Ok, so the 7D alpha II thread is like
37 OVER 9000
pages long. Lots of great info in there but its a lot of pages. A good portion of it is dev wizardry which us newbies wont fully understand, the other bit is useful info restated over and over because us newbies keep asking it over and over....
The idea of this thread is to help with common issues that are asked over and over, a "how to" written by someone who is not a MagicLantern wizard and someone who does not know all the workings inside out. I want to write this guide not to take credit, but to help people with common problems that I myself had.
This is a guide only for if you want the VERY EXPERIMENTAL
and POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS
autoboot version of the Beta 2.0.3
. If you want the somewhat safer version that you have to manually run every time you start the camera, check out THIS THREAD
The obvious do at your own risk disclaimers apply. READ EVERYTHING TWICE BEFORE STARTING.
This includes the FIRST, SECOND, and FOURTH post in this thread. 99% of the answers can be found here.
DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT ASKING A QUESTION UNTIL YOU READ EVERYTHING TWICE.Im not even kidding. Read this post and the second post AND fourth post twice
before you start. MOST of the issues people have are solved by reading the instructions. I took the time to write them as clearly as I could the least you can do is read them twice before you start.
Ok, with that out of the way... STARTING UP
Make sure your camera is updated to the latest version: 2.0.3
Download the following:
7D firmware v1.1.0 http://pel.hu/down/eos7d110.exe
(Thanks to Pelican)
(This is a firmware hack, it will not downgrade your camera)
Latest version of EOScard http://pel.hu/down/EOScard.exe
(Thanks to Pelican!)
(If EOScard fails, try v1.38 backed up here http://goo.gl/JX0BFS
Prepare the working directory:
1. Run eos7d110.exe
which will extract a file to a specific folder. I made a folder named MagicLantern on my desktop and extracted the file there.
2. Move booton.bsdiff
to that same folder.
3. Extract bsdiff_win_exe.zip
to that same folder
You should now have a folder with 5 files in it: 7d000110.fir, bsdiff.exe, bspatch.exe, license, and booton.bsdiff.Create the update file
4. Open command prompt (start - run - cmd, or type cmd in the start search bar, or start - programs - accessories - command prompt)
5. Use the CD command to change the directory to the folder you put the files in. You can do this by opening the folder you created and copying the address (in the address bar at the top) and right click - paste in the command prompt.
For me this looked like 'C:\Users\Jon> CD C:\Users\Jon\Desktop\MagicLantern'<Enter>
6. Now type: bspatch 7d000110.fir 7dbooton.fir booton.bsdiff
and press enter.
You should now see a file named '7dbooton.fir'. This is your update file, you will need it in a moment.Prepare your CF card
7. Make sure you have a freshly formatted card. I like to format the card as NTFS in windows then format the card again in the camera which changes the filesystem.
8. Run EOScard. Select your CF card from the list.
9. Check EOS_DEVELOP and BOOTDISK
10. Right click the ML icon
11. Select 7d 2.0.3 alpha2 from the ports in progress.
12. When the download finishes click SAVE at the top. Wait for it to finish writing files to your CF card
13. Copy the '7dbooton.fir' file you created before to the CF card (don't put it in any folders). Update your camera
14. Put your CF card in your camera, set the dial to M, and turn er on.
15. Open the menu, select the wrench, then firmware update.
16. After the camera updates check MagicLantern by pressing the trashbin button.
17. Check autoboot by turning off the camera, turning it on again, and pressing the trashbin button again.
If you are on a MAC the steps are pretty much the same, check out THIS POST
for some extra help.
Credits where credit is due:
Trammel for the original bootflag hack
Indy for making this all possible
Britrom's original guide that most of this was stolen from
Pelican for being awesome and getting us pretty much everything we need
DenJS for his MAC help.
Others who have offered much advice in the New Ports thread. Thanks a heap!
And even those who had problems, your problems inspired me to write this thread to help everyone who had issues!