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Bricked cameras. Please help

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Bricked cameras. Please help
« on: 20 / August / 2011, 13:50:20 »
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Please help me.  I don't know what to do next.  I downloaded sx200is-100d-0.9.9-1290 and installed it on my SX20IS.  All was fine.  I got the menus, I added some custom HUD icons... all was good.  I decided to make it bootable on my 16GB card, so I made my tiny little FAT12 partition and booted from that.  Predictably, Windows wouldn't let me initialize the second partition, but I understood that the CHDK features could finish that for me.  I started up with the custom card and used the option to swap paritions (I think... or something like that) and nothing seemed to happen (no indicator, no progress bar).  I shut off the camera and that was it.  The camera simply won't turn on now.  No blink, sound, whir, anything.  I've swapped the batteries with several sets, and tried another memory card, but it's simply dead.  I've never seen anything like it.  To make it worse (and even dumber...) I put the memory card into my S3IS just to confirm that the card worked (knowing CHDK was incompatible and assuming it would just have no effect), and now that camera won't turn on either.

Is it the memory card itself?  Something in how I partitioned it?  CHDK?  It makes no sense at all.  I don't want to assume causality linked to CHDK, but the memory card must somehow be the key... except that it doesn't turn on even with it out.

Can I somehow factory reset the camera?  I know there are some techniques, but I think they all require the camera being turned on.

PLEASE HELP ME OBI-WAN!  YOU'RE MY ONLY HOPE!  (or any forum members really...)

Re: Bricked cameras. Please help
« Reply #1 on: 20 / August / 2011, 16:35:51 »
I have previously had similar strange problems.

Remove the batteries from the S3is and then  replace them.
Put another card (not with CHDK) in the S3IS.
If the S3is powers up, try that card in the SX200is.

Hope that helps.


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Re: Bricked cameras. Please help
« Reply #2 on: 20 / August / 2011, 18:26:41 »
@atkulp:

...i guess you own a SX200 and a S3, correct ?

- remove the cards from your cameras, make sure you've closed the card containment door (on the S3 with separat batterie/card containment)
- remove the batterie(s) for some minutes
- insert the (loaded) batterie(s),
- make sure the battery containment door is also closed correctly (there's a sensor to interrupt power whith open door)
- turn the mode dial to select a proper position, also pop up & down the flash (to set the camera's controls to a proper state)

Now power on with ON/OFF or try also with the PLAY button - the cameras should start & show "No card"

If your camera's are working ok, unlock your SD card, delete all partitions using a card reader, then format the card with the camera (from the Canon menu).

 

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