If you have successfully installed the DCM software at least once then you should have a file on your computer for installing the firmware only without having to do so with the DCM. This has an option to 'force' the installation.
The posting linked to below explains how to do a force-install of the firmware for the SR300, and how to submit a returns claim for refund or replacement if recovery of the camera is not possible. Please be aware that the SR300 and R200 camera models are about to be retired as the super-powerful new D415 and D435 models go on sale in September, so if you are going to request a replacement SR300, you should do so sooner rather than later whilst stocks last.
If you wish to go the route of purchasing a replacement SR300 now and then submit the current one that you own for a return, the SR300 is now on sale in the Intel Click store at a discount ahead of the D-cameras' launch.
After trying to restart few times and disconnecting USB port I managed to get SR300 recognized by Windows. However, depth camera is not working. Device Explorer is not working either: it states "Device failed due to malfunctioning".
Tried to use the utility FWUpdateSR300.exe, but it is very confusing what exactly it expects to do.
not working: "Failed to get FW file revision"
FWUpdateSR300.exe -update -force
not working either. Similar problem to find "FW file"
The only successful command is:
The output is like this:
Camera Connection State = Connected
Camera Generation: Ivcam 1.5
Camera Connection Type: Peripheral
Device ID: 1eb99ea6
Serial Number: 619205002296
OEM ID: 0xcafecafe
Firmware Revision: 188.8.131.52
Command: Camera Connection Check
Status: No Error
FW update return code: 0
When doing this:
in addition to above message, I am getting: "Recommendation: Downgrade Required".
So how to downgrade the FW? Is there an additional utility for this?
A 7th generation processor is not a problem. It's only a problem if you have an older processor (e.g 5th generation).
You would perform a downgrade by installing an older version of the DCM program. But trying to downgrade the firmware can get you into more problems than trying to install the current version.
During my research, I found a new version of the SR300 'force' instruction that adds an additional command oemID. It offers the option to write a new firmware by pressing the Y key to say yes.
FWUpdateSR300.exe -oemId:0xcafecafe -force
Ok, that looks fine.
At the start of this discussion, you stated that Windows did not recognize the camera. Now after the Windows upgrade, you said that Windows does now recognize the camera. This suggests that the firmware is functioning correctly, and that there is an additional problem.
It is possible that your SR300 is being affected by the current problems with Build 15063 of Windows (also known as the Creators Update). This particularly affects the Depth part of the SR300. Could you check your System Information window please to see if the Build number is 15063?
Having minimized the likelihood of other possibilities, I would say that there is a very strong chance that you are one of the SR300 users who have unfortunately been affected by the issue with Build 15063 of Windows 10 that causes some peoples' cameras to malfunction, whilst others do not experience the problem. Intel and Microsoft have been working together on a fix for some months but a patch has not been able to be developed yet that corrects the problem.
Intel's advice for now is to use DCM version 184.108.40.20618. I note that installing that DCM is where your problem seemed to begin at the start of this case though.
There are workarounds that have been posted on the forum, but they do not work for everyone, and I appreciate that you have already invested money and valuable time in trying to solve the problem.
I would therefore identify your options now as being:
1. Install an earlier build of Windows 10 that pre-dates 15063, such as the Anniversary Edition
2. Try some of the workarounds.
3. Plug the camera into a mains-powered USB 3.0 hub instead of directly into the PC's USB ports. or
4. File a claim for a refund or replacement of the camera whilst it is still inside the 90 day warranty period
I truly understand the frustration of affected users. Intel have made a lot of effort to fix the problem, working with Microsoft, but unfortunately a single definitive solution has not been able to be found. Part of the problem is that it affects some users but not others. Also, some of the workarounds work for some people but not others. I realize that to the users such as yourself who are among those that are affected, there are no words that can make it feel better. I am not an employee of Intel and so cannot speak for them, but I know they have tried everything possible to rectify this situation.