel Software won’t read SD Card
Like many, I was excited to know that Uniden was coming out with a new line of scanners. As someone that owns many of their products as well as their HomePatrol I have really liked the direction they have been going with easy of programming (like GRE has done for some time) and the ability to use GPS to automatically update locations is another great option.
Well, you have read enough about the scanner and I will do my own review at some point, but this post is about the fact that there has been a nagging issue that I have seen others have and unfortunately, I ran into the same issue.
For some reason Uniden did not format their SD Cards in the same format so there has been some of us with both the UNIDEN BCD536HP as well as the BCD436HP that have had SD Card unreadable or not recognized by the Sentinel software. I have read many posts out there about people getting frustrated and sending theirs back as defective units which I was concerned about when I read this, but alas after trying several cables, different computers with Windows 7, Windows 8 and even Windows 8.1 I found a very simple solution.
I formatted the SD card removing everything from it with a FAT 32 format then went back into the Sentinel Software and downloaded the firmware and full database which then allowed me to get my scanner functional and running as advertised.
Here are the formal steps I took:
1.) Found a SD formatting program from download.com (I used SDformatter but I’m not recommending or saying there aren’t others)
2.) Quickformated the SD Card
3.) Ran Sentinal Software – Clear User Settings
4.) Downloaded Firmware
5.) Downloaded Full Database
6.) Disconnected USB from UNIDEN BCD-436HP
7.) Restarted scanner and inputted my zip code
8.) Scanner tested fine and was scanning my local area
That was it, simple solution. Thanks and enjoy your scanner.