Canon EOS 20D Firmware Update Available Tomorrow (Fri)

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Phil Wheeler, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. Phil Wheeler

    Phil Wheeler Guest

    Posted this morning at dpreview 20D, etc. Forum:
    This is purported (by the source of the above info) to fix the 20D
    lockup issue.

    Phil
     
    Phil Wheeler, Sep 30, 2004
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  2. Phil Wheeler

    Skip M Guest

    Why the heck does it require a card reader? I have one, but that seems
    weird...
    Of course, I could go look at DPReview...
     
    Skip M, Oct 1, 2004
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  3. Phil Wheeler

    Mark M Guest

    Because you have to write the file to the card...

    Perhaps it needs a card that isn't formatted by the camera yet?
     
    Mark M, Oct 1, 2004
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  4. SNIP
    2. Improves communication reliability when using some CF cards.?

    Bart
     
    Bart van der Wolf, Oct 1, 2004
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  5. Phil Wheeler

    Tony Guest

    Says more about your lack of intelligence.
     
    Tony, Oct 1, 2004
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  6. Phil Wheeler

    Phil Wheeler Guest

    Really what it says is that Canon is very responsive: Bug was reported
    13 days ago.
     
    Phil Wheeler, Oct 1, 2004
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  7. Phil Wheeler

    Phil Wheeler Guest

    I just assumed English was not his first (or second) language :)

    Phil
     
    Phil Wheeler, Oct 1, 2004
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  8. Phil Wheeler

    Paul J Gans Guest

    You download the update to your computer. You put the CF card
    into the card reader and write the update onto it. You then
    put the card into the camera. It checks the card and notes
    that it contains an update and then updates.

    That's the skeleton of the procedure. I've not seen the
    actual 20D procedure, but I'll bet that's roughly the way
    it goes.

    ----- Paul J. Gans
     
    Paul J Gans, Oct 1, 2004
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  9. Phil Wheeler

    Skip M Guest

    You mean it uploads on its own? 'Cause I don't know how to get it to do so
    if it doesn't...Not much in the manual about uploading from a CF to the
    camera. I know about d/l to a card from the computer.
     
    Skip M, Oct 1, 2004
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  10. Phil Wheeler

    Mark M Guest

    That precisely what it does.
    The camera automatically recognizes the type of file on power-up, and
    automatically runs it...performing the firmware update.
    This is exactly how updates worked (work) on the D30, D60, and 10D.
    It is a very simple operation.
     
    Mark M, Oct 1, 2004
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  11. That's pretty much how the G2 updates its firmware, if you've got a CF
    reader. When you turn the camera on, it looks at the card. If it sees
    a particular sort of file on the card, the camera knows that it's new
    firmware and loads it.

    If you don't have the reader, Canon supplies some host code that will
    transfer the new firmware file onto a CF card through the G2,
    essentially using the camera as a card reader. So you don't need a
    card reader for a G2 update.

    So why doesn't the 20D do this? Maybe Canon hasn't had time to write
    the special host code for the 20D. Maybe Canon figures that everyone
    who owns a 20D has at least one CF reader. Who knows?

    Dave
     
    Dave Martindale, Oct 1, 2004
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  12. More likely it says the camera was rushed out without proper testing in
    the first place, and that bug-fix was already in the works when the camera
    was released.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Oct 1, 2004
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  13. Phil Wheeler

    Skip M Guest

    Ah, another electronic marvel! <G>
     
    Skip M, Oct 1, 2004
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  14. Phil Wheeler

    Skip M Guest

    Oh, it's had proper testing, all right. We end users are doing for Canon,
    even as we speak...
     
    Skip M, Oct 1, 2004
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  15. Phil Wheeler

    Phil Wheeler Guest

    If like other Canons, there is a firmware update item in the menu. It
    may not appear unless the camera detects a CF card with new firmware.

    The instructions will be with the update download (I've updated F/W in
    other Canons -- S1 IS and 300D -- but not 20D). It is a very
    straightforward process. Key is to start with a well-charged battery.

    Phil
     
    Phil Wheeler, Oct 1, 2004
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  16. Phil Wheeler

    Phil Wheeler Guest

    Does it really matter if the cup is half full or half empty?
    Speculation is a waste of time. The final outcome is what matters.

    Phil
     
    Phil Wheeler, Oct 1, 2004
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  17. Phil Wheeler

    Paul J Gans Guest

    When you turn the camera on it checks to the CF card. I
    assume that it reads the directory structure to see if it
    is a proper card.

    I'm guessing that if it finds a file with a certain name,
    it assumes that it is a firmware update and goes ahead
    and does the update.

    Don't forget that there's a fairly powerful computer in
    the camera.

    ---- Paul J. Gans
     
    Paul J Gans, Oct 1, 2004
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  18. Phil Wheeler

    Big Bill Guest

    There are *always* fixes to be made, new things to add.
    At some point, the product has to actually be put on the market.
    IMO, it's kinda unproductive to complain that Canon (or any other
    company) issues fixes. I've seen companies that simply refuse to admit
    that their products have faults. Believe me, a fix is better than
    that.

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
     
    Big Bill, Oct 1, 2004
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  19. I agree. However, I don't think that a fix that was released in 13 days
    was not already in the works.... Either that, or the fix itself has had
    completely insufficient testing!

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Oct 1, 2004
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  20. Phil Wheeler

    Jer Guest


    "PAGE NOT FOUND"

    Whoa! That link didn't stay up very long!
     
    Jer, Oct 1, 2004
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