H4n Pro bios update for extremely slow boot times

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H4n Pro bios update for extremely slow boot times

Post by rickkraft » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:40 am

I am really loving my new H4N Pro, it's a really excellent unit overall. Coming from a Sony PCM-M10 to this, it's a huge improvement in every area. Last weekend though, I almost missed an interview on the trade show floor waiting for it to boot up. While my old Sony admittedly didn't have XLR inputs, it still was usable after 6.5 seconds. I know there are things you can do to decrease load time (keep your card clean, have a smaller capacity card etc) but I would like to get the actual problem fixed. Now I've seen the H4N original has BIOS updates, so could the load times get fixed in an update? I'm asking please if us H4N Pro owners can get support for the devices we purchased :D

If this is in the wrong area of the forum or I should contact someone directly, please let me know. My desire here is just to fix the extremely long load times. I totally love the unit otherwise!!!

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Re: H4n Pro bios update for extremely slow boot times

Post by Jim_Fogle » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:32 am

Hi Rick. Welcome to the forum!

We are all users here just like you. I would update the firmware regardless. The firmware on your unit maybe a little corrupted so overwriting and updating may help.
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Re: H4n Pro bios update for extremely slow boot times

Post by emmrecs » Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:20 pm

See viewtopic.php?f=15&t=23491 in response to an earlier, similar question.

@Jim_Fogle, it is surely potentially disastrous to attempt to upgrade firmware by using a version designed for a different ZOOM product?

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Re: H4n Pro bios update for extremely slow boot times

Post by Jim_Fogle » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:41 am

emmrecs wrote:
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:20 pm
See viewtopic.php?f=15&t=23491 in response to an earlier, similar question.

@Jim_Fogle, it is surely potentially disastrous to attempt to upgrade firmware by using a version designed for a different ZOOM product?

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Jeff, I couldn't agree with you more. Someone should NEVER try to install firmware on a device the firmware is not designed for. I did not catch that the poster was wanting to install H4n Pro firmware on a H4n. Good catch. Thanks for clarifying. :clap:
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Re: H4n Pro bios update for extremely slow boot times

Post by Wulfraed » Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:37 pm

I'm not certain the OP was considering using the H4n firmware on an H4n Pro...
Now I've seen the H4N original has BIOS updates, so could the load times get fixed in an update? I'm asking please if us H4N Pro owners can get support for the devices we purchased

I read a statement to the effect that the H4n had received updates, and a lament that the H4n Pro has not... with a wish that such hypothetical update would do something about boot times.

Though at this point I'd be curious as to the size of the memory cards in the devices the OP is comparing... If the older device only had a 2GB memory, while the H4n Pro is stuffed with a 64GB card -- part of the slow boot-up could just be in the initial check of the file system!
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