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A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)

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A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« on: 02 / March / 2009, 09:34:21 »
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This is the one I tried:
http://lifehacker.com/387380/turn-your-point+and+shoot-into-a-super+camera
 
I DL from http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Downloads#Allbest_Build
 
Used this PowerShot A7101.00AMoved!]a710-100a-0.9.6-715-full.zip[/URL]
 
Unzipped  and d ragged the CDHK folder as well, vers.req ,ps.fir, discboot.bin  then put the card back in the camera and started it in view mode and scolled down to the bottom to look for firmware . It was no there.
 
I did delete the ver.req folder I created to when I went to check what firmware version I had. No sort of dazed and confused ;-)

Here is how I created the ver.req folder :
Q. How can I get the original firmware version number of my camera?A. To get the version number, you need to:

create a file called ver.req in the root directory of your SD card. If you're using Notepad on Windows, be sure you don't name it "ver.req.txt" by changing "Save as type" to display "all files". IMPORTANT: Note that it is spelled ver.req, as in VERsion REQuest, that Q is NOT a G, Type it correctly!!! switch on the camera in playback mode and wait for the main screen (don't switch on in rec mode and change to playback later) press the func set+disp. buttons together (press set first, hold it down, then press disp.).
You will see a string like Firmware Ver GM1.00E. The 1.00E part is the firmware version.
ver.req is just an empty dummy file.


I did not use notepad I just opened up up the card using the card reader and then created a new folder and renamed it to ver.req after that I followed the instructions to find out what firmware my camera was, as I mentioned it was Firmware 1.0.0.0

Next I tried below:




So the SD card should be completely empty when I do this? (remove all photos and videos)? Also my firmware version says its 1.0.0.0 and the webpages show that somthing else should be showing like 1.0a or 1.0e I see nothing like that on my camera?
 
 I dragged and dropped these files into the SD card using a card reader:


Then I followed your instructions on how to install the firmware >camera in review mode>turn on>menu>up button once> but no firmware update was shown (anywhere)

Update:
Still screwing with this, so far I have tried creating a folder on the SD card called vers.req and then extracted the files to it and tried that. Still nothing shows up on the camera screen when I check for firmware update. Also as the instructions have stated you might try pressing your playpack botton twice in 2 sec intervals (still nothing)

Next I removed everything from the card and this time I created a folder named ver.req and went through the same steps as mentioned above. Still no firmware update would show up. At this point I'm LOST.

As I mentioned to check the camers firmware version it states to create a folder and name it ver.req or vers.req and then hold down the set and then the disp buttons while the camea is in review mode. It states that I sould see a firmware version  somthing like GM1.00a THAT I DO NOT. The only firmware version that shows up on the camera is version 1.0.0.0 and nothing else. This also will show up even if I do not have the folder ver.req or vers.req loaded in on the SD card.

My next thought was perhaps that I need a firmware update from Canon so I went into there site to check if anything was available for XP and it showed no firmware updates are available.

Any ideas?

TIA,
John

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Offline whim

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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #1 on: 02 / March / 2009, 09:57:54 »
You need to create a FILE called version.req, not a FOLDER

the Wiki FAQ might be usefull too: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ#Q._How_can_I_get_the_original_firmware_version_number_of_my_camera.3F

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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #2 on: 02 / March / 2009, 10:05:11 »
Thanks I will try and figure that out and will be back  :lol

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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #3 on: 02 / March / 2009, 10:17:55 »
OK I have done this:

Another way to create this file: make an empty text file with Notepad and rename it to "ver.req".

**Yet another way to create the file is to open the memory card in My Computer, right click inside the window and select New... and then Text Document. An empty text document will be created and you can rename it to "ver.req" (be sure to have windows display the file-extension, otherwise it will become "ver.req.txt"). **


I did not reformat the card prior to doing it. I then turned on the camera in Review mode and held down the set button followed by the DISP button and I show Firmware Version 1.0.0.0 and nothing else? Is that correct? From what I have read the firmware should read somthing else???



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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #4 on: 02 / March / 2009, 10:38:10 »
You are placing the file in:  :haha
G:\DCIM\100CANON

It should be on the root directory:
G:\

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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #5 on: 02 / March / 2009, 10:54:09 »
You mean this?????? It showed firm update to gm1.00a so now I did somthing right I hope?? Now what is next?

MANY MANY THANKS!


« Last Edit: 02 / March / 2009, 10:56:05 by jjr »

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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #6 on: 02 / March / 2009, 11:05:31 »
OK now if I just turn the camera on to use it the update does not work and the camera is in the stock configuration. So If I wish to use the CHDK I start the camera in review mode and select the updated firmware. Once I do that I can switch to photo mode and I see the update info in the screen.

I notice that I can now ZOOM digitally when doing a video which is great. Also I see a white line halfway across the bottom of the LCD? Would that line be the battery status?

I did not install the full version of CHDK should I do so? The main reason I wanted use the CHDK was to be able to make longer videoa as well as used the digital zoom.

Can I also used this software if I update to a larger SD card? Now I'm using the Transcend 2gb 150x card. But was thinking about going to a 16gb Class 6?

Thanks,
John

Some other questions:
The firmware now shows up as GM1.00A and if I click the DISP button again it shows more info  ADJ. VER. 005.000 Zoom Lens Error

I do not understand what the Zoom Lens Error means but I just tried digitally zooming while making a video and it worked great! Also tried the Zoom with aphoto and that worked fine also?

Should I be worried about the Zoom error?

I did not do the full CHDK but just the small version.
« Last Edit: 02 / March / 2009, 11:22:21 by jjr »

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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #7 on: 02 / March / 2009, 12:53:14 »
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Also I see a white line halfway across the bottom of the LCD? Would that line be the battery status?
That would be the memory space indicator. They developed it because when you shoot RAW, the Canon firmware doesn't give you a good estimate of remaining memory, because it doesn't know that the RAW files are there. The battery indicator has the shape of an AA battery.

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I did not install the full version of CHDK should I do so?
The full version contains some CHDK's folders with examples of SCRIPTS, GRIDS etc. Also different FONTS and LANG files.

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Should I be worried about the Zoom error?
Not at all. This error means that somewhere in the past you touched the lens and forced the motors enought for the camera to register it as an error. But it doesn't mean there is a malfunction with the camera, just try not to touch the retracting lens.


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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #8 on: 02 / March / 2009, 13:09:32 »
Oh I see, I bet that happened some time ago when the camera turned on when it was in its carring case. Of course the lens could not come out and perhaps that caused the error......

Thanks for the other info!!!!!!!!

One more question, I just figured out that by locking the SD card the camera will start in CHDK mode. What I have noticed is that while in that mode and I zoom while in movie mode I get the zoom motor noise. This I never heard when I had the camera in the OEM configuration.

Could it be that the OEM config the zoom in movie mode only works digitally and when the camera is in CHDk mode the zoom works both optically and digitally?

Here is what my files now look like on the SD card:



« Last Edit: 02 / March / 2009, 13:12:34 by jjr »

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Re: A710 IS CHDK ( Need some help doing the hack)
« Reply #9 on: 02 / March / 2009, 13:18:49 »
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Could it be that the OEM config the zoom in movie mode only works digitally and when the camera is in CHDk mode the zoom works both optically and digitally?

correct... if you don't want the zoom noise, activate 'Mute on zoom' (in the video menu)

wim

 

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