I know the memory card was full, so I deleted a couple of shots, then took a couple of new shots. Afterwards, the lens would not retract. When I try to power up, a yellow flashing light comes on with short beeps, then the camera automatically powers down again. I replaced batteries and rechecked the memory card -- no problems there. Also checked the manual, but no additional ideas there. Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.
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Re: Flashing yellow light -- lens won't retract
Lens is jammed, you need to get it back on track. Gently push lens back in with a flat object to keep it straight, like a tabletop while powering it on. This may or may not work, but a jammed lens on these styles of cameras is common and renders the camera useless.
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hicould you tell me the amount of shot number when you put memory card in? If yes, please move to manual position from auto on the side of lens. And try to press release button.there is other one thing you have to chack selftime release working or not. just let me know.
1) remove and digital media cards. 2) turn the camera on and delete any pictures that may be stored in the camera memory (not on a removeable card) 3) remove the batteries for 60 seconds 4) replace the batteries without the media card and lay the camera on a flat surface with the lens pointing up (5) The lens should retract. 6) Turn off the camera 7) replace the media card and turn on.
I think the camera was getting hung up on the pictures stored in the camera's memory.
Powershot A640 Could Not Be Powered On, Burnt Smell
My Powershot A640 died during a picture shot, lens remaining open. I thought it may be due to the dead batteries. But after putting new batteries and pushing the on/off button, the on/off indicator blinked once then shut off by itself. After a while, a strange smell came from camera batteries area, and I could feel warm there too. Immediately I took out all the batteries from camera.
When checking the posts here the other day, I tried one solution and got the lens back to close: first took out the memory card from camera, then put the new batteries in; push the on/off button with no memory card. I found the lens retracted a little before camera shut off by itself. I pushed on/off button three times to get the lens fully close. However, the burnt smell came out again. I immediately took out the batteries.
Did I get a short circuit inside? Is there any ways to fix it?
get a memory card reader and try to download pics from card to comp-then open and click any folders you see related to memory card-card will show up as a new drive letter in my computer-pics may be in different folder and still be there-if you can't find pics at all go to sandisk.com and get recovery software to see if you can still retrive them
My camera did the same thing. Try doing a couple of things.
1) remove and digital media cards. 2) turn the camera on and delete any pictures that may be stored in the camera memory (not on a removeable card) 3) remove the batteries for 60 seconds 4) replace the batteries without the media card and lay the camera on a flat surface with the lens pointing up (not sure if this helps, but it worked for me) 5) The lens should retract. 6) Turn off the camera 7) replace the media card and turn on.
I think for some reason my camera was getting hung up on the pictures stored in the camera's memory.