Question about Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom Digital Camera
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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...
Posted on Aug 06, 2010
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.
Posted on Aug 06, 2010
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.
Posted on Aug 06, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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