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Old September 24th, 2009, 07:57 AM   #1
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Quest if you did your own firmware upgrade

For those who did your own firmware upgrade (not sent to Sony) - Did that make your battery stop dying when left on an EX-1 that was turned off overnight?
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Old September 24th, 2009, 08:12 AM   #2
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how can you do it?

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Old September 24th, 2009, 09:29 AM   #3
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There's actually a circuit board that needs to be replaced to fix that. That was the main reason I brought my camera to Sony rather than do it myself.
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For those who did your own firmware upgrade (not sent to Sony) - Did that make your battery stop dying when left on an EX-1 that was turned off overnight?
Worked for me. I thought I'd have to send it off to get the aforementioned circuit board, but didn't. It will still drain the battery, but it now takes a week, versus overnight.
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It will still drain the battery, but it now takes a week, versus overnight.
That is interesting. I bought my EX1 from B&H in July. I have noticed that the battery dies after a week or so, but haven't attempted to do any controlled test. When this has happened, the battery was only 50% charged at the beginning. I never saw this happen on my VX-2000, PDX-10 or HVR-Z1.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 09:31 PM   #6
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Very different battery technology in the EXx batteries .
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Old September 29th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #7
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Craig,

I'm the guy who posted on DVinfo.net about my EX-1 not booting. I've sent it to a 3rd party repair company that seems to be going through board after board looking for a short.

Where did you hear that Sony changed a circuit board when doing the firmware update? Is there someone I can call directly about that?

My repair place doesn't seem to know anything about it.

I sent this as a private email as well.

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Old September 29th, 2009, 03:17 PM   #8
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If you report the Battery Drain issue when you bring in your camera for Firmware Upgrade they'll replace the circuit board (two I believe) that fixes the drain issue for not additional charge. It was listed on my service report I got from Sony.

I'd note that the issue you're experience may well be in software/firmware and not hardware though. When I got my camera back I had an odd problem where I couldn't play out of the component or SDI with one setting (I forget which one) and switching that prevented me from reviewing clips in camera. I drove back to Sony (only 30 minutes away) and the redid the firmware update while I waited and that fixed the issue.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 03:24 PM   #9
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Was there any number listed for the circuit boards on your service report?

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