The camera said the batteries were low. I put brand new, just out of the package batteries into the camera. I slid it open just to check to make sure the batteries worked fine and it did...but only for that one time. After I tried to slide it open and turn it on a second time, it didn't. And I tried to tap the front of the camera with a magnetic screwdriver with no outcome (I could be doing that wrong though?) I need help ASAP because this isn't my camera, it's a friend's >.<
There is a magnetic reed switch in front of the power switch and a small permanent piece of magnet just behind the hp logo of the slide door. Try placing a stronger piece of magnet in front of the logo and slide the door again and listen for a click when the reed switch closes. If not sound then the switch could be defective. Replace switch if necessary.
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The M22 won't work with your 4GB SDHC card. It only works with MMC and SD cards up to 1GB in size. Having said that, if after cleaning the battery contacts and putting in new batteries, it still doesn't work, I'd toss it and get a newer camera. Giving its age and (lack of) capabilities, it just isn't worth repairing.
You can try switching over to 2500 mAh Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries and you will see a difference.
Digital cameras with zoom lens need more power than what can be supplied by ordinary batteries.
Yes I do. We have 2 of these cameras, and have tried every kind of battery out there, incuding rechargables.
This little camera does a lot of things for the price, but it is always hungry. We've only found ONE battery that actually works for it (and takes more than 2-3 pics before giving us error messages), and that is the energizer "e" battery in the silver and BLUE package. They have orange and green packs but make sure you try the BLUE ones.
You might think they are a little pricey (we buy ours at the local WM for around $6 for two, or 419 for eight), but they truly work. Plus, even when they no longer power the camera, there is plenty of juice left in them to power other battery operated items. Our hair trimmers have been running for two months now on a pair of batteries that would no longer power up the camera.
That should solve the battery problems. And, we've also noticed the older the camera gets, the moer likely it is to be extremely picky on the batteries and the DC card!
rechargeable batteries voltage actually are lower than normal batteries, but is high when freshly charged or still hot after charging. don't use newly charged or hot battery, wait at least five minutes or let the batt cools down first. some model and brand uses compatible rechargeable batt, it is different from those sold individually which i think you are using. it has special switch activator attachment
have you tried to switch back to alkaline? how about formatting the card in pc? try removing then reinserting the card for several times. this will clean the card contact point in camera.
Read 'nightdivers' earlier answer
The problem is that there is a small, less than 1 cm rectangular magnet, embedded in the slide cover just to the right side of the "HP" logo and above the "M22" marking, the magnet activates a metallic reed switch on the circuit board when the slide is move to the right to "turn on" the camera and take pictures also exposing the lens. When the slide is moved to the left, the reed switch contacts are off. This would be an easy fix for a camera shop (as long as you tell them what the problem is) and they would not be able to overcharge you with the knowledge you now have... This is a great camera, and would be well worth the fix
My addition is:
I used a magnetic ended screwdriver and lightly tapped the magnet end over where the badge/logo covers when the slider is opened.
hey presto, my camera sprang back into life!
reed switch must have just stuck
use different memory card, most troubles i always encountered in digicam are caused by memory cards, many cards works in pc but not in digicam.
hey tapping side by side always takes away the trouble. [;0)