Schiit Bifrost Gen 5 USB Upgrade Instructions

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  1. Elnrik

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    Hey Friends,

    I upgraded my Bimby to Gen 5, and didn't see a thread in here for it. I thought I'd be helpful (instead of my typical lazy assed and useless self) and snap a few pics, then throw them up here. The info probably already exists on 10000 different sites already, but I don't care.

    Insert Marvey's Gen 5 Disclaimer:
    (Shamelessly lifted from @Marvey Yggy post. I'm trying to be helpful, not original.)


    Important tip: Chassis screws are DIFFERENT than the PCB screws. Keep them separate. Don't lose them.

    Step 1: Remove Rear Screws
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    Step 2: Remove Chassis Screws on Top and Bottom (Do not remove PCB screws yet.)
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    Step 3: Pull dark grey chassis out from the silver housing. Go directly back from the rear of the unit. Don't twist. Go slow.
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    Step 4: Remove PCB screws. Ensure the guts don't go sliding out. I'll let you figure out which way is best.
    (I forgot to snap a picture, sue me.)

    Step 5: Remove screws holding USB card in. Remove card by lifting directly up. Do not twist, wiggle, or otherwise twerk the card out.
    IMPORTANT!!! Keep calm and override shutdown.
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    Step 6: Put Gen 5 board in place of previous board. Do not bend pins. Do not apply too much force!
    If you get this wrong, you should never have tried this in the first place. Society should ostracize you. You're probably going to die alone. From ass cancer. Good job, hero.

    Step 7: Secure Gen 5 board to the unit with the supplied screws.
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    Step 8: Place the guts back into the chassis. Align LEDs with the LED holes. Ensure button is still in place and hasn't fallen to the floor and rolled under your couch.
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    Step 9: Screw the thing back together, starting with the PCB screws. Actually attempt to align everything nicely, and don't force screws in or over tighten. You don't want tiny metal shavings getting in there because you had to He-Man a steel screw into the aluminum chassis.

    Step 10: Say a prayer to Odin wishing that your upgrade was successful and you didn't royally f*** something up.

    Step 11: Turn it on, and listen to music. (Plug everything in first. Duh.)


    BTW - I found that I had to remove the 2.0 drivers from Windows 10 before the Gen 5 drivers could be automatically detected and installed.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Yes, I was very bored at work today.
     
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    That's a great idea! Thanks! Do you hang yours up, or just use it mat style?

    I use Dixie cups, which are great until you accidentally send a cup full of tiny screws flying across the workstation when you flicked the cord on your soldering iron, then burn the shit out of yourself when you try to catch the cup...

    Not that that's happened.

    Twice.
     
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    hello,

    thanks ever so much for this. feeling a bit more confident that i can do a self install. (A+ certified, don't ya know!)
     
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    Install done. I've upgraded a Bifrost before (Uberfrost --> 4490), but even so I was glad for the pics and reminder.

    Much thanks, @Elnrik !

    Small aside, but I didn't need to remove the previous gen2 drivers as you mentioned. Everything took care of itself automatically. Also Windows 10. I was interested to see that the drivers now specify Bifrost Gen 5, which they did not before. Previously, it was more generic (Schiit USB Audio Gen 2) or something along those lines.

    Hard to objectively describe what I'm hearing. I've been using an Uptone Regen in my setup for so long that I don't remember what a direct to USB connection sounds like and I still need to wait for proper warmup, etc.. Either way, the install was painless and the sounds euphonious.
     
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    Old-ish thread but deserving of a thank you. The photo of the LEDs was particularly helpful. I can see where fat fingers would make that difficult, and some long forceps would really simplify the struggle. I’m now confident ordering the upgrade board. Oh, where do I get your mouse pad - it looks like a requirement?
     
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    Thanks!

    The pad was a gift from a friend who knows I like all things BattleTech/MechWarrior. No idea where he got it though. :)
     

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