Help Help Help Pentax S5i Help needed (Please)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by The Martian, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. The Martian

    The Martian Guest

    I don't know if this is the correct place to ask, but My wife is
    having an "A90" problem with her S5i Pentax..

    We can get it into the inital mode (with the Display + DPOF + Power)

    But does anybody know a way to get it into the "Secret/Service" menu?
    (the Key combination that is required for that).

    So we can do a system initialize

    I have searched everywhere on the net, any help would be
    appreciated... Thx a lot

    You can reply to ericwalker"at"shaw"dot"ca if you want to mail it to

    The Martian.
    The Martian, Jun 4, 2008
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    Nervous Nick Guest

    Cut the guy some slack. He's from Mars, after all.
    Nervous Nick, Jun 4, 2008
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    The Martian Guest

    Sure I found it for the Pantax S, but not for the S5i.

    If you would care to enlighten this poor Martian, I would appreciate
    it... Just even Cutting and pasting the URL?

    Thx again

    The Martian.
    The Martian, Jun 4, 2008
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    The Martian Guest

    Honestly Bob.. I could work with a little self Loathing. It would
    make my wife happy.. and Considering how far away she is, and She is
    with her Family it would be nice.

    Tried toing the Firmware update... Fails.. That is why I want to be
    able to do the Reset... If you don't know... Then Don't reply.. You
    have been ablsolutely no help whatsoever and I have been digging and

    I may have been there and done that already. I was just curious if
    you had found anything new.
    The Martian, Jun 4, 2008
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    Mark Thomas Guest

    Bob will probably kill me - I mean it is just not done to have
    information readily given around here, and we certainly wouldn't want
    the answers to any questions made more easily available... /o:

    Maybe it is the Menu button + Power on, as referred to here:

    Then again, that thread doesn't seem to have a happy ending.

    But this one seems to be more promising...

    Interesting that the simplest solution is just to take the battery out!

    If none of that works, guess Bob will just take the info with him to the

    Let us know how you get on, Martian.
    Mark Thomas, Jun 4, 2008
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    Mark Thomas Guest

    Mark Thomas, Jun 4, 2008
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    ASAAR Guest

    Sheesh. Everyone knows that Mars doesn't need secret service menu
    keystrokes. Mars Needs Women!*

    * Yet another grade B (or lower) Larry Buchanan flick starring
    Tommy Kirk.
    ASAAR, Jun 4, 2008
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    The Martian Guest

    LOL that is why I am trying to Keep Mine happy !!!!

    The Martian, Jun 4, 2008
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    The Martian Guest

    Well Unfortunately Those are all Sites I have found Myself... But
    thanks guys. (Note: The Optio S Secret menu does not work for the

    As for Why? I believe in my wife's case it was caused by a small
    satatic discharge. From what I have been able to gather the A90 error
    is equivient to the Microsoft BSoD, only with no reset. A hardware
    error on the Circuit board that once Tripped you can't turn off.
    (Unless of course you know the Secret menu, and can reset the Bios) .
    The Processor Works, and The Memory is fine... Looks like I will have
    to take it apart (and do the battery thing) when get it back here on
    Mars. (Unless I find the Secret menu between now and then).

    Thanks for the Input Guys.

    The Martian.
    The Martian, Jun 4, 2008
  10. In case you are still floundering.. here's the text from the Bob link
    - note that it seems to imply that Menu+Power is not the secret menu
    thingy, but just initialises/loads the firmware. To get to the menu
    you need to do the ridiculous sequence shown below at C...

    Quote from

    OK Guys...After fidgitting for hours on this with the bits & pieces on
    this forum & on's how I got it to finally work:

    A- I have a Pentax Opio S hence I had to get the "fwdc110p.bin" file

    Optio S4, S4i & S5i shall use another file. Don't really know for S4
    but for S4i & S5i, there on the Pentax customer service website at:

    B- Drop this file on your SD Card at the root directory (same level as
    DCIM folder) or as described by the following link and then close your
    camera to OFF:

    Attention: Do not load this file yet onto the camera i.e. the menu
    +power on procedure, follow step C first...

    C- Open the now infamous "Secret Menu" in order to re-initialize your
    camera prior to re-installing the new firm ware:

    Simultaneously press MENU + Flash symbol button + Power ON...a white
    screen with data written in black should show.

    Then a sequence of buttons must be pressed: 2 times the focus button
    (flower, mountain, MF symbols button) followed by 2 toggles to the
    Right of the "OK" button...then press MENU once and voilà...ze Secret
    Menu appears !

    Using the down toggle of the OK button, go to "SYSTEM INITIAL" and
    press OK. Press another OK to re-initialize your camera.

    Once this has been completed, turn your camera off.

    D- Load the firm ware by opening your camera with the MENU+Power ON
    procedure...finally this should be posting "Complete" after the
    "Loading" message, instead of the "Error!" that we initially kept on

    Your camera should be working perfectly ! Only thing, is that you
    will have to redo your personal settings on it from scratch...but hey,
    this is much better than to wait for months to get your camera back
    from Pentax and save that money for your next photogenic trip !


    mark.thomas.7, Jun 5, 2008
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    Neil Guest

    Should this read "satanic" or "static"? The answer to your question is
    profoundly different depending on which is correct!

    Neil, Jun 5, 2008
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    John Turco Guest

    Hello, ASAAR:

    Oh, those Martians ain't so smart, anyway. Did you see how their evil
    plans of conquering our* Earth, were foiled, in "War of the Worlds"

    Now, I ask you: Shouldn't a technologically advanced species, such as
    those aforementioned extraterrestrials, have heard of biology? :-J

    John Turco <>

    * Why do the actors, in these "Class B" sci-fi flicks, always seem
    to say, "our Earth," eh?

    I mean, are they trying to imply that there's >another< Earth, out
    there, somewhere? <g>
    John Turco, Jun 14, 2008
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    ASAAR Guest

    They know much more about biology than we do. Not to disparage
    Verne and Welles because after all, they did possess some modicum of
    talent, but they were, shall we say, assisted. And if upon their
    deaths their undertakers examined the backs of their necks, they
    would have seen small X-shaped scars. Those invaders from Mars
    still walk among us, invisibly, because the truth is useful as a
    cover story and we accept it, because it's stranger than our oh, so
    familiar fiction.
    ASAAR, Jun 14, 2008
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    John Turco Guest

    Hello, ASAAR:

    Hmmm. Along those lines, was Kenneth Arnold a CIA agent (or dupe),
    perhaps? After all, he started this whole "flying saucer" craze,
    way back in 1947!

    Wikipedia - Kenneth Arnold

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Jun 20, 2008
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    ASAAR Guest

    Don't believe everything you read, especially if the source is
    William Tager. Dan Rather knows this only too well. You don't pick
    conspiracy theories. They choose you, if you're tuned to the right
    ASAAR, Jun 20, 2008
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