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PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread

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Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #390 on: 20 / December / 2011, 15:07:38 »
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I need some serious help and I do not know where else to turn. I'm glad I found this forum.

I bought a Canon PowerShot SX230 HS. We are going to be sending the camera into space via a helium balloon. The camera is going to be a part of our payload.

The camera is running version 1.01c.

I need the camera to take a picture every one minute while it travels to the stratosphere. I see the hack is for versions:
1.00c
1.01a
1.01b

Can anybody help me? I'm really confused and have a lot time into trying to figure this out.

Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #391 on: 20 / December / 2011, 15:28:49 »
The camera is running version 1.01c.
Sometime you can use the CHDK version for a different firmware version.  In this case, I would sugggest trying the 1.01b version.  If you read back through this forum thread,  you will learn that others have found that it works for the 1.01c.

link > http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?topic=6397.msg74767#msg74767

And by the way, if you search this forum you will find a lot of info about other balloon trips CHDK has taken.  Here's a link to a script that seems to be popular for that purpose : Stratos2.bas
« Last Edit: 20 / December / 2011, 17:56:11 by waterwingz »
Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16

Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #392 on: 20 / December / 2011, 16:24:55 »
Thanks for the reply. I downloaded the software to make it SD card bootable and then downloaded the firmware update and no luck. Frustrating.

I think I'm doing it correctly.

Do you want to make some extra cash? I will send you the camera in the mail and pay you to install the firmware update and the script needed to program it to take the picture every minute. It is the only thing this camera will be used for and we plan on doing it once a year.

We are doing this project with 7/8 grade students and I have everything else ready. The APRS tracker is set up and programmed. This is the only piece I can not figure out. It is killing me.

Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #393 on: 20 / December / 2011, 16:35:14 »
Thanks for the reply. I downloaded the software to make it SD card bootable and then downloaded the firmware update and no luck. Frustrating.  I think I'm doing it correctly.
Okay - we need to take this down a notch and start from scratch.   What software did you download, what steps did you follow, and what did you see ?

(FYI .. its not a firmware update - CHDK never touches the Canon firmware).
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Do you want to make some extra cash? I will send you the camera in the mail and pay you to install the firmware update and the script needed to program it to take the picture every minute. It is the only thing this camera will be used for and we plan on doing it once a year.

We are doing this project with 7/8 grade students and I have everything else ready. The APRS tracker is set up and programmed. This is the only piece I can not figure out. It is killing me.
I don't really need any more money - I already pay enough taxes :)    If we can't fix this online then I'd be happy to help you via the USPS  (assuming you are in the USA - if not this gets trickier.)  A faster option would be walking you through it in IRC.  If you are not familiar with IRC,  click the link on the wiki page at the top right that says "Wiki"  : http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK.  Timing can be a bit difficult as there is not always somebody there - but I guarantee we can beat what ever the USPS offers.

Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16


Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #394 on: 20 / December / 2011, 16:48:25 »
I'm in Central Minnesota and I would send cash.  :)

I'm also on a Mac running 10.6.8 if that makes a difference.

Here is what I downloaded: sx230hs-101c-1

I did download SDMInst and made the 2GB card bootable but it still did not work.

I'm going home now but will come back in a while and check back. I wish I could IRC, but in my school that is blocked. Bummer. I have NO problem sending it to you. I have till mid January when we will finally be ready to start testing all the parts for a February launch.

Thanks for the willingness to help. We REALLY appreciate it!

Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #395 on: 20 / December / 2011, 16:55:56 »
I'm in Central Minnesota and I would send cash.  :)
Thanks - but my wife would just spend it.   You are not far away though - should have guessed by the mnuser nick.

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I'm also on a Mac running 10.6.8 if that makes a difference.
BINGO ! (maybe).  Did you look at this :
link> Problems loading CHKD on SD cards with a Mac computer

There is also some good stuff here if you have the time to wade through it: CHKD Wiki FAQ : MAC computers

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Here is what I downloaded: sx230hs-101c-1.   I did download SDMInst and made the 2GB card bootable but it still did not work.
Good so far - no fancy partition stuff.  Your camera actually does not need it as its fairly new.  The wiki documentation about that needs a clean-up unfortunately.  But you can use a larger cards later with no problems if needed.


« Last Edit: 20 / December / 2011, 17:01:46 by waterwingz »
Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16

Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #396 on: 20 / December / 2011, 17:16:56 »
Here is what is on the SD card.

Are you saying that all I might need to do is install the script "Stratos2.bas"?

I clicked on the URL you sent for that script but I did not see the download link.

Thanks. I'm really not this stupid but this really has me confused.




Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #397 on: 20 / December / 2011, 17:53:19 »
Here is what is on the SD card.
Looks good to me.  Did you try the "firmware update method" with that ?  You have to start the camera with the Play button - not the On/Off button then go to the Canon menus and look for a firmware update menu item.  What happens when you set the SD card lock switch to the LOCKED position and boot ?  You should see the CHDK logo.  Or does the camera just report "Card Locked" ?

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Are you saying that all I might need to do is install the script "Stratos2.bas"?
Only if you've already got CHDK booting - you will see the CHDK red logo if that is happening.

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I clicked on the URL you sent for that script but I did not see the download link.
Bad link - sorry.  Doing too  many things at once today.  Try this :  http://www.box.com/s/mnf6le1sj5t5ts2xnnus

Sorry - I'll be offline for the next five hours of so - will check back later.




« Last Edit: 20 / December / 2011, 17:54:59 by waterwingz »
Ported :   A1200    SD940   G10    Powershot N    G16


Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #398 on: 20 / December / 2011, 19:45:33 »
I do get the CHDK logo when I start up off the play button but I do not see the firmware update menu when I go to the menu options.

Once I get the firmware updated, can I just install that stratos2.bas file on the SD card and the camera will see the .bas file and install it?

WOW. I never thought this would be this confusing. My 14 year old wants to earn money so he is going to work on it till you come back on line.

Thanks!

Re: PowerShot SX230 HS - Porting Thread
« Reply #399 on: 20 / December / 2011, 20:15:25 »
OK. I can see the firmware update. I think I understand now. The firmware is not installed on the actual camera but it just lives on the LOCKED card. When the camera is running I see the battery icon showing a percent icon and a ISO icon that is new in the bottom right corner. So I think that is correct.

My son and I were able to get the script working last night. Not sure what is what but when the camera is sitting on the desk it will turn on and show the last picture taken. It will not TAKE a picture but it will show the last one taken.

How do we get a english version? The version we have is german and neither of us speak or read German.  ???

Be back tomorrow with a fresh brain.....I'm burnt.
« Last Edit: 20 / December / 2011, 23:56:22 by mnuser »

 

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