Removing timestamp on MD80 clone using flashing

First and for most I did not write this guide it’s one I came across while looking for the solution to timestamp removal. It worked ok first time for me on my MD80 however I take NO responsibility it doesn’t for you and or bricks your camera.

CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!

The below content is from http://www.mytempfiles.info/gum/project3.html and is unchanged apart from I have hosted the files myself.

Roger M from the UK has found the missing link. It’s a program called
ISP_1528.exe which can currently be downloaded from

https://www.theoutpost.org/downloads/Driver.rar

Unfortunately, the program *DOES NOT
WORK for the 64bit version of Windows 7
. If you want to use this
tutorial you will have to use Windows XP (32bit), Vista (32bit) or Windows 7
(32bit).

*One user has reported he had success with Windows 7 64bit. I can’t confirm
this because I don’t have the 64-bit version yet, but maybe the latest Windows
7 updates are necessary.

The program ISP_1528.exe (ISP = In System Programming) can read and write
the firmware from cameras with the SunPlus processor (GumPack, MD80, 808).
These cameras have been named #3 cameras. See Chuck’s site for a
detailed description of the different models. In read mode, the program creates
a 1528.bin.raw file which it then decompiles into a 1528.bin.brn file and a
whole bunch of resource files. We use the 1528.bin.brn (burn) file to create a
modified 1528.bin file. 1528.bin is an exact copy of 1528.bin.brn except that
we replace the font data by using the program NoTimeStamp.exe. We then use
ISP_1528.exe to write this new file back to the camera.

Note: If you have used my GumPack external power «Cut
Track» modification
you will have to temporarily bridge the cut or, if you
have already done the complete modification, put the GumPack in USB mode
(switch set to photo mode).

I assume that the user has basic computer knowledge and knows how to unzip
and unrar files. 7Zip is an excellent program for this. I also assume that the
user knows how to copy files from one folder to another and how to create
folders. This tutorial is written for inexperienced users but may also be
useful to others. There are a few differences between the GumPack, MD80 and
808, especially with the buttons. I have tried to include these differences
based on information received from owners of these devices.

I can confirm that
NoTimeStamp V.1.2 works on the following #3 models:

GumPack
with a file size of 2’097’152 bytes (dump of the SPI contents)

GumPack
with a file size of 1’735’852 bytes

GumPack
with a file size of 920’376 bytes

808
with a file size of 969’538 bytes

808
with a file size of 1’735’852 bytes

MD80
with a file size of 920’376 bytes

Please inform me
if other file sizes / models work for you. I am more than willing to pre-check
your original file for you if you are uncertain. All original files are always
welcome!

In order to remove the timestamp, you will need 3 programs: The Webcam
Driver
, the file patcher NoTimeStamp.exe, and the actual burning
software ISP_1528.exe. This tutorial will show you how to download,
install and use these programs. I would like to have bundled these programs
into an easy, one click, setup program, but, because of possible copyright
infringements etc., I don’t want to risk it. This limitation makes the
installation procedure fairly complex for beginners. I have attempted to make
it as easy as possible by using a memory stick for the installation
files and folders. Once installed, all operations are done from within the
c:\isp folder.

For the examples below I have used a freshly formatted memory stick which
has been assigned the drive letter F:. Replace all references to F: with the
drive letter assigned to your memory stick. If you download the files to
another folder or to the desktop, then I recommend that you copy the downloaded
files to your F: memory stick. Using a root folder on an empty drive makes the
explanations a bit easier, but of course you could use any drive or folder for
the files downloaded.

â–º Take note that the ISP program does
not like waiting
. Between every operation (Read and/or Write) you
should always quit the program and then restart the program. Always first do a
version check immediately followed by a Read or a Write operation.

â–º If the ISP program hangs
during operation (hopefully not while writing to the camera, or you may brick
your camera), you will have to disconnect the camera from the USB and perform
steps 13 -16. On the MD80 you may have to press the Reset button after you
disconnect. Be careful when you use the ISP program – it loves to
FREEZE, and the only way out is to
disconnect the USB cable and start again at step 13.
There is no other way to unfreeze the program. Believe
me.

â–º If you use a different file location for the ISP program (not
recommended), please take note that you should not user a folder containing
long names or spaces. ISP_1528.exe especially does not like spaces!

Here are the instructions on how to remove the timestamp
programmatically. Please follow these instructions EXACTLY.

Getting
Ready

1.
Insert your formatted (empty) memory stick which will be used for the
installation files only.

2. Download the
webcam driver to the memory stick F: drive

SPCA1528_V2220_MultiLan_090217.rar

3. Download the ISP 1528
programming software to the memory stick F: drive.

Confusingly,
this file is called "Driver.rar" – it is NOT the driver!

Driver.rar

4. Download my timestamp remover program "notimestamp.exe" to the memory stick F: drive

5. Turn OFF the camera.

6. Make sure that the camera is disconnected from the PC

The Webcam
Driver

7.
Create a new folder called WebCamDriver on the F: drive (F:\WebCamDriver)

7a. Extract the webcam driver file
SPCA1528_V2220_MultiLan_090217.rar to the newly created folder
F:\WebCamDriver

The
following four files should be extracted:

time reset.txt

SPCA1528_V2220_MultiLan_090217.exe

TAG.TXT

webcam.txt

We are only interested in
SPCA1528_V2220_MultiLan_090217.exe

7b. Install the webcam driver

â–º
Double click SPCA1528_V2220_MultiLan_090217.exe.

â–º
Select "English" for the language and then press the "Next" button.

â–º
On the Welcome
Screen
, Press the "Next" button.

â–º
On the Ready to
Install the Program
dialog, Press the "Next" button.

â–º
On the InstallShield
Wizard Complete
dialog, Press the "Finish" button.

The ISP Programming
Software

8.
Create a new folder called ISPTool on the F: drive (F:\ ISPTool)

8a. Extract the ISP Reader/Writer software to the
newly created folder F:\ISPTool

A
sub-folder called Driver will be created
(don’t be mislead by this name. It is not the driver!)

8b. Double click on the Driver sub-folder

You
will now see the following 4 sub-folders, with Chinese names if you are
lucky!

â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡
or

â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡
or

â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡
or

â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡
or

8c. Double click on the shortest sub-folder name
â–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡ or

You
should see a file called ispâ–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡.rar or

8d. Install the ISP 1528 software

â–º
Extract this file ( ispâ–¡â–¡â–¡â–¡.rar or to your C: drive

You
will see a new folder in C: called isp. (C:\isp)

This
will be our main folder for all our operations

8e. Double click on the isp (C:\isp) folder

Preparation

9.
Create a new folder called download (C:\isp\download)

10. Using Notepad or another text
editor, modify Isp.ini (C:\isp\isp.ini)

Modify
the following three parameters as follows:

ParamFile
=C:\isp\SYS_REG_DS64_D96C96_SPI_12Mhz.TXT

IspFile
=C:\isp\ISP_SPI.BIN

FwFile
=C:\isp\download\1528.bin

11. Extract the program "notimestamp.zip" on drive F: to C:\isp

12. Make sure that the SD card is inserted into the camera.
Important

13. Connect the camera directly
to the PC with the shortest possible USB cable. You must be sure that the cable
works!. Don’t use a USB hub.

14. Wait until the disk is found. This can take up to a
minute. YOU MUST WAIT until you can access the disk in your file manager (My
Computer, Computer, Explorer, etc.)

15. Enter Webcam mode:

â–º On the
GumPack, Short-Press the Record button ONCE

â–º On the 808,
Short-Press the Power button ONCE

â–º On the
MD80, Short-Press the Mode button ONCE

16. The disk will be disconnected

Read

17.
Launch ISP_1528.exe (double click ISP_1528.exe in C:\isp)

â–º
Beware! If this is the first time that you launch ISP_1528.exe, the operating system will install various
drivers
. Let the system install the drivers it requires and give it PLENTY of time to
complete. If you don’t, the software will freeze.
This may also happen during the 3 steps below.

â–º If the software freezes, disconnect the USB
cable and go back to step 13. On the MD80 you may have to press the Reset
button after you disconnect

18. Click «Ver. Check» and the
Version will be shown

Three
lines with version numbers (68, 0, 0, 1) will be shown

● If an error is shown then the Webcam driver is
most probably not installed correctly

19. Press «Read [F6]»

● If you receive an "Open file error…" quit
the program and check the values in Isp.ini (see step 10)

After a short while the Browse for Folder dialog will be shown. The
program first reads and analyzes ISP_SPI.BIN, which takes a few seconds

20. Select the folder
C:\isp\download and press the «OK» button

This
normally takes between 5-30 seconds

The
program will create various files and folders in the C:\isp\download folder

21. Quit ISP_1528.exe (Important – the program does not like to wait!)

Patching

22.
Run the program "notimestamp.exe" (double click notimestamp.exe in C:\isp)

â–º
For the Source File Name select
C:\isp\download\1528.bin.brn (NOT
1528.bin.raw)

â–º
For the Destination File Name select
C:\isp\download\1528.bin

â–º
If you check «Patch Multiple Fonts», the
time stamp will also be removed from the photos (background will be black – a
patch for a transparent background is not yet known)

â–º
Click the «Patch!» button

22a. A new 1528.bin file will be created in the download folder
(C:\isp\download\1528.bin)

22b. Make sure there are no errors in the list control

22c. Quit NoTimeStamp

Writing the firmware is DANGEROUS and can brick your
camera. Continue at your own risk!

Writing the patched file
back to the camera (BEWARE – This can brick your
camera
)

23.
I strongly recommend that you disconnect
the camera, wait a few seconds, and then re-connect it
as
described in steps 13 – 16. Please do
this!

â–º On the MD80 you will have to press the Reset
button after you disconnect, otherwise the camera will hang

24.
Launch ISP_1528.exe (double click ISP_1528.exe in C:\isp)

25.
Click «Ver. Check» and the Version will be shown

Three
lines with version numbers (68, 0, 0, 1) will be shown

● If an error is shown, disconnect the camera,
and quit the program. Perform steps 13 – 16 and go back to step 24 (see MD80
comments in step 23)

26. Make sure that the «Read Verify» checkbox is
checked

27.
Press «ISP [F5]» and ensure that the parameters are correctly set – they
should be (don’t wait too
long
)

Parameter
File: C:\isp\SYS_REG_DS64_D96C96_SPI_12Mhz.TXT

ISP
Core File: C:\isp\ISP_SPI.BIN

ISP
Firmware File: C:\isp\download\1528.bin

28. Click the «OK» button

29.
Hope and Pray! Under normal circumstances the write procedure should take
around 20-60 seconds to complete

● If things go wrong, give the program plenty of
time to finish, maybe up to 15 minutes?

30. This is what should be shown after the program has
successfully written the firmware back to the camera

31. Assuming everything went OK, Quit ISP_1528.exe

32. Disconnect the camera and test if the timestamp has
been removed

33. I suggest that you store the original 1528.bin.brn in a
safe place in case you ever want or need to restore it

34. Have I missed something? Please send any comments or
amendments to the address found at the end of the page. Thank you.

Credits

All credit goes to the gurus who really found out how to get rid of the
timestamp and program the chip. What they have discovered is amazing. I have
learnt a lot from them and have used their ideas and methods to make this
tutorial. I hope others will also appreciate their work.

To name a few:

Philippe, Chuck, Bill W., Spinner, David Sykes, user8012, Roger M and
others

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1 Comment

  1. I think the most objectionable thing about the MD80 clones is the quality of the video.
    I wonder if you could load the firmware from a #3 keychain camera?
    The early MD80 clones had this firmware & the time-stamp is not a bold font.
    The MD80 clone is better than some Veho Muvi or AEE MD80 in that it dates the video files.
    I have a ‘genuine’ MD80 in which all files have the same date & time, but at least it has no time-stamp on screen. I have kept it because the video quality is better than the plastic clone versions.

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