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Received the error code from Canon Power Shot

I have a Canon SD300. When I tried to switch to recording (taking picture), the LCD is dark and the error code E18 was showing on the screen.

I could not use the camera at all. Please help with the solution.

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Just Google E18 and you will find all kinds of advice on this long standing problem

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http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/canon-digital-cameras-showing-black.html
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=225&modelid=13390&keycode=2112&id=29819
Applicable cameras include:
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