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I would suggest trying a different type of battery. If you're using AA batteries, often alkaline ones don't work. Try lithium or even rechargable AAs. If it's a rechargable lithium type (a square battery) try charging the battery fully and then using it completely to refresh the lithium cells. Try cleaning the contacts (silver pieces where the battery touches the camera) with a soft cloth as they can easily get corroded. Generally battery failure is not to do with the camera itself.
Often batteries, if left for a time, will become so flat that they will NOT recharge. If you have done as you said, then I suspect that this is exactly what has happened. There is no real way to refresh them, you could, try placing them in a warm oven for about 10 mins, and then try a recharge, this "Old Trick" used to be a life saver in the day, but it may not work, but well worth a try. good luck. You don't have to use rechargeables, either, ordinary batteries will work just as well and they are less expensive.
If this is the indication the battery is being charged, it's likely you need a new battery for the camera. (never being fully charged). Try running it all the way down and recharging it a couple times to see if this refreshes the battery. If it's a Nicad, this may work. Lithium? Forget it and get a new battery.
if your are using the ordinary AA rechargeable battery it will not charge., Camera dock will charge only on a 2 Pack AA battery like KAA2HR batteries or the 2 AA battery that attached together (Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack )
The camera will do this when you have vary low battery power, I would suggest leaving your camera on and letting the batteries run down on their own, if they already are than see if you can refresh your battery( some chargers have a refresh button) then completely recharge the battery. It may be that your battery is utterly shot and needs to be replaced. However it could be a totally different issue, and in that case I wouldn't have a clue. Try what I have suggested, I hope that you have success. God bless...
Yes rechargeables need replacing from time to time (after a few hundred charges) or every couple of years.
You can use standard rechargeables but these wont charge on the dock as there is a little switch in the battery bay which the kodak pack presses.
Standard AAs ar'nt recommended for digital cameras but you should get at least a few shots from a new set of alkalines (maybe not if they are cheapo no Alkaline)
There could be another problem with the camera but if you like the camera its probably worth giving a new pack a try.
If I remember rightly (but check as I don't have a 4530 to hand) the battery you want is a KAA2HR and are available on ebay cheaply if you cant find a low cost one locally
what rechargeable batteries are you using and what's your method of charging?
If your using a dock for charging - make sure you have the battery pack kodak kaa2hr otherwise the dock won't charge it
if you're using a separate charger - it's ok to use other AA ni-mh
please check the age of your batteries as well.. batts, even rechargeable eventually wear out - they can last up to 300 charging cycles and a year or a little more than that is enough for you consider buying a new set
if you say that you barely use the cam, batteries still deteriorate through time
It is really NORMAL that the date will be reset to the Manufacturer's date whenever you are changing batteries.
For you not to keep on changing the date and time of your camera, use Rechargeable batteries for a longer battery life span but make sure that you will be setting the battery type of your camera for the Rechargeable ones.
To set the correct battery type. - Press on MENU button - Press on the right button until you see SETUP 2 - Scroll down until you see BATTERY TYPE - Select ALKALINE if you're using NON-RECHARGEABLE - Select Ni-MH if you're using RECHARGEABLE - Press on OK/MENU button for changes to be saved
Turn off camera after the settings have been changed to refresh the camera.