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11-27-2016, 10:46 AM - 1 Like   #16
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If you don't need the new features and you haven't noticed any problems then it ain't broke, so no need to fix it.

11-27-2016, 12:28 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by zzeitg Quote
That says that you should place the downloaded firmware file directly on top level of the card folder structure. I.e. if your SD card is indicated in your PC as drive E:, you should copy the .bin file directly to E: (not into any subfolder).
zzeitg is correct. Simply left click on the .bin file and drag it to the letter that represents your SD card. Return card to camera slot, and follow remaining directions.
Nothing to worry about... if you have a full battery and follow the simple directions. I, personally have never had problems created by updating firmware. You can do it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jlstrawman Quote
zzeitg is correct. Simply left click on the .bin file and drag it to the letter that represents your SD card. Return card to camera slot, and follow remaining directions.
But don't forget to eject the card using the relevant tray icon before physically removing it, or you can end up with corrupted media.
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QuoteOriginally posted by victormeldrew Quote
If you don't need the new features and you haven't noticed any problems then it ain't broke, so no need to fix it.
If only it was that simple! There's always a little note at the end of the update information that says "plus improvements to reliability and stability", or words to that effect.

Anything that involves complex computer coding inevitably has a few little traps (mostly inadvertent) that many (if not most) users will never invoke, but you wouldn't want to have it happen to you.

Those traps are winkled out over time, and fixed with firmware upgrades.

Whenever I see those words ("if it ain't broke, don't fix it"), I'm reminded of the man falling off the skyscraper, who was heard to say as he passed each floor: "So far, so good"!

There are no guarantees, but you can manage the odds in your favour. Proven upgrades are one way of doing that.

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I've done around 9 firmware upgrades on 4 cameras and it has always worked, but I hold my breath every time.
I have done even more covering the K5, K5ll, K3 and K50. Like Just 1MoreDave I have never had any trouble and, especially having worked with computer software (apps) for nearly 40 years, like Dave I hold my breath every time.

However, try not to be the first to upgrade to a brand new firmware version. Leave it for, say, a couple of weeks, unless there is a pressing need to upgrade sooner. If there are any problems they will soon get notified in the forum. Also, if the latest version has been issued some time ago, it is still sensible to ask there are any known issues for that version via the forum for your Pentax model..... just in case. Finally, do follow the instructions for your model. If you do not understand anything, especially terms, then again ask. These are the kind of queries forums are generally good at answering, especially for new members and new owners. Besides you never know how many newbies you are helping, because because they are to shy to ask what seems to be very basic questions in case they appear silly.

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There is also the issue of folks coming in with some problem, and the solution is in the updates. At some point you may have to upgrade anyway, why not get it over with? The things the updates address are real issues. They don't do it just because they think it's fun.
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Mike, I'm just not "tech" savy enough to have confidence to try it. I've never been able to unzip a file (which I'd have to do with the update), so that worries me. Yes, I've had several "unzip" programs, to no avail for my limited experience with computers. I have no one around that could do it for me, either.
Carol, What computer do you have Windows or Mac? I use a Mac that has an SD card slot and the update is basically as easy as download file into the downloads folder, open the downloads folder and just drag and drop the file into the SD card which I formatted first on my K-3. From that point the loading the file in the camera is as easy as following the directions. It is strongly recommended to have a fully charged battery but the upgrade took no more than 2 to 4 minutes. If you have a windows computer the download and copy to SD card process may be different.
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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
It is for me; for instance:

"Make sure that the .bin file is at the root level of the card"

I don't understand this at all. Anyway I'm covered; a very kind fellow member is going to send me the update already on an SD card, so that eliminates any struggles for me to get the update! The members here, are the best!
Glad to hear you found help with this FW update. I have also skipped updates that I felt were not necessary but this one is definitely worth upgrading your K-3. This will also catch you up on any updates you may have missed. There was one other important one earlier that prepped the camera for the teleconverter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jddwoods Quote
Glad to hear you found help with this FW update. I have also skipped updates that I felt were not necessary but this one is definitely worth upgrading your K-3. This will also catch you up on any updates you may have missed. There was one other important one earlier that prepped the camera for the teleconverter.
Thanks! I'm using Windows (your earlier question). Getting the format already on the SD card will make it so much easier for me. I will make sure that I have a fully charged battery, when I do this.

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If you can manage to download the file and unzip it onto your sd card take it to a pentax dealer and they should be able to show you how

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If you can manage to download the file and unzip it onto your sd card take it to a pentax dealer and they should be able to show you how

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With the unzipped file on the SD card, coming to me from another member; the rest should not be difficult. BTW, there are no Pentax dealers around here at all.
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