I dropped my Kodak DX6440 digital camera. It continued to work for 1 week. On the day the problem began, I took a couple pictures successfully, set the camera down for 30 minutes, then attempted to turn the camera back on. No power was delivered to my camera. No power to lcd screen. I tried to charge the batteries using the docking station but they wouldn't charge. I bought new batteries, and tried a friends batteries that I know were functional, but still no power. I placed my camera in the docking station, without the batteries in it, and the camera powers up (and works great), powered by electricity. I am able to download pictures, and even take pictures, as long as it is in my docking station, which is plugged into the wall. I realize there is a disconnect from the battery compartment on my camera and the body/smarts of my camera. All repair shops say they need to send it back to Kodak to fix, which I'm sure will be cost prohibited. My camera is 2 years, 5 months old.
Any advise you can provide is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Kodak DX6440 won't power up using batteries
There's a chance that the drop is irrelevant to your problem.
You could try using a small eraser to clean the battery contacts down in the chamber (make sure to dump out any eraser particles) and try a new CRV-3 battery, which because of it's slightly longer body produces a little more pressure on the contacts. If that doesn't work to improve things then your cam might need a repair, your call there.
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If the rechargeable battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out. Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles and will lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% and gradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR The battery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the battery drops off to zero capacity in a very short time. If the battery drops to an unacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced. Rechargeable batteries will fail if stored in a discharged state for long periods.
Make sure that you are using a fully charged battery and of course the recommended battery for your camera such as 2 AA lithium battery or Ni-mh battery. If you already done with all this thing it time to contact Kodak at 1 800 235 6325 ext 12 and send your camera for repair
Hey ghgyu, I would first make sure you have the batteries installed correctly. If you are using a camera dock or you have an AC adapter cord I would try removing the batteries and try turning the camera on while connected to the camera dock or plugged into an outlet with the AC adapter cord. If the camera works this way I would then try cleaning the battery contacts with a soft cloth or an eraser. If none of this works I would have the camera looked at by an authorized service technician. I hope this helps! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
I have the same/similar problem. I could hear the camera attempting to retract the lens. Camera shut down after timeout.
Disassembled camera & found two teeth missing from plastic gear in gearbox attached to lens motor. Don't know yet if part(s) are available.
Camera had light use. Patheticly short life & that Kodak didn't use stronger nylon gears. Bought a barely use Kodak P880 recently, & the autofocus died shortly after. Web search showed others had same failure. I'll never buy another Kodak camera.
We had the same problem dropping the camera, and ordered a pair of new battery covers. I was able to install this by carefully removing the cover screws and slipping the pins into their slots. I am sure you probably got it by now.
This problem was before the one posted about start and then die. The "expert" response posted was worthless. This whole website seems to be a collection of anecdotal semi-worthless stuff.
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Could be time for a new camera
But check out Kodak Support first.
It has been said that cameras in a certain price band[any make/model] are to be considered as disposable -like toasters and kettles I guess.
My Kodak DX6440 did the same thing.
After sending it to Kodak's third-party repair (as per Kodak), they called to say it was not fix-able.
Kodak's response was "No parts available" and offered 10% off list price of a refurbished camera.
...Way to keep customer loyalty
If you choose Kodak, the cameras are good but buy them knowing they are a disposable item.
I had exactly the same problem and I went to this site and got my solution. I banged the bottom of the camera with my palm and turned it off and on at the same time. On about the fourth bang the lens retracted and cleared the error codes. I know, "Caveman Maintenence" but it worked. Can't hurt to try...