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Ok, heres a slightly new topic that i would like to start with a few observations about when our camera goes into bootloader mode.
1. this is interesting because i have one cam thats in bootloader mode and i would like to get it working.
2. other people are in the same boat.
3. I have to say i know very little about the software side of hacking, but maybe this can help.
4. A few thoughts about when the camera is made.
In the old days when people made digital devices they had to flash them, program or whatever before they were assembled. Soon after things got complex, people started making bootloaders for embedded devices, these allowed minimal control to load an operating system to do all the fancy stuff. Now, I have the feeling that this is the case with this camera, It would have to have a minimal bootloader mode for when they factory programmed it. I dont know how it works, but I am almost certian it exists.
Another thought i had, is (correct me if im wrong) that on one of the forums someone found that the camera had 2 usb power drawing identies, one was something and the other one was 200ma. Now when i was playing with powering my camera through the interface that we (now) might use to charge the batteries it drew exactly 200ma. Coincidence?
The Idea: Perhaps in factory, they supply power through the pin for the batteries instead, and perhaps there is a slight hardware arrangement that allows us to write to the flash in bootloader mode.
How to try it: instead of connecting the five volts through the normal usb vcc pin, connect it instead to the internal power pin and start running commmands.
Note: on my powersupply, i ran the camera all the way up to 5 volts, and it was still working fine, nothing was getting toasty or anything.
A little more: Thing about how stuff like this is assembled, in the factory they place components, bake the whole board, take it out, test it, and then program it. no preprogramming the flash before assembly. (they used to do this a long time ago, but I havent seen anything lately thats not in a socket thats preprogrammed)
Finally, This is just my crazy idea for getting a program in on bootloader mode. It might not be necessary at all, we might just be able to do it withough any more mods. And maybe start from the bottom of this topic to see if someones already posted the procedure.