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07-12-2007, 02:44 PM   #1
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firmware upgrade on istDS

Hi there,

This post is regarding the firmware update for a Pentax *istDS to version
2.02, I did it yesterday because mine was 1.00 and I have some questions about the features. I already sent a message to Pentax in the US asking the same thing and hope they give an answer but in the meanwhile I am going to keep searching.

So, here it is the situation:

The whole process ran without problems as described in the README file
but after turn it back on to use it I realized that a whole reconfiguration of
personal parameters was necesary (this point does not appear in the
procedure). Anyway, after reconfigure it, I clicked "Fn" button and saw
something different in the navigation menu.

At the "UP arrow" that selects shooting mode the rectangle is always colored green, as well as the letters "AWB" from the "LEFT arrow" which selects white balance.

The thing is that I can access the shooting mode submenu by pressing the
up arrow button but I CAN NOT access the "AWB" submenu. I pressed
left arrow and nothing happened. I try to get this functionality through another
option via "MENU" and there is none.

I wonder is this is correct, and in such case, how am I going to select
the white balance from now on?

J.

07-12-2007, 02:57 PM   #2
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AWB is fixed if the camera is in PICT modes.
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If memory servers me right the non selectable options were grayed out in one of the firmware updates, so perhaps this is the case.
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Thank you both.

As soon as I could I changed PICT mode to M and test it, finally everything was as I knew it. I never thought to try that.

Regards.
J.

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My experience was AWB was greyed out unless cam was in RAW mode,took me a while to figure that one out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by j.mbwun Quote
Hi there,

Anyway, after reconfigure it, I clicked "Fn" button and saw
something different in the navigation menu.

At the "UP arrow" that selects shooting mode the rectangle is always colored green, as well as the letters "AWB" from the "LEFT arrow" which selects white balance.

The thing is that I can access the shooting mode submenu by pressing the
up arrow button but I CAN NOT access the "AWB" submenu. I pressed
left arrow and nothing happened. I try to get this functionality through another
option via "MENU" and there is none.

I wonder is this is correct, and in such case, how am I going to select
the white balance from now on?

J.
In PICT modes or Autopict, most menu options are locked down. In earlier versions of the firmware, the camera allowed you to access these options, and make setting changes, but the camera ignored the changes you made. So you thought you were changing settings and in reality you were not. It was causing a lot of confusion. In one of the later firmware upgrades, I forget which one specifically, Pentax greyed out all options you can not set for the given mode you are in. So if you are in Autopict, for example, most options on the record menu will be greyed out. Also, Fn menu items will be locked out.

Hope this helps some.
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