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Canon s5 is it will not power up

Checked the batteries and still no power

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  • drivembig Dec 15, 2008

    camera will not power up at all...

  • sandycovecra Dec 15, 2008

    it will not power up

  • kslentz Dec 22, 2008

    Same deal.  Is there anything to the "watch" type battery that is in the battery compartment?

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    Same problem. Brand new out of the box. I also have the AC power cord. Still no power .

  • srinthout Feb 28, 2009

    My S5 worked fine for a year. Now it's as dead as a door nail. Same issue.

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OK, since I'm an engineer I couldnt resist the temptation to open up the beast for more than 5 minutes so I opened it up to see what's inside (I can't recommend this due to the small screws any tiny delicate connectors inside). Along the way I discovered and fixed the problem.

As is typical for broken appliances usually the primary method for succesful repair is: open, vacuum clean, close. And otherwise see what happens along the way.

What I found in my case is very simple: when I close the battery compartment latch you are supposed to hear two sort of "clicking" sounds. The first one is a obvious one which happens when the plastic of the lid snaps into the plastic latches on the camera body, it is a clearly audible plastic-on-plastic like clicking sound. The second clicking sound, which was the missing link to make my camera work, is a higher pitched, lower volume, metal spring like snapping sound. I don't know where that latch occurs but it only happens when I push the plastic lid all the way in even after it seems it is already fully secure. Without that second metal-like click my camera won't power on. I can reproduce the problem by closing the battery lid but not to the point of the second "click".

So my simple solution is, push or jam your battery lid all the way in until you hear the metal-spring like clicking sound. Worked for me, hopefully works for you too.

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