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Canon A520 - dropped the camera

It will take some pictures, but many features do not work.
none of the buttons on the back do anything any more
the date is stuck on zeros
the flash does not seem to work any more.

changed the batteries, including the CR 1220, but no improvement.

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I have worked on many different cameras and I think the first thing to do would be to remove all the tiny screws that you can find, Draw a diagram of the camera and place all the screws on the diagram where they came out, the reason, they are not all the same length. I believe you will have to remove the chrome piece on the front, it has a couple of screws, but is mainly held on by double sided sticky tape and it sticks real good. After you get to this point, separate the from and rear housing by prying the bottom open first. The top is snapped together. It will take some pressure to separate the two halves. I don't remember how many ribbon cables that are inside, but that would sure cause you problem if any one of them was partially pulled from its socket. You can also see if any of the components are broke at this point. BE REALLY CAREFUL and don't touch the flash circuit. The flash capacitor will probably be loaded and if you touch the wrong place on the camera, you will receive about 3000 volts, probably won't kill you but it will sure make you hurt yourself trying to get loose from the voltage. Most of the flash circuit is located at the top of the camera. BE CAREFUL, Good Luck, hope it is just a lose ribbon cable.

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