Question about HP Photosmart 635 Digital Camera
This is a typical problem with these cameras. The culprit is a failed onboard battery. The battery is for retaining the time and date while replacing the removable batteries. If you put batteries in and set the time and date- then remove the batteries for about 30 seconds- put the batteries back in- if it asks you to set the time and date again the onboard battery is no good. If you remove the onboard battery your camera will be very usable and the batteries will last 100 times longer. If you can change the batteries quickly you will not have to set the time and date because there is a small capacitor that will retain a charge, in other words it works better without the battery. I have done this to about 15 of these cameras and all worked great afterwards. You will need a precision philips screwdriver to remove the 7 screws that hold the case together. The onboard battery is small, like a hearing aid battery, mounted on the lower board just behind a piece of brownish cellophane like material. Just cut the material open and look in there between the boards and you will see it. It is mounted flat grap it with some precision long nose pliers or tweezers, wiggle it until the solder joints fail and remove it. Re-assemble and your paperweight is a camera again. If you do it wrong ,which is unlikely, you still have a functioning paperweight.
Posted on Jan 15, 2008
I have the same camera, had same problems
Replace batteries with AA 1.2 V 2600 mAh and your camera should work perfect. Mine does finally .
Posted on Mar 27, 2008
I also had battery problems with my HP PHOTOSMART 635 When I purchased the camera it came with AA batteries 2000mA .They did not hold charge even when camera was not used. Then I was talked into buying other batteries AA 2200mA. These were a bit better but still needed to be recharged more often than I thought they should be. After these gave up I wanted to get new ones again because I had an extended warranty on them ,but they did not have any more. Then I noticed on the bottom of the camera it said 2500mA . I questioned the clerk why they would give me weaker batteries than the ones that were called for. Anyway I exchanged them for AA 1.2v 2600 mAh and the camera works perfect
Posted on Mar 27, 2008
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