Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

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LTZ470
LTZ470 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,926
Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

Go to>Menu>Last Column (Travel Case/Brief)>Line 6>Setting Reset>Down to Initialize>Restore to default>OK...then install Firmware...

Initialise back to factory settings prior to installing Firmware and you will not have any issues...

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RDMSguy Junior Member • Posts: 49
Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

I did not do this and had no issues with the update.

Is there a reason to do this? Or a better safe than sorry sort of thing?

LTZ470
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Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

Mostly for folks that are struggling or getting abort error...

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The Lotus Eater
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Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...
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LTZ470 wrote:

Go to>Menu>Last Column (Travel Case/Brief)>Line 6>Setting Reset>Down to Initialize>Restore to default>OK...then install Firmware...

Initialise back to factory settings prior to installing Firmware and you will not have any issues...

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Is this official advice from Sony?

What reasons do you have to believe that this will eliminate any potential issues with the update?  I'd much rather not have to reset to factory settings.

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stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,417
Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

The Lotus Eater wrote:

LTZ470 wrote:

Go to>Menu>Last Column (Travel Case/Brief)>Line 6>Setting Reset>Down to Initialize>Restore to default>OK...then install Firmware...

Initialise back to factory settings prior to installing Firmware and you will not have any issues...

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Is this official advice from Sony?

What reasons do you have to believe that this will eliminate any potential issues with the update? I'd much rather not have to reset to factory settings.

It didn't occur to me and mine worked fine, startup is very fast. Maybe others have had abort issues?

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LTZ470
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Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

The Lotus Eater wrote:

LTZ470 wrote:

Go to>Menu>Last Column (Travel Case/Brief)>Line 6>Setting Reset>Down to Initialize>Restore to default>OK...then install Firmware...

Initialise back to factory settings prior to installing Firmware and you will not have any issues...

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Mr Ichiro Kitao, I support the call to upgrade the FZ50.
I will not only buy one but two no questions asked...

Is this official advice from Sony?

What reasons do you have to believe that this will eliminate any potential issues with the update? I'd much rather not have to reset to factory settings.

It's a free world, you can take advice or leave it, it is mainly for folks that have issues with aborting or uploading FW...

It happens on Sony's, Oly's and Panny's at times, reinitializing to factory settings will usually do the trick...

What setting do you think the camera is at, at the factory when they test the firmware update?

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qianp2k Forum Pro • Posts: 10,350
Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

Good advice.  I will record all changes from default.  Then do on that approach.

Is there a way to save all changes to SD card and to restore from card later that some cameras have that feature?

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LTZ470 wrote:

What setting do you think the camera is at, at the factory when they test the firmware update?

Honestly, I expect them to smarter than just testing from a fresh camera. The last thing they need is for the update to fail for everyone because they only tested a clean camera.

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DOglesby New Member • Posts: 5
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Good advice.  I will record all changes from default.  Then do on that approach.

Is there a way to save all changes to SD card and to restore from card later that some cameras have that feature?

I read in a Thom Hogan review that you cannot save settings.

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LTZ470
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Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

sean lancaster wrote:

LTZ470 wrote:

What setting do you think the camera is at, at the factory when they test the firmware update?

Honestly, I expect them to smarter than just testing from a fresh camera. The last thing they need is for the update to fail for everyone because they only tested a clean camera.

I would say so as well, but a initialized camera is a sure bet...

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LTZ470
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qianp2k wrote:

Good advice. I will record all changes from default. Then do on that approach.

Is there a way to save all changes to SD card and to restore from card later that some cameras have that feature?

Not that I know of, like some are saying you can do it with your custom sets, and it worked, if it doesn't then Initialize and retry...

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stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,417
Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...
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LTZ470 wrote:

The Lotus Eater wrote:

LTZ470 wrote:

Go to>Menu>Last Column (Travel Case/Brief)>Line 6>Setting Reset>Down to Initialize>Restore to default>OK...then install Firmware...

Initialise back to factory settings prior to installing Firmware and you will not have any issues...

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FlickR Photostream:
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Mr Ichiro Kitao, I support the call to upgrade the FZ50.
I will not only buy one but two no questions asked...

Is this official advice from Sony?

What reasons do you have to believe that this will eliminate any potential issues with the update? I'd much rather not have to reset to factory settings.

It's a free world, you can take advice or leave it, it is mainly for folks that have issues with aborting or uploading FW...

It happens on Sony's, Oly's and Panny's at times, reinitializing to factory settings will usually do the trick...

What setting do you think the camera is at, at the factory when they test the firmware update?

Fair enough and thanks for the input. It doesn't sound like this is based on specific incidences for this camera at this time so much as a past track record.

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le_alain Senior Member • Posts: 1,568
Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...

When you install the firmware, at step "11",

you are asked to

"reset device" and answer OK, so , no chose no ?

I did as it's written, "OK".

firmawre installed, camera off,  battery out, camera on, and I loose no settings !

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Petroglyph
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Re: Initialise your A7 prior to installing Firmware Update...
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LTZ470 wrote:

Go to>Menu>Last Column (Travel Case/Brief)>Line 6>Setting Reset>Down to Initialize>Restore to default>OK...then install Firmware...

Initialise back to factory settings prior to installing Firmware and you will not have any issues...

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Mr Ichiro Kitao, I support the call to upgrade the FZ50.
I will not only buy one but two no questions asked...

Let's see, follow Sony's instructions carefully or something I got from the forums?  For me, following the maker's instructions always worked best and I don't have to remember any camera settings from before = everything worked fine.  Thanks for the advice though.

Cheers.

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XPatPat New Member • Posts: 6
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I had a few scary moments in the upgrade process.  On the initial attempt it aborted and after that it seemed the device was bricked.  A few aborted attempts later I realized that I had forgotten to remove the SD card. Once I removed that it worked without a hitch- I followed all of the other instructions from Sony exactly.

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