Older HERO2 Firmware - backdating and unbricking.

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Older HERO2 Firmware - backdating and unbricking.

Postby Andre' Surles » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:01 pm

Backdating the firmware may cause issues if you have the latest firmware, this is not recommended. This topic is for reference only.

GoPro has released multiple firmware versions since Traqmate first began controlling the camera. Unfortunately the newer versions both had bugs in them that effect the 1-Button mode operation and timing that the Traqmate uses. This fix only works on a PC using the Cineform update software.

How to check your Firmware.

Take the SD card out of your camera and insert into your PC.
Open the MISC folder on the SD card
Open the file called version.txt - this file indicates what version of firmware is on the camera.


Open the text file, the correct version for the Traqmate is as follows
{"info version":"1.0","firmware version":"HD2.08.12.124.WIFI.R33.00","camera type":"HD2",}


The below instructions cover how to update/backdate and unbrick a GoPro HERO 2.

If you are having issues with your GoPro this is a great place to start, ie timing off, unreliable camera operation or a bricked GoPro. The first video below shows you how to unbrick a locked up GoPro and how to check the firmware version, update it and downgrade it to any version you like. We highly recommend watching the video that applies to your system a few times first to make sure you understand and are comfortable with the process.

If you are already updated to V222, you need to follow the steps in this video.
HERO2 Firmware Version - V222 Downgrade to V124
http://youtu.be/6Lz1DlyfGV0

If you have an older version of firmware and need to upgrade to V124, then the video below and the images apply to that process.
GoPro HERO 2 - Update V124 from an Older Version.
http://youtu.be/5IJQ33XMDS0

The below steps are similar to those described in the 2nd video.

How to check your Firmware.

Take the SD card out of your camera and insert into your PC.
Open the MISC folder on the SD card
Open the file called version.txt - this file indicates what version of firmware is on the camera, we will use this file later to trick the cineform software.

Open the text file, the correct version for the Traqmate is as follows
{"info version":"1.0","firmware version":"HD2.08.12.124.WIFI.R33.00","camera type":"HD2",}

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If you have a different version you must follow these steps in order to 'upgrade' it first and then 'downgrade' back down to the version above.

Before any changes can be made you must take the camera out of One Button Mode

0- Take HERO2 camera out of One Button Mode (if necessary)
Turn on by pressing the MODE (front) button.
Press and hold SHUTTER (top) button until wrench is displayed
Press SHUTTER button
Press MODE button repeatedly until "..." is displayed
Press SHUTTER button. Trash can will be displayed
Press MODE button repeatedly until 1 BUTTON ON is displayed
Press SHUTTER button once
Press MODE button once to select OFF
Press SHUTTER button once
Press and hold MODE button to exit menu

Download these files

Download Cineform studio from GoPro if you don't already have it installed. This fix ONLY works on a PC.
http://gopro.com/3d-cineform-studio-software-download/

Download the proper firmware V124-
http://traqmate.com/gopro/firmware/hd2/v1/HD2-firmware.bin'

Download the misc Text file-
http://traqmate.com/gopro/firmware/hd2/v1/version.txt'

Update/Downgrade Process

1. Connect the GoPro Camera to the PC with a USB cable, makes sure you have the SD card inserted and that it isn't full. We recommend clearing the card before hand.

The GoPro in this image has the correct firmware version and should NOT be updated.
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2-A: If you have an older version of firmware that isn't V124 (what you want) the Cineform program will present an update option and you should follow that procedure up to the point in which the camera turns off but is still connected to the PC. And the software says you are almost finished and to disconnect the USB power. DO NOT PRESS OK and DO NOT DISCONNECT POWER. Go to Step 3.

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3. Magic Step! - The power will be off on the camera but it is still connected to the PC via the USB cable. Remove the SD card from the camera and insert it into the PC. In the root directory of the SD card you will see the HD2Firmware.bin file. You need to replace this file with the one you downloaded above (v124). Find the file you downloaded and replace the file on the SD card, you can drag the file onto the SD Card and replace it or you can delete the old file and copy in the new one. The newer file (V222) is about 50meg and the older (v124) is only 43meg. You want the smaller file on the SD card.

4. Remove the SD card from the computer and put it back into your GoPro. Remove the USB power connection and turn on the camera. It will finish the update process (do not touch any buttons at this point), it will be using the older firmware you put on the SD card instead of the (V222) Cineform downloaded. Essentially you just replaced the new firmware with an older version.

5. Verify the update went well by turning the camera on and recording.

6. Make sure you put the camera back into One Button Mode before using with Traqmate.

Notes:
* It's recommended to delete all files from the SD card before doing a firmware upgrade.
* All camera settings will revert to defaults after the upgrade including the date and time. If you have any special settings, write them down first.
* Make sure the battery is fully charged before you begin.
* Always record in 40hz mode for perfect sync timing.
* Power cycling the Traqmate can help get the camera in sync the first time you use it.
* This make take a few try's to get it right, if you mess up you can always unbrick the camera using the steps described in the video above.
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