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Camera only comes on when connected to dc adapter

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When you open the battery hatch you'll see a set of metal tabs that work like springs holding the battery up to the contacts on the other side of the casing. As the camera is jolted up and down these compress and the battery no longer makes contact to the metal wires that deliver power the camera. To fix this you will need to bend, stuff, extend, or solder somewhere to restore the connection.

The other option is that the battery is actually bad, but the latter is WAY more likely.

Posted on May 05, 2010

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Lumix DMC-FZ50 will not power up. Tried 3 batteries and 2 chargers, no luck. tried turning on and off, changing modes...no luck. Suggestions?


If this camera is like my FZ20, there is a socket to provide power to the camera from a mains adapter. The input socket is under the cover where the USB lead goes, and the manual shows a lead attached between this and a battery charger. My battery charger does not have this lead or DC output, though. The one that does is an optional extra, part DMW-CAC1. The manual recommends using the adapter to power the camera when it is connected to a computer, to make sure that a flat battery doesn't cause the memory to become corrupted.

My suggestion is that you attempt to power the camera through this DC power input, either with the approved adapter (maybe one of the chargers you are using has the output?) or with a generic one. I have successfully used a generic 9 volt adapter on my camera (positive center connector).

If it will power up with an adapter, I expect there is an issue with the connections in the battery housing. Otherwise, it might be a more fundamental fault.

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My gateway laptop note book, will not power up, I have checked the cord, battery etc. Went to turn it on one day and no power? someone mentioned that it over heated?


First of all, take the battery off and try to turn it on with the ac adapter (power cord) connected. If it comes up without the battery then it's your battery.

If it doesn't turn on without the battery and with just the ac adapter, try a different ac adapter. You can find one to try at your local pc shop or electronics store. If it comes up with another ac adapter then all you need to do is purchase an ac adapter at the store or order one online (cheaper).

If it still doesn't come on then it's either your dc jack or your motherboard. Normally if it's just the dc jack it will turn on or attempt to turn on when you wiggle the connecter in the ac adapter connection. If it's your dc jack it's relatively inexpensive to purchase online. The problem comes with having to take apart the laptop, desoldering the old and soldering the new dc jack, and putting the computer back together.

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.

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I tried to connect an adapter 3.15 volts on my camera since it shows "lens error, restart camera"


You might have damaged the processor board of the camera as the delicate electrics are quite sensitive to variationof voltage , the battery is pure DC but an adapter may have a lot of transcients.
So after replacing battery if the fault comes up then the camera must be checked by the service centre.

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Will my ac adapter chardge my camera? I have the Olympus c-50 (zoom)


No. You do have the battery charger, right? If not, get one
FYI
When connecting the AC adapter to the camera’s DC-IN jack, be careful not to
catch the plug on the jack’s cover.
● If the battery power runs out while the camera is connected to a computer,
image data may be corrupted. It is recommended that you use the optional AC
adapter when transferring images to a computer. Do not disconnect or connect
the AC adapter while the camera is communicating with the computer. Or just make sure your battery is fully charged!
● Power is consumed continuously during the conditions described below.
This could reduce the number of pictures that can be taken.
•When the monitor is turned on.
•Repeated auto-focus by pressing the shutter button halfway.
•Repeated power zoom adjustments.
•When communicating with a computer.
● Do not remove or load the battery and/or do not disconnect or connect the
AC adapter while the camera is turned on. Doing so could damage the camera’s settings or functions.

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My Kodak Easyshare V1233 will only power up when plugged into the wall charger. Even after staying on the charger it will not power on unless plugged in.


Kodak has 3 types of charger that can be connected to a wall socket
USB AC Adapter - is especially useful when traveling, away from your computer, or just plain on-the-go. Connect your camera's USB cable to the adapter and plug it into a wall outlet to conveniently charge your camera.
5V AC Adapter - Provides in-camera charging for all KODAK EASYSHARE M and V Series Digital Cameras
Input: AC 100-240 V 50/60 Hz Output : DC 5.0 V
3V AC Adapter - Provides direct power to your camera but it will not charge the camera battery
Input: AC 100-240 V 50/60 Hz Output : DC 3.0 V

* You need to check the type of adapter your using. If your using the 5V AC adapter or USB adapter and the camera won't charge the battery contact kodak support line 1 800 235 6325 (23KODAK) for possible repair.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 that the DC adapter jack has come loose and cracked the motherboard in the process. Is there any way to repair motherboard instead of replacing?


Of course there is; but if the crack is not just local to the DC adapter, it gets complex pretty quickly! Which is it? If it's localized, just mend the connections with workaround wiring...and mayhaps change that DC adapter to a sort of outboard connection using nice round LEMO connectors so your soldering work isn't upset again.
There's some silver-infused stuff that heals shorts while not shorting everything to everything, too...you might look that up.

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Powering the E-510 DSLR


The T is the thermister that the battery charger uses to determine the battery temperature and make sure it's not being damaged by high temperatures, you can safely ignore it when you hook up an external supply, it won't cause any errors on the camera or anything.

If you want to hook up a DC adapter to your camera just make sure it's a well regulated (a switching power supply should be just fine, like a wall adapter only they're typically much lighter weight but adapt AC to DC) and is the correct voltage. The reason I recommend a switching power supply is that traditional wall transformers only provide the rated voltage at rated load, meaning if you hook up a 12VDC 2A wall adapter to something that draws 1/2A it will have a significantly higher voltage that it has stamped on its case.

Happy Hacking!

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I can't charge the battary.


Disconnect DC power cable from AC adapter/charger. Battery charging will not be possible if the DC power cable is left connected to the AC adapter/charger.

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