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My Canon GL2 will not power on in Camera mode but it will in Play(VCR) mode. The lock switch in the back is not on lock I have gone bak and forth with the switch but still nothing. Any ideas?

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Wow, ended up with the same problem tonight!!!! What a coincident.. So far I have found if I remove the clock battery, it boots every time.... hoping that all it is is that the clock battery is dead... wait have DVM right here...hmmmm.. 2.98V... but have turned camera on and off dozen times... still starting up....

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

  • johnsquared2 Feb 27, 2010

    OK, replaced the clock battery today. Everything works fine so far... strange!!!!





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