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My camera stopped working

The screen on my camera would flash in and out after I had used my camera only a dozen or so times. I changed the batteries, but that didn't help, so I hooked the camera up to my computer, hoping to charge any internal battery it might have, and when I turned it on again, I was able to turn it on only a few more times, but the camera then randomly stopped working again. I have tried hooking it up to my computer over and over again for longer amounts of time, but the light in the upper right corner continues to flash, and there is nothing on the screen. I can't retrieve pictures without the camera turning on. Is there an easy to way to fix it?

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Re: My camera stopped working

Try using rechargable batterys in it. They work good in mine.if you dont have an SD card in it, it will only take a couple of minutes of video.

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