Do-it-yourself firmware upgrades -- can it be done?
With all the hand-wringing, petitions, etc. over Nikon's requirement that the camera be returned for a firmware upgrade, I was wondering whether it is technically feasible for us to do it ourselves. Does anyone KNOW, without speculating, precisely how the upgrade is done for the D100? Is it through the CF card, the serial cable, or through some other means? Perhaps it is not possible, as a technical matter, for us to do it ourselves. I can't think of a good reason why Nikon would want to incur the massive expense in terms of labor and shipping costs if it were a simple, at-home procedure.
#1. "RE: Do-it-yourself firmware upgrades -- can it be done?" | In response to Reply # 0Joe M Registered since 29th Aug 2002Fri 11-Oct-02 10:20 AM
>I can't think
>of a good reason why Nikon would want to incur the massive
>expense in terms of labor and shipping costs if it were a
>simple, at-home procedure.
Acutally, I think there is a good reason, from a marketing standpoint. I am sure that Nikon USA will refuse to upgrade gray cameras -- cameras imported into the USA through "unauthorized channels." Nikon USA does not make a profit from the sale of such cameras and refuses to extend warranties to them. By refusing to upgrade gray goods, Nikon adds an additional deterrent to the purchase of them in the USA. Now, a salesperson can say "Not only won't you get a USA warranty if you buy a gray camera, but you'll have to ship it to Europe for a firmware upgrade." If firmware upgrades were readily available to do at home, there would be no distinction between USA models and gray models in that respect.
#2. "It is done from a CF card..." | In response to Reply # 0
...according to those who have walked in and had it done at one of the Nikon facilities. So it should be easily technically feasible for any user. If Nikon won't allow users to do it themselves, they should at least allow local Nikon dealers to do it so you don't have to lose the use of your camera for 2 weeks. For those who live next to a Nikon repair facility, it's no big deal, but for those of us in the hinterlands it's a tremendous pain in the ^??.