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Old Jan 6, 2010, 10:17 AM   #1
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Default How Oly should do the firmware process

became real clear to me after upgrading the firmware in my Panny L1. Panny has you download the upgrade to your computer, copy it to the SD card, and then put the SD card in the camera to execute the upgrade. The camera will not process the upgrade unless it detects that the battery is fully charged.

This process is way less likely to produce a bricked camera than Oly's process, especially for new users. I suspect other camera manufacturers also use this process - I don't understand why Oly doesn't.

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Old Jan 6, 2010, 10:30 AM   #2
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became real clear to me after upgrading the firmware in my Panny L1. Panny has you download the upgrade to your computer, copy it to the SD card, and then put the SD card in the camera to execute the upgrade. The camera will not process the upgrade unless it detects that the battery is fully charged.

This process is way less likely to produce a bricked camera than Oly's process, especially for new users. I suspect other camera manufacturers also use this process - I don't understand why Oly doesn't.

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I fully concur. But then, why does Oly persist in using the xD card? Go figger.
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Hi Ted

Yeah .. i've never understood why they never switched to just download the update to CF and away you go. I do wonder what would Oly do i their current process bricked your cam or lens ... what they swap it or repair it at their expense ?

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well I am going to side with oly on this one and say anyone doing a firmware update should also possess the basic knowledge that your battery should be fully charged, as it states in the literature. Olympus can flash your camera if you brick it IIRC.
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olympus is starting to leave the xd in their p&s, and they are the only ones with entry level dslr that accept cf cards. Which is better then SDHC.
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well I am going to side with oly on this one
I'm also with Oly the way they do the firmware process. I've been using computers before 1980, so I have a LOT experience updating firmware.

Oly's process prevents installing the wrong or counterfeit firmware.

For instance, I once got a firmware for a modem, and I accidentally got one for use in Australia. Because they have a different phone system I couldn't use the modem with that firmware. I was lucky that time though I was able to install the North American version and have a working modem again.

Another instance I was updating the firmware for my laptop's DVD drive...I accidentally got a counterfeit firmware and I got a boat anchor...I couldn't go to the producer of the counterfeit firmware and sue for damages, and the manufacturer of the drive wouldn't touch it since it wasn't OEM software. Oly's method of updating firmware would have prevented that!
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olympus is starting to leave the xd in their p&s, and they are the only ones with entry level dslr that accept cf cards. Which is better then SDHC.
I figure the maximum 2 GB size of the XD card is going to severely cramp anyone's style in shooting video with file sizes rising, and I would also imagine the (lack of) speed in XD cards is a big hamper in shooting HD video.

It's just a bad card and has been a bad card for a while now. Going forward, keeping it would severely limit their ability to compete in the digicam market.
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I think Olympus method is good, as stated before you canít make a mistake.
Olympus does download firmware 1st before installing to camera or lens.
And anyone doing firmware upgrade should understand the process. I have done firmware upgrades loads of times in different devices but still have my heart beating all the time lol.
I had a Philips go gear that I bricked and pc could not see it as a usb device, but they have a reset button on device which allowed it to be recognised as a usb device this allowed me to re-install firmware update.
I think all firmware should have this ability at least.
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I figure the maximum 2 GB size of the XD card
When xD was first developed they stated the maximum capacity of it was 8gig, but for some reason they never developed it past 2gig.
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When xD was first developed they stated the maximum capacity of it was 8gig, but for some reason they never developed it past 2gig.
Limited user, not worth the cost to develop.
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