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Unable to get camera to stay on

I dropped my camera while it was on. The camera turned off while the zoom lense was out. Every time I try to turn on the camera I get a flashing green light. The camera actually turns on and I get the kodak screen but then it turns off. I've tried connecting it directly to the power instead of using the battery but it doesn't help. I've tried connecting it to the usb port of my computer and/or directly to my printer. When I do this the camera lets me browse through the pictures but I'm not able to retrieve the lense or get the camera to work. Can anyone help? I used the online troubleshoot offered by Kodak. After going through some of the screens and answering their questions their suggestion is to send it in so they can fix it for an estimated amount of $165.00. I can probably buy a new one for that amount. Does anybody have any suggestions or knows how can I reset the camera? Any help will be very much appreciated. Thanks! Rod

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Re: Unable to get camera to stay on

Get the next one. If it is that costly. Certainly it seems that something is dislodged or shaken in side if not actually broken If you are up to it see if you can get some fine tools an take it apart. I'll be an educational exercise is nothing else. Meanwhile if you have household insurance investigate the possibility of an accidental damage claim.[the price of a new camera perhaps]

Posted on May 08, 2007

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