I am new around here and need some advise. I just purchased a used D200 and the firmware is 1.0 for A and B.
In a Google seach I found there were issues with Nikon downloads for this camera that caused operating failure. Some cost quite a bit for Nikon to repair. After buying the camera and 28-200 lens, I really don't have extra money for repairs.
The camera works great, as far as I can tell. What am I missing with the older firmware? Is it worth the risk to download 2.1?
You should only copy one of the two BIN files to the root or lowest directory on the card for any update. The first file to be updated is A2000201.bin. After that file you need to remove that file from the media and then use B2000201.bin.
You can not use the Compact Flash Micro Drive card. The Compact Flash Card needs to be the fully solid state card.
See my later post with the links to the Nikon detailed instructions in the PDF format. They are very detailed and 9 pages long with illustrations.
You can see if your local Nikon authorized dealer will help your or have Nikon USA Service upgrade your firmware.
I know nothing of operating failure of D200 DSLRs - they are very highly regarded still. However, you should upgrade the firmware as some issues were sorted out - version 2.01 on both A & B are the most up to date.
Just remember to make sure the battery is fully charged and follow the instructions on the website. There should be no problems...
If you don't carry out the operation as instructed (for example turning the camera off during download) then you will cause operating failure requiring expensive repair...
Also remember on the D200 you need to individually update A firmware separately from B firmware.
I don't recall seeing any issues reported here as long as instructions were followed.
Firmware updates are important. They contain some reported fixes and a number of minor fixes that are not even listed. From a software management standpoint, it makes a lot more sense to sell cameras with one firmware package and have the user apply the latest updates rather than trying to insert firmware changes into the manufacturing and production process.
Sun 08-Jan-12 06:48 PM | edited Sun 08-Jan-12 07:19 PM by ericbowles
You're taking more risk not updating firmware than you are with an update.
Firmware typically contains fixes to problems and minor performance enhancements. Some are problems that are identified in development or with technical support but too late in the process to include with earlier updates or the initial firmware. Others are fixes to problems with the way the camera operates. One a camera is nearing production, software changes are only made via firmware updates - they will not modify firmware late in development as it would require significant testing.
Past fixes with Nikon cameras have improved battery performance, stopped hot pixel issues, and eliminated complaints about lens communication with the camera. Just because you have not run into those issues, does not mean you do not have problems that would be addressed by firmware updates.
Outside of user error during installation, I don't know of any problems from installing firmware (okay - there was one that was replaced with a new firmware within a short time).
Here are the steps provided by Nikon - I'll add my comments in CAPS.
Basic Upgrade instructions: for detailed instructions, see pdf files below.
YOU MUST START THE UPDATE WITH A FRESH OR NEARLY FRESH BATTERY. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO HAVE A STRONG ENOUGH BATTERY THAT THE CAMERA DOES NOT SHUT DOWN FOR ANY REASON UNTIL THE FIRMWARE INSTALLATION IS COMPLETE.
1. Download and expand the firmware files - THE FILES ARE ZIPPED AND JUST NEED TO BE EXTRACTED 2. Format an approved CF card in the camera (do not use a Microdrive card to perform this update) 3. Connect Camera to computer (in MSC USB mode) or use a CF Card Reader (do not use a Lexar Jump Shot USB cable to perform this update) 4. Copy to the top level of the card the downloaded "A firmware" file COPY IT TO THE ROOT - DO NOT PUT IT IN A FOLDER. THE CAMERA KNOWS WHAT TO DO AND WILL NOT PROCESS THE FIRMWARE IF HANDLED INCORRECTLY. 5. Disconnect camera from computer 6. Update the firmware from the "Setup" menu - THIS WORKS PRETTY SEAMLESSLY - JUST SELECT THE A FIRMWARE YOU WANT TO UPDATE AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. BUT YOU ONLY INSTALL ONE FIRMWARE VERSION AT A TIME. 7. Follow the camera's on-screen menus 8. Repeat steps 2 through 7 using the "B Firmware" HAVING DONE THIS ONCE, IT IS MUCH EASIER THE SECOND TIME FOR THE B FIRMWARE 9. Re-format Card
After completion, check the firmware and make sure both A and B are updated.
The good news for newer cameras is they have combined the firmware updates into a single update without having to separately update A and B.
After a recent post about where to place the firmware update, the "root" directory is location on the media card (or disk) where there is no directories below it. For a camera, this would be the area where the only directory you see is "MDC". You only place the ".BIN" file types in this folder. As noted apply the "A" firmware by itself first, and then the "B" firmware by itself. The directories are analogous to a tree and the very base of the tree is the "root" of the tree.
As Eric has noted you do not want any power failure or the camera being turned off during the updating of a firmware file. The result will be an incomplete firmware being present and your camera will become inoperable and require a trip to Nikon service for a special loading of the firmware. It is all right to turn the camera off between the installation of the 2 parts of the firmware. But you camera might not properly work for shooting images until you complete the installation of both parts of the firmware.
You can power the camera with a power supply, but also have a fully charged battery in the camera.
I also strongly suggest downloading the PDF installation instructions. These instructions are much more detailed and illustrated than the very brief instructions on the download page. These instructions are near the bottom of the page and below the button for the download.
I suggest that you print out the instructions and read them through. Then re-read the instructions. And when you perform the update, check off each step of the instructions as you perform them and verify that what you are seeing agrees with the instructions. Note that disk drive letters and directory names might not always agree with the instructions. The file name will.
Also all firmware upgrades are full updates and you only need a camera firmware version less than the updating file.
Then you can send your camera to Nikon USA service for a cleaning and they will update your firmware as part of the service.
This assumes you did not purchase a 'gray' market camera. If you purchased the camera overseas while traveling, you may need to supply a copy of the receipt and explain that you were traveling. Nikon Support will be able to explain to you in more detail on how to get your camera serviced.
You might also try an Authorized Nikon Service center.
I try to support by neighbors by using small local businesses if the increase in price is not too much.
You definetly want to do the update, below are all the changes that 2.00 and 2.01 grant you (I have no clue what 1.0.1 fixed over 1.0).
From the above referenced Nikon site 2.0.1 gives you the following fix over 2.0: An issue that, in some rare situations, caused the battery indicator to blink with shooting, regardless of actual battery charge status, has been resolved.
Performance of the 5-area AF system has been improved (Dynamic area and Closest subject AF-area modes).
Changes have been made to the design of menu displays.
Page-size settings can now be applied from the camera with direct printing from a PictBridge-compatible printer.
The number of exposures remaining, displayed in the control panel and viewfinder, when shooting at an image-quality setting of NEF (RAW) or NEF+JPEG Basic has been changed (the number is calculated based on the size of compressed RAW file). Maximum number of exposures displayed when a 256-MB CompactFlash memory card is used:
Version 2.00: NEF (RAW): approx. 44 exposures; NEF+JPEG Basic: approx. 39 exposures Version 1.03 or earlier: NEF (RAW): approx. 23 exposures; NEF+JPEG Basic: approx. 21 exposures
The default setting for camera clock has been changed from 2004.01.01 to 2005.01.01. Now you cannot set the clock back to a date before 2004.12.31.
A problem that sometimes caused communication between the camera and computer to be unexpectedly terminated when using Nikon Capture Camera Control has been corrected. (Windows)
I did what the instuctions said to do. I called Nikon and got a hatefull young lady. She told me not to go by the instustions that I read to her from Nikon. She said she didnt care what this Nikon directions said.
She would email me the correct instructions. She sent me the same instructions that I read to her. OH WELL !!!
It's been proven over the years that, if Nikon's instructions are followed EXACTLY, the update will work. But... there are a few pitfalls to catch out the unwary who might not read them carefully enough, the most common being that the update file was not copied to the root directory of the memory card.
I purchased a previously owned D200 on eBay in 2008. I had issues with the battery indicator blinking on a fully charged battery, and Nikon support sent me the response below. As it turned out, version 2.01 corrected one issue from 2.00... the issue with the battery indicator! Here is a copy of the response I got from Nikon (4 months after the firmware update was released... My advice... update your firmware, and if you follow the instructions it will go off like clockwork! ************************************************************** How do I update my D200 firmware?
Modifications enabled with this update
•An issue that, in some rare situations, caused the battery indicator to blink with shooting, regardless of actual battery charge status, has been resolved.
My take... the latest firmware will give you the best performance for your Nikon. Install it as directed and you will have the best-performing D200 in your hands. Never had a problem once the firmware was installed. The instructions were daunting at first glance, however following them to the letter ensured a smooth install even for a rookie.
FYI... although my primary body is now the D3, I purchased an Ikelite underwater housing for the D200 so I will be using this excellent camera for a long time. The firmware upgrade was the only reason I felt confident enough to purchase a $1400 housing for underwater use in many years to come.
I am not sure about the D200, but it is important with some of the other cameras to make sure that you use the correct card type. I tried with a 'slow card' as it was the only spare one that I had with the right capacity. However, the camera refused to recognise the update and I had to find and use a correct higher speed card. Then everything went superbly smoothly. One step the instructions miss out, after the 'do use a freshly charged battery with plenty of life'. Start the process of upgrade and then brew a good coffee or tea. Next drink your choice of beverage and read the paper or watch TV, do not hang over the camera and worry! Richard
I just sent my D200 in for PM and they updated "software" not firmware. Does anyone have an idea what this "software upgrade was. I asked and they said it was not the firmware, that had already been done. The repair center could not give me a good answer.
It sounds like the Picture Controls, but this feature is not available for the D200. Available for the D3X, D3, D700, and D300.
Sounds like a standard check off for all cameras whether the step is needed or not. Equivalent to checking the gas filter on the Tesla, sounds like service but does an all electric car really have a gas filter. Their silence says it all.
If it meets the performance needs for picture taking and video as defined by Nikon then you should be good to go. The slow card I used came from a mobile phone. It was large enough for the program data but not up to the standard required by the camera. While the card was seen the contents were ignored. I successfully used a Kingston 2GB micro card in a standard size adapter in my D7000 and all was well. It was tempting to use the small capacity card, (as I had done with a Coolpix years earlier, however, that was a suitable specification for the camera in question) as it was too small to be useful for shooting, but big enough for the program to fit. At the time I did not have another spare blank card. (The card I successfully used I had to 'borrow' from my wife who was out and blissfully unaware at the time...However, I did know that it was at least unused with no precious exposures!)
Brian, you may be right with CF cards, however I did have a problem with SD cards, hence my two pennyworth when my symptoms were similar to the original poster's. The SD card I had used was an old 32 or 64 Mb one, I possible binned it as I cannot now find it. It was large enough for the update but not much use for other purposes. The CF card I used on the Coolpix was only 8MB but was specified and supplied for use in the camera. My concern is that I do not like to just bin functional items but that sometimes they may not function as expected with more modern hardware.
I have tried and tried to install the firmware for the D200, without much luck. I hate to send it off because it is the only camera I own now.
I have followed everyones instructions, but no luck. Nikon told me not to use " Mass Storage". This is the most frustrating thing I have ever tried to do and everyone says its so simple. I am not an idiot. I had a good education and can follow instructions.
Hello RDeal, I am sorry to hear of your frustration. When you originally posted you spoke of difficulty copying the data from what I have assumed to be a Windows PC to the card. If you are not using windows then the process will have to be adapted to the use of an Apple. Are you still having a problem at this point? If so it might be easier to use a card reader to mount the card to the computer and copy the file across to the card that way. You might like to see if anyone raises a comment or objection to the procedure I have suggested before attempting to follow my suggested sequence. A) Have you downloaded the firmware from Nikon and expanded it as per the instructions? B) Has this produced the 2 .bin files, A and B. ? Then, if you have reached this stage successfully the following flow should be followed: 1) Format the card in the camera. 2) Then switch off the camera and remove the card. 3) Place the card in a card reader and connect the card reader to the PC. 4) Copy just the 'A' file to the card in the card reader, you may find it easier to use copy and paste to ensure that you copy the file and not just a link to the file - this can catch some people out. 5) Make sure that this copy completes fully and verify that you can see the 'A' file on the card ***and nothing else*** while it is still connected to the computer. Verify that the size of the file on the card and on the computer are the same! If you have successfully completed to this stage you should be ready to update the camera. 6) To do this, 'safely remove' the card from the computer 7) Insert the card into the camera and switch the camera on 8) Follow the menus to the Update the firmware from the "Setup" menu 9) Follow the camera's on-screen menus. 10) Once the 'A' firmware is loaded and done wait 30 seconds and then Format the memory card in the camera. Now I am adding some steps 11) Switch off the camera 12) Remove the card from the camera and return it to the card reader. 13) Connect the card reader to the computer. 14) Copy the B firmware to the card. 15) Verify that the copy has been completed and that only the 'B' the file is present on the card. 16) 'Safely remove' the card reader and remove the card. 17) Insert the card into the camera and switch on 18) Repeat steps 2 through 7 using the "B Firmware" (only) 19) Wait 30 seconds 20) Re-format Card. Note, (i) while my references to the card speed might have been a real distraction something has stopped your progress to date. Remember that until you start the update operation in the camera nothing has been changed so if you would like to check off the steps as set out above up to the point of having the 'A' firmware on a formatted card and let someone here know of your progress then feel free to write in. (ii) The software you down load from Nikon is not in a form that can be directly loaded into the camera, it should be an *.exe file if you are using windows and the *.exe file does need to be run to create the two firmware files. (iii) Not all card readers may be suitable, see the Nikon reference, (do not use a Lexar Jump Shot USB cable to perform this update). However the once the file has been written to the CF card then you should be good to go forward with the rest of the operation.
You clearly know this, but for Rex's benefit I would just add to step 4 in your comprehensive instructions that the "A" file must be copied to the root directory of the card, not into the folder that formatting the card creates. The same applies in step 14 for the "B" file.
The down load from Nikon for a windows PC will be something like F-D200-V201w.exe, actually it should be exactly like that! You need to save that file to a location where you can easily find it again. I use \Downloads\Nikon but your system may well be different, if it works for you, that is fine! Then you need to click or double click on the file and it will run, it will produce two files, the 'A' and the 'B' firmware. So if the download went to a folder called say Nikon that you created, the firmware produced by running the downloaded file will go to a further folder, something like Nikon\D200Update. This location will contain two files A2000201.bin and B2000201.bin. This process has expanded the single file into the two parts that you need to load into the camera.
Now to deal with your query about the 'root'. When you format the CF card in the D200 it will remove all files from the drive but will create a system on the drive that will allow the D200 to recognise and use the card. I do not have a D200 to hand, but after you switch off the camera, remove the card and insert it into a card reader the empty drive should look something like this when looked at in the computer, Removable disk (X: ) (note I have used 'X' in this example, but on my PC the card had the letter 'I:') with a single folder named something like NIKON001.DSC. This folder exists at the root level and is closest to the X: part shown after the legend Removable Disk. You need to copy the A2000201.bin file to the drive itself and check that it is the same size as the file shown on your hard drive and that it exists as the companion to the NIKON0001.DSC previously found. I have posted an image here in my gallery
These details on the card at this point are in the root area of the card's storage system, it is called the root as folders can 'branch' out from this level to create what is called a tree structure If you can successfully reach this point you are good to update your 'A' side Firmware. The process is the same for the 'B' side, but do remember to allow the first update time to complete, I suggest 30 seconds after everything appears to have completed and do format the card after updating the 'A' side. As set out before switch off the camera, remove the card, attach it to the PC and copy the 'B' file, this one came up to a size of 3,840KB on my machine. I hope that this will help you to fully understand the step by step process.
Rex Re your #49, I hope that the message and picture above can help you to be able to perform the update now, if anyone can help with any other points I am sure that they will be pleased to try. Richard PS for Brian, I did find the 'old SD card that I used before. This time it is still recognised by most other devices but my D7000 declares it as useless. It may not be a 'speed thing', but one does need to make sure that the card you use is accepted by the camera you want to update. Not relevant to Rex's case I agree. Richard
>I have tried and tried to install the firmware for the D200, >without much luck. I hate to send it off because it is the >only camera I own now. > >I have followed everyones instructions, but no luck. Nikon >told me not to use " Mass Storage". This is the most >frustrating thing I have ever tried to do and everyone says >its so simple. I am not an idiot. I had a good education and >can follow instructions. > >This thing is kicking my butt.
You've probably been able to install the firmware by now, but for any others that may also need to do this, let me describe what I found that gave me problems.
I read this string several time and I hope I didn't miss this "tip". I followed Nikon's instructions for the upgrade and was able to copy the files to the root directory with no trouble - probably more so because of the explanations in this string.
But when I put the card in the camera to do the upgrade and got to the point where I had to highlight Yes and ENTER to start the upgrade, I tried to select Yes using the multi-selector! Why not, that's how you navigate through the screens? But you must actually press the ENTER button, bottom button on left side near screen on the back of the camera. Once I discovered that little fact, all went well and I now have the firmware at 2.01 for both A and B.