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12-03-2009, 04:04 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by er1kksen Quote
A week or two ago I bought a set of "Rayovac 4.0" Ni-MH rechargeables advertised as being particularly good in digital cameras. I charged them up, set the K-x to Ni-MH, popped them in and turned it on with the lens disengaged to "trick the camera." No matter what I did, the battery meter read empty. I pulled them out and stuck them on a shelf where they've been sitting ever since.

After updating my firmware just now, I popped them back in the camera and the meter reads green. You can call me a happy customer.
good to hear! i have two sets of rayovac 4.0's on the way! HA! i do have two sets of brand new eneloops too.

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It's not much trouble and it fixes some potential problems. So yes, it's worth it.
Thanks,
... wondering as well: if the new version 1.01 causes bugs, can one switch back to the original version?
I am paranoid, sorry.
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Just received my K-x in the mail today, very excited. Started taking pictures and messing around and within a hour it was telling me the batteries were depleted. Sigh....So I got on here to read about the battery fixes and found out that there was a firmware update. So I installed it and BAM no more problems. Now I am a very very happy new K-x owner.
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Thanks,
... wondering as well: if the new version 1.01 causes bugs, can one switch back to the original version?
I am paranoid, sorry.
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There has been no 1.0 file released, so unless Pentax releases one... no.

Btw, in your original post you said K-7... did you mean K-x? I was a little confused by that.

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Excellent. I just bought a K-x for my wife for Christmas. I had some concerns about the battery issue, but this will fix it. Thanks, Pentax. (By the way, it is really a cool little camera. It just arrived today from B&H.)
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A couple things I noticed - Contrast Detect AF is now much faster - before it used to go beyond "in focus" focus to nearly the other end, before zooming back.

Now it only goes a bit past "in focus" then snaps back!

In phase-detect AF LV, when in AF-C, it no longer flips the mirror like 2 times to take a picture, only flips it once like it should.

I will update my wishlist thread.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/79015-k-x-firmware-wishlist.html

As for batteries, my 5+ year old energizer 2650 batteries are red in auto mode but can take pictures, use LV, and video fine while staying red. When in NiMH mode, they are green.

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ahh the placebo effects of firmware updates are great


I think I got another stop of noise performance!
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ahh the placebo effects of firmware updates are great


I think I got another stop of noise performance!
Seriously, the placebo effect is real, especially if you describe in detail the difference.

My personal experience with "placebo", I get a slight rush for a while until I have a mysterious "crash". Is that fake?

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Had some 10yo 1700 Nimh batteries that wouldn't turn on the camera AT ALL. After updating to the new firmware, the camera wakes up with orange battery indicator. I think it is safe to say that Pentax has permanently fixed this battery problem.
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Their unpacker doesn't work under Windows 7, both 32 and 64 bit.
Wonder why they couldn't just put out a Zip file - especially since that's just what their "Mac" download is. Anyway, just wanted to say, updating now...
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Yeah, just download the mac version. The two format download is one of the stupidest things I've seen in a while for software distribution. I guess certain people need work to keep the economy going.
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I used winrar to extract the exe myself by right clicking.

I believe free 7-zip will do the same which is a great unzipping tool.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pbo Quote
Their unpacker doesn't work under Windows 7, both 32 and 64 bit.
Wonder why they couldn't just put out a Zip file - especially since that's just what their "Mac" download is. Anyway, just wanted to say, updating now...
I'm using win 7 64 bit and it worked for me... just saying... might be a singular issue here.
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Their unpacker doesn't work under Windows 7, both 32 and 64 bit.
Wonder why they couldn't just put out a Zip file - especially since that's just what their "Mac" download is. Anyway, just wanted to say, updating now...

Like another poster, I'm also on Win 7 64bit, main and only user account, worked fine.

Double clicking the .exe file I got the standard user account control window asking if I want to run it. Then after selecting yes, I get a extractor window with install directory.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pbo Quote
Their unpacker doesn't work under Windows 7, both 32 and 64 bit.
Wonder why they couldn't just put out a Zip file - especially since that's just what their "Mac" download is. Anyway, just wanted to say, updating now...
Worked fine for me in Win7 32 bit - run as administrator.

Didn't have battery issues with my Eneloops or Hybrios, but can confirm that some old 1600mah NiMhs that wouldn't power the K-x before now are at least able to wake it up.
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