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Turn camera on and it beeps twice then shuts off after 5 seconds

Everytime I turn my camera on in the picture capture setting it beeps three times and then shuts off. The lens wont recede back in though so it is constantly pulled out. Also, if I turn camera on in the view picture format it works fine....any ideas??

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Re: Turn camera on and it beeps twice then shuts off...

I Totally fixed my CAMERA!
If you turn on your camera, the lens does not come out, and it just beeps then turns off, then listen to me.
You need to unscrew the outer casing and take off the metal shell.
Hold the camera in one hand, palming it, looking at the LCD (ie the lens is pointing into your palm). This is to orient you.
If you look at the left SIDE of the camera, near the upper left corner of the LCD, you can peek through some of the windows of the black casing and see 2 PLASTIC GEARS. One is white, the other is black. These are the gears that actually move the lens in and out. All I did was give the white gear a good jiggle with the tip of a pen and evidently it made the teeth of the gears mesh together like its supposed to and .... VOILA .... the lens came out when I powered it on and all is well! I know this is gonna help someone!

Posted on May 24, 2008

Re: Turn camera on and it beeps twice then shuts off...

I had this exact problem... found this solution posted under a similar problem, and it worked. See below. posted by Richardrich on May 08, 2006Report abuse no display on screen just beeps twice.zoom is stuck open.It's fully charged Best Solutionposted on May 09, 2006 By carlos-aec Rank: Master Rating: 76.36%, 55 votes Before you try any of the suggestions below, make sure the camera has fresh batteries and that it is in picture taking mode. First, try hooking your camera up to the TV with the included A/V cable. Second, try compressed air. With a fine tip blow off gun and dry compressed air (20 lbs) set the tip between the lens turret and the camera body and turn on the air while moving the tip around the lens. It should remove all sand and dust. Turn the camera on and it should function fine. (Thanks Sprocket) Third, try the tap method. Tap the padded usb cover part on a hard surface (e.g. a desk). (Thanks Tania, et al) Fourth, try forcing the lens. Version #1: This error occurs when the lens is "stuck" or not extending "straight". The error can happen in 3 ways: either when the lens wont "come out", or "comes out" and then retracts, or does not retract at all. 1) If the lens doesn't extend at all or it extends, but then retracts again, do as follow: Turn the camera off. Place the camera on it's back with the lens facing up and have a look at the "spacing" between the lens and the lens housing. You'll probably notice that the gap is NOT EVEN all the way around. To fix this, simply -VERY GENTLY- press down on the side where the gap is the biggest. You will hear a "click" as it pops back in place. Try powering it back on. 2) If the lens is extended all the time and won't retarct at all, do as follow: Turn the camera off. Take the camera in one hand and with the other gently, in turn, take the two part of the lens and gently move it round in a circular movement. Do so with both sections of the lens. You will hear a "click" as it pops back in place. Power the camera on. (Thanks Mike Scher) Version #2: Pull and twist on the largest ring of the lens while turning the camera on. Listen for a "click". If at first the focus seems to be off, turn the camera on and off and take lots of pictures, close ups and distance. You may find that the focus seems to improve. (Thanks Jeff Kishiyama) If that doesn't work, there are a few online guides for repairing it yourself. (NOTE: This route is only worth trying if your camera is no longer under warranty!): Was this solution helpful? Show your Appreciation by rating it: = Irrelevant = Poor = Average = Good = Excellent Solution #2posted on May 09, 2006 By bmwrider Rank: Master Rating: 78.58%, 691 votes I wish this guy with the twist it blow it and bash it would take his advice eleswhere. He reckons it's the cure all for every digital camera with an extending lens. I've had a couple of the RR10s exhibit no life except a few flashes of an LED. The simple fix was to firmly squeeze the lower half of the camera's front and rear together. What happens is that either over time or if subjected to a slight shock the two main circuit boards part company at a rather large multipin plug and socket. Squeezing the front and rear (just above the hump at the bottom front of the camera)makes this plug and socket return to where they should be. The first one took me about 2 hours trying to figure out but the second took me about 4 seconds to get working again. WARNING don't overdo the squeeze be firm but not aggressive. I use both thumbs on the front and fingers on the back but stay clear of the LCD.

Posted on May 05, 2007

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