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Firmware update just "killed" my M8

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I down loaded the new firmware and installed it. When prompted to restart the camera, I turned the main switch "off" then "on". The red light on the back of the camera came on and stays on, even if the camera is turned "off". The camera is dead--nothing works. I tried removing the battery. When the battery is re-installed, and the camera turned on the red light reappears, and the camera is still dead. HELP!!!

Thanks in advance:mad:

Dave G in NJ

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Remove the battery and wait 24 hours. This lets the camera re-set itself

Make sure that the battery is fully charged

UNZIP the updater to a BLANK SD Card

Turn on the camera and go through the normal process.

 

I've just updated the firmware on both my M8 bodies - never had problems.

Hope this helps - if others who have experienced problems with earlier upgrades, please fo chip in.

 

Best of luck

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You can also buy a new "old" M8 for 5000$ than order -and pay- the upgrade for a lower shutter and a protected screen!!! and pray that german engineers would be half as good as japanese.

 

More seriously I love my M8 for wonderful Leica lenses, but Leica is laghing at us with this upgrade, good in principle, ridiculous regarding a prototype like M8.

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If you haven't already, remove the SD card and see if it comes on. After that, try another battery. After that, try letting it sit for a day.

 

I've got no other ideas---good luck...

 

--clyde

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Following the same practice of earlier downloads I have tried three times to install the upgrade and on each occasion have received the message "Error Update Failed"

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I have never had a problem so far..( Looking for some wood ).. I typically start with a freshly formatted card and to just as the instructions say.. Have you tried a different card?

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Remove the battery and wait 24 hours. This lets the camera re-set itself

Make sure that the battery is fully charged

UNZIP the updater to a BLANK SD Card

Turn on the camera and go through the normal process.

 

I've just updated the firmware on both my M8 bodies - never had problems.

Hope this helps - if others who have experienced problems with earlier upgrades, please fo chip in.

 

Best of luck

 

Same here. 2 M8's, one from Jan '07 one from August '07. I downloaded and put onto an SD card. Tried to use the same card for the second M8 but that did not work. Formated the SD card again, downloaded again from the web site. Worked without problem. The downloads seemed to take longer than previous ones.

Teddy

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I have never had a problem so far..( Looking for some wood ).. I typically start with a freshly formatted card and to just as the instructions say.. Have you tried a different card?

 

Yes, two different cards but I should emphasize that I have adopted exactly the same proceedure as practiced with all previous updates which have installed without any hitch at all. I have mailed support and await their reply.

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Same here. 2 M8's, one from Jan '07 one from August '07. I downloaded and put onto an SD card. Tried to use the same card for the second M8 but that did not work. Formated the SD card again, downloaded again from the web site. Worked without problem. The downloads seemed to take longer than previous ones.

Teddy

 

Teddy,

Have you actually installed the latest update?

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It installed on both of my bodies just fine, though it did seem to take a bit longer than previous updates. Works awesomely well too, AWB is definitely improved, and to my eye, ISO 1250 is perhaps a bit smoother, though maybe I am just imagining it....

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Dave try a different card and battery first format the card on your PC since your not running. And also put in a new battery that is charged up. Let us know

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DO NOT FORGET TO READ THIS

 

Note also the requirement to wait 3 sec after inserting the SD card, before pressing "yes" to proceed.

 

 

Just do it and even wait 5 seconds i did

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The other place you might get into trouble is in writing the m8-1_201.upd file to the SD card in the reader attached to the PC. Just pulling the card out of the reader without going thru the Windows procedure for "safely removing" the reader is risking having a corrupted file on the SD card.

 

But if you live close to Leica USA's NJ offices and really have a problem with the new firmware I am sure you will get immediate service at the drive-in window today.

 

scott

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I just had the same experience with my M8. I think I waited the 3 seconds. Anyway, the camera is completely dead - the red led flashes a few times then nothing. SIGH.

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I went through the process three times before it "took". Not sure why I had all the trouble, but reading the PDF on the instructions after two failures seemed like a good idea

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