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Powers up, but buttons on the back don't work!

I bought a canon powershot a510 off the internet, but I'm having some problems. It powers up fine, takes pictures, the flash works. Everything does except for the buttons on the back, like the menu button and the arrows. Anyone know of a way to fix it? Or how much it would cost to repair?

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  • funnybunny13 Jan 27, 2009

    How do I do that?

  • Arjee Mar 03, 2009

    My Canon A510 powers up OK & takes pictures , but can't zoom or use buttons on back side of camera. Also lens protector won't always open up all the way.

    Any Ideas ?

    Thanks, Arjee

  • neve20 Apr 11, 2009

    How to Clear the SWITCH BOARD as suggested by ddimuthudald ?



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Impossible to connect camera with PC. no driver in the PC for camera powershot A510. What's the matter?


Just figured this one out. Man, they don't make it easy. I'm borrowing my roommate's PowerShot A510 and since it has a USB port going out, I'd assume I could simply connect the camera to my PC and access my images directly. Almost every other camera I've seen will register itself to Windows as a straight USB connection (prompting the Windows screen asking how you want to open the connection - 'open folder' etc). This one just sits dead quiet about things :)

If you've just bought this camera at a garage sale or are borrowing it or for whatever other reason do not have the "bundled" software and driver CD or have the camera's serial number, do not bother trying to find windows drivers or try to obtain any software from Canon. You won't get very far.

FINALLY found the solution in the User's Manual (which was free thank God). You can download the manual here: http://usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/powershot_a_series/powershot_a510#BrochuresAndManuals
(Select your operating system and download the "PowerShot A520/A510 Camera User Guide". File name is PSA520510CUG-EN.pdf)

In the User Guide, page 107 (I'll paraphrase):
1. Put camera in Play mode (the switch on the back (green arrow in green box)
2. Press Menu button (center one of the three along the bottom of the view screen)
3. In the 1st menu option (Play Menu, again green arrow in box highlighted), use the wheel button to scroll down to highlight "Transfer Order". Press Set (center of wheel).
4. You should now see "Transfer Order (DPOF) at the top of the screen and "Qty. of images 0".
5. Below "Qty of images 0" you'll see "Order", "Mark All", and "Reset". Order lets you select individual images; Mark All marks all current images for transfer; and Reset is reset. Press Set to choose.

Note: pressing the Menu button while selecting images brings you back to this main screen. If you are already at this main screen and you aren't ready to do your transfer yet, DON'T press the Menu button from this screen as it will initiate the transfer to your computer. Not a horrible thing, but might cause a mini freak-out.

7. Once you're selected the images you want to transfer, from the main Transfer Order window (now showing "Qty. of images" with a count of the images you selected), press the Menu button.

8. You'll see a white progress bar at the bottom of the screen. Don't worry! it's not deleting files or something bad.. (my first thoughts :) ..
9. Go to your PC and Voila! the Windows AutoPlay screen is now active!
10. Proceed with normal Windows USB operations (transferring at least, I didn't try any deletion).

I hope this helps somebody else out there who spent the last 3 hours trying to dig through internet hell to get this to work.

Atm, this is as much as I know so I probably don't have any good answers for any questions. Sorry :))

But, hope this helped at least!

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There is a display button on the back, you may have inadvertently shut off the lcd. Cycle the button to check.

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well giving it a tap/thump it might have a dry joint ....

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set the camera in movie mode.
press the function(f) button.
select up and down arrows to select your selection.

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I have a CANON powershot a510 and it doesnt even turn on...


Here's some thing to try for a camera that won't power on.

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/simple-fix-for-dead-cameras-that-wont.html

For your camera, there's a tiny white slide switch on the battery door that closes when the door is closed. Make sure that the switch isn't damaged. Also check the little plastic nib on the battery door that pushes on the switch when the door is closed.

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The following blog outlines some 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:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

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Here are some simple things to try first for a camera that won't power on. They won't work for every case, but they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/simple-fix-for-dead-cameras-that-wont.html

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Canon powershot A510 all of a sudden no power??


Here are some simple things to try first for a camera that won't power on. They won't work for every case, but they're worth a try. Recommend trying first the one listed that describes removing the memory card before powering on the camera:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/simple-fix-for-dead-cameras-that-wont.html

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goto http://www.digitalcamrepair.com/self_diagnosis_page.htm
for self diagnosis.please let me help you before leaving a bad feed back.

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Some how it seems the auto focus- which in macro mode is looking at something else[because of parallax]is over riding your manual focus attempts. Check the manual carefully to see if there is a mention here for special things to do for close work or contact the Canon Technical Support

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