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Martin Phillips
EX3 Firmware DIY Upgrade from 1.03 to 1.17 Success
on Nov 22, 2012 at 6:33:09 pm

Bit the bullet (despite warnings that 1.05 was needed for DIY upgrade) and this really could not have been simpler. Downloaded the 1.10 upgrade - all went fine. Camera booted up no probs. Then did the 1.17 upgrade. Again very easy and much quicker than the 1.10 upgrade. Camera now turns on (boots up) a lot quicker (than v1.03) ready for action. Combination of relief (that it worked!) and pleasant surprise that it was so painless. Thought it worth sharing for any other slow updaters like me!

Martin Phillips Freelance Cameraman / Producer / Editor
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK. http://www.videodvdmaker.co.uk


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Michael Slowe
Re: EX3 Firmware DIY Upgrade from 1.03 to 1.17 Success
on Nov 24, 2012 at 10:35:17 pm

Martin, good to hear that but you may not realise that you are very near the Sony experts at Top-Teks, they're in Harefield and they do my EX updates.

Michael Slowe


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Martin Phillips
Re: EX3 Firmware DIY Upgrade from 1.03 to 1.17 Success
on Nov 26, 2012 at 1:39:49 pm

Thanks Michael - yes, I have come across Top-Teks, but hadn't realised they were so close. Actually I have a client in Harefield, oddly enough. Will be in touch with them if my DIY update has not delivered the goods!

Martin Phillips Freelance Cameraman / Producer / Editor
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK. http://www.videodvdmaker.co.uk


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Ian Cook
Re: EX3 Firmware DIY Upgrade from 1.03 to 1.17 Success
on Nov 26, 2012 at 2:47:40 pm

The danger of skipping 1.04 and 1.05 on the way to later versions isn't necessarily that the camera will become inoperable but that you are skipping service patch releases whose contents are not part of the later user-installable updates. So those particular bug fixes etc are not loaded when you skip these early dot releases. The camera was not meant to be user upgradeable in the beginning which is one of the reasons we have to do it in steps on the bench (followed by a flange back adjustment) for cameras below 1.05. Admittedly many of these patches are for bugs that the average user will never run into but it's still best practice to follow the factory recommendations.


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Martin Phillips
Re: EX3 Firmware DIY Upgrade from 1.03 to 1.17 Success
on Nov 26, 2012 at 3:54:00 pm

Thanks Ian - there was only the 1.10 and 1.17 updates available on the Sony website (Canada) - presumably I can't retrospectively add the other ones then?

Martin Phillips Freelance Cameraman / Producer / Editor
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK. http://www.videodvdmaker.co.uk


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Ian Cook
Re: EX3 Firmware DIY Upgrade from 1.03 to 1.17 Success
on Nov 26, 2012 at 3:54:45 pm

negative...


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Martin Phillips
Re: EX3 Firmware DIY Upgrade from 1.03 to 1.17 Success
on Nov 26, 2012 at 4:15:19 pm

Well it all seems to have worked just fine today - I've evidently been fortunate! Will update this thread if any issues arise.

Martin Phillips Freelance Cameraman / Producer / Editor
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK. http://www.videodvdmaker.co.uk


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