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Re: camera not working
Actually u are a victim of BAD CCD see this link below
good news is all brands are doing this free of charge repairs sony,
fuji, canon , olympus VIVITAR all, some models have service advisories
issued and some are not noticed as all do not complain so u can get it
repaired free even if u are out of warranty and even if ur camera is
not on service advisory list tell them abt BAD CCD and they will
understand and take ur repairs free of charge do not accept any charges
for repairs as it is the manufacturing fault of CCD units tell them u
know about it !
pls dont waste time see the service centre in ur area and email or give them a call see the link below for support in ur area
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Your camera has a lens error, this
is such a common fault that I hope you don't mind me pasting my stock
generic answer below. No point in reinventing the wheel!
Stuck lenses are probably the most common
reason that compact digital cameras get thrown away, but there's a fair
chance of recovering use of your camera again
The fault is
commonly caused by dirt or grit blocking the mechanism, or due to it
having suffered a recent fall. Another common cause is that the camera
was in a pocket or bag and the power button accidentally activated and
tried to open the lens against resistance. The mechanism may have simply
dislodged or there may be parts which have broken.
If your camera
is still under warranty and has definitely not been subject to misuse
then contact the manufacturer's service department in your country to find out about a free repair. If
the warranty has expired though a professional repair will far exceed
cost of replacing your camera. You will therefore have nothing to lose
trying to fix this yourself.
Please click here
and you will be taken to an excellent article provided by the Camera
Repair website. For the most part, you'll be guided on how to physically
manipulate your camera to try and clear the fault. Although the article
mentions Canon a few times, the advice applies equally to all cameras
with lens errors and is not model-specific.
The DVR-518 uses three AAA batteries. You can use either disposable or rechargeable batteries. If you choose to use rechargeables, you will have to charge them separately, outside the camera. Any battery charger will work, as long as it's compatible with the type of batteries you choose.
You can get more information about the camera, including the manual and software, at http://www.vivitar.com/products/2/digital-video-recorders/361/dvr-518
Short answer - yes.
Manufacturers have become very good at making products that are reliable for exactly 1 year.
Usually it's small components that have a deffinate shelf life.
I would first check that you are using the correct battery for it. Even if it looks like it takes standard AA's - they often will only work for original spec rechargable blocks.
If this does not solve it - write a letter to Olympus saying how dissapointed you are with their product.
They may offer you a good deal on a repair hopefully.
Unfortunately Sony and HP are even worse - HP and lexmark printers now stop working after a period of time - telling you to buy more ink - even though you still have plenty.
Don't recall where I found the info that it works as a replacement, but I've been using it successfully since July 2007. Don't know yet if I'll experience the same "memory" problem I had with the original battery.