Author Topic: Mis-step during install, possible Bricked T2i. Light still flashes once though.  (Read 27722 times)

EMJAYWLZ

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Greetings all,

So I was excited to finally install the ML software for my canon rebel t2i.  I followed all of the instructions, updated the firmware.

When I extracted the ML software into my 32GB SD card, I included everything,

"/Volumes/EOS_DIGITAL/magiclantern-v2.3.550D.60D.600D.50D.500D.5D2"

When I turned the camera on, the screen stayed dark, and the led in the lower right corner blinked once.

After that the camera was unresponsive.  I looked it over and of course, I made a mistake and the dial was set to A-DEP or AV, one notch above or below M as listed in the install instructions.

I have tried all of the methods listed for a possibly bricked camera, and have seen a new post for a diagnostic test but have not moved forward on it.

Any suggestions as how to best proceed.  I would hate to have started my morning off with a cup of coffee and brick.  =^)

Thanks in advance!

MJ

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You need to extract every file into the /volumes/EOS Digital
do not put them inside the magiclantern-v2.3.550D.60D.600D.50D.500D.5D2 folder, take them out of there

That's how it should look like (approximately, you should have more .fir files)

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EMJAYWLZ

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Hey there,

Thanks for the quick reply.  I suspected that to be one of the issues.

I removed all the other files from the folder, matched your image including the .fir files from the original download on the MLSD install card.

I've gone through the process of rebooting, removing the batt, card and lens, putting them back on and turning the camera on.

The screen is still dark.  The LED does flash one time, and then thats it. 

The dial is set to M this time as opposed to the A-DEP mode from my initial install.

Any other ideas?

Much thanks! 

~ MJ

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Happened to me yesterday.

Power off. Remove battery and format your card. Leave it blank. Put the battery and the formatted (and empty) card back to the camera. Turn on.

EMJAYWLZ

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Greetings jgore!

Thanks for you help with this.

I followed you instructions and formatted the card totally.

I inserted the blank card into the camera, replaced the lens and battery and turned it on.  This time the red work like stayed on for a moment longer and seemed to have added the DCIM and MISC folder to the card where there was none before.

However the LCD is still dark and there is no shutter activity when I press the button.  The camera is in "M" mode when I turned it back on.

Did your camera have the same behaviors?

Any other ideas would be welcomed.

Thanks!

MJ

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Looks like you have the bootflag active on the card but no autoexec.bin there.

If you have access to a windows computer, I suggest you download EOSCard and use that to install ML to your card.
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EMJAYWLZ

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Hey there,

Thanks, I do and I will.

I'll let you know how it works out.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Best,

MJ

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Make sure you have firmware 1.0.9 on your camera  ;)
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EMJAYWLZ

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Yep.  The first thing I did and the last thing that seemed to go right.  =^)

I'll get that windows install set up and let you know how it goes.

Thanks for all the help.

I'll check in soon.

Best,

MJ

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-install 1.0.9 canon firmware (even if you firmware already 1.0.9) http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eosdigital7/firmware.html
-then install ML
EOS 550D 18-55mm IS - 50mm F/1.8

EMJAYWLZ

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Hey there. 

Maybe I'm missing something. 

I don't have LCD functionality.  It's black.  Is there a way to reinstall the firmware if I can't read the screen?  I have no menu system available.  The only thing that seems to be working is the red work light in the lower right corner of the camera body that lights up when I put the battery in and turn it on. 

I inserted a card with the latest firmware but with no success.  I'll see if I can get a menu system through the mini HDMI out to a monitor.

I also downloaded and used EOSCard to reinstall ML,  My previous Mac version of the ML installation had the autoexec file installed but I went ahead and used EOSCard on a windows machine and installed the ML software with the same results.

I replace the battery and turn it on, the red light blinks once, then nothing.

I decided to roll the dice and press the shutter button and there was a little shutter activity. On other attempts to get it working, I removed the battery, replaced it, light comes on, and that's it. 

After the shutter tries to activate I do see an Error 80 in the viewfinder. 

So it has a pulse, I'm just thinking it's flaked out in the software department somehow.

I'd like to at least get it back to factory setting so I can give ML another chance.

Please keep the suggestions coming.

Thanks!

MJ

EMJAYWLZ

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Hey there ML Community,

So I've tried almost every fix that's been thrown at me and tried one of my own but no success yet.  My computer is a Mac Mini running OSX Mountain Lion.  I also have a Bootcamp partition running Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro.

To Recap what happened:

I downloaded and updated the latest firmware for the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

I originally unzipped the entire contents of the ML archive download to my 32GB SD Card, as per the installation instructions.

My mistake was not emptying the contents of the folder named "magiclantern-v2.3.550D.60D.600D.50D.500D.5D2" into the root directory, but placing the whole folder in the root directory.

I then followed the install instruction and activated my camera.  The work light flashed once and that was that.  No further functionality.  The LCD display will not work.  No shutter activity.

I noticed that my dial was set to "A-Dep", not "M" when I turned on the camera with the ML card inserted.

Current Functionality of my Canon Rebel T2i:

The LCD Display will not turn on. 
The Canon will not take photos.
The Canon is not recognized via usb.
The Red work light will blink once when a charged battery is taken out and replaced.
The Red work light will blink once and a bit longer when inserting a completely formatted and blank SD Card.  It seems to be able to write
the root directory folders DCIM and MISC.

After trying to figure it out myself I turned to the forums.

What I've tried to do so far with no success:

Reinstall the latest firmware via a freshly formatted SD card with the firmware in it and with the EOS Utility Software.
Create a MS SD Install card with the appropriate file structure in the root directory.
Created a new ML SD Card on a windows 7 computer with EOSCard.  I've tried it with the current available builds of the MS Software.
Powered off the camera, removed the lens, removed the card, removed the battery and replaced all in the same order.
Followed the step by step fixes available on the forums in case you think your camera is bricked.

That's all I can think of for now.

Since trying all of the recommended and above suggestions, I cycled through the dial, swapping the battery with each pre set and turned on the camera.

It still has not returned to normal, but I noticed that pressing the shutter button gives limited function to the auto focus and the shutter from time to time.  Sometimes the shutter manages to complete a full action, sometimes it stops halfway.  I managed to snap off one shot it seemed, but the work light just hung, so I removed the battery. 

That's all I can think of folks.  If anyone out there has any ideas or faced this problem, please share your experience.  You help is greatly appreciated.

My fingers are crossed.

Thanks again!

Best,

MJ



 

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"Since trying all of the recommended and above suggestions, I cycled through the dial, swapping the battery with each pre set and turned on the camera."
Try the steps above with formatted card and without card too if you haven't tried yet.
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EMJAYWLZ

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Thank you for the suggestion.  I'll give that a try today.

Much appreciated!

MJ

EMJAYWLZ

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Hey everyone,

So, I'm still locked out of my Canon Rebel T2i since attempting to install the ML software.

I've noticed that some settings allow me some function over the shutter, I've even been able to complete one shutter action, but then after that it loses steam and I get an Error 80 code.

The red work light does come on but it stays on as if it's trying to write to the SD Card but I pull the battery to keep it from over heating.

I've tried the suggestion by Pelican, but no luck  (Thanks though.)

Still no LCD activity.  I tried connecting the camera to an external monitor via Mini HDMI cable, no luck.

At this point it's looking like I may have to send it in for repair but would like to avoid that.

If anyone else has experienced the same issue or found a solution, please post.

Thanks again. 

MJ




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err 80 should be an hardware failure .... Did you try without a lens?
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For me, there are a few things unclear.

1) Did you run ML firmware update? Did you see the screen saying "Firmware Update Program - Loading"? Did you see ML green screen? (as in this video:
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2) Is the bootflag enabled on the camera? (does it matter if you use a bootable card with autoexec.bin on it, or a freshly formatted card?)

3) Can you try the LED blinking test from here? http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=2296.0

EMJAYWLZ

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Hey there A1ex,

Yes, I did run the Canon camera latest firmware update, then I followed the install pdf instructions and did the ML update. 
(My earlier posts list the specifics of what I did)

The two big errors that I made were installing just the ML folder on the root of my SD card, not the 10 items within.  I was following the enclosed PDF witch from what I read, did not specify.  This being such a sensitive install I was trying to follow to the "T".

The other error I made was, putting my camera in A-DEP mode by accident, just one notch above M as listed in the install instructions.  (It's what I get for not measuring twice and cutting once I guess.)

After running the SD card with this ML folder configuration, the camera went dark.  Since then I've not been able to get the LCD screen to activate, and I never saw the Loading ML screen with green text.  I sure wish I had watched that vimeo link before doing this.

I would imagine the bootflag is enabled on my camera, but at this point, I don't know how to enable or change it since I don't have a menu system to look at, if it can even be altered by a menu system.

I have tried inserting an bland SD card with no auto exec.bin file, one with.  I've tried a ML SD disc created with EOScard on a windows machine instead of a mac which is my usual goto, with the appropriate fild directory structure in the root directory.  No changes.

I've cycled every setting while removing the lens, the sd door, the battery, with and without an SD card inserted.

The only activity I've managed to get so far is the red work light to blink once, as if reading the card, and then nothing.  On a completely blank and formatted card, it will read, light up for a moment longer and then cut off, and it writes the DCIM MISC folder directory in the root of the SD Card.

I've managed to get the shutter to work, some autofocus function but after more than a few seconds it just putters out, like it ran out of gas or something.

When it has managed to "appear" to take a photo, meaning a few shutter actions repeat in succession, it putters out, or the shutter will stop halfway, and that's when I usually see the Error 80 code in the viewfinder.  However the red work light will hang like it's writing to the card, but it writes for an abnormal amount of time, longer than I know it should, so I just remove the battery for fear of overheating.

Still, no working LCD Screen, no viewable menu system, and no signal is coming out of the mini HDMI port on the side.

I have tried the diagnostic tests last night as well but no changes in the red work light indicator.  It just blinks once after I put the battery in and turn it on.  I get the sense that it's just not reading the software at this point, but it still capable of writing.

My one last hope it seems before sending it in is to remove the CMOS internal battery.  I had read on a forum of a non ML user where a camera just stopped working.  Someone  has suggested removing the CMOS internal battery to wipe the Cameras internal memory and that this may allow you to start fresh.  You can see the internal battery, just inside the main battery slot, looks like a watch battery, but it's not easily accessible, and I have not found an appropriate teardown for this camera.  I made an attempt but decided I would just back off before making a complete paperweight out of my canon.  I'll need more confirmation first.

That's all I can think of. 

nanomad: I'm pretty sure I've tried this all without a lense, but I'll give it another whirl.

Thanks for all of the posts.  Keep them coming.

MJ








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Can you answer my questions with yes and no? I'm even more confused.

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First, camera should start without SD card even with boot flag enabled. At least mine does.

Second, to load code (autoexec.bin) SD card must be formatted to fat32 or exfat and be made bootable with eoscard utility, just like a 3.5" floppy boot disk. The other combos won't help you.

Autoexec.bin goes in the root. Without it, its like deleteing NTLDR from windows.

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putting my camera in A-DEP mode by accident

This doesn't matter.

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The two big errors that I made were installing just the ML folder on the root of my SD card, not the 10 items within

Just means your camera won't boot in this condition. If you delete windows, you don't brick your hard drive. You just won't be able to boot till you reinstall it.

Correct procedure: Install 1.0.9 firmware, patch with 1.0.9 firmware patch (the .fir files). If you had a different version and then patched somehow with 1.0.9 then patch could be in the wrong place and have messed up something else.

The only other explanation I have is you had hardware failure which came out after the updates. Since the camera seems to be getting past the bootloader, correctly format/bootflag the SD card and load diagnostic autoexec.bins like alex's blinking one or one that creates a log. Then we'll know what is really wrong with the camera.

Also make sure screen is not set off, not sure how it goes on 550D but you see the error 80, this means screen is working just disabled by either something not starting or powersave option. For me its the disp button, I don't know what it is for you.

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Can you answer my questions with yes and no? I'm even more confused.

Hey a1ex,

Sorry about that.  I didn't see this reply.  I'm not a big forum user, so I don't know the ettiquete.  I guess less is more would be the best way to go.


For me, there are a few things unclear.

1) Did you run ML firmware update? Did you see the screen saying "Firmware Update Program - Loading"? Did you see ML green screen? (as in this video:
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2) Is the bootflag enabled on the camera? (does it matter if you use a bootable card with autoexec.bin on it, or a freshly formatted card?)

3) Can you try the LED blinking test from here? http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=2296.0


Answer 1) Yes, I did, or thought I did.  After I updated the camera firmware, I  inserted the ML SD Card I created, turned the camera on and then the camera stopped working. No, I did not see the ML green screen.

Answer 2) I do not know.  I think it is.  I have never altered or knowingly altered this function on the camera.  I have tried an SD card with an an autoexec.bin on it, and a freshly formatted card.  At most, the camera writes a DCIN and MISC folders as when you use the camera normally.

Answer 3) Yes, I did try the blinking light test.  The behavior is the same.  When any card, with an autoexec.bin file or blank is inserted, followed by the battery, and then switched on, the red light blinks one time, and then that's it. A moment of autofocus, maybe a single shutter action, No visuals on the back display, maybe an error 80 code in the viewfinder, and that's it.

Again, sorry about the confusion.  You are the experts here.  I just wanted to make sure you had the whole story.

Thanks again.

MJ

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If you have copied the files in wrong location, then the firmware could not be loaded. Did you see the screen saying "Firmware Update Program - Loading"? (you didn't answer this).

When you have tried the blink test, did you make the card bootable first? (e.g. with eoscard)

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I would like to point out that if he copied the files in the wrong place he couldn't have run the ML firmware upgrade (it has to be in the root of the card to be detected, not in a sub-folder)
The camera probably died after Canon Firmware Update.

@EMJAYWLZ What firmware update did you use (the one that "killed" the camera)? Can you give us the link?
Was it called e8kr7109.fir or 550D-109.fir ?
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I was having some of the same issues you originally had (Blank screen, one light blink) I'm using a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64Gb SDXC in my 550D. I BELIEVE What ended up working in my case was low-level formatting the card, boot version 2.2, then replace the ML files on the card with with version 2.3's. I think the install info for 2.3 explained that this is not recommended? Just my experience.. running fine so far.

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ML has protections, if you run it on the wrong firmware it refuses to boot, if you don't copy the right files (but you copy at least the FIR) it will tell you so.

Read this too: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/bugs.html