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Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update

billgreen

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billgreen Registered since 14th Oct 2010
Tue 26-Apr-11 10:42 PM

Using Windows 7.

Step 1 instructions on Nikon site reads:

"Download the application below, and either click Save to save the executable file to your computer or Run to autoexpand the file into the D7000Update folder, which contains the D7000_0102.bin file"

I have saved and run the exe file but nothing happens. There is no D7000Update folder and no D7000_0102.bin file to be found. When I click run Windows asks for permission, I click OK, the screen flickers a couple of times and nothing happens. So what am I missing here?


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mike73

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#1. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 0

mike73 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Feb 2010
Tue 26-Apr-11 09:57 PM

After downloading the file, most probably into your download folder, go to that folder and click on the downloaded file. It should create a folder titled d7000 update. Inside that file should be the .bin file. That is the one you put on the SD card and back into the camera.

billgreen

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#2. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 1

billgreen Registered since 14th Oct 2010
Tue 26-Apr-11 10:29 PM

>After downloading the file, most probably into your download
>folder, go to that folder and click on the downloaded file. It
>should create a folder titled d7000 update. Inside that file
>should be the .bin file. That is the one you put on the SD
>card and back into the camera.

That's my issue. The downloaded file IS there. No problem. My problem is that when I run the file it seems to do nothing. There is no folder called d7000Update.


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redbike

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#3. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 2

redbike Registered since 22nd Aug 2010
Tue 26-Apr-11 11:21 PM

It took me a couple of tries to get it done. Perhaps delete the folder you have on your computer, and download again, but put the file on your desktop so you can get to it easily. If you specified "run" last time you did it, try "save" and then you can easily specify your desktop.

Assuming you now have the correct .bin file, I'd just move it (drag and drop) from your desktop to the card reader's folder, which you'll have opened up on your desktop too. From there it should be easy. Worked for me!

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#4. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 2

Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter Member
Wed 27-Apr-11 12:53 AM

Use the Windows Search function and specify it to look for the file named D7000_0102.bin. If the executable worked correctly, it will have unpacked the file somewhere. The location may just not be in the usual places you expect your documents to be...

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#5. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 0

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 01:58 AM | edited Wed 27-Apr-11 02:07 AM by JohnE Nikon

I'm having similar problem.
I tried downloading on 2 different computer one running XP and the other windows 7. The file I downloaded would not run successfully.
I got it to work after repeating a few times. Not sure why it did not initially work.

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billgreen

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#6. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 4

billgreen Registered since 14th Oct 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 08:18 AM

>Use the Windows Search function and specify it to look for
>the file named D7000_0102.bin. If the executable worked
>correctly, it will have unpacked the file somewhere. The
>location may just not be in the usual places you expect your
>documents to be...

Did that. It comes up with nothing.
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JohnE Nikon

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#7. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 6

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 06:34 PM

When I get home I could email you the bin file if you would like. I'll check to see how large it is and if it could be added as an attachment.
It was quite frustrating for me and I sympathize with you.

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billgreen

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#8. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 7

billgreen Registered since 14th Oct 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 07:37 PM

Thanks but I downloaded it at work, extracted the bin file, and brought it home on my SD card. I do appreciate your offer to help.
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billgreen

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#9. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 0

billgreen Registered since 14th Oct 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 07:40 PM

Problem solved....or circumvented I should say. I downloaded it at work, extracted the bin file, and brought it home on my SD card. Thanks to all who offered help.
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billgreen

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#10. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 0

billgreen Registered since 14th Oct 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 07:48 PM

Updated camera and all is well I think. I go to menu > firmware version and it reads A 1.02 B 1.02 and L 1.002. Why A, B, and L? what does that signify?

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#11. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 9

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 09:57 PM

Glad it worked out. You would think it shouldn't be so painful.

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#12. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 0

mborn1 Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Nov 2008
Thu 28-Apr-11 08:22 AM

I had the same problem with windows 7 I finally was able to get the bin file by clicking rum rather than save and the file was extracted and the i placed it in the SD card and updated the camera

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BillboTex

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#13. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 10

BillboTex Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Thu 28-Apr-11 02:08 PM

>firmware version and it reads A 1.02 B 1.02 and L 1.002. Why
>A, B, and L? what does that signify?

A & B are two different camera functions, and L is your version for the specific lens you had on your camera when you updated.

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billgreen

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#14. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 13

billgreen Registered since 14th Oct 2010
Thu 28-Apr-11 03:06 PM

>>firmware version and it reads A 1.02 B 1.02 and L 1.002.
>Why
>>A, B, and L? what does that signify?
>
>A & B are two different camera functions, and L is your
>version for the specific lens you had on your camera when you
>updated.

Hmmmm...so does that mean I need to run the update with each lens I own attacted?


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BillboTex

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#15. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 14

BillboTex Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Thu 28-Apr-11 04:05 PM

I have been updating with my main lens only so far. I am not sure if it is possible to only apply the "L" firmware update, but if so, that would probably be the best way to update several lenses?
HTH

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#16. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 12

four eighty sparky Registered since 08th Apr 2011
Thu 28-Apr-11 09:51 PM

Really dumb question....... But how hard would it be to simply download a copy of the .bin file instead of an entire application (.exe) file that needs running? Then have to scour your hard drive to find it.


Seems so......... 50's Soviet style.

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#17. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 16

BillboTex Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Fri 29-Apr-11 03:56 AM | edited Fri 29-Apr-11 03:58 AM by BillboTex

I think if someone sent you a good copy of the bin file, you could just copy to your SDHC card, and update?

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#18. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 17

four eighty sparky Registered since 08th Apr 2011
Fri 29-Apr-11 10:21 AM

That's my point.... if all you need is the .bin file, why can't Nikon just have you download that? Seems they're needlessly complicating the entire procedure.

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#19. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 10

chris_platt Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2009
Fri 29-Apr-11 10:42 AM

"L" is firmware module that contains a lens distance integration database. It's a reference for the camera to use in functions that call on subject distance to improve exposure and focus. You don't have to apply it with each lens.

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#20. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 18

elec164 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009
Fri 29-Apr-11 10:53 AM

Perhaps for insuring data integrity. The ‘.exe’ file is only about 1.5MB smaller then the ‘.bin’ file so file size was most likely not the reason. But being that a miss applied firmware update can disable a camera requiring Nikon service, they want to ensure that a faulty bit via a corrupted download would not cause the camera to be disabled. By using an exe file they can reconstruct the bin file and check it for data integrity. If there was a fault in downloading the exe file which caused the errant bit, the executable process would fail preventing a faulty ‘.bin’ file from crippling the camera.

At least that is my educated guess as to why.

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#21. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 18

chris_platt Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2009
Fri 29-Apr-11 10:59 AM | edited Fri 29-Apr-11 11:27 AM by chris_platt

It's a large file, so Nikon has compressed it in a self-extracting archive file to save bandwidth. That's my guess. Website owners must pay for bandwidth utilization in one way or another - either from their hosting service or from their ISPs. Compressing the files in this way saves them money. Even though there isn't a huge difference in size 1 Mb for millions of hits to update firmware (all Nikon products) means terabits of bandwidth consumption. Of course data integrity could also be part of the reason.

Having said that, it's a pretty sloppily coded self extraction routine in my opinion. When you save the file and then click run, it seems to store the extracted bin file in whatever the default directory was when you ran the program - which could be anywhere. I haven't seen something like that since the old DOS days, but in the DOS days, you knew which directory (or folder) you were in when you ran a program. They haven't include path information in the extract routine or provided a prompt to allow the user to specify the path.

I ran the extraction routine a couple of times from IE and Firefox. When I saved it in Firefox, it saved the archive file to my downloads folder as expected. When I then ran the executable from the Firefox window that shows the downloaded files, it wrote the bin file in the Mozilla x86 program folder! Now that is just sloppy. When I did the same thing using IE, it wrote the bin file to my desktop - because I had just navigated to the desktop.

So, I think the best way to do this and ensure you can find the .bin file is to save the self-extracting archive to which ever folder you prefer. Then using Windows Explorer or Mac's Finder, navigate to the directory/folder where you saved the archive and run it from windows explorer or finder in that folder. It should write the D7000 update folder and the .bin file in the same folder in which you ran the self-extracting executable.

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#22. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 0

mhiker Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Dec 2010
Fri 29-Apr-11 09:25 PM

My D7000 version is A:1.00 B:1.00 Since I didn't update to version A:1.01 B:1.01, can I just update to 1.02 or must they be done in order?

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#23. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 22

chris_platt Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2009
Fri 29-Apr-11 11:16 PM | edited Fri 29-Apr-11 11:17 PM by chris_platt

yes - you can update directly to 1.02.

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#24. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 23

mhiker Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Dec 2010
Fri 29-Apr-11 11:22 PM

>yes - you can update directly to 1.02.

Thanks very much, Chris. I appreciate your reply.

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#25. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 18

BillboTex Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Sat 30-Apr-11 02:17 AM

>That's my point.... if all you need is the .bin file, why
>can't Nikon just have you download that?

As I said in my post I "think", but not sure, never tried it.

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#26. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 19

BillboTex Registered since 23rd Nov 2010
Sat 30-Apr-11 02:19 AM | edited Sat 30-Apr-11 02:21 AM by BillboTex

>"You don't have to apply it with each lens.

Thanks Chris. But legacy lenses still need to be added individually?

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#27. "RE: Help needed with D7000 Firmware Update" | In response to Reply # 23

dbaileyuk Registered since 30th Apr 2011
Mon 02-May-11 11:29 AM

>yes - you can update directly to 1.02.

Yes this worked fine for me also
The only problem now is that I get random folders created on my SD card, folder 101 will have about 80 pictures in it, then another folder is mysteriously created folder 102 with another batch of photos in it.
Before updating I didn't have this problem............
May be in time Nikon will release a fix for it

G