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02-18-2013, 08:17 AM   #1
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K-5 firmware update instructions

Is there a tutorial here on where to find - how to download - and install the latest firmware for my K5.
Please, make it suitable for dummies like me.
In all the last 6 years my three Pentax cameras have been purchased with the latest firmware. Now I have been caught out with this latest K5 version.

Richard.

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Simple.
1) Download Firmware from Pentax. http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/k-5_s.html
2) Unzip so that a .bin file is created with a readme. Read the readme if you want to, as it has instructions on it.
3) Take the .bin file and put it on a blank formated SD card.
4) Put the card in the K5.
5) Turn the K5 ON while holding the menu button
6) Let the card/camera do it's thing.
7) when the little status light blinks on the back of the camera, and the LCD says complete, just turn off the camera.
8) You can then turn on the camera, and format the card to remove the firmware and have a freshly formatted card.
9) done.

Here is the text from the readme.txt
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Updating Procedure

1. Provide a formated SD/SDHC memory card for the update software (with at
least 32MB of available memory space).
The downloaded file is self-extracting.
The following files are extracted.

readme.txt : this document
fwdc209b.bin : Firmware

Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc209b.bin] to the root directory in
the SD/SDHC card.
If your computer does not have a card slot, you can copy the firmware
update file by inserting the SD/SDHC card into your camera and then
connecting the camera directly to your computer.

2. Insert the D-LI90 battery into the camera and confirm the battery is full
by battery level indicator then turn the camera off.

3. Insert the update SD/SDHC card (prepared in step 1) into the camera
and close card cover.

4. Turn the camera power on while pressing the MENU button.

5. "NOW LOADING" appears in the LCD monitor, and will change to the
"PROGRAM UPDATE". At the bottom of the LCD monitor,

CURRENT VERSION 1.00/1.02/1.03/1.10/1.11/1.12/1.13.
UPDATE VERSION 1.14

will be displayed.

6. Press the four-way controller to select "YES" and press the "OK" button.

7. "UPDATING" appears on the LCD monitor and updating starts.
Please do not under any circumstances switch off the power before the
update is completed.
It will take approximately 90 seconds to complete update.

8. When update is completed, the "COMPLETE" will be displayed at the left
bottom of the LCD monitor, then turn the camera off.

9. Remove the update SD/SDHC card from the camera.

10. To check the Firmware version in your camera, turn the camera on while
pressing the MENU button.
Check that the version displayed in the LCD monitor is "Ver.1.14"
The camera automatically starts up after about 5 seconds.

(Caution)
When updating is finished, the update SD/SDHC card still contains the
Firmware file.
If you want to use this card to take pictures, delete the Firmware file
first.

**********************

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LaurenOE, you are a star.

Many thanks Richard
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Spencer Quote
LaurenOE, you are a star.

Many thanks Richard
I know, and you're welcome.

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How are things in Orlando ? It is 25 years since I was there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Spencer Quote
How are things in Orlando ? It is 25 years since I was there.
Same ol. Same ol. Ugh.
I wish I was back in the UK!!!!!!!!!
My UK adventure only happens once a year!
Time to start planning UK2013!
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QuoteOriginally posted by LaurenOE Quote
Same ol. Same ol. Ugh.
I wish I was back in the UK!!!!!!!!!
My UK adventure only happens once a year!
Time to start planning UK2013!
Hey Lauren, way OT but I see that bike in your avatar- I had a chance to hit Deal's Gap last summer and ride the Tail of the Dragon- did it two-up on an old C-10 Concours and OMG was that fun! (Have a 2012 V-Strom now, yippee!) So, "318 curves in 11 miles"- I've heard some Floridians lament that the average riding there is more like "318 miles and 11 curves". If ya can't make it to the UK (which would be awesome anyway!), head north a bit!
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QuoteOriginally posted by NeverSatisfied Quote
Hey Lauren, way OT but I see that bike in your avatar- I had a chance to hit Deal's Gap last summer and ride the Tail of the Dragon- did it two-up on an old C-10 Concours and OMG was that fun! (Have a 2012 V-Strom now, yippee!) So, "318 curves in 11 miles"- I've heard some Floridians lament that the average riding there is more like "318 miles and 11 curves". If ya can't make it to the UK (which would be awesome anyway!), head north a bit!
LOL...definitely OT, but check out CyclePathic.Com That is my other passion in life. Although, not as much over the last year or so. Pentax took more cash than Kawasaki last year. I still have a "few" bikes.

One of these days I will pick a hobby that is *not* male dominated!



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I also like the bike site. My daughter is into Land Rovers as well as bikes. She`s a copper and along with her boyfriend they charge around Europe in their free time.
A whole gang of bikers are getting married soon and then riding off into the sunset - European style. I have been charged with doing the invites to the biggest party - ever.

So you want a hobby, I repair old vintage sewing machines ( mostly pre-1930 ). It used to be female dominated. Not anymore.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Spencer Quote
I also like the bike site. My daughter is into Land Rovers as well as bikes. She`s a copper and along with her boyfriend they charge around Europe in their free time.
A whole gang of bikers are getting married soon and then riding off into the sunset - European style. I have been charged with doing the invites to the biggest party - ever.

So you want a hobby, I repair old vintage sewing machines ( mostly pre-1930 ). It used to be female dominated. Not anymore.
Too funny!!!

Here is what I try and do every year when I am in the UK.

Lauren's Channel - YouTube

I usually also do a web page.

UK 2012 Adventure

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Wow, excellent work Lauren! The castle images are awesome, and your video technique is really superb. Very enjoyable!
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Wow, excellent work Lauren! The castle images are awesome, and your video technique is really superb. Very enjoyable!
Thanks!

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K5 Firmware

I have just checked my K5 and it has v 1.01.
Do I need to load all of the updates in order or can I just go to v 1.15?
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QuoteOriginally posted by mitsilad Quote
I have just checked my K5 and it has v 1.01.
Do I need to load all of the updates in order or can I just go to v 1.15?
Just the new one.
Updates are cumulative.

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