Ender 3 Pro - several questions

I have an Ender 3 Pro with a 4.2.2 logic board that I bought in February and am still trying to get it to work. When I bought it, I also got a CR-Touch and put it in right away, before doing anything with the printer. I now suspect a major problem is the CR-Touch is bad. I’ve taken it off and put the Z limit switch back on. My problem is that when I upgraded to the CR-Touch and downloaded the Creality firmware for it, it garbled my LCD screen when I installed it. I asked Creality for help and they sent me more firmware files that wouldn’t even load. I’ve used 3rd party firmware files, but they won’t work without the CR-Touch.

So I’m joining here to get my own firmware and have a few questions:

  1. I have an Ender 3 Pro with a 4.2.2 logic board. I see an 8 bit Ender 3 Pro in the lists of firmware I can download, but I don’t see one for a 4.2.2 logic board. Will the “normal” Ender 3 file for 4.2.2 work? (The one without a Touch probe?)

  2. It looks like, from what little I’ve seen about configuring options, that one can compile a firmware file for a probe or to not use one, but not a firmware that would work for both. Is that correct?

  3. I went through a tutorial and compiled my own firmware file with Visual Studio. The build process was successful, but when I put the file on the SD card and started my Ender 3 Pro with the card in it, I got a long beep and nothing happened. The screen stayed blank. With some Creality firmware files, the screen just stays blank. What is happening inside when the screen stays blank and what does the buzz or long beep I get mean?

  4. Any idea what is going on to make some of the Creality firmware files give me gibberish on the LCD screen?

    I’ve been told that this problem seems to show up on some Creality printers with a 4.2.2 logic board where the ARM chip has a specific number that’s not the same as for the normal chip. In other words, due to supply shortages, some boards have a substitute chip in them and they may work with the included firmware, but not with any other (without the garbling). Does anyone have anything useful on that situation?

To answer one of your questions, the firmware you should be using on the 4.2.2 board with CR touch is the “Ender 3 Pro 4.2.2 - BLTOUCH”

I’ve removed the touch probe. Should I still be using one for the BL-Touch? But in the list of pre-built, I don’t see any Ender 3 Pro listed except the 8 bit. On the builder, it’s the same. I don’t see any other version of Ender 3 Pro listed. I’m wondering if there’s another page I’ve missed.

If you’re not using the Touch then you should use the Stock profile. The Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro use the same firmware so use the Ender 3 profiles.

Thanks! That was my guess, but I wanted to be sure about it. I put my CR-Touch on before I even started printing, but I have yet to get a good print and I’ve checked everything else, including using levels to check all gantry parts, so either my glass bed is so warped ABL won’t work or something’s wrong with that Touch probe.

Well, it turns out the question is moot. I finally found out why my Ender hasn’t been able to print, no matter what I’ve done, for the 5 months I’ve had it. I have a GD chip, not an STM, and the GD chips are not direct replacements. One of the things they cannot do is handle the code that controls the Z-Offset issues. That’s why, no matter what I did, I could not print a consistent 1st layer. Marlin can’t, at this point, support the GD chip because they don’t have the rights to the needed libraries.

I did try the firmware I downloaded from here, using it without my CR-Touch, but it didn’t include any tramming wizard or anything to help me do any alignments. I finally found a firmware version I could use to print without the CR-Touch, then I re-installed my probe and finally got an auto-bed level and good prints.