Thanks again for your time.
However, i am having no success here.
When using Stick i have to choose either stable or dev version and Stick then finds a valid version which
happens to be 102c.
So unless there is a way of forcing it, it uses a released version.
i can see no apparent way to direct Stick to use the supplied .zip file even if renamed to test102c.
I have tried extracting the zip into the diectory called trunk chdk and used the same folder name that stick created for a released download, stick then says its already downloaded "use it".
If i try this it goes through the motions and apparently completes, but has several folders missing.
with the card locked the camera gets stuck on the blue canon screen and you have to remove the power to reset. copying the missing folders from a prev version allows cam to start but with "card locked" error (in playback mode), and there is no option to update firmware from the menu.