Was getting a little iffy about powering on & then failed completely. Recharged set of batteries tested in a second 5050 work OK. Contacts in camera spotless and batteries making good contact as far as I can see. So I suspect the switch itself has failed: is the mode dial assembly dismantle-able so that the power switch can be fixed? Is it likely to be fixable? I know how to remove the mode dial assembly. I have dismantled & repaired other cameras before & have suitable tools for the job so, please, no suggestions about taking it to an "authorised repairer" (totally uneconomic!).
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Re: Won't power on
The mode dial is replaceable, it is usually about 50 buck on Ebay and its pretty easy to replace. I actually had to repair mine with a small screw as the top popped off. Just remove the back and you can see the mode dial and its ribbon cable. look up c5050 capacitor and youll find a few sites that show you which screws to remove to get the back off (its 7 I believe, 2 under the flash hot shoe, two on the bottom, one on the USB side and 2 under the memory door)
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10 replace batteries or recharged very well the batteries. 2) clean very well the contacts batteries from oxide, dust, dirty. or corrosion 3) batteries loaded in WRON direction 4) batteries is NOT the right type 5) poor contact between battery and cover , clean and adjust it . 6) Memory card slot/battery covert is open God bless you
Do you have a way to test the battery and you know it's ok?
Those batteries have built-in protection circuitry that can cut out or turn off the battery entirely if it detected a problem like a short circuit, etc. And it may not get over it.
Try a 2nd battery or the AC power adapter directly.
Also check that the 3 little pins in the camera DC input jack are intact, straight, and not touching each other.
Some camera's won't turn on if the memory card door is open or the card is ejected but I tested that on my G3 and it still turns on either way.
Ah.... and lastly... there is a little electrical limit switch connected to the battery cover door that disables the camera if the battery door is open. It gets pressed by a small plastic piece attached to the battery cover when you close the battery door. If the plastic piece or the tiny, recessed switch has an issue then the camera won't turn on The switch could be bypassed internally (not easy to do) if that was the problem.
Look for a tiny, thin, black plastic switch about as thin as a staple down in a recessed hole (slot) near the battery cover hinge. Try gentle pushing the battery closed switch "over" a little. You can tell which way to push by observing how the battery door slides into position as you close it. I was able to turn on my camera with the door open by doing this. The switch is very tiny, don't break it.
If the battery door isn't closing all the way that would also cause the same issue.
...Actually it probably says error code 020000...flash test. Other error codes: 6 digits in codes: left to right digits; 1- Battery Test 0= Pass; 1= Fail ( batteries have to be good and in place even if using power supply (100000) 2=Flash Test/ Flash Charging 0=Pass; 1= Fail (020000) 3= IR Sensor Test 0= Pass; 3= Fail (003000) 4= Camera Mod Test 0= Pass; 4= Fail (000400) 5= Memory Test 0= Memory o.k. or no sd card; (000000) 5= Memory Full (000050) 6= SD card locked (000060) 7= SD card damaged (000070) 8= Comms Error (000080) 6= Clock Test 0= Pass; 9= Fail (000009) ALL SYSTEMS OK= 000000, GOOD
WHEN PERFORMING THESE TESTS, FOR THE FLASH TO TEST OK YOU HAVE TO COVER LIGHT SENSORS small glass items each side of lens.If you still have error, install good batteries, power on, drop batteries out, turn unit off, reinstall batteries and turn on again....if all this, you still have error, you probably have bad flash unit.
Some cameras have a similar issue when the on off button gets stuck down caused by dirt or small sand particals tap on palm of hand in all axis and a cleaning with small amount of isopropal alcohol sometimes helps symptoms sound like need pro care/repair
The other battery is a small watch button battery, and is strictly to power the cameras clock to keep track of date and time of each photo. Its true that it's charged by the main battery, but this little button battery will not provide operation power for your camera. How old is the main battery? They normally only last for a couple years, and usually require replacement at that point even if only used a little.
Try cleaning the contacts in the base of the chamber with a pencil eraser
Make sure the Cover makes good contact[press it in]
Make sure the battery bottom are bright metal
they can get oxidized,
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Not the camera obviously - works OK
Replace the NiMah batteries- get several sets and keep one set in the bag charged with one set in the camera.
You may be able to 'refresh' the original batteries by putting them into a small flashlight and running them until the bulb goes out.
This discharges them completely- then recharge.
It is said batteries have a 'memory' so that a battery that is down say 50% and recharged will only recharge that 50% and the other 50% is lost for use. So you have to flatten the batteries completely
I have only had my 3100Z for about 3 months but I have found the battery life outstanding. I have the NI-MH batteries and haven't actually counted the number of pictures I take between chargings but it seems as if it is 200 or more. I also have many menu changes, view the photos in the camera and leave it on between shots. I also have sleep set for 30 seconds.
I have actually never run the batteries down but recharged them twice in anticipation of needing plenty of power when I planned to take a lot of pictures. I'm guessing that you might have some faulty batteries.