Question about HP Photosmart 735 Digital Camera
I just got a HP 735 cxamera with docking station and now (probably a year later) the camera wont focus. When i turn it on everything works fine but the view is all "squiggly" for lack of a better term. I wouldnt mind so much if it was just the lcd, but the pictures come out the same way. If anyone could point me in the right direction I would be very thankful.
A very common problem with many Digital cameras. It sounds as if you are suffering from either a CCD problem or a video board problem. Impossible to tell without it being on the bench to check. You could dismantle it and check there's nothing adrift such as flat ribbon cables in their sockets or loose plugs and sockets between the printed circuit boards. Watch out for the flash unit it can give you a nasty shock if it's charged. Most cameras seem to built to last as long as the warranty and then die. This keeps you coming back for more. At least you were lucky to get 2 years out of yours before it passed on.
Posted on Jul 12, 2006
i had this problem also. i tried reinstalling the program on my computer, buying new batteries and charging them with an external charger. nothing seemed to work. i was convinced the problem lay with the camera.
i had taken the camera at one point to a very cold and dusty environment (a glacier). the lens cap started getting stuck after that, and it would occasionally not send out the lenses. i had dismantled it to clean it, which kind of worked.
this time, i was certain it was something to do with the recharging system in the camera. however when i opened it up i noticed 2 things...
a) one of the 4 base screws that hold the battery cover on, had been put back in the wrong place... these screws are about a millimeter longer than the other black screws, and in the wrong place could have been shorting it out.
b) the front and back covers are grounded by a strip of copper on the side opposite the strap retainer. these were crushed and could have been also grounding something out. i straightened the strips out and put everything back together, testing the on/off button after every couple of screws.
i am happy to say that i got mine back working again. i put my experience down to inexperience and the difficulty of doing a field repair the first time. tools required: magnifying glass, bright light, and a very fine philips screw driver (1mm).
p.s.: the lens caps still sticks partially closed, so i never did fix that problem. LOL!
Posted on Jan 25, 2008
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