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Canon xl 1s won't power up. Power light flashes, screen lights up then it turns it self off..will keep repeating like this every few seconds but won't stay on help

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  • susan spring Feb 20, 2009

    No, it does the same thing when using ac. Video mode works, playback works but when I turn record on,it powers up, flickers and turns itself off..then if I leave it turned on, it keeps trying to restart itself. Have walked thru everything possible on my end with a canon tech. Right now, I am waiting to hear from the repair facility...I was jsut hoping to get a few ideas about what it could be and how much$ to fix it.

    Thanks though for your answer

  • locker39 Apr 08, 2009

    It works in VCR mode, but when you switch to camera mode, it will act like it is powering up, and then shut back down.  PLEASE let me know if there is an easy answer before I send off to Canon.

  • JoyStar Apr 20, 2009

    We have the exact same problem with our XL1S . . . let us know what you find out and we'll let you know if we figure it out.

    Thanx!

    JoyStar

  • ssterrett May 01, 2009

    I have the exact same problem trying to power up in camera mode but then shuting itself off and just keeps doing that no matter the power source. and the VCR mode it works fine.



  • CrAzY H May 07, 2009

    I have the same basic problem. Although my power light doesn't flash. It tries to power up for about 10 seconds or so, the view finder remains blank, and it shuts itself off no matter what I use as a power source. 

    I suspect that it is failing one of its system checks during boot up in camera mode. It works perfectly in video playback mode.

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Just fixed this problem. It is one of the three main fuses that have blown out. This is not supposed to be consumer accessible or fixable, but I did it.
Open up the camera case using the 5 allen head screws disconnect the top ribbon cable going to the playback buttons on the handle. on the main board (behind the tape deck) are 3 tiny square black fuses The top fuse FU3201 is the VTR The middle fuse FU3200 is the Motor The bottom fuse FU3202 is the Camera/Lense
The bottom fuse was my culprit. I found a tiny piece of copper and bent it into a U shape and slipped it over the fuse so that it touched the metal terminals on both sides and bypassed the fuse. This fixed the problem.
Haven't used the camera extensively since, but shoot about 10 hrs a week with 2 xl1's and will post if anything happens.
Here is a diagram from the Canon XL1 Service Manual: http://www.coycypert.net/files/xl1.png
Here is the service manual download link: http://www.coycypert.net/files/CANON%20DM-XL1.pdf

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  • john smith Dec 13, 2011

    did anything end up happening?

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Read the manual again ? There should be something about that...
Battery is exsausted?

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I have the same problem but the fuses (7 in this case) are fine :' anyone have an idea? maybe a capacitor? but which? oh god..

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