It worked for the first 2 months or so I had it, then when it comes time to change the batteries, I do so, and it still says I need to change the batteries, while I have fresh ones in, and eventually it shuts off, and gives me that 'change batteries' screen. Help?
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Check to make sure the batteries are inserted correctly. Clean the battery terminals with a dry cotton swab that has a fine and soft tip,
and then re-insert the batteries.If the [Memory Card / Battery Cover] is not securely closed,
the power of the camera may not turn on.Close the [Memory Card / Battery Cover] securely, and then turn
the power on. If your camera still does not work even after you have performed the above
procedures, your camera may be malfunctioning. Please have the camera serviced
in this case.
Things to check first for a camera that won't turn on are battery contact points, and micro switches that are located on the battery and memory card doors. Troubleshooting tips on other things that need to be checked may be seen here. These tips won't work for every case, but they're worth a try.
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program such as Picasa.
Which batteries are you using? If they are rechargables, make sure they are not drained because you can overcharge them to the point that they discharge. If they are regular AA batteries, make sure they are reputable brand, and if they are, then use a pencil eraser to gently clean the battery contacts inside the camera. If none of these steps work, the camera may have an excessive battery drain issue and needs service. You should call Canon and see if you can have it repaired under one year manufacturer's warranty, or if you are beyond the year warranty, ask about the Canon Loyalty program where you can upgrade your camera for a deep discount for another model with a 6 month warranty.
I have a Canon A460 that does this every now and then. Usually if I removed the batteries and put them back in, it does the trick. If that doesn't work, and the camera will stay on, try resetting it. Click Menu> Tools and then scroll all the way to the last option Reset All. Good luck!