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I have a Minolta A2. worked fine yesterday. Charged botyh batteries last night. Camera shows low battery with both batteries and with external power plugged in. Help Larry

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  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    Different outlets and one cord was for battery charger and other is for external power. Any way to try to reset? I am on vacation and need camera now.

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    I am on vacation and do not have access to new batteries. I had to order the ones I have. Besides, it does not work even with the external power source.

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    No difference, by wiggling cord. There is no error message, just the blinking battery symbol, that goes off after a bit.

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    Have you deserted me? Have not gotten a reply in about an hour.

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    Have not heard from first expert in over an hour.
    I need suggestions other than the obvious.

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    I am not out of the country. Can not get it to power on to get into the menu. A2 will not take regular batteries, battery is one piece with contacts on the back.

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    I am sorry for any misunderstanding. I just am anxious to find a solution or to determine if I need to go buy a new camera. I am not out of the country. I think that update is in but can't check. No power to look at menu

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    With the way the inside of the battery compartment looks, one spring on one side and two contacts on the other I do not see any way to make 6 aaa batteries make contact. Besides, there is no power with an external power cord either.

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    I saw in the manual a mention of a battery that holds the settings when the power is off. Could this be a possible fix? If so, do you know where it is located and is it something I could replace myself, if I could find the right battery?

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    What if the r6 batteries don't power it up to where I can access the menu? Is it the camera or just the r6 batteries not making contact? If I have to replace the camera, what make and model would you suggest to get comparable or better performance to the A2?

  • larsanlewis Jul 15, 2009

    thanks

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I suggest to take a look in its menu to see that should be a battery kind choise....alkaline ...and another kind...I can not remember ...and maybe its set on the other type beside the ones you are using .....in the end ..try with normal not rechargeable batteries..if you can find some that will fit...until you will be able to try replaceing this ones...

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  • Catalin Turcu
    Catalin Turcu Jul 15, 2009

    I looked for you and this is the type of batteries that will replace for the moment I believe it will be 6 aaa like the ones you use into the TV remote control ...anyway ...even with great quality ones...it will not hold you like the original charger...
    http://ca.konicaminolta.com/products/con...
    if this was helpful ..please don't forget to vote..:P ...
    also try to recharge the old ones ...if it makes contact enough to blink that they are empty ...must be chargeable enough to work a while ...maybe not like new...but it should work ...cause this things never die suddenly ...they usually fade away...Good Luck !


  • Catalin Turcu
    Catalin Turcu Jul 15, 2009

    sorry ...you need ^ AA ...(R6) batteries..to fit....by the way ..if you put new ones ..look for the menu and switch on alkaline ...cause I believe you used..lithium rechargeable ...and if the same stuff came on ,,,(blink warning..) it means that is something wrong with the camera ...

  • Catalin Turcu
    Catalin Turcu Jul 15, 2009

    the batteries should power it up ..if the camera is OK ...and the camera might be damaged in some way ...if dont see it cant say for sure ......but if the problem continue to be present with the batteries...this means that for sure something its wrong with the camera ...and its something minor ..cause otherwise it wouldn't power up to displey the charger emptiness....in permanent damaging just play dead..:P
    and for your last question ...sorry that I replyed with delay ...I recomand a cheaper one ...a Panasonic (Lumix) DmC-LS80 ...itworks with 2 r6 batteries...or acumulators of the same size ...it has 3x optical zoom ..and 8x digital...its easy on the menu ...and logic...has sd card of minimum 2G but supports up to 8G ...and many more...makes wonderful picks for a camera in this category ..it cost about 100$ here ...maybe more there ...indeed its made in China ...but what isnt these days...:D ..has usb cable for both pc...and tv (dvd) and in general it worth the money for sure ...and its a wonderful replacement until you fix that one ..if you really care for it that much ..


  • Catalin Turcu
    Catalin Turcu Jul 15, 2009

    indeed inside has a battery similar with the function with the one from the bios on laptops...its holding in memory the basic menu and settings ..but Im sure that's isn't the problem ...cause its would just power but not remember settings when the batteries are out ...
    so ...please study the way those aa are fixed inside..i sent you that page .....and try to power it up with the aa's (R6)...if its showing you the same ...then it means that its something wrong...and now that I sow that even with your normal ac adaptor ...wont power up ...thismight be tricky....its more than sure somethig wronk with it...probably just a contact ...or so...from a shock ...


  • Catalin Turcu
    Catalin Turcu Jul 15, 2009

    http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/...
    this is the camera I was talking' about ...I have one ...for going out...and I'm very pleased with it ....even if the batteries don't have that much shooting time as in the oter one ...it works just with 2 ...and you can always find spares in any gas station...


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I would suggest trying the easy route first, which would be to plug the camera into different outlets and see if you're getting the same result with the low battery message.

If you are having the same problem, regardless of where it is plugged in, it would be my suspicion that your problem lies with your charging cable OR there's a possibility that the socket on your camera where the charging cable plugs in has a short.

If it were my camera, I would try replacing the external power cord first and see if that resolves the problem. I found one here for $11.99.

If the replacement cord doesn't correct your problem, you will probably need to send the camera in for repair. I'm not sure if you're still under warranty - if you are, great! Take advantage of your warranty. If not, I suggest sending it in to a reputable camera repair shop. We happen to use KEH (www.keh.com) for camera repairs. They are VERY GOOD. You can send the camera to them, they'll diagnose the problem and give you an estimate of the cost to repair it.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

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  • Kelly Raile
    Kelly Raile Jul 15, 2009

    Here is a link for the manual to your camera. This link takes you to the page for resetting it. http://www.retrevo.com/r/205bh146/155/Re...

    Have you tried a brand new set of batteries?


  • Kelly Raile
    Kelly Raile Jul 15, 2009

    When you plug in your external power adapter, have you tried wiggling it around to see if there's a short in the cord or the jack in the camera? If not, try wiggling it around to see if the error message is still there. For this, it doesn't matter if your batteries are in or not. We're just trying to eliminate one problem at a time to diagnose what the exact problem is.

  • Kelly Raile
    Kelly Raile Jul 15, 2009

    I have been researching this problem the entire time! I can't find any information specific to your problem, BUT, I read that there is a firmware update on Konica's website for your camera. It updates the firmware in the camera to v1.12. Do you know if your camera has this update installed?

    Also, I don't know where you're vacationing, but if you're out of the country, there could be problems with your socket adapters converting the voltage properly - which would prevent the batteries from charging, and would also prevent your camera from powering up correctly.


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