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It keeps asking me to change the batteries

I have changed batteries. I have cleaned the connection terminals. I have looked at the spring to see if it is in contact with the plate and none of these solutions has changed anything. What could be wrong with the A510 that it continues to tell me to change the batteries?

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  • MarlaK Aug 26, 2008

    Every time I switch to take a picture (shooting mode) I get an error change batteries. I changed the batteries a few times and I still get the error. I can use the playback mode with no issues or errors to review the pictures and videos on the card with no issues. Is this camera toast?

  • Anonymous Sep 23, 2008

    I have the same problem and do have rechargeable batteries. Doesn't seem to make any difference.



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If you haven't already, buy rechargeable batteries. I used to have the same problem. If you are using regular batteries, there juice is used up very quickly. I use Energizer rechargeable batteries and they recharge in 15 minutes. Also you'll have to buy the charger as well. I hope this helps your problem.

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