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I want a list of the likely different faults which can cause an Olympus C-5060Z not to power on. I'll do the rest. A wiring schematic would help too. I am aware of possible cause being the On/off switch under mode dial and how to replace that, and have a new mode-dial/power switch part, but while the camera is open where the switch can be function tested at ribbon cable connection, I need a check-list of the other most likely causes in the order of most likely to least likely. That means anything as simple as a fuse or power supply item. Please don't waste time about obvious dangers working with electronic circuits or factory or other service facilities. I also want the camera internal flash circuit tested while camera open

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  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Somehow this heading came to be about a C-3040 which is in the same class of Olympus C class of cameras, but much older and totally different technology than the C5060 specifically referred to in my question so the schematic would be different as well as the switches, parts etc. I don't know how to correct that other than this comment, so when researching wiring diagrams service manuals etc know that the camera model is Olympus C-5060Z. Thanks.

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    When all the firmware, hardware, or whatever-ware trouble-shooting has been completed by the technician (or facility) there will be a determination of what will fix that specific issue on that specific make and model digital camera (not flashlight.) What would be the most likely fix for one make and model might not be very high on the likely causes on another model. For example, one reason the switch is often a cause of power-up failures on that model is due to it's vulnerability to impact because of it's location on the camera not to mention the physical handeling of it by the photographer as opposed to other models like the somewhat newer C-8080Z which has an improved method of powering on and off by the touch of a button.
    I believe most camera repair facilities which would work on that model often would stock certain parts, boards, etc based on their likelihood of needing them which is only one of the reasons I specifically asked for a list of likely causes of the power issue prioritized generally to it's likelhood of happening. I am aware that the factory does not release certain documentation except to facilities of their choice. That is one reason I asked that time not be wasted referring to the factory. More simply put: In wording the question in the way I did from the begining was to not only emphasize the importance of the diagnosis but also the results of the outcome and certainly not to play down the importance of doing it properly. Neither am I asking anyone to fix the camera. If you don't have access to the info, and schematics etc not a big deal, just don't waste your time with info I didn't request or need even if it's allready there. Thanks

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    If the camera would try to go through the power up proccess, I would consider that the lens might be stuck and prevent it from completing the power up process. We have another camera like that. It does not turn on at all with a very good and tested battery or with the AC adapter. A source for parts is absolutely not a problem including a lens assembly or circuit boards. Which parts are the most likely to be causing the problem of the camera not attempting to power on. Please refer to first questions. Because of Parts availability not being a problem I think that my proccess of elimination approach to the troubleshooting with positive ideas from your experts is a better choice even if we ultimately, use a facility with all the more sophisticated test equipment. If it turns out to not be cost effective and the camera becomes a parts camera at least I will know with some certainty which parts are good.

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Here's an excellent blog about dead camera problems:
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/simple-fix-for-dead-cameras-that-wont.html
Aside from severe oxidation on the internal battery contacts, or power switch, there's also the possibility, as you suspect, that the power feed circuit might be bad. Wish I could help you there, but cannot come up with a schematic, and unless you can find a shop that might have one, I doubt you'll get any help from Olympus, due to the item's age. Guess you've called around to the local shops, but that might be a lead, if you haven't tried already.
As far as the flash is concerned, you can charge up the flash capacitor while you're in there, and check it- it and the xenon bulb are the most suspect components to fail in that circuit, aside from the step-up coil, and you can ohm it out, although it still can be shorted unless you know the coils resistance.
I bought a Camedia Polaroid model in 2002, and it still works, however, I get a slightly grayish screen when I power it up. If I give the camera body a solid WHACK with my hand, it works. This, obviously, is a mechanical problem, but I bought a better one, so haven't investigated the problem. Probably not the same problem you're having, but just throwing it in...
I've never seen a fuse in any cameras I disassembled (a few Olympus), but if they have a fuse type component, I would suspect a FL (fusible link). They're usually around 1 ohm, and serve as current overload protection.
I would suspect a device of this type, if any, since the voltage is low, as well as current. There may be none.
Hope you find that schematic- it's tough to trace stuff out without one.
Good luck, hope something here helps...


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  • jonbyus Aug 07, 2010

    Thanks tbreeze47, Some good points, and I also briefly checked out some of your ideas. My parts diagram shows 3 fuses, but without a schematic they are not much help to me. REF: #5001 part number VC865800 is fuse 32 volts 2 amps Remark PW-1
    #5002 part number VC865900 is fuse 32V 1A " PW-1
    #5003 part number VC 865900 fuse 32V 1A " PW-1 I find no part named capacitor. there is one called battery recharge remark CP 1 part number VC 880300 ref .Z3001
    one called strobe VC799300 remark 3-A1
    " " Fuse VC775400 32V 1.5A remark PW-1
    These also might be parts in the electronic circuits. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. thanks again,

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The most common are lens damage, dirt/dust in lens assembly, and battery problems. If you've dropped the camera you may have lens damage that is preventing the camera from completing its power-up sequence. If you frequent beaches/sandy areas or frequently carry your camera in a bag, you may have dust of grit in the zoom assembly that's preventing the camera from completing its power-up sequence. If your batteries are more than a year old they may depleted to the point that they cannot take or hold a charge sufficient for the power-up. You may also have a corrosion buildup on the battery terminals and/or camera contacts that is preventing power flow. Lastly, your charger may be defective. Hope this helps solve your problem.

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  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Thanks Bill B, all good basic starting points to consider if the camera would begin it's power-up sequence, but it doesn't which is one good reason to consider the new on/off switch I allready have with the new mode dial. I am familiar with how to do that but would rather not use it if not neccessary We have another C-5060 Z with a stuck Lens issue which may be as simple fix as the one you describe as the potential problem, but if not, it may be a doner camera for most any other needed and unavailable parts including circuit board parts etc. The battery tests with more than ample voltage and camera will not turn on with it's AC adapter either which works great on other C-5060 cameras. Charger is not a problem but common sense proccess of elimination troubleshooting would certainly use all of your good points.

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Thanks Bill B, all good basic starting points to consider if the camera would begin it's power-up sequence, but it doesn't which is one good reason to consider the new on/off switch I allready have with the new mode dial. I am familiar with how to do that but would rather not use it if not neccessary We have another C-5060 Z with a stuck Lens issue which may be as simple fix as the one you describe as the potential problem, but if not, it may be a doner camera for most any other needed and unavailable parts including circuit board parts etc. The battery tests with more than ample voltage and camera will not turn on with it's AC adapter either which works great on other C-5060 cameras. Charger is not a problem but common sense proccess of elimination troubleshooting would certainly use all of your good points. Thanks,

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Thanks Bill B, all good basic starting points to consider if the camera would begin it's power-up sequence, but it doesn't which is one good reason to consider the new on/off switch I allready have with the new mode dial. I am familiar with how to do that but would rather not use it if not neccessary We have another C-5060 Z with a stuck Lens issue which may be as simple fix as the one you describe as the potential problem, but if not, it may be a doner camera for most any other needed and unavailable parts including circuit board parts etc. The battery tests with more than ample voltage and camera will not turn on with it's AC adapter either which works great on other C-5060 cameras. Charger is not a problem but common sense proccess of elimination troubleshooting would certainly use all of your good points. Thanks,

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Thanks Bill B, all good basic starting points to consider if the camera would begin it's power-up sequence, but it doesn't which is one good reason to consider the new on/off switch I allready have with the new mode dial. I am familiar with how to do that but would rather not use it if not neccessary We have another C-5060 Z with a stuck Lens issue which may be as simple fix as the one you describe as the potential problem, but if not, it may be a doner camera for most any other needed and unavailable parts including circuit board parts etc. The battery tests with more than ample voltage and camera will not turn on with it's AC adapter either which works great on other C-5060 cameras. Charger is not a problem but common sense proccess of elimination troubleshooting would certainly use all of your good points. Thanks,

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Thanks Bill B, all good basic starting points to consider if the camera would begin it's power-up sequence, but it doesn't which is one good reason to consider the new on/off switch I allready have with the new mode dial. I am familiar with how to do that but would rather not use it if not neccessary We have another C-5060 Z with a stuck Lens issue which may be as simple fix as the one you describe as the potential problem, but if not, it may be a doner camera for most any other needed and unavailable parts including circuit board parts etc. The battery tests with more than ample voltage and camera will not turn on with it's AC adapter either which works great on other C-5060 cameras. Charger is not a problem but common sense proccess of elimination troubleshooting would certainly use all of your good points. Thanks,

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Thanks Bill B, all good basic starting points to consider if the camera would begin it's power-up sequence, but it doesn't which is one good reason to consider the new on/off switch I allready have with the new mode dial. I am familiar with how to do that but would rather not use it if not neccessary We have another C-5060 Z with a stuck Lens issue which may be as simple fix as the one you describe as the potential problem, but if not, it may be a doner camera for most any other needed and unavailable parts including circuit board parts etc. The battery tests with more than ample voltage and camera will not turn on with it's AC adapter either which works great on other C-5060 cameras. Charger is not a problem but common sense proccess of elimination troubleshooting would certainly use all of your good points. Thanks,

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Thanks Bill B, all good basic starting points to consider if the camera would begin it's power-up sequence, but it doesn't which is one good reason to consider the new on/off switch I allready have with the new mode dial. I am familiar with how to do that but would rather not use it if not neccessary We have another C-5060 Z with a stuck Lens issue which may be as simple fix as the one you describe as the potential problem, but if not, it may be a doner camera for most any other needed and unavailable parts including circuit board parts etc. The battery tests with more than ample voltage and camera will not turn on with it's AC adapter either which works great on other C-5060 cameras. Charger is not a problem but common sense proccess of elimination troubleshooting would certainly use all of your good points. Thanks,

  • jonbyus Aug 06, 2010

    Thanks Bill B, all good basic starting points to consider if the camera would begin it's power-up sequence, but it doesn't which is one good reason to consider the new on/off switch I allready have with the new mode dial. I am familiar with how to do that but would rather not use it if not neccessary We have another C-5060 Z with a stuck Lens issue which may be as simple fix as the one you describe as the potential problem, but if not, it may be a doner camera for most any other needed and unavailable parts including circuit board parts etc. The battery tests with more than ample voltage and camera will not turn on with it's AC adapter either which works great on other C-5060 cameras. Charger is not a problem but common sense proccess of elimination troubleshooting would certainly use all of your good points. Thanks,

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9/10 it is the actual logic microprocessor, or a sensor that fails or the associated memory, that needs to be attended to to effect a remedy.
One needs special software and cables to be able to attempt any type of repair, in reality this is NOT a device that can be repaired by an end user unless they have the specialized, knowledge and the software and hardware testing equipment required. plus the required replacement parts too.
You need to debug the processor, and memory. And perform the Diagnostic testing routines that will isolate the section faulty.
Olympus simply do not and will not release the schematic diagram and or service manual to the general public. Also without said manual, one simply cannot order parts as one has NO parts numbers to ask for them, further Olympus simply again will NOT sell parts to a Non-authorised service place/man.

In fact "They" do NOT repair the boards as such, they simply replace the entire defective section. With a new one drawn from stock.
"Please don't waste time about obvious dangers working with electronic circuits or factory or other service facilities" (sic)
Well as above, you most likely do not wish to hear this, but your time and money would be better spent towards getting it serviced by qualified engineers. I have over 35 years of experience to back up my comments too.
I could indeed, possibly, give you a list of things that may stop this unit from powering up... but the list would be almost endless... I mean come on.. It isn't a flashlight. it is an extremely complex piece of electromechanical engineering. And almost ANY thing, can & will cause it to stop working as it is really a Computer, and as such, it can and does have all & any problems associated with a computer, PLUS hardware issues too, that will stop it working, from software problems to hardware issues.
Anyway that's my 10c worth.



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