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A345 won't turn on

My A345 won't turn on when I press the power button, even after I installed fresh batteriesl.   When I press the power button I get a momentary flash of the green "on" LED and then nothing.  Right before the camera quit I was erasing a few shots from  my filled up XD card.   I've had this camera for about 3 years and it has always been completely reliable until today.  It hasn't been dropped or abused.  Can anyone out there suggest possible fixes or solutions to this problem?   Many thanks to all who reply.

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  • rbprod Feb 02, 2009

    Thanks Dotball for your reply.  The batteries are NEW alkaline.  I pulled out the xD card like you suggested and the camera still won't start - still getting the same momentary flash of the green LED upon pressing the power button and then nothing.  I hope I can fix my A345 because it's still useful to me.  Any other suggestions?   Thanks again. 


    RBprod 

  • rbprod Feb 03, 2009

    Thanks again Dotball.  I've tried everything and still no response.  I guess that the patient is dead and probably not worth the cost of reviving, so time for a new camera, when I can afford it.    RIP A345, you were a great introduction for me into digital photography. 

  • rbprod Feb 03, 2009

    Dear Semitone:   Thanks so much!   This is the solution!!  Just when I had given up you've provided the answer. Thanks again! 


    Fixya is great :  the power of everyone helping everyone. 

  • pakam99 May 13, 2009

    is the L shaped lug the one that is actually on the cover that opens? or is it that little hole on the left of the PUSH TO EJECT sticker?

  • Anonymous May 19, 2009

    The match stick did the trick....Thanks heaps...Keith

    So frustrating

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I experienced exactly the same problem with my A345. Check for a small L shaped lug on the inside of the battery cover which should operate an interlock switch located in the recess next to the PUSH TO EJECT label. The lug on my camera had snapped off, although this wasn't obvious until I looked at the illustrations on pages 10 and 11 of the owner manual.

My quick fix was to wedge a piece of matchstick into the recess to lock the switch in its operational position. The purpose of the switch seems to be to ensure that the camera is switched off when the cover is open, but as the battery connection relies on the cover being closed, this is liable to be the case anyway. The only possible risk would seem to be if one attempted to remove the memory card with the camera switched on while being run from an external power supply.

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When you say you "installed fresh batteries" are they NEW alkaline batteries or newly recharged ones.
When troubleshooting, forget the rechargables. Put in some NEW batteries and remove the XD memory card completely and try and start the camera.
This may not be a solution, but let us know how it went and we'll work on it.

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    Dot Ball Feb 03, 2009

    RBprod, I've been doing some digging on this as after I had a think about it, it's stumped me.

    I've found nothing.

    I do have one last suggestion to sus' out the problem - as you go to start the camera, LIGHTLY assist the lens's cover to open and help the lens come out.

    If this works, it could be just a matter of a grease or lubricant (which is used in the helicoid threads in the lens assembly) may have run into a place they are not supposed to be and when the grease cools, it hardens and becomes sticky, which can restrict the lens from moving to a running position.

    If this is the case, and if this does not fix the problem, I would suggest, although the camera is fixable, it may not be 'economically' fixable and therefore you may well be better to look for a new replacement.

    It may be an old faithful, but at 4mpixels, you can get a camera of better quality for around $100-130. (yes, still a lot of money, but likely to be as much as your repairs to the old camera).

    Have you tried turning the camera on while in different modes; it would be good to get at least a menu on the screen where you can go to the "Reset Defaults" option and see if the camera resets.

    Sorry I'm unable to fix your problem, but hope we've refined to options to user servicable or not.

    Good luck with it - I'd like to know how it goes.



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    Dot Ball Feb 04, 2009

    Arghh, I can't believe I missed that - I have 2 cameras here with the same problem, broken switch pins on the card cover.

    A common issue with Fuji cameras.

    Semitone, you're spot on - I couldn't see the forrest for the trees.



    Good work.

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Thanx Fixya. my Fujifilm Finepix A345 now working fine after lying abandoned for last 9 months, the matchstick solution worked a treat! great site Fixya.

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