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"Change Batteries" message come on even with new alkaline batteries

I have cleaned the terminals in all batteries I have inserted in my S2IS. I have cleaned the battery contacts in the camera with a Q-tip slightly moistened with rubbing alcohal. All to no avail. Sometimes if I turn the camera on and off 20 or 30 times, alternataing the "shoot mode" with the "playback mode," the LCD screen will light up and I can take a picture, but only infrequently. I would agree with previous posts which describe cold weather as the problem, but my camera tells me to replace brand new batteries when everything is room temperature. I used to use rechargable NMH batteries until they too seemed to have an excessively short life. Seems to me like there's short somewhere, or a failed sensor, but I'm not about to mess with it. Many thanks for your help.

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I ran into the "change batteries" problem once, and I'm pretty sure it happened because I left the camera in my unheated basement and then tried to use it in a warm room. The problem had absolutely NOTHING to do with the actual batteries: I tried multiple good sets, including brand new alkalines. I can think of 3 possible explanations, starting with the least likely: there could be a component or multiple components that are particularly sensitive to temperature. Note that you can take a room temperature camera outside in zero degrees and it will take many minutes, if not hours, for the internal stuff to get really cold. Thermal shifts cause different materials to expand or contract at different rates. It's possible that the change in temperature when going from one environment to another messes with alignment or electrical contacts: when things get back to equilibrium, problem goes away. Most likely: condensation. Something was unhappy internally until the condensation dried up, then the camera was happy again. I only had the problem once, but I don't leave the camera in the basement anymore.

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Confirm that the battery is inserted facing the correct way
Confirm that the memory card/battery cover is fully closed
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I tried everything short of getting a new camera, and this was the ONLY thing to work for me. Its also simple enough that it takes 3 minutes to do, in case it were to ever happen again while on vacation, etc.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

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