Question about Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
I replaced the battery and the beeping won't stop. Also the film advance won't work.
When you press the battery check button halfway down, the camera responds with a beeping sound. The faster and louder the beep, the better the battery.
I bet your battery check button is stuck. Probably some sand or grit has gotten under there. An easy way to try and fix this is with an air compressor. Take the nozzle and try and blow out the space around the button.
As for the film advance. Double check to make sure your locking arm has engaged the film canister all the way. When you slide the arm down it. It should seat all the way.
Also, check to make sure you lined up the film guide cogs with the holes on both edges of the film.
Posted on Mar 04, 2009
I realize this question is 7 years old, but since there was not a "real" answer, I will tell you how I fixed mine extremely quickly just now. I couldn't figure out why it kept beeping until I pressed the battery test button and it momentarily stopped, AND let me depress the shutter. Ah-ha!
So I grabbed some electronic cleaner spray I had handy - you will need some if you don't have any, they have electronic cleaner at any auto parts store, Radio Shack, Amazon, etc. Don't use WD-40, it usually does the opposite of what you want it to do, long term. The electronic cleaner will clean off old deposits and dust from a circuit, and then evaporate, as well as leaving a small amount of dry lube behind. Mine came with a straw attachment on the end. If you are in a pinch, you could also try a few drops of rubbing alcohol, as that can clean off the area slightly and also will evaporate. It won't lube it like the electronic cleaner, but it will clean in a similar manner. Side note, this is also how you clean volume knobs on old receivers that sound "scratchy," you just spray a small amount into the volume pot and work it back and forth for a few minutes and you can actually feel it becoming slippery, and hear the scratch go away.
So, you're going to want to put that straw it comes with right on the button and very lightly press so only a tiny dribble comes out. Let that sit on top of the little battery check button for 30 seconds or so, then use something like a a-tip or pen cap (or whatever), and hold the button down for about 10 seconds. Release it, and let it sit there, and do it again. After that you can just push it up and down a few times and see if you can essentially suction the rest of the liquid down into the button. Then, wipe off the residue and it should be working. You can also test the shutter while you are doing this, to see if you are successful yet. After doing this, my camera stopped beeping continually, and the shutter worked like normal. I believe that prior to this, the button was either slightly pressed down, the underlying switch was slightly pressed down, or there was some dust or gunk on the circuit underneath causing the button to think it was continually depressed, so that wouldn't let me depress the shutter. Now, everything works normally.
Hope that helps!
Posted on Jul 25, 2016
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