How To Update GoPro HD Hero2 Firmware

So you have a GoPro HD Hero2 and need to update your firmware. If you go by what the GoPro site says to do (which I tried and their site failed on me), then you might not be able to. You also have to download and install their “CinePro” software. I haven’t heard anything about it, but I’m not a fan of mandatory software installation on my computer just to update some firmware on the GoPro. So here are my quick and dirty notes on how to do it:

Here is the direct link to the GoPro HD Hero2 firmware update (without having to download and install the GoPro software “CinePro”) – just click (or copy and paste) this link, and the download will start. By the way, I did a scan with Avast and it checked out fine.

http://software.gopro.com/Firmware/HD2/HD2-firmware.bin

1. Go to link, download firmware update to your desktop
2. Insert blank SD card in your computer and Copy file over the file from your desktop
3. Eject SD card from computer and put SD card into the GoPro while it (GoPro) is off
4. Hold “S” button (top shutter button) down while pressing “P” power button once
5. Let go of both buttons
6. Press “P” 3 times (you will see your press count on the screen)
7. Once you get to 3 presses, it will automatically update itself and then shutdown

That’s it! Repeat for 2nd GoPro if you have another one.

**Post update:  You can delete the file from the SD card after you do the update (I saved it to my computer for safe keeping should I ever need to reinstall the update) Thanks to Frank for the question!

***Post update #2:  Click on comments for this post (upper right corner of post) to see how to update to the very latest version. Special thanks to pburek for this info! Hint: scroll to longest post in the comments.

****Post update #3:  A commenter asked me to post the actual file (not sure why, as the link above works just fine as of 8/16/12), but here it is anyways. NOTE:  The file here is saved as a word doc. After you download the file to your computer, just change the file name extension from .doc to .bin (or it will not work). Also, the link above and/or this file is for Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you have a MAC, use a buddy’s computer to update your GoPro. Finally, I believe this file is only for the GoPro HD Hero2 (not the original GoPro Hero). 

Click this link to download the April 2012 firmware update for GoPro HD Hero2 without CineForm:

HD2-firmware (rename this file to HD2-firmware.bin for it to work)

 

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