How about acquiring the AC unit? Be sure you can get a refund if that doesn't do the trick. Perhaps the contacts are dirty. You can try a pencil eraser. This works well with Ram cards so it may solve your issue. Be sure to have an air compressor can to blow out any excess. There are also contact cleaners that quickly dry and clean contacts that may help. if you bought your camera on a credit card your warranty should be doubled as with most credit cards. As far as I know (i've done 3 already) camera needs to be "on" to do the firmware update. Try pulling out the CF card see if the camera turns on.