I tried the solutions that were posted, then checked the batteries and realized they were not the batteries I thought were in the camera. Replaced with different ones in and and wallahh......it came on...for now anyway. Thanks friends!
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That sounds like a sticky lens shutter. They usually have to be replaced, as they usually will need parts. When the camera is working look inside the lens and take a picture(with flash turned off). You should see a black shutter door clicking shut in the lens. When the camera acts up, look inside the lens again. If the door is staying shut full time, that is your problem.
Open your battery door. Notice inside that there's a little slide door inside labeled CR1220. Pry open this little slide door and remove and reinsert the encased watch battery (this battery powers the camera's clock). Removing and reinserting might fix it temporarily, but more than likely this battery is getting very low. Recommend going to your local drugstore's battery section and buying a replacement CR1220 battery. They're very common and inexpensive (a few bucks).
I had exactly the same problem. Lens stayed open, when powered on you get three beeps and nothing. I found when I pulled the lens out a little harder it gave a little click. When I powered on it worked perfectly.
Dang, what a weird design. The lens needs to go threw a cycle before it can reach the idle position where it waits for a comand from the user. If its in the closed position and you turn it on it extends to its full range then stops at the idle position. It sounds like it is stuck in some spot between close and idle. Since it cant reach the closed position or idle its shutting down.
The only way to get it to work is to try and free the lens so it can cycle threw. There must be a lip on the slider and the lens is stuck on this lip so you cant slide it.
Remove the batteries then try and slide the door open try and slide somthing between the lens and the door to free it up. This is the only way to get it threw the cycle. It may need to be serviced It sounds like the switch for the slider door is warn or has broken. It may work again if you can free the lens.