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Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!

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Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« on: 15 / February / 2011, 06:17:31 »
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Just CANNOT make the card bootable in my Powershot SX 30 IS ! here is what I did today ( 14th attempt by the way!!);-

re formatted the 32Gig card on pc and chose FAT16. re-installed CHDK on card. Checked build in Powershot SX30-all OK ( 100l version)

Went into CHDK menu....other stuff...."make card bootable" selected it with highlight--pressed "SET" button--nothing happens--still NOT bootable.

Surely someone out there must have SOME knowledge on this?  ( pleeeees)

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Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #1 on: 15 / February / 2011, 07:05:36 »
hulland - i suggest to read the CHDK FAQ and the CHDK User Manual instead of flooding the forum with bullshit posts  >:(

--> http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ
--> http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_User_Manual

Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #2 on: 15 / February / 2011, 07:31:36 »
Many thanks for your polite and inspirational reply! I was merely trying to ascertain if there were any issues with the CHDK that was recently in Beta development. A polite request to stop posting here would have been more than sufficient to explain that no one could help. Resorting to crude and obscene expletives was surely unnecessary?

Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #3 on: 15 / February / 2011, 07:50:18 »
from FAQ:
If you have a card larger than 4 GB, the solution is to create two partitions on your card: a small FAT16 partition, and a larger FAT32 partition. (The FAT16 partition can be very small, like 2 MB, and must be the first partition on the card.) You would then install the CHDK boot files (DISKBOOT.BIN and possibly PS.FIR) on the FAT16 partition, and everything else on the FAT32 one.

fe50 was very polite, btw, this IS described in FAQ and in many posts


Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #4 on: 15 / February / 2011, 08:08:06 »
Thanks for an intelligent and helpful reply micklesh. I actually find it a really confusing area, with all the downloads ( ie CHDK, ACID as well as the various sections, stages, bits, wikis, etc. the starting point for all this is a bit elusive and disorganised.)
( By the way no-one who has such a restricted vocabulary that they have to resort to the words such as "bull [admin: avoid swearing please]" to reply to genuine questions, to encapsulate their meaning, is being polite, by any stretch of the imagination !)

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Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #5 on: 15 / February / 2011, 09:29:07 »
@hulland

Most forums about GPL software are confusing and anarchistic ...

I would suggest in general to try and find a posted question that seems similar to ones own problem.
Since I think your problem is making your cam bootable on a large (i.e. > 4 GB) card, try this thread

hope that helps,

wim

Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #6 on: 17 / February / 2011, 17:46:52 »
hulland, this is what worked for me!... after lots of trial and error... dont loose hope..
 (its a combination of different procedures mentioned)
1. download HxD hex editor. download correct version of CHDK
2. download HDHacker
3. download from SDM - COMMONFILES.ZIP  extract this and look for sdministe.exe
4. if ur laptop cannot read more than 2gb card then get one USB CARD READER
5. put card in card reader and start sdminste.exe. this should now show ur card drive letter
6. click on CREATE PARTITION. then click on 2 PARTITIONS. this will automatically create 1st partition as fat12 -2mb and 2nd partition as fat32 (larger partition). as and when it asks u to remove and reinsert card- do it.
7. Install and run the HDHacker.
Select the proper drive letter corresponding to your SD card in the card reader.
Select "logical drive" and "first sector" (as far as I know, it's the default)
"Read sector from disk"
Save this sector to a file for safety (512 bytes) (I named it: BootSector_G9.bin)
Use a hex editor to edit this file
Go to offset 0x40 (decimal 64) and type BOOTDISK in ASCII mode (as explained here). Keep in mind that, if you do not see FAT12 or FAT16 around 0x36 (decimal 54) in the hex editor, you probably picked the wrong drive. Do not overwrite anything in that case.
Save it as a different file (I named it: BootSector_G9_bootable.bin)
Use HDHacker to "load sector from file" this new file containing BOOTDISK information onto your SD card
"write sector on disk" Don't forget to select the correct drive letter!
8. now ur small partition is bootable.
9. download the correct version of CHDK for your camera (zip file)
10. extract files directly to the smaller partition of card.  only diskboot.bin is needed in small partition (i had to repeat this step 2 times and with error messages it finally loaded that file)
11. insert card. start sdminte.exe
12. click on SWAP PARTITION. (itll ask u to remove and reinsert card - needless to say u do it like a slave!). now the larger partition becomes the 1st partition
13. unzip the chdk to a folder on ur laptop (wherever u like). copy the unzipped CHDK folder tothis larger partition of card
14. again start sdminste.exe. click on SWAP PARTITION (remove and reinsert whenever .........). now the small partition is 1st partition (VERY IMPORTANT)
15. LOCK CARD . put in camera . READY TO SHOOT!.....


Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #7 on: 18 / February / 2011, 02:04:40 »
Thanks for all your time and effort dinesh--I have saved it as a text file --I  have got as far as part 3 when I run SDM it does not create the two partitions. It APPEARS to-after waiting over an hour with the card reader led flashing, there is still either no extra partition, or one of 500 mbytes only. I am beginning to wonder if my (high speed) SDHC card may not be suitable for SDM.....I printed out the instructions for SDM and it tells me I should get a button " New Install" that does NOT happen. Maybe my card reader ( which always shows 4 other empty slots) is not compatible...? Oh well, thanks again, onwards and upwards. I will follow your advice to the letter.Thanks a lot.


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Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #8 on: 18 / February / 2011, 05:19:22 »
@hulland

SDMINSTE.EXE is compatible with SDHC cards - logical, since it does not make sense to partition non-SDHC
cards ('normal' SD cards can't be larger than 4 GB)

From the provided info I would suspect your card reader; have you already tried taking some pictures
with the card (in 'normal' operation, without CHDK) and transfering those to your PC with the card reader ?

If that works, than you can rule out the card reader as the cause. If that does NOT work, than I
suggest you carefully inspect your reader (or it's manual) if available) for model numbers and/or FCC codes
and google it/them to see if the manufacturer mentions SDHC, or mayve even offers a driver update for it.

Alternatively, just get a cheap single slot card reader: since non-SDHC cards are almost extinct, any new
card readers should support SDHC (I bought a combined 1 GB memory stick / SDHC card reader about
3 years ago for less than 10$)

hope that helps,

wim
« Last Edit: 18 / February / 2011, 05:22:05 by whim »

Re: Newby with Powershot SX30 IS--totally STUCK !!
« Reply #9 on: 18 / February / 2011, 05:42:24 »
Been using the card reader for about 3 years, it has transferred over 100,000 jpegs from my old A 710 IS and last week some 900 from the XS 30 IS. However I had an idea, I use "Zentimo" to replace the orrible windows "Remove Safely" [admin: avoid swearing please] so will switch that off--just in case. Thanks for your suggestions.

 

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