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SD450 is won't turn on, and is stuck with the lens extended

My canon just suddenly stopped working, while the lens was extended. I tried recharging the battery, and reinserting, and nothing happened. There's a chance that maybe a bit of sand or dust got into the camera, and I wonder if there's any way that I can clean it out, or fix it myself? Thanks!

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  • Anonymous Sep 28, 2008

    I dropped my SD450 canon powershot in the sand, and it hasn't worked since. Sometimes I can take pictures, but sometimes they turn out blurrier than normal. my lense is stuck extended, and it will turn on, only for the canon homescreen to show up... then the camera turns off automatically... 


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Usually dust particles or the slight dislocation of gears..... one of the simplest solution is when you turn the camera on try rotating the lens clockwise very very softly ..... dont force it or it will get damaged....... 90% times it works

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