Problems turned up with latest Microdrives, D1X!|
(Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 12:46 EDT)
IBM's latest Microdrive controller chip in 512MB and 1GB drives revises timing, causes problems...
We noted in a news item from our friends at Rob Galbraith Online (and similar items on Japanese sites) that the latest batch of 512MB and 1GB Microdrives have been showing problems with Nikon's brand-new D1X digital camera. Affected drives can be identified by examining the 11 character code underneath the barcode on the lower right rear corner of the drive. If the third-last digit of the sequence is anything other than 0, the drive will cause currently shipped D1X cameras to blink 'CHA' on the top LCD, and show '0' on the counter.
The new Microdrives don't perform any differently to existing drives, the timing differences simply being related to how the drive responds to commands from the camera. The error has been acknowledged as IBM's and the company is working on a fix, however Nikon Japan has announced that it intends to develop a fix for D1X cameras that have already shipped (most likely a firmware update) to correct the incompatibility.
At this time, we've yet to hear of any similar problems with the latest Microdrives and other digital cameras...
Rob Galbraith Online website