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Camera does not want to switch on even with new batteries. I have not used the camera since March

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Did you store the camera in March with batteries inside?
If the answer is yes , then the aging batteries may have caused the contacts where the batteries sit to rust. You should verify this by removing the batteries and shining a torch down the hole where the batteries sit. The contacts should be sparkling silver. if they appear dull or have a brown coating, you should clean them by using a small screwdriver covered with a small piece of cloth . the piece of cloth should have been immersed in a solvent e.g. gasoline(petrol),ethyl alcohol,isopropanol(isopropyl alcohol). Please dont use water as it will only lead to more rusting of the contacts.Clean the contacts until they again sparkle. You may also have to apply scraping action directly with the screw driver on the contacts taking care not to break them. Dont forget to clean the contacts on the batteries also before reinserting them.
Keep me posted.
P.S handle solvents carefully. Most of them are inflammable and have a corrosive effect.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009


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