Just want to let folks know again that the firmware upgrade to the Optio30 to correct the software problem must be installed BEFORE the focus problem occurs. After 3 cameras that locked up, I installed the software before I used the 4th and have had no problems with hundreds of pictures in all capture modes.
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I have a similar problem in the same camera: all hardware is ok but it doesn't focus. I've taked out the focus motor and it works, and all the pieces works too, they're not damaged, in fact wth the motor out I can focus manualy the picture. So I think it could be a firmware problem, but the OLYMPUS software doesn't leave me to write the same version of firmware, and there's no new versions, so is there any way to rewrite the same version of fw????? any service program?
No. There are hardware difference between the SD and SDHC specs that cannot be overcome by firmware changes. While SD cards will work in SDHC devices, there is nothing that can be done to make SDHC cards work in SD devices.
I know that wasn't the answer you wanted to see, but there it is.
According to the Pentax web site, there is no firmware update available for the 33LF camera. As far as your pics are concerned, you can use a card reader to download them to your computer. Then, you can format the card in the camera and everything should be ok.
Firmware upgrade is a simple but a delicate procedure. Make sure you are loading the correct firmware. You should get your firmware from the website of your router. Installing a THIRD PARTY firmware to your router voids the warranty of your router. Here is a tip for a successful firmware upgrade. BEFORE FIRMWARE UPGRADE(push the reset button of the router for 30 seconds then unplug the power of the router for 10 seconds). Upgrade the firmware. After the upgrade push the reset button again for 30seconds, unplug power for 10 seconds.
Taken from the DiMAGE 7 Upgrade Software Installation Pamphlet…
Power Supply during Update:
When performing the software update, please use a set of fully charged NI-MH (nickel hydrogen) batteries or the AC Adapter AC-1L or AC-2L (sold separately). When using the AC Adapter, be sure not to inadvertently disconnect the camera during the software updating procedure, otherwise the camera may be permanently damaged.
Amendment to the DiMAGE 7 Upgrade Software manual…
(Located on an insertion card within Upgrade Kit and Upgrade Firmware boxes)
For Windows XP users:
Do not copy the dsc.app and ram.bin files directly from the CD-ROM to the CF card or the upgrade will not be executed correctly. First copy these two files onto the computer’s hard drive or desktop, and then copy them into the CF card.
When the camera is turned to the playback mode, the no-image message appears and the images taken before the upgrade are not displayed. These images were placed in a folder with names ending in MLT03, the upgraded camera places images in folders ending in MLT14, see CompactFlash card folder organization in the DiMAGE 7 manual. To view images taken before the upgrade, select the appropriate folder in the custom 1 section of the setup menu. Refer to DiMAGE 7 manual for a description of this function.
When using autofocus with the wide focus frame, the live image may freeze for an instant as the AF system determines the focus. This is because autofocus speed is increased
Please be informed that the [Firmware Version 1.01 for Optio30] has been released.
Changes of the Version 1.01
In very rare case, the Auto-focus system may be malfunctioned at the [Flower], [Food] and [Pet] mode.
This has now been corrected.
This does not apply to the ther capture modes.
Follow link below for more information and to download the firmware.
Optio 33LF Firmware Upgrade Information & Instructions:
This firmware corrects "camera freezing & cannot display images" issues with Sandisk & Black's 128MB & 256MB Secure Digital Cards. This problem is occurred because Sandisk changed the manufacturing location from the Philippine's to China during production of the Optio 33LF. They also change the electronic chip used the SD Card which caused a compatibility problems with Pentax, Minolta, Palm and other digital device manufacturers. In turn this also caused a problem with Black's SD Cards as they are manufactured by Sandisk. Therefore, we had to release a Firmware Upgrade for the Optio 33LF to correct compatibility issues with these SD Cards.
HOW TO CHECK WHAT THE CURRENT FIRMWARE VERSION:
Confirm the current firmware version by pushing and "HOLDING DOWN" the "Right Arrow & Right Zoom" button located at the back of the Optio 33LF. While continuing to hold the "Right Arrow & Right Zoom" button turn the POWER on the Optio 33LF. The current firmware version will be displayed on the LCD.
If the firmware version reads "Current Version 01.01.05.04" then your cameras firmware is up to date. If you do not have the current version, then please refer to the information listed below.
Please be sure to upgrade your camera. You can download the firmware from the following link. Please be sure to follow the instructions listed below.
Firmware Update Instructions:
Please refer bellow to learn how to upgrade the firmware on the Optio 33LF. Should you have any problems please contact our customer service department. I have included our contact information bellow.
1. It is very important that the batteries do not deplete during the firmware upgrade as this will damage your camera. Therefore, please check your battery indicator prior to the firmware upgrade.
#1. Save the attached firmware "fwdc113p.elf" to your Desktop.
#2. Put a Secure Digital Card in your Camera.
#3. Format the Secure Digital Card to be sure that no other information remains on the Card. (Refer to page 86 of your Operating Manual)
#4. From your Desktop right click on the firmware "fwdc113p.elf" and select "COPY"
#5. Double Click on "My Computer" you should see your "REMOVABLE DISK"
#6. Right Click on the "Removable Disk" and select "PASTE"
Once the "fwdc113p.elf" file has been copied to the Secure Digital Card, be sure to properly disconnect your USB device if you are using Windows Me, 2000 or XP. For instructions on how to disconnect a USB device with Windows 2000, please refer to the Optio 33LF Operating Manual.
Now that you have the Firmware on the Secure Digital Card.
#1. Be sure the Secure Digital Card containing the Firmware Upgrade "fwdc113p.elf" is in the camera.
#2. Be sure that your batteries are fully charged as you do not want the