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Canon A520 power shot won't turn on

Display lights with Canon logo. stays lit for about 20 seconds then i hear about 6-7 beeps and camera shuts off.

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I am having the same problem. The optical lens is partially stuck open. The Canon displays for a few seconds, beeps several times, then turns off. I have tried to gently push the lens in and pull the lens out. Neither worked. Anyone have another suggestion?

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Same prob here...find anything???

Posted on Apr 18, 2007

  • jamie bosniack Apr 19, 2007

    ok, so i just fixed was doing the same thing... cannon display and a few beeps then a black screen...i dont know about yours, but my zoom lens was also stuck open... I gently pushed it back into the camera and voila! It started back up and is fine now...



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My camera will turn on then go off and the lens will not go out how do i fix this?

The manual is a bit confusing. I do have a power shot, but is is a bit younger. My camera does have 2 On buttons. One to put it in shooting mode. And one to set it in display mode. If I press the display button (arrow right) the lens stays where it is and I only can see pictures I took. When I press the on off button the lens comes out.
I think you only have to switch the main dial to the camera logo (shooting Mode) and then press the Disp button, to shoot pictures and if you want to view pictures, you turn the dial to playback Mode (arrow to the right) and press the Disp button.
If it works, no fix, just knowledge about how the camera works. It is all in the manual.

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you may need to take it in to the camera place to get the internal batery for the clock replaced also you may need to up load the driver program for the camera
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Switch top dial to "P" or some other mode, but not "AUTO"
Press FUNC then scroll down two steps to "Drive Mode"
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Powers up and then shuts off

This should work for the A520. With NEW or freshly recharged batteries, remove the camera's memory card, then turn on the camera. You'll probably see an E30 error. Next turn off the camera. Next insert the memory card, and turn on the camera.

If the above doesn't work, the following blog outlines some other repair options for a lens error. They won't work for all cases, but they're worth a try if the camera's no longer under warranty:

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Camara turns on beeps shuts off

You need to power it with rechargable batteries. with the MAH being no less than 2000. I bought a charger which came with 2batteries for less than a tenner

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Tab on the camera. E18 is a stuck lens. This is common on this camera. I'm not saying this will fix it, but don't break it.

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