CSM 0-A is to store one set of preferences of all custom settings CSM 0-B is to store another set. I keep the default settings under 0-A, my (very few) modifications under 0-B and then can switch easily from one to the other.
The film advance mode is not set at the custom settings, it is set at the film advance mode selector (which includes the self-timer) and gets adjusted as you rotate it while pressing down its lock button. You set it to S for single frame film advance shooting; to CL for continuous low speed shooting; to CH for continuous high speed shooting; to CS for continuous silent slow shooting. In CH and CL film advance modes, the shooting speeds can be changed using custom settings #9 and #10 respectively. CH can be changed to 6fps (frames per second) from 7.4fps (the default) when using AA alkalines or lithiums; 8fps when using the Ni-MH battery unit. CL can be changed to 5fps or 4fps from 4fps (the default) for continous low speed film advance mode. CS cannot be changed, it would not be "silent" (quiet is a better word) if made faster.
of course after reset on 0-A all settings are 0, so it means my f5 is listening to me, but still after reset there are only two modes: P (as default after reset) and M, and AF active field is blocked in last position, on the display there is no additional info - just all things they were before restet, in 0-b everything behave normal, it means all settings after reset are 0, but I have all modes (M,P,A,S) and not blocked AF field
battery are new, in the manual there is nothing about this stanger written - in manual there is no difference between 0-A and 0-b but in the shop I bought this f5 the man told me 0-A is "full automatic mode" - should I belive him ? I don't think so cause IT WAS WORKING few days ago - I don't really know what I did - franly speaking I could say: "I did nothing" but maybe by accident ....
I wrote an email to nikonusa but I don't expect anything else apart from "go tho authorized service" ((
I am not familiar with SoftTalk 2000, but I do know that with Nikon's Photo Secretary, it is possible to disable camera functions such as A or S mode as well as change how the focusing system works. Since with 0-B, everything works correctly, it sounds like you may have disabled A and S modes as well as the focus selections (without realizing it) in the 0-A mode.
I wish I could tell you how to reset the camera with the software, but I don't know much about the software, only what it is capable of doing. Perhaps some other Nikonian could share that info with you
If I remember correctly, the 0-A and 0-B sets of custom settings get reset independently. If you have selected set A, the reset will only reset the A set of CS's. If you have selected set B, the reset will only reset the B set of CS's. You have to reset both in order to have the camera fully reset to factory settings.
Someone feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I though I remembered this from the Magic Lantern book.