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Red light, Won't focus, horrible loud wail noise.

I think I know what the problem, but I don't know how to fix it. I took my camera to the beach with me the other day. After about two hours, i come back to my camera, and when it opens, it makes this LOUD wailing beep, repeated tries to focus, and then just gives me a black screen. I turn the wheel, and the screen comes back on, only now, everything is blurry; so, i depress the button slightly, and it refuses to focus. When I try to zoom in, it turns off the camera. All the while, the flashing "thinking" light is red.

There MAY be sand in there gunking up the works... that's my only theory.
I've thought about opening up my camera, but figured it best not to, since I'll probably be unable to reassemble it.

How do I fix this without destroying my camera?

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  • RobAM Jul 25, 2008

    I took my camera apart and not a grain of sand. Replaced the batteries and visually inspected the sensor. Nothing is dirty. I as well took my camera to the beach. My camera sat in a bag in direct sunlight for about two hours, too. My only assumption is that the heat from the sun has "baked" the camera. Not going to further investigate the problem. Buying a new and better Olympus camera.

  • beachdayz Aug 13, 2008

    my wonderful Olympus just started the same thing today after many days at the beach. Loud beeping noise, won't focus, turns off automatically.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    This is bad. I only had the camera for a year. Good thing I kept the old (you know, the kind you had to put film in) can't destroy it. Damn technology... it's going to ruin us all and pollute the planet.


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If you love your camara bring it to a olympus dealer and ask them to check what the repair costs would be than uyou can decide to try it your self, buy a new one or let it be fixed.

Sand is always dangerous , it can come to vital parts where you don't want it to be.

cleaning yourself:

especially do not use a vacuum cleaner to suk the sand out, but , use enough light, a pair of steady hands, a box to fit in the screws (make a drawing witch srews where when) and take the time, use inside only a clean painters brush (thin) and wipe out any sand that can be seen, from the optics. than after cleaning assemble it in the reverse order of the disassembly , put all the srews in their place tighten them hand vast (not with a electroic tool but only by light force ) vast is vast (meaning it should use a light force to open the screw) and preferably use a dust free environment (rent a baby's box like in the hospitals used for very young childern)

but my advise would be advise nr 1: bring it back to the dealers

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