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Old Dec 4, 2004, 3:52 PM   #1
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Hi!
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WARNING!!!

I Wan't To say, P L E A S E don't use these modes in FZ20, because it can damage your camera. I've got PM form Panasonic, that answers my questions:

" Pixel refresh mode is a service tool to map out bad pixels. Most DSC's have this - it's no big secet. It's used with a special test chart. IF THIS MODE IS EXECUTED WITHOUT THE CAMERA BEING SET UP CORRECTLY AND W/O THE CHART, YOU CAN MAP OUT HUGE PORTIONS OF THE CCD. The only way to correct this will be to replace the CCD - a very costly repair - very easy for us to identify - and definitely not covered by the warranty.

Firmware can't be copied from one camera to another by any means I'm aware of. The numbers they are reading, and trying to decipher, are basically production date codes. Thus far, no changes in firmware. Firmware changes would be read from the EXIF data.

Certain service modes that people have entered can erase the regional profile <data that distinguishes a US version from a Japanese version and so on.> If that occurs, you'll have a brain dead camera. Basically, if they insist on playing they will be paying! "

So P L E A S E, P L E A S E don't use these menus, and codes!!!!

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(First, sorry for my english...)

I'm playing with my 3 month FZ20, and I went into the service mode...?

The Recording mode Setup menu contains menu called "Pixel Refresh" .

I don't know what is this... When I choose it, the FZ20 start to focus, made a picture and restart. The picture is not stored on the SD card...

When I switch off a big yellow triangle with a "!" mark appears, while switching off.

How can I go back to "normal" mode?

What's doing the "pixel refresh" menu?

I'm confused... Please help...

Firmware:

VER 1.0A:0000

FZ20:008A

08.03 21:23

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Old Dec 4, 2004, 6:06 PM   #2
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May be try the camera reset in the setup menu? There is no such menu selection on mine.
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Old Dec 5, 2004, 12:57 AM   #3
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I try to make full reset in the menu, remove the battery for 1-2 hours, but this menu still remains... (end the jellow triangle too...)
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Old Dec 5, 2004, 1:12 AM   #4
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OK, I find the cure...:



After this, my FZ20 went to normal mode...

But I still want to know what is the Pixel Refresh menu...
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Old Dec 5, 2004, 3:20 AM   #5
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how did you figure that out, this is good to know, i wrote it down for future referance, thank you for input here.
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Old Dec 5, 2004, 9:21 AM   #6
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Please post how you got it in service mode, and how you got this information?

It is not in the manual.

Thanks...

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Old Dec 5, 2004, 9:54 AM   #7
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bob i found out..

i took my fz 20 apart (in about a million peaces now)

there is a little switch right in there bro...no problem flipping it on..

just how the heck do i get this thing back together now?????

your like me bob i like to tinker with stuff too



jk... does sound intresting... huh

please let us know how you got in that mode

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Old Dec 5, 2004, 10:27 AM   #8
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I really have no clue about what Pixel Refresh really does,
but i wonder if it used to map out bad/defective/hot pixels.
Some cameras, like Olympus C-750 etc. have an menu option to map out hot pixelx.
Maybe the FZ20 has a similar feature but it is just hidden under the service menu?
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---I'm deleted these lines, bc. can damage your camera 08-12-2004---


Now, you enter the setup menu, and the 4th page you'll get the pixel refresh submenu.

While you in the "service mode" you can read the firmware version too:

Switch play mode. Set the info display to show all info (ISO, Mode, Histogram etc). At least 1 picture must be on the card. Press thedown button and the burst button in the same time. You will see the firmware version with blue lettets.

If you don't try the pixel refresh menu, just switch off the FZ20. If you use it, you must do the initial settings. (The procedure that I wrote earlier).



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Old Dec 5, 2004, 10:58 PM   #10
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very interesting i tried it and it works ... i saw the pixel refresh it takes a pic or sounds like doin it.. my firmware shows..

ver 1.0A:0000

fz20:008A

08.03.21:23

I had no problem though when i used pixel refresh..




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