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I just bought batteries for my camera and after putting them in my camera and taking one picture, it died. It seems to be doing this a lot lately and from what I have read it sounds like it is an issue with the camera!! What can I do?

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Well, you didn't tell us the make and model of your camera so it's impossible for us to tell you what to do.

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1.)NEVER PUSH THE LENS IN AFTER CAMERA DIES, BUY A NEW BATTERY IMMEDIATLY AND TURN IT BACK ON, CLOSING THE LENS!

2.)NEVER USE AN AC ADAPTER, USE A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY OR A REGULAR BATTERY!

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Do as i say..

1.) Remove battery
2.) Remove front plate (screw driver may be needed)
3.) Check all gears, make sure they are correctly fitted in place)
4.) Move the gear manually to make the lens come out.
5.) keep it out, put the front plate back together.
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or...
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or...
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3.) Try turning it on.
4.) Remove AC adapter, reinsert battery.
5.) Turn it on.
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