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Powershot S5 IS wont turn on

Camera worked fine the last year. I put it on the shelf, took it off a week later, doesnt turn on no matter what.

I have Canon NiMH batteries. recharged them, no change. Changed to a set of regular Duracell AA, no changed. Changed the memory card, no change. Replaced batteries multiple times, no change. All battery contacts clean. Batteries loaded correctly according to manual. I have no clue. Warranty expired a few months ago. I'm about to open it up with a screw driver.

Any suggestion is highly welcome.



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  • srinthout Feb 28, 2009

    OK, since I'm an engineer I couldnt resist the temptation to open up the beast for more than 5 minutes so I opened it up to see what's inside (I can't recommend this due to the small screws any tiny delicate connectors inside). Along the way I discovered and fixed the problem.

    As is typical for broken appliances usually the primary method for succesful repair is: open, vacuum clean, close. And otherwise see what happens along the way.

    What I found in my case is very simple: when I close the battery compartment latch you are supposed to hear two sort of "clicking" sounds. The first one is a obvious one which happens when the plastic of the lid snaps into the plastic latches on the camera body, it is a clearly audible plastic-on-plastic like clicking sound. The second clicking sound, which was the missing link to make my camera work, is a higher pitched, lower volume, metal spring like snapping sound. I don't know where that latch occurs but it only happens when I push the plastic lid all the way in even after it seems it is already fully secure. Without that second metal-like click my camera won't power on. I can reproduce the problem by closing the battery lid but not to the point of the second "click".

    So my simple solution is, push or jam your battery lid all the way in until you hear the metal-spring like clicking sound. Worked for me, hopefully works for you too.

  • refuge4 Mar 17, 2009

    same problem,... S5 IScamera just quit working. Did all the same things described re: batteries and playing with door and latch.

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