I did the update to version 1.10 of the firmware for the D4 like I have done every other firmware update. this time when it got to 5 bars during the update. the screen went black. I let it sit for 10-15 minutes waiting for it to finish so I could verify the update. nothing happened. I call tech support and they had me do a factory reset. but my screen never came back. any suggestions short of sending it back in.?
That will have removed all power. Give it an hour or so, how long, dunno, your guess is as good as mine.
But surely that will totally wipe the custom settings and hopefully, return it back to a working state.
Trouble is, I would've thought the firmware gets written to a eprom or similar, so what I've just said probably won't make any difference, but I'd try it anyway.
I guess the firmware update corrupted somewhere along the line, so unfortunately, it's probably a brick until Nikon get there hands on it.
My idea: If you can find yourself a Mini C HD HDMI cable (like this one) that you could connect to the side of the D4 body and then connect the other normal HDMI cable to your laptop or HDTV, and see if you can get the menu that is supposed to show up on the back of the lcd to show up on the TV, then you would be all set to go. Moreover, if anyone has such a cable can you try my idea and see if works.
Lastly, what happens when you push the Live View (LV) button and put the camera in video mode? Hence, does the LCD fire up?
I have never had the problem either and I've done firmware updates on the D4,D3 and D2Xs and the D1. never had this problem. I would love to do a complete upload with a different card but I don't have access to the menu screen so I can't get back to the firmware to start the update over. I've tried the hdmi out to try and see it on an LCD and no luck. can't believe that you can't plug the network cable in and have the service center remote in to it and update the software. In my Video work I have vendors do that all the time. Think of the shipping and man hours save on running the diagnostics remotely
This video might help..and illustrate what I'm trying to point out.
IIWM I would be at the Nikon Service Centre watching them sort it out.
Well, If such a sequence is known, I would love to know what it is. I looked all over the net to find such a "secret" to no avail. On some of the older FX, Nikon had a whole at the bottom of the body where you could do a hard reset, but on the new generation of FX bodies that is no longer an option.
I have a feeling that they have device that connects to the body via the external connectors that allows them to access the CPU inside.