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The camera is trying to turn on, but either the lens is stuck, causing an overload in an effort to turn the motor that, through gears, extends the lens. That's a common problem, and the 2nd most common problem is that the batteries are not holding enough charge to drive the motor, contacts are dirty, things like that. There are 2 excellent web blogs that detail the problems, and what you can check and try. Here they are: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
Everytime I try to turn it on, the lens comes out for about a second,
the camera beeps 3 times, the lens retracts and the camera shuts off.
The battery is completely charged and the camera is only 4 months old.
I had the same problem, stuck lens, 3 beeps and shutdown. You must get pissed off at the camera first. Then bite the lens, clenching it like pliars (you could probably use pliars too), turn the camera on and immediately start pilling on the lens in the outward direction. The tooth grip unstuck the lens and vot it worked. you can take this solution to the bank.
Mine got stuck with lens out. The batteries were new so I never imagined it could be the batteries, but they were cheap ones so I recharged a pair of good ones and once I put tried them on it worked just fine again. Conclusion, the "new" cheap batteries had only enough energy to turn it on and then they couldn't give it enough energy to make it work anymore and that's why I couldn't retract the lens or even turn it off properly. So in your case, try using a couple of good and new batteries.
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.