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10-03-2007, 11:08 PM   #1
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OK. Dumb K10D firmware question

I got my K10D in Australia in February. I've never upgraded the firmware for two reasons:

(a) I am not sure if it offers any real advantage.
(b) I am very scared of doing it as I am told if I stuff it up, the camera might be ruined and will not be covered by warranty.

I know if I do it, I must have a fully charged battery.

Do I simply download the firmware onto a card at the pentax site (I will be using a card reader...not the camera), and then put the card into the K10D and turn it on? Is it that simple?

Am I an idiot??? *grins*


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10-03-2007, 11:36 PM   #2
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From Pentax themselves: PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA INFORMATION PAPER
The instructions are there (I've also copied them here). And yes, DO use a fully charged battery.

Updating Procedure

1. Provide a formated SD memory card for the update software (with at least
16MB of available memory space).
The downloaded file is self-extracting.
The following files are extracted.

readme.txt : this document
fwdc162b.bin : Firmware

Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc162b.bin] to the root directory in
the SD card.
If your computer does not have a card slot, you can copy the firmware
update file by inserting the SD card into your camera and then connecting
the camera directly to your computer.

2. If the camera power is on, turn it off.

3. Insert the update SD 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 / 1.10 / 1.11 / 1.20
UPDATE VERSION 1.30

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 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:1.30"
The camera automatically starts up after about 5 seconds.

(Caution)
When updating is finished, the update SD 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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Hmmmm...I'm still nervous....but thanks for your post. It's very helpful :-)
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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.


Oh yeah, I forgot to add, do not start to panic and think that you've screwed up, if it feels like it has taken more than 90 seconds and/or appears to be frozen.

Everything should turn out fine; I speak from experience

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Mine took about 180 seconds to go from 1.10 to 1.30. Just leave it, it'll be fine.
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