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Buttons not working.

I don't recall dropping my camera, but the buttons aren't working now. i can press them (except the right-most one for flash), but nothing happens when i press anything. i can't take any pictures either. when i switch on the camera in display mode, it shows the last picture i took, this doesn't change, but the numbers keep changing. i was just wondering if anyone has some idea as to what this problem is caused by? my international warranty is limited and i don't want to repair it where i am now if it's going to be too expensive. i'd rather get it repaired for much less when i get back home in may. thanks.

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Try resetting before sending for repair. remove all batteries, cards,cables, etc.; let it sit 18 to 24 hours. let battery exhaust and fully charge it again. try getting an estimate from the local shop, or wait to get back home to a place you trust. good luck

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