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I have had a HP Photosmart 945 for a few years now. A few days ago was
the first time I saw my camera experience the problem described above.
I thought something is wrong with the on-bard logic.
my batteries (4x2300mAh NiMH AAs) with four other freshly charged
batteries of the same kind didn't fix it. The camera's LCD kept
flashing on and off for almost an hour until my family got tired of it
and turned it off by removing the batteries.
I just replaced the rechargeable batteries with four regular alkaline batteries and now suddenly it works. Go figure.
moral is that changing the batteries sometimes helps. When it works, it
will get your camera going for a while. The problem, however, doesn't
seem to be battery-related or I would have seen it a long time ago with
smaller-capacity batteries like alkaline AAs. Something is very wrong
with the camera itself, that much is clear.
now is that I have an unreliable camera that can give out at any
moment. For example today it died in mid-shot and almost spoiled a
family event. For me the solution was "get a non-HP camera".
Don't bother with alkaline batteries. They are useless in digicams, and particularly so with some Samsung models. Use rechargeables, or "oxyride" high current disposables.
There may be a setting in the menu for which type of battery you are using, which may help, but still, you are better off not using alkalines. The stupid part is, cameas are often shipped with alkalines in the box! Great way to dissapoint customers! (
Popular alkaline batteries are inexpensive and can be found anywhere, but their power is consumed at a rapid rate. If you're using all of your camera's features, you can deplete a set of alkaline batteries in about 30 minutes! You should consider spending a little more up front for a battery charger and some rechargeable batteries.
Many cameras (including many HP Photosmart digital cameras) work with the popular, rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. They are inexpensive and environmentally friendly, and they give you more pictures per charge than any other battery types, except for lithium-ion batteries—another battery of choice for many HP Photosmart cameras.