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Lights!Camera! No Action!

I turn on the camera and the orange light comes on but nothing else happens. It beeps sometimes. There is a red light that flashes sometimes. You cannot see in the view finder either. Unable to review pictures. Nothing happens when you snap the picture. I turned all the dials and nothing happens. I checked and the batteries are charged. It appears it is on some type of setting but I don't know which it is. Please help

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  • dgw4 Dec 23, 2007

    I've changed batteries, made sure the card is seated well, tried the menu settings, etc.  Nothing happens.  help.

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2007

    Same problem and I just used it yesterday with no problems!

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    New charged battery will not help, twice when turning on, all that happened was w/b light flashed

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Do you have a memory card installed?
is this camera new?
not seeing in the viewfinder is not a good sign.
if its a slr, the mirror is locked up, either by function or failure.
need to know if its a slr or small format point and shoot to offer further advice.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007

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