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Won't turn on in Picture Mode

The camera will not turn on in picture mode. It will turn on in playback mode. When you press the power button, it beeps 4 times and turns off.

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  • Lawrence Russ Jul 02, 2007

    The sd card is fine that is not the problem.

  • Lawrence Russ Oct 05, 2007

    The beeps mean that there is a printed cicuit error. At least that is what Pentax told me. The only solution is to send it back for repair and hope the repair costs less than a new camera.

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I have the same problem - 4 fast beeps and it turns off. My guess is that the lubricants are getting old and sticky - I had a Canon SLR that developed the same problem after being in the extreme cold. Here's a couple of things to try:

  • You can still access the picture review features by holding down the review button while you turn it on (note that if you hold down the trash button you'll see the firmware version.)
  • What doesn't work: Resetting the camera from the setting menu; replacing the battery, replacing the SD card, cursing. 
  • I've been able to consistently get it to function normally by hitting the camera into the palm of my hand on the left side (with the viewing screen facing you), just after turning on the camera.  If this doesn't work, keep hitting harder until it works.  Once on the camera works normally. 
 

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I have the same problem with mine! I have been told to send the camera in to be repaired. Ugh!! I know there is a hidden diagnosic screen, but Pentax is not allowed to reveal how it is done. Does anybody out there know how?

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You may need to format the SD memory chip. It's on page 158 in the User Manual. If you don't have a manual you can download it here. http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/manual/Optio%20W10_web.pdf The memory chip maybe full or appear full to the camera and will only show pictures in playback mode.

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