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A lot of things could cause this problem, there is no magic solution, but you can try to clean the battery terminals on the batteries, and also inside the camera...if they're oxidized, that will cause a high drain when the camera is on. Other than that, the batteries could be old and not holding a charge like they used to...rechargeables don't last forever. If you check these things, and still have the problem, the camera will have to be serviced to find the problem. Often the cost of service is more than the cost of a new replacement camera. I've seen 10.2 mp name brands on sale for $69, and you can't get one repaired for that, usually.
Your camera is telling you that the batteries have insufficient power. First thing to check is that the battery contacts on both the batteries and inside the camera are bright, clean and free of grease or oil.
Assuming that you're using the original NiMH rechargeable batteries which came with the camera, then you almost certainly need to replace them with new ones as they cannot be reused indefinitely.
To test whether the problem is with your rechargeables or with your camera is very easy. Just buy a set good quality, non rechargeable, alkaline (e.g. Duracell) AA batteries. If the problem disappears then you know that you need to buy new rechargeable NiMH batteries next time.
There is also a small possibility that you have a faulty recharger but it's unlikely. The only way to test it without special tools is to try getting your NiMH batteries charged in a borrowed recharger. If the batteries get fully charged then the error message on your camera will vanish and you'll need to buy a new recharger. Just make sure that the charger is designed for NiMH though or you will damage your batteries and possibly the charger.
I see this frequently on the E900. Every time it has been a battery issue. If you're using rechargables (the E900 came with batteries and charger in the Canadian market......not sure about the rest of the planet), they may have just worn out over time. Replace with new NI-MH (nickel metal hydride) rechargeables. If you're using throw-away AA's, try Energizer Ultimate Lithiums. I've solved many, many E900 shutting off problems simply by changing the batteries to Energizer Lithiums.
Ok. So far this has worked for me. I had exactly the same problem and called Canon service after reading your post.
This is what they said to do, even though it sounds a little hocus-pocus:
• take out the batteries & camera card
• clean the battery contacts ON THE CAMERA (those bumpy little things) with an eraser
• click the camera on/off button 10 x
• click the "take photo" button 10 times
• put in newly charged batteries.
Hint: Remove batteries every night. Never leave batteries in for more than 24 hours.
So this has now worked for 20 minutes! There's hope!
to answer your question on charging your camera with your pc you can if
you have the drivers installed on your computer it will let it charge
through the usb. as for your second question about being able to
replace your cameras battery: well the answer is that it's not possible
to unless you either send it to the company to replace it should or
when it fails. they will charge you a fee if the camera is out of
warranty or the alternative is basically opening the camera and finding
a similar battery. should you decide to open your camera than this is
the possible solution that i came up with for replacing the battery.
POSSIBLE CAUSE:The camera is recharging the flash.
SOLUTION:It takes longer to charge the flash when the battery is low. If this message appears a lot, replace or recharge the battery.
Don't bother with alkaline batteries. They are useless in digicams, and particularly so with some Samsung models. Use rechargeables, or "oxyride" high current disposables.
There may be a setting in the menu for which type of battery you are using, which may help, but still, you are better off not using alkalines. The stupid part is, cameas are often shipped with alkalines in the box! Great way to dissapoint customers! (
This is a triky one. Most cameras will work with rechargeable batteries. If they don't work the most probable cause is this: a normal battery has about 1.5 V nominal charge. Because you use 2 of them you get 3 V nominal charge. Most rechargeable batteries have about 1.21 - 1.25 V like yours. This is given by the technology type used in their construction. However 2 1.25V batteries will result in 2.50 V at nominal charge and some cameras woun't go whell with the 0.5 V difference. You should try other types of rechargeable batteries, maybe some of them will work, but it is recomandable to do that before you buy them, so like I said, it's a triky choice. Try to go to a digital camera shop, they may sell rechargeable batteries more compatible with your camera.