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ERROR A90 WHEN I TURN ON THE CAMERA I GET ON THE DYSPLAY AN ERROR A90. WHAT DOE'S IT MEAN ? HOW CAN I SOLVE THAT PROBLEM ? SINCERLY

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  • myriam_joho Jun 27, 2008

    I also got the same problem. All of the sudden it appeared. I thought I had the same problem before for some reason, and I took out the battery, charged to the max. and reinserted back. But this time it did not solve the problem. I am stuck.

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    I also got the same problem. All of the sudden it appeared. I thought I had the same problem before for some reason, and I took out the battery, charged to the max. and reinserted back. But this time it did not solve the problem. I am stuck

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I just fixed a friends Pentax Optio S.
I do have the firm ware file it is 1.222kb in size, it is in zip format.
File name : fwdc110p

I did save this file on the flash card.

Then I fully charged the battery (I got this from the Pentax site)
I opened the "secret menu" by pressing the MENU-FLASH and the POWER button at the same time.
Once menu opened, I pressed the FOCUS twice then (FLOWER, MOUNTAIN, MF) symbol twice after this two toggles to the right with the OK button.
Then press the MENU button once again.
So the menu screen open now.
Down toggle of the OK button, go to ROM UPDATE then go down to "SYSTEM INITIAL" and press OK. Press another OK to re-initialize your camera.
Once this has been done, turn your camera off.

Turn camera on again opening your camera with the MENU+Power ON procedure...finally this should be posting "Complete" after the "Loading"
When it shows Complete, turn camera off.

You are finished and your camera should be ready to work again.

At least this is how I fixed my friends A90 error message.

The firm ware is here: http://www.badongo.com/file/707791

Posted on Apr 03, 2008

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OK Guys...After fidgitting for hours on this with the bits & pieces on this forum & on others...here's how I got it to finally work:

A- I have a Pentax Opio S hence I had to get the "fwdc110p.bin" file here:

http://www.pentax.de/mediapool/attachments/photo/100/104/46139/fwdc110p.zip

Optio S4, S4i & S5i shall use another file. Don't really know for S4 but for S4i & S5i, there on the Pentax customer service website at:

http://www.pentaximaging.com/customer_care/software_firmware?sfFlag=f

B- Drop this file on your SD Card at the root directory (same level as DCIM folder) or as described by the following link and then close your camera to OFF:

http://www.pentaximaging.com/customer_care/show_firmware?firmId=1020

Attention: Do not load this file yet onto the camera i.e. the menu+power on procedure, follow step C first...

C- Open the now infamous "Secret Menu" in order to re-initialize your camera prior to re-installing the new firm ware:

Simultaneously press MENU + Flash symbol button + Power ON...a white screen with data written in black should show.

Then a sequence of buttons must be pressed: 2 times the focus button (flower, mountain, MF symbols button) followed by 2 toggles to the Right of the "OK" button...then press MENU once and voilà...ze Secret Menu appears !

Using the down toggle of the OK button, go to "SYSTEM INITIAL" and press OK. Press another OK to re-initialize your camera.

Once this has been completed, turn your camera off.

D- Load the firm ware by opening your camera with the MENU+Power ON procedure...finally this should be posting "Complete" after the "Loading" message, instead of the "Error!" that we initially kept on having.

Your camera should be working perfectly ! Only thing, is that you will have to redo your personal settings on it from scratch...but hey, this is much better than to wait for months to get your camera back from Pentax and save that money for your next photogenic trip !

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The secret menu doesnt work for s5i

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SOURCE: ERROR A90

Vincent

I had fixed a friends Camera witch had a same problem as yours.
You have to down load File name : fwdc110p

I did save this file on the root directory of the flash card.

Then I fully charged the battery (I got this idea from the Pentax site)
I opened the "secret menu" by pressing the MENU-FLASH and the POWER button at the same time.
Once menu opened, I pressed the FOCUS button twice then (FLOWER, MOUNTAIN, MF) symbol twice after this two toggles to the right with the OK button.
Then press the MENU button once again.
So the menu screen open now.

Down toggle of the OK button, go to ROM UPDATE then go down to "SYSTEM INITIAL" and press OK.
Press another OK to re-initialize your camera.
Once this has been done, turn your camera off.

Turn camera on again opening your camera with the MENU+Power ON procedure...finally this should be posting "Complete" after the "Loading"
When it shows Complete, turn camera off.

You are finished and your camera should be ready to work again.

At least this is how I fixed my friends A90 error message.

The firm ware is here: http://www.badongo.com/file/707791

If you have problem finding it or down loading it. Send me an email to romesz@hotmail.com with Pentax Optio in the subject line and I will email it to you.

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http://www.badongo.com/file/707791


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