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Old 01-26-2008, 03:31 PM   #1
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PRS 505 Firmware Update

Hi All, I'm completely new to this so please forgive me if this is the wrong place to start but I've got a MAJOR problem with my PRS 505, and if someone here can't help me no-one can.

It all started when after only 24hrs of ownership I plugged a USB cable in when the devise was on standby and device lock was activated. The unit came out of stand by and said devise locked, but didn't give me the option of entering the number sequence. Anyway I couldn't get it out of this state whatever I did. I finally went for the reset button on the back. The device would then not boot up past the start up page. I did this a number of times with various other key presses in between. I realised at this point I was in deep trouble. I finally found something on the web that instructed on how to recover from a bad crash so that it would ask you to update the firmware. Unfortunately this advice was meant for the 500 not the 505. It worked but I don't have a 505 firmware updater. I read somewhere that Sony are intending to release a firmware update end of Feb/March, which I guess I can wait for, but it's a shame not to be able to use it until then particularly after such a same mistake. Has anyone else had a similar experience and recovered their device, if so, can you help me? Thanks in advance, Simon
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Old 01-26-2008, 04:59 PM   #2
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Why not contact Sony? If it is in warranty and you live in the US, then you can get it sorted fairly easily.
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:22 PM   #3
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I don't live in the US, and that's the problem. I'm from the UK and I can't imagine Sony being very cooperative in this matter.
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:31 PM   #4
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Does it mount as a USB device in that state? Have you ensured it's charged up correctly (a PSP charger will work if you have one).
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:36 PM   #5
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Yep, its fully charged. No you can't mount it as a USB devise in this state. What worries me is that this was such an innocent 'mistake' to make. Good to know about the PSP charger though, I didn't know that thanks.
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The thing you wanted to do was a hard reset. I don't know if it'll still work with it caught in an update loop, but it won't hurt anything to try it. You can find the instructions here.
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:15 PM   #7
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I tried this and I think you right, I should have done this before. It doesn't help now. I'll have to wait for that first patch. Thanks for your input everyone. Regards Simon
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The info & link here might help, but no guarantees!
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:10 AM   #9
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maybe i'll give this a go if I decide to be adventurous. Thanks Simon
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I don't live in the US, and that's the problem. I'm from the UK and I can't imagine Sony being very cooperative in this matter.
You could email Sony and tell them of your problem and see if they can sort it via email. If not, find someone to send it to in the USA to take it in for warranty repair. I can check if it's OK and take it to the Sony Style Store for warranty repair. I could do it as long as you pay for all the shipping.
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:37 AM   #11
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Hi John, thats very kind of you and I may well take you up on it. I will however try installing the first Firmware update when it comes out. I know it will be 4 weeks or more, but a the moment its difficult to justify spending 10's of dollars on a problem that might well fix itself in a few weeks. Thanks again anyway. And if that firmware update doesn't work I will definatelly take you up on your kind offer.

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Old 02-14-2008, 01:27 PM   #12
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Any news about update, or possibility to unbrick prs-505 ?
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:34 PM   #13
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I check the website every couple of days, but nothing so far. I've read somewhere that it should be the end of this month, but could be end of next month :-(
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:31 AM   #14
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I need new firmware so much. Waiting
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I need new firmware so much. Waiting
Currently there is only one method to restore PRS-505 from scratch: disassemble the Reader and upload the image via console (wires). Checked on several PRS-505 Readers.

Complete procedure is here (in Russian).

http://www.the-ebook.org/forum/viewt...t=7577&start=0
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