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Hello, I have a Canon PowerShot s3 is. I was taking pictures at my sons football game and next thing I know the lens will not move. I tried to wack it gently and I tried pressure. It was making noise that it was trying to move. Tonight we have taken the camera apart. In doing so the ribbon connected to the motor/drive was torn. Is this repairable? I have tried to google for parts and that is when I came across this site. I would really like to save this camera do you have any recommendations? I appreciate your time, Kelly

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You cannot really repair the ribbon cabel it will have to replaced best bet check your local electronics repair store perhaps they have the cable you require however you still have the problem of the lens not moving which could be the motor being faulty

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