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There can be a mechanical break or a lens mounting break due to the fall and so the camera must be opened out to reset the lens hood.
You will need some experience to remove carefully and checck the drive for the dislocation of the motor control.
It can be a visual indicatiion to the fault if looked in and can be removed ,reset or the brokedn part glued into the mount.
This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
This is probably THE single most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
You can try switching over to 2500 mAh Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries and you will see a difference.
Digital cameras with zoom lens need more power than what can be supplied by ordinary batteries.
Read 'nightdivers' earlier answer
The problem is that there is a small, less than 1 cm rectangular magnet, embedded in the slide cover just to the right side of the "HP" logo and above the "M22" marking, the magnet activates a metallic reed switch on the circuit board when the slide is move to the right to "turn on" the camera and take pictures also exposing the lens. When the slide is moved to the left, the reed switch contacts are off. This would be an easy fix for a camera shop (as long as you tell them what the problem is) and they would not be able to overcharge you with the knowledge you now have... This is a great camera, and would be well worth the fix
My addition is:
I used a magnetic ended screwdriver and lightly tapped the magnet end over where the badge/logo covers when the slider is opened.
hey presto, my camera sprang back into life!
reed switch must have just stuck