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Why does my E850 GE Digital Camera turn on, but will not take a picture?

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Hi I am vortash .. it sounds like the backlight on your screen has gone or the power supply to it , if your camera has an av output try it and see if you are getting a picture from it that way .
If not it may be a video output fault even though your still getting pictures ,as that is a different system . You will need to check the backlight and see if it is geting power , if your not adept at this type of thing i would suggest a repair shop . You may end up doing more damage than good if you don't know what your doing .. regards Vortash

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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SOURCE: my computer does not acknowledge GE E850 digital

Use a separate card reader to download your pictures.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

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Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

Posted on Sep 08, 2010

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Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ... Unfortunately, many cameras that fall prey to this can only be corrected by professional repair. But, here are some things that you can do that may correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011

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Hi

can you be a little bit more specific? what happens when you plug in the camera, do you get a message what does it say? do you hear the ding sound as you plug it in and turn it on? does it work with any other computers?

Posted on Mar 14, 2011

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If the flash cannot get a full charge, it will blink and prevent a picture from being taken. check your batteries.

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Lens error appears on my ge e850 camera lcd screen


Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ... Unfortunately, many cameras that fall prey to this can only be corrected by professional repair. But, here are some things that you can do that may correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try.

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Trying to upload pictures from my ge E850 but no response. I do not have the software cd.


Consider NOT connecting the camera to the computer. The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.

Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive. Or you can use any photo cataloging program.

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On my GE E850 Camera the view screen just turned black. Still takes pictures but I cannot see them on the screen


Hi I am vortash .. it sounds like the backlight on your screen has gone or the power supply to it , if your camera has an av output try it and see if you are getting a picture from it that way .
If not it may be a video output fault even though your still getting pictures ,as that is a different system . You will need to check the backlight and see if it is geting power , if your not adept at this type of thing i would suggest a repair shop . You may end up doing more damage than good if you don't know what your doing .. regards Vortash

Jun 25, 2009 | General Electric E850 Digital Camera

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I have no power, I tried changing batterie with a new one but it still doesn't work


I understood that this model takes special battery pack ...so try to replace the batteries with high quality ones...the regular batteries are not able to power it up ... and by special I mean try something a little more expensive ....I believe its an issue related with the amperage ..anyway ...in case you know for certain the camera is in good condition ....I'm talking by experience cause I also had the same problem with a Panasonic one ...with almost the same tech specifications...and it did powered up after I bought better quality batteries... let me know how it worked up ...have a good day !

May 30, 2009 | General Electric E850 Digital Camera

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Need to purchase a battery charger for my ge e850. where can I buy that?


The charger model for your camera is the GB40.

Here is a link of where you can purchase this charger.

http://www.snapitdigital.com/itemdetail.asp?mod=POGB40KIT

Have a nice day ;)

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Displayscreen scratched on ge e850


Most likely you cannot. I recommend calling support. If you have warrenty on the product, they may give you a new screen, but since it's accidental damage, they may not.

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