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Canon 350d not turning on/screen not working/

Hey guys, I'm having a weird problem with my Canon 350d ... when I turn it on, sometimes the CF red light comes on and stays on, sometimes just the battery indicator LCD bit comes on, and sometimes it seems to work OK.  
Whenever it works OK, I can focus and take a photo, but the CF light then stays on as if it is constantly trying to write the photo to the card. 
I have tried removing the battery and the backup battery, and have checked the CF card (no photos are being written).  Any ideas, or do you think it's fecked?

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  • mail278 Feb 09, 2009

    I get a NO CF caption, but otherwise no difference.

  • mail278 Feb 10, 2009

    I am unable to get the screen to turn on (even in the menu functions) and hence I am unable to select shoot w/o card and take any photos.  On the relatively few occasions that the camera starts up, the autofocus works correctly, the shutter seems to be working OK, but then after releasing the shutter, the camera gets stuck with the CF light on, and the number of shots remaining flashing constantly.  I tried this yesterday and after about 2 hours the light was still on so I removed both batteries.


    I have tried formatting the card and even after getting stuck taking a photo, no data is written to it.

  • mail278 Feb 10, 2009

    Tried many lenses as well - EF and EF-S

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Probably the CF pins are bent or broken

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Does the camera work properly with the CF card removed? If it does than the CF card is the problem. Try formatting the card with the camera or getting a new one.

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    thomtime Feb 09, 2009

    The NO CF caption is expected as the card is removed. What you need to test is if the camera powers on correctly and if the camera's shutter, auto focus etc.. is working reliably. Try tacking a few pictures without the card. Does the camera work from shot to shot? Are you able to see the brief preview that appears after each shot? I know nothing is recorded (no CF card) but this brief preview reads from the cameras internal buffer and should tell you if the camera is working.


    You may need to adjust the camera settings to shoot without a card. Set the camera to P mode (or any other creative zone) and go to the camera menu. Choose the forth menu tab (from left to right) and make sure “Shoot w/o card” is set to on in this menu.

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    thomtime Feb 10, 2009

    Well, we now know the problem is with the camera and not the card. Sounds like something is amiss with the camera's CF slot. It could be dirt or dust that got on the contacts or it could have been damaged if a card was loaded incorrectly or worse yet it may be an issue with the camera's sensor. You might want to try a different lens on the camera just to make sure it's not a lens issue but I suspect the problem is with the CF card slot. You will have to take it to a Canon service centre for a proper diagnostic and from there you can determine if the camera is worth repairing.

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    thomtime Feb 10, 2009

    Sorry I can't offer a more hopeful conclusion.

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