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Black screen of death fixed... now won't auto focus!

I had that same black screen problem that everyone is talking about and tried the Tv mode - wait 7 seconds- open battery compartment etc.  It worked!  I can now take pictures again HOWEVER the focus is not working consistently or barely at all.   Has anyone else had this happen?  Does anyone know how to fix it?

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In the case where you get a black image, the following may be of help:

This is a common problem in older Canon S2 IS cameras, especially ones that have not been regularly used. What happens is that the lens iris gets stuck at a small aperture. Most often you can get function back. Here's how:

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This sounds like a pretty ghetto solution but it worked for me and I know it has worked for others. So before you go wasting your time writing letters, give this a shot.

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