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I purchased the camera in April of 2007, but have only taken about 500 pictures. Today I turned it on, and when I tried to take a picture, the message "change the batteries" came up, and it went dead. I replaced the batteries and it still will not power up. The batteries are all good.

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  • johnschw Jul 22, 2009

    I tried all the usual repairs: changed batteries (verified each battery was good), cleaned contacts, removed memory card, tried to power up using PC usb port. Nothing worked! I removed the batteries and let the camera sit for about a half hour and reinstalled the SAME batteries, and everything worked ok. Any comments as to why this should have worked?

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It is likely that an internal integrated circuit in the DC/DC board is damaged. Either an electronic component just is worn out, or moisture or humidity affected the camera. You can try with a different set of batteries (different brand and type) since such DC/DC converter board has a monitor circuit of the battery level, and when the components of it start failing, gives a wrong battery level to the micro-processor. If after try other batteries you have the same problem, then you will need to have your camera reviewed by a qualified technician to have it repaired, since it requires open the camera and evaluate the DC/DC board performance.

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