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When turned on, camera shows low battery or immediately powers down. Batteries are Duracell rechargeable NiMH. Meter shows weakest battery to be 1.25 V. Canon PowerShot A540 about 2 yrs. old, bought new

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To view the pictures on the computer, remove the card from the battery compartment and put it in a card reader connected to your computer.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008

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We had the same problem and it was so very frustrating. We sent the Camera back for assesment and repair only to be told there was nothing wrong with it. The solution was so simple we felt like real dummies.

All you have to do is use Energizer Lithium Batteries, since we started using them we have not had a problem with Batteries going flat or that annoying Battery indicator flashing.

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Posted on Oct 15, 2008

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was it ever left in the sun?

Posted on Mar 14, 2009

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SOURCE: CAMERA battery low message with new batteries

I have the same problem with mine!! Had it about 14 months now too!! Glad I'm not the only one... I don't know what to do! I have gotten brand new rechargeable batteries and instead of getting 250 shots, I only get like 20!

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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SOURCE: My Powershot A620 will not power up from batteries

If it's working using the external power input, then it's likely a problem with either the batteries, or the battery terminals (they may need cleaned or "bent up" a little to make better connection).

Here are some simple things to try for a camera that won't power on. They won't work for every case, but they're worth a try.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009

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