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05-21-2014, 04:28 AM   #1
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Memory Card Error On K-5

I bought from ebay 32GB Micro SD SDHC TF Flash Class 10 (Kingston) , My Pentak K5 has 1.16 Firmware , which is latest one.

During i insert the card machine not reading the card ( Orange Led not blinking) and comes Memory Card Error Message.

I try the card in my pc working fine.

I format it couple of times , no change...

I try the card on my Pentax K10D working fine It is shows 2009 picture memory in RAW . This is great. I take couple pictures even.

Card working ,,

But not in K5 ?

On K5 i try 4 GB Kingston Class 4 working fine.

any idea ? Maybe i need lower firmware or some different format.

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05-21-2014, 06:11 AM   #2
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Have you tried formatting it with the k-5 ?
05-21-2014, 06:57 AM   #3
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Maybe the card is counterfeit. There are lots of them for sale on Amazon. I wouldn't doubt there are many on eBay too.
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Have you tried formatting it with the k-5 ?
K-5 not give even to format the card. Just not working

QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
Maybe the card is counterfeit. There are lots of them for sale on Amazon. I wouldn't doubt there are many on eBay too.
If this is counterfeit , why is working on my PC and Pentax K10D ? i don't think that, Pentax add into K5 counterfeit memory card sensor.

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Could just be a compatibility thing. I started with a 16GB Class 10 Hoodman, and it errored out all of the time in my K-50. Traded it with a friend that shoots a Canon 7D -- works like a champ. He's been using it without incident for the past 3 months. I had formatted multiple times with the K-50, and it didn't help. Are you able to return it?
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any chance that your upgrade to the latest firmware not completed properly? Can you try to reload the firmware? I also have the k-5 and ver 1.16... I have no problem with SDHC card (which by the way requires the device to support and compatible with SD 2.00 specification -should be in the new firmware). Just a thought...
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Could just be a compatibility thing. I started with a 16GB Class 10 Hoodman, and it errored out all of the time in my K-50. Traded it with a friend that shoots a Canon 7D -- works like a champ. He's been using it without incident for the past 3 months. I had formatted multiple times with the K-50, and it didn't help. Are you able to return it?
I can return but this is not correct , seller has no fault , card working on different pentax or PC. I can give some one to make exchange even.

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any chance that your upgrade to the latest firmware not completed properly? Can you try to reload the firmware? I also have the k-5 and ver 1.16... I have no problem with SDHC card (which by the way requires the device to support and compatible with SD 2.00 specification -should be in the new firmware). Just a thought...
I think Pentax K-10D and Pentax K-5 CPU and card reader program totally different. This is why card working on K10D without any problem. I will try lower firmware from beginning. Maybe i can catch something.
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I think Pentax K-10D and Pentax K-5 CPU and card reader program totally different. This is why card working on K10D without any problem. I will try lower firmware from beginning. Maybe i can catch something.
But I have 3 different brands "Lexar platinum, Lexar gold 400x and Silicon Power" of 32GB SDHC cards - all work fine on my k-5. So...the only possible difference is the Kingston brand?

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Do not buy memory cards from ebay its just to risky,They sell alot of fakes.
A fake can work in some hardware but not in others, its random.
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Do not buy memory cards from ebay its just to risky,They sell alot of fakes.
A fake can work in some hardware but not in others, its random.
If this is fake, should be not work on my K10D or PC . Card working perfectly on all devices , just not working on K5.

I belive problem on Pentax and not on memory card.

I am try to downgrade my firmware, but i cant do that. I want to try all firmwares step by step.

Any idea how i can downgrade the firmware?

Thanks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zeda3000 Quote
If this is fake, should be not work on my K10D or PC . Card working perfectly on all devices , just not working on K5.

I belive problem on Pentax and not on memory card.

I am try to downgrade my firmware, but i cant do that. I want to try all firmwares step by step.

Any idea how i can downgrade the firmware?

Thanks.
Trying to downgrade firmware is risky as well as it could mess up and freeze.

also i do not know how to downgrade.
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Thanks all

I order diffrent brand name 32gb , this one i put into my BB Z10 mobile phone. Work fine and i have needless 32 gb free storage in my device
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QuoteOriginally posted by zeda3000 Quote
K-5 not give even to format the card. Just not working



If this is counterfeit , why is working on my PC and Pentax K10D ? i don't think that, Pentax add into K5 counterfeit memory card sensor.
QuoteOriginally posted by zeda3000 Quote
If this is fake, should be not work on my K10D or PC . Card working perfectly on all devices , just not working on K5.

I belive problem on Pentax and not on memory card.
There are a number of reasons why a counterfeit card may work in some devices and not others. Mainly they are not made with the same quality control as a major brand genuine card. For instance the card may have more correctable and in-correctable memory errors that genuine manufacturers would have rejected the card. Or the voltage tolerances might be outside the specifications for the interface. The K5 card slot could supply voltages that are within specifications for SD cards but outside what will work for this card. That's why it is why cheaper quality cards work in some devices and not others. That's why cheap card readers work with some cards and not others.

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I am try to downgrade my firmware, but i cant do that. I want to try all firmwares step by step.

Any idea how i can downgrade the firmware?

Thanks.
As far as I know and from what everybody else that asked the same has been told it is not possible outside the factory.
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As i told you before , i have Sony Vaio computer , Using Blackberry Z10 and also additionally i have K10D . Which is mobile phone and Vaio devices has much more better card reading technology against the Pentax K5. I bought from Ebay Kingston 32 Gb Class 10 , which is we can't call the Kingston brand name cheap card.

I found somewhere other kingston micro sd 4 gb class 2 also doesn't work on my Pentax K5.

This is completely approve it, Pentax K5 not updated enough for all type of SD cards in market.

If SD card working in 5 different devices and not only K5 . This is not memory card fault , this is Pentax K5 fault.

Now i order different brand name card. But seems like Pentax not supported Kingston Micro SD Cards. I am not suggest any one to but this card for K5 , until K5 will pop up new firmware.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
There are a number of reasons why a counterfeit card may work in some devices and not others. Mainly they are not made with the same quality control as a major brand genuine card. For instance the card may have more correctable and in-correctable memory errors that genuine manufacturers would have rejected the card. Or the voltage tolerances might be outside the specifications for the interface. The K5 card slot could supply voltages that are within specifications for SD cards but outside what will work for this card. That's why it is why cheaper quality cards work in some devices and not others. That's why cheap card readers work with some cards and not others.



As far as I know and from what everybody else that asked the same has been told it is not possible outside the factory.
That is very true,That is why people should only buy SD cards from approved resellers and not from ebay.
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