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My Olympus FE-230 will not lock into picture taking mode. All other modes are operational.

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  • cwmatthew Jun 13, 2008

    Thank you for the suggestions. After I had posted my initial inquiry, I noticed the lens are over extending. Slight inward pressure on the lens allows me to take a picture. Is there a solution for the lens over extending?

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Hi cwmathew.
If all the other functions are working such as the lens extends and it focuses, zoom works, Red Led stays lit ( not blinking )and you say all the menu functions are working, It's most likely,one of three things, one of which you can try to fix.

The memory may be corrupt in which case the cpu thinks the memory is full, Transfer all pics including your favorites to your photo program.
Format Xd card ,clean out your favorites( format) twice.
Remove battery ,charge it reinsert, and then go back in to setup and start all over like it's a new camera,Change date and all settings ,then reset them correctly.
Try taking a picture. if it works try again with the Xd card in just to eliminate that possibllity.
If it still wont work it's most likely one of two things,
The lens assembly is not fully extending even if it appears to be,
or the microprocessor is is thinking the lens is not ready to function. contact Olympus for a RMA if still under warranty.
If not check out the repair shops on this site, they will be more than happy to give you a repair quote,

If the repair quote exceeds 75% of buying a new camera,
Go shopping.
I hope it helps, you have a nice camera.
Regards and good luck, Paul


Posted on Jun 12, 2008

  • Paul Hering
    Paul Hering Jun 12, 2008

    One last comment
    Go to P on the dial select menu/setup/reset.
    and leave the battery out at least for 24 hours before you do the reinsert. P


  • Paul Hering
    Paul Hering Jun 12, 2008

    Hi again cwmatthew,
    Here's the link... Olympusamerica.com or
    Consumer Division Tech Dept. 800-622-6372
    8 AM to 10 PM Mon --- Fri
    Very helpfull folks.
    Regards Paul


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