Well, I was there two days ago. Same thing happened to me, so, I took it to Nikon in LA and showed them. Their comment, "That's not right." I left the camera with them to figure out.
Now I had limited function with the multiselector center button to begin with, in addition to not being able to update the firmware I couldn't format a memory card through the menu. I was able to format a card using buttons on top of the camera. I wonder if anyone else has had the same problem?
>Well, I was there two days ago. Same thing happened to me, >so, I took it to Nikon in LA and showed them. Their comment, >"That's not right." I left the camera with them to >figure out. > >Now I had limited function with the multiselector center >button to begin with, in addition to not being able to update >the firmware I couldn't format a memory card through the menu. > I was able to format a card using buttons on top of the >camera. I wonder if anyone else has had the same problem? > >If I hear from Nikon, I'll post it here.
Amazing, and I thought I was the only one. Please let me know what they say.
Is your battery fully charged? The firmware won't update if there is insufficient charge in the battery. I tried updating mine with the battery grip in place - the in-camera battery was fully charged but the battery in the grip wasn't, and it wouldn't perform the update. I removed the grip and tried again and voila! The update went ahead with no problems.
D4, D800, D600
It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that just ain't so.
Why is this thus? What is the reason of this thusness?
You have to press the physical OK button on the lower left on the back of the camera. The center button on the multi-selector will not work for firmware updates or card formatting. It's a safety feature to prevent photographers from inadvertently formatting the wrong card or inadvertently updating firmware.
Think of the center button on the multi-selector as a menu settings configuration tool only.
>Yep! It is. > >I use the SD as either overflow or backup, depending on >whether I will be able to come back again.
Nikon bodies with two card slots are designed to always look for the firmware update on a card in the primary slot. In order for it to see a firmware bin file in a secondary slot, you have to remove the primary card so the camera is forced to use the other slot as long as it's slot 1.
On page 5 of the English PDF instruction file for installing firmware updates (for the D700 in this case - it's the first link I grabbed, but it's also in the instructions for other dual card slot bodies), it states in red text:
"Cameras with Two Memory Card Slots If the camera allows you to select one slot as the primary slot and the other as the secondary slot, insert the card into the slot currently selected as the primary slot. Otherwise insert the card into Slot 1."