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Camera will not turn on

I dropped my camera a short height and it land on firm grass. It will not turn on when I slide the cover open. I can get quick view and use the USB port. Nothing appears loose or broken. We have no local Digital Camera repair service in our region.

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Re: Camera will not turn on

Ryross is right. Sometimes the link does break but sometimes the power board fails. Although this is a fairly rugged camera. The easiest solution for ryross is to replace the complete cover. I would suggest mmmmm carefully remove the "barrier" (that is what the industry calls teh sliding door) and see if the link is broken. If it isn't the problem is internal and shold be seen by a technician.

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Re: Camera will not turn on

The problem isn't in the sliding door. All it does is allow power to switch on. If you're getting some functions the obviously the door's switch is operating correctly. Your problem is in the lens area. If you're lucky a ribbon cable has become loose or dislodged. If luck isn't with you the lens assembly is kaput. Very minor knocks in the right place can dislodge guide pins or knock those guide pins out of the grooves they run in to extend the lens or operate the focus. The camera will check the operation of the lens prior to allowing pictures to be taken so if any part of the lens is out of whack then the camera gets a bad routine message and switches off. If you are in the review mode sometimes certain cameras will allow you to see what you've already taken but switching to any shoot mode will disable the camera. The only advice I can give is either get the camera repaired or trust your luck and wait for the same model camera to come up on Ebay with a different problem e.g. broken LCD and do a transplant. Or sell the broken camera on Ebay and buy yourself a new one. Stu

Posted on Jun 28, 2006

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I have a D-395 with the same problem. I pried off the slider lid and found that there is a small black plastic wheel with a pin that rides in a track on the back side of the lid. When the lid is opened, the pin reaches the end of the track which turns the wheel. This turns the camera on. The problem is that the pin is broke off. If you decide to do the same just be careful because there is also a small spring and ball that will fall out. the spring goes in the hole and the ball rests on top of it. this is what holds the lid to the open and close positions. I have yet to find a replacement part, or what this part is called. I have seen relacement front covers on e-bay which should contain the replacement part. Still looking for a cheaper alternative. Sorry its not very technical, I'm just an ordinary guy who took apart his camera!

Posted on Jun 27, 2006

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