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  1. From the following link: They tell you how to access the firmware version on your XS camera: How do I check the camera's current firmware version number? Select mode (or one of the other creative modes). The version of the firmware will not appear in the basic zone. Turn the Power Switch , and press the button to display the menu. Press the Cross keys, and you will see the "Firmware Ver.X.X.X" at the end of the settings shown in "Set-up 3 (Yellow)", which is the currently installed firmware version number. It is a little more clear with the picture from the website, but you should be able to figure it out, as more options are available when you have the camera set to a "creative" mode. I checked this for my camera and I have the latest firmware, version 1.0.7. So for me this apparently isn't the problem.
  2. Hey Slim, I had problems with my XTI / Sigma 10-22 combination not capturing any freefall stills. I don't know if it was locking up or not. What solved the problem for me was to set the focus to manual and rubber band the focus to between 3ft and infinity before exit. At the time, I assumed the camera was having difficulty focusing. Now I'm wondering if it was something else causing the problem. I just bought an XS and am having the same problem as you, no freefall stills on 3 camera jumps this weekend using the stock lens set to autofocus. If it were humidity related, I would think that some of the other camera jumpers at GC or Emerald would be experiencing this problem, too. Please post here if you figure it out. I'll do the same.
  3. We are all going to card based media. So, what is everyone using as card readers and how often are you having to replace the card readers? We have been going through about a card reader every 2 weekends and I think there are better readers out there. What brands and models are you having luck with? Please also include number of uses. My DZ gets about 150 uses out of the card readers they use. I'll try to get the brand and model this weekend to post here. So, everyone can avoid that one.
  4. Because the card was corrupted I couldn't mount it. I plugged the card in and typed "dmesg | tail" in a console to get the device was something like /dev/sdc1. Then I ran testdisk and it asked which disk I wanted examined, I typed "/dev/sdc1". It searched the device and after "deep scanning", or whatever testdisk called the thorough scan, it found the files and asked where I wanted to restore them to. I am simplifying how it all worked, but that is the gist of it. Are you using the windows versions of photorec and testdisk? Because I imagine windows will not allow you to access the disk unless it is a recognizable format to windows. For anyone reading this post, I want to reiterate that if you use any of these tools you should make a physical copy of the disk with the data to another card or disk and work from the copy. More than once I lost the data on the copy by mistake, and I'd like to think I was very careful in the process.
  5. I guess I should relay my story to hopefully save some people some time and trouble... I was able to recover a tandem video from a corrupted disk from a CX150 only with testdisk. Recuva couldn't find the data even if the disk was reformatted and photorec produced one big file with all of the videos strung together. Sony Vegas did not know what to do with the file photorec produced. Additionally, I would add that I had no luck accessing the disk with any tools in windows. I guess that windows interferes if it does not recognize the format of the disk. The only luck I had was to boot the computer from a SystemRescueCD cd (linux) and use testdisk and photorec from there. As theonlyski said, photorec isn't user friendly, and testdisk is even less so. Therefore, I would strongly recommend making a disk to disk copy of the problem disk and work from the copy (I used the dd command in linux). That way if you mess up you don't overwrite the original disk. Just my two cents...
  6. Relax, take a deep breath... Your pictures are probably still there. When the computer "deletes" data, it just removes the pointers to the actual data...or something like that. The data is still there unless it has been written over. Download Recuva or another similar program and scan the disk for your pictures. You can find Recuva at: Good Luck and Blue Skies, Matt
  7. Good question...I'm still confused why they did that. I drilled the threads out on mine, mounted my XTi on it, then realized that I couldn't remove the battery without removing the plate. I couldn't return it because I drilled the threads out. So, I ended up cutting the plate to access the battery. I thought I must've done something wrong, but I really don't see anyone else with a schumacher. For the same price you could get another mounting plate that will allow you to remove the battery with the plate mounted on the camera.
  8. I'd pay $75 to $100, maybe more depending on what tracks are on the compilation.