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Minolta dimage 7i fix

Worked great. Now its dead. Wont fire up????? Batteries good. Bought it new a few years ago. Limited usage. Im handy. Please advise.
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  • Ronnie Roper Nov 26, 2007

    I have had the same problem for like 6 months. We had the camera for a
    little over a year, worked great, took good photos and one day it
    wouldnt turn on with fully charged batteries.
    We put in fully re-charged batteries, turn the power on and all that happens is a blinking battery icon in the top window.
    Checked the battery terminals...they look good.
    Swapped out the card...didnt work.
    Tried 3 different brands of re-chargeable batteries...doesnt make a difference.
    We would really like a solution this so we can stop using our grainy camera phones.
    Please anyone HELP!
    Thank you, Ronnie.

  • kennal May 03, 2008

    I have been having same problem with my dimage 7i with batteries seemingly not good enough so I purchased brand new NiMh charger and two sets NiMh 2400mAh and 2500mAh Powertech cells. Despite having them freshly off the charger the 7i would shut down after few minutes use displaying flashing battery symbol. The unloaded cell voltage seemed acceptable- 1.2+ to 1.3 approx after charge. Thinking the cells still weren’t "good enough" I configured an external voltage source using DiaMec sealed lead battery 6v 1.3AH/20R and put a 1 Amp (full scale deflection) real anolog meter in series to monitor the current. What I saw was the current ramping up to about 150mA and then returning to zero. This can be symptom of equipments over-current protection circuit cutting in to save the rest of the camera. I decided it had to be looked at by proper Minolta service agent. I told them these details concluding it looked like over current. Later the service person said they had checked one pcb, no change, and then another and deduced it had fault. I paid $430 + plus original $65 quotation fee. I now have camera back again and charged up my new battery sets again and was surprised at how short the time was before the camera cut out again with the flashing battery symbol! So I went through the "must be dud batteries" again and actually found one cell had low(er) voltage than others. I constructed battery test circuit - 1 amp meter, nominal 1.25 ohm resister expecting to draw something less than 1 amp (it was around .7 to .8 in practice) to show cell capacity to maintain nominal voltage under high current. The low voltage cell when placed in test circuit immediately dropped down heading to .2 -.3 amp. It was stuffed. Now armed with known good set of batteries, fully charged, I found the camera only ran for approx 4 minutes of repeated use including 6 flash shots. That doesn't seem very long. So I connected my external sealed lead 6volt cell again to the external power in point with the 1 Amp anolog meter in series. What it showed was that upon switch-on the current drawn hovered around 800 to 830 milliamp (.8 to .83 amp). The needle was erratic which I think is very unusual for digital gear. With no action taken the LCD screen turned off and the current reduced approx 100 mA. With still no further action the current dropped off to near zero in the camera rest state. When "idling" at the 800 - 830 mA drain, raising up the flashcover caused the current to increase to around 950 to 980 mA. I have a technician background but nothing to do with cameras (radio & TV). To my recconing, having a standby current of around 800-830 mA out of AA cells seems excessive. I'm going to take that camera back to the service agent with these findings. I think it is still faulty with excessive current draw but I have nothing to compare against such as service data or another working 7i camera.

    If anybody knows what is the initial standby current after switch-on I'd be interested to know.

    Regards

    SL.

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I just found a solution to my camera problem. It turned out to be the batteries. We purchases some Rechargable Duracel with a 2650mAh rating. After charging the batteries I put them in the camera and it started right up and was taking photos like when we first bought it. I have not been able to use the camera in almost 2 years and it turns out the problem was weak batteries.

So anyone that has a Minolta Dimage 7i and cant get it to turn on make sure you have at least 2650mAh rated rechargable batteries. The higher the mAh rating the better.

Hope this helps someone else. We are ecstatic that we can use our camera again. No more using my camera phone!!!

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Here are some simple things to try first for a camera that won't power on:
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