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S1 IS repair operation

Hi! First, I'm sorry my english is a little poor, in from Quebec, Canada. I've decided to get myself a project to do just for fun : I've bought a Canon PowerShot S1 IS defective on ebay and i've decided to try and fix it. I've already ordered another one so I could mix up the parts to get one working (and if not i'll get a third one, it's less expensive than tone that works anyways!). To give you a little background, i'm 18 and right now i'm a leading tech at a staples store and finishing up higher studies in computer science. I'm also a photography lover but with my limited budget I could only afford a Eos 300d. That said, i'm confortable with electronics and i'm a patient guy so time doesn't matter. Now let's get to the point, i guess you don't have too much time to waste! The problem with the one i've already have is that whatever kind of battery (alkaline or NiMH) it only powered up for 5 seconds and then it got me a "change battery message". It wasn't possible at all to get in camera mode the lens wasn't going out. So i've opend it up and i've discoverd the source of it : water must have gotten in because there was (ad I don't know how to say it in english) some kind of green\grey stuff over the components at the botom of the camera. So i've cleaned up as much as I could with alcohol but the only thing I got is the lens to get out and in and then battery change. Since that the lcd only backlight and stays black, nothing else. I was wondering if it was an error code (The screen staying black and the backlight flashing)? Thanx a lot for your time and I hope my little adventure will make others try, because the S1 IS, for example cost around USD160 + 20USD for the shipping and a broken one is like 30USD+20 shipping... Much cheaper! Oh and is there any service manual available? Thanx a lot again!

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  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    Yes, I've got the same problem as your initial described. Powering the Si causes a 5 sec. life in the powershot and than its says `battery change` and powers down.

    I have not cleaned it yet but looking for a possible cause.



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