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I'm trying to update the firmware on a Nikon Coolpix B500. I'm using a new memory card. I have tried formatting the card in the camera first. Then I put the downloaded folder on the card. I've also tried just putting the .bin part on the card. The camera does not ask whether we want to update or not. I've also erased the memory card and started over just putting the file on the card and then into the camera. Still doesn't ask if we want to update. I'm using a Mac. I've checked the card using disk utility, and it says it is a FAT file. Not sure what else to try. Any suggestions?

  • Have you tried using the camera's menu to tell it to update the firmware? Or are you naively expecting it to happen automatically when the camera is turned on with the card containing the correct file inserted? – Michael C Jan 12 at 20:14
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According to the Nikon instructions, after putting the firmware folder (created when you installed the downloaded dmg file) onto the memory card and turned the camera on-

Select Firmware version in the Set up menu and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update.

You don't include this step in your description...

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  • This is a more comprehensive 'howto' for upgrading your firmware... – BobT Jan 12 at 20:06
  • This is different from many cameras where simply turning on the camera with the firmware binary on the card, so easily overlooked! – Please Read My Profile Jan 13 at 16:04
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Got the same problem: The camera does not detect the new firmware version. Even when i go to settings and click in the firmware wersion.. still got the old one. The new one is not detected.

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    This does not really answer the question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. You can also add a bounty to draw more attention to this question once you have enough reputation. - From Review – inkista May 30 at 1:08

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