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Can't take photos

My DSC-W1 works fine - except it suddenly won't take pictures. When I depress the button to do so, the red light comes on for the red eye, the green light flashes on the display whilst it's being depressed and then goes solid. A little hand icon flashes up after a couple of seconds - but no shutter action. Similarly with the video, press the button and nothing happens - just continues to say STBY. What's wrong? How can I fix it? Any ideas really welcome.

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Dear Friend, There is something wrong - your camera doesn't work. ; ) Let's try a few things: 1. I know this has happened to me before. The memory stick has a little write-protect switch on it. If it has been moved, then the camera can't write any image to the stick and you wonder what happened to the camera. Make sure you check that. 2. It is possible that the built-in micro-chip is not working properly (this is different than your removable memory stick). I want you to remove the batteries for two minutes. This should remove anything in the micro-chip's memory. Replace the batteries and turn on the camera. 3. Press the reset button on the bottom of the camera. You'll need a sharp object for this; a ball point pen that is clean will do the job. This will rest the date and time, etc. 4. Turn on the camera and check it out. Try it and let me know if it changes anything. NewMediaMan

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Dear Friend, Nothing is wrong. they are digital buttons and this happenes if signal do not reach properly. If camara is used many times and dust problem then sometimes such buttons. thats all. If You are not technical pelase donnot try to open and clean it as most of part are very delicate. Thanks Sangita

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