Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS

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Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« on: 30 / August / 2018, 22:21:56 »
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Going to a star party tomorrow night. Found the CHDK site today. Got camera's firmware info by connecting to PC: 1-14.0.1.0. That doesn't match anything I can find on <www.mighty-Hoernsche,de> (Disp. + Func. Set buttons don't show it.) HELP!

Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #1 on: 30 / August / 2018, 23:04:25 »
That's not the firmware version.   

Use this utility : ACID or one of the other methods from the CHDK Wiki
Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16

Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #2 on: 31 / August / 2018, 14:43:35 »
To Waterwingz:
Thank you very much for the quick reply. Using your recommendation, I determined that my camera is a Firmware 1.00F. Unfortunately, there  seems to be no CHDK available for it. I found two versions of a "Build" in the list from Mighty-Hoernische.DE, but neither works for me.
I'll talk to the other folks at the star party about affordable alternative cameras.
Again, thank you...
Geezer6711

Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #3 on: 31 / August / 2018, 14:50:38 »
Thank you very much for the quick reply. Using your recommendation, I determined that my camera is a Firmware 1.00F. Unfortunately, there  seems to be no CHDK available for it.
I'm not sure why you think that?  CHDK for the SX60 firmware 1.00f is available from here : CHDK Downloads
« Last Edit: 31 / August / 2018, 14:53:47 by waterwingz »
Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16


Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #4 on: 31 / August / 2018, 15:49:19 »
https://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?topic=13525.msg138026#msg138026
I formatted the SD card in the camera, verified that it was FAT32, and extracted the CHDK zipped files directly to the card. However, the camera doesn’t recognize anything on that card when I turn on the picture review function.
I have to hit the road toward the star party, so I won’t be able to try your latest suggestion until sometime tonight. But, I really appreciate that you’re trying to help me make this work.
Hmmm ... thanks for the PM.  I'll respond in the main forum.

Using CHDK is not as simple as just copying the files to your SD card. You are missing a few steps here.

There are two methods to get CHDK to load, described in painful detail here :  Prepare your SD Card

The first method (Firmware Update) is not available on many of the more recent cameras, including the SX60. That leaves the SD Card Lock method - described on the wiki page linked above.  You can save some time by just reading the info in the blue box at the top of that webpage and using either of the suggested utilities.  They will configure your SD card correctly and install CHDK for you.  Then all you need to do is put the little lock switch on your SD card into the locked position before you insert it into your camera.  CHDK will load automatically from that point forward.

Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16

Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #5 on: 02 / September / 2018, 13:10:40 »
This "help forum" is all mysterious to me; hope I'm doing it right...
Waterwingz:
The "stick" link you told me about took me back to mighty-hoernische.de/trunk. I followed the steps to confirm the firmware version and configure the SD card by letting STICK analyze the metadata from a .jpg file.. But, I ran into a wall (screenshot attached) part way through the process. I tried the card in the camera anyway, but I forgot the part about locking the card. I removed the card, locked it, reinstalled it, and then powered up the camera again. Nothing different.
Should I reformat the card in the camera, and then start again?
Hope I'm not being a bother...Geezer6711

Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #6 on: 02 / September / 2018, 13:23:51 »
But, I ran into a wall (screenshot attached) part way through the process.
Looking at the screen shot, you either have an older version of STICK or Dave Mitchell ( @zeno ) is a bit behind with updates.

To use CHDK with your SX60 while we sort that out, you need the 1.5 release of CHDK.  Download it from here :

http://mighty-hoernsche.de/trunk/  (the COMPLETE or FULL version)

and follow these instructions to load it :

STICKX : Unofficial Builds

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Hope I'm not being a bother...Geezer6711
Not at all.  We've helped hundreds of patient photographers down this path.  And a few not so patient ones too  :haha
Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16

Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #7 on: 09 / September / 2018, 10:38:55 »
Dear Waterwingz:
Again, I really appreciate all,your time and patience with me.
I was not able to complete the installation of the CHDK firmware last
     weekend, but I did win a telescope, so I'm really eager to use my Canon
     PowerShot SX60 HS for photos through it going forward.
 Here are the steps I used in my attempts to load the CHDK:
+Formatted the SD Disk with the camera
+Used Stick and a photo to determine that camera's firmware was 1.00F
+Downloaded the 1.5 release, full version, and extracted the files to the SD
     card
+Continued the preparation of the SD card, but process stopped at the next
     step where the card was supposed to be recognized and add'l files
     transferred
+Tried the same procedure again, but with SD card formatted to FAT32 by
     computer. Never got beyond same point.
+Put SD card in camera with lock slider in place just to see what would happen. Nothing.
I really need a complete set of instructions, in one step-by-step list if this
      is ever going to work.
Again, I thank you for your patience.
Geezer6711


Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #8 on: 09 / September / 2018, 12:09:09 »
+Downloaded the 1.5 release, full version, and extracted the files to the SD
     card
Formatting the card to FAT32 is the right thing to do.  But while it should not have hurt anything, you don't need to extract the files to the SD card - STICK will do that for you.  Which makes me suspect you skipped a step or two? 

Here's the (edited) steps for using STICK with an unsupported build :

  • first you need to determine the firmware version of your camera (done - 1.00f)
  • next you have to download the zipfile containing the build in question (done - from the autobuild sx60hs-100f-1.5.0-5099-full_ALPHA.zip  (717KB)).
  • having downloaded the zip file, copy it to the folder containing STICK and rename it to: test102c.zip   ( filename =  test100f.zip in your case).
  • finally, run STICK again. (Note that on Windows you need to click on the stickx.cmd file - not any of the other files or icons as they will only appear to work and will fail. STICK needs admin privileges. )
  • This time STICK should find the zip file, check that it has a name matching the firmware version of your camera and unzip the zip file ready to install it on a card.  (did this happen?)
  • STICK should then display that it is at "Step 3: Analyse Card"(did this happen?)
  • and you should be able to successfully prepare a card and install the build.


Post the answers to my questions (above) and we will figure out what to do next.  It's most likely something simple that is not obvious to you.
« Last Edit: 09 / September / 2018, 12:12:34 by waterwingz »
Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16

Re: Can't find firmware version Power Shot SX60 HS
« Reply #9 on: 10 / September / 2018, 13:43:31 »
Thank you again, Waterwingz:
Up to this point, I have not been able to get past the point where STICK is expected to recognize the SD card. Each time I've gotten something like "card???".
Today I can't even get that far:
+I formatted the SD card again to be absolutely sure that it was FAT32.
+I put one photo on there for STICK's benefit. There are no other files on that card that I know about.
+I copied the autobuild sx60hs-100f-1.5.0-5099-full_ALPHA.zip file (un-extracted, just as I got it) to the same folder on my computer that has all the other previously unpacked STICK files.
+I renamed that autobuild file, "test100f.zip".
+I activated the stickx file. It doesn't say "stickx.cmd" but it is shown to be a COMMAND file. I associated Microsoft Word with the file type, when prompted. When I tried to open stickx, the result was several pages of machine language but no recognizable references to the STICK process. That is, the STICK APP did not open, and no other APP opened.
So, that's where I am today...and you're right: I must still be leaving out some steps.
Geezer6711

 

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