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Broken piece on my nikon coolpix p4 between the battery and sd slot there is another little slot. what exactly is this. it's empty now but once had a little white piece in it?now the camera wont turn on. Battery is good.

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  • hoome3 Feb 29, 2008

    I'm having the same problem. My son broke off the top of the little white piece when removing the memory card. I can get the memory card to insert properly, but the camera won't turn on.

  • Sam S Iam Mar 15, 2008

    Yes i have the same problem

  • lwubbena Mar 23, 2008

    My camera will not turn on after white piece near memory card slot broken off.

  • TimKnight Jul 11, 2008

    Ihave a Nikon Coolpix P4 digital camera. I very happy with this camera and lovethe features. I use this camera a lot. Just recently camera will not power on.Battery is charged. I did notice thou that when I open the battery compartmentthat a white tab fell out. Very small and I lost the tab due to being outsideand it fell in the grass. I did look for it but never found it. Furtherinspection I see where that tab might of cam from. Above the card holder andbelow the battery there is a slot there and looking thru a magnifying glasslooks like that is where the tab goes. On what principle does this tab work? Iknow it is a switch. Is it a push or lever switch? If it is a lever switchwhich way is on. How can I fix this so my camera will work again? Is there adiagram on how to take this camera apart so I can fix this part? If so what isthe direct link? Send reply to TimWhiteknight@mac.comThank you for you time.


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Only solution to turn ur camera on is to get that plastic fixed coz it is slided when u close ur battery cover to connect the power on.without it circuit is broken and camera cant be turned on.

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