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Taken from manual: SETTING THE TIME AND DATE You can set the time and date on the camera as long as the battery stays in the camera. Once the battery is removed the time and date settings will be lost: Symbol on LCD Screen Function When you see "dAt" on the screen, press SHUTTER button to set the time and date. Press POWER/MODE button to toggle from Y09 (2009) to Y30 (2030). Press SHUTTER to advance to next date setting. Press POWER/MODE button to toggle from 01 (January) to 12 (December). Press SHUTTER to advance to next date setting. Press POWER/MODE button to toggle from d01 (1st day of month) to d31 (31st day of month). Press SHUTTER to advance to next date setting. Press POWER/MODE button to toggle from H00 (12 a.m. military time) to H23 (11 p.m. military time). Press SHUTTER to advance to next date setting. Press POWER/MODE button to toggle from 00 (zero minutes) to 59 (59 minutes). Press SHUTTER to advance to next date setting. 1. Once you select the "minutes" setting and press the SHUTTER button, you will return to the SEt entrance for the settings menu. EXITING THE SETTINGS MENU When you see ESC on the screen, press the SHUTTER button to exit the SETTINGS MENU.
YOUR PROBLEM SHOULD BE OVER! ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR CAMERA IN THE COMPARTMENT WHERE THE TWO BATTERIES GO IS A SMALL DOOR. THIS IS THE CLOCK BATTERY DOOR! YOUR CLOCK BATTERY MUST BE DEAD OR MOSTLY DEAD. AT LEAST IT IS WORTH CHECKING OUT. THIS IS THE MOST LIKELY CAUSE OF TIME DATE FAILURE BECAUSE IT WILL RUN WITH THE MAIN BATTERY POWER WHEN THE CAMERA IS ON, BUT WHEN YOU TURN IT OFF, THIS SMALL BATTERY IS SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE TIME, DATE CURRENT IN THE OFF MODE AND IT IS DOING IT! CHECK IT OUT AND SEE IF THIS DOESN'T SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM. GOOD LUCK! HOPE THIS WORKS FOR YOU!!
Try this method. Set the date until it reads a couple of days in the past and then set the correct time. Of course do not touch your date or time settings between the hours of 9PM-1AM. Wait until the next day, then move the hour hand forward until you reach the current date with the correct time.
PROCEDURE 1. Initialize the system. a) Enter the TEST mode. b) Select "3:ROM UPDATE" and press SET button. c) Next, select "5:SYSTEM INITIAL" and press SET button. d) The following message appears. SYSTEM INITIALIZE START ... PUSH OK KEY? e) Press SET button and System is initialized. "SUCCESS !" appears on the monitor. 2. Write firmware. Update the firmware version" Write the firmware. If the TEST mode boots automatically, change "USB TCC ON" to "USB TCC OFF".
Are you sure the lens is actually going all the way out? If there is debris in the zoom gearing it can cause the lens to stop extending which would in turn cause the camera to re-retract the lens and show an error.
Other possible explanations are that the sensor which determines when the lens has reached full extension has failed, so the camera keeps extending the lens until it reaches the physical limit - and then behaves just as if there was a jam as described above. The fact that this occurs both when you power on and power off the camera leads me to think this may be the case.
The loss of date and time settings is due to a dead backup battery. Check your manual to see if this is replaceable by you or if it requires disassembly.
Advance Camera Repair