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C8080 acting weired

My C8080 camera came back after 6 months being with my sister in law. I clicked couple of snaps at the airport on arrival and it was fine. Later I recharged my batteries and found the camera acting weird. The camera now has a life of its own…the control sometimes work sometimes not. At night I can heard the camera switching on and zooming on its own…at times it work as if nothing has gone wrong, but most of the time it has become unpredictable- the zoom, the mode dial, power switch…everything has gone haywire. I tried a factory reset- worked for half hour then back to same situation….I am afraid to update the firmware, since the power is not predictable sometimes switches off automatically….any idea????

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  • Anonymous Oct 08, 2008

    The exact same thing is going on with mine. I thought it was a battery issue and bought a new one instead.

  • 8080wz Dec 03, 2008

    My Olympus had the same problem. I tried factory reset and it worked for just a couple of times and then resumed innormal. Then I tried the firmware update, however the computer detected that my firmware was the latest and refused to re-flash the camera. Please let me know how you fixed your problem.


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The mode dial switch, zoom and power are all on the same ribbon cable. If you can spray some electrical contact cleaner into the crease of the mode dial, power button and zoom lever, it may be enough to get thing going again. I would try this with the camera inverted to reduce the spread of the cleaner. The upgrade process takes about 35 seconds. Make a file called firmware on your memory card, download the .bin file into the firmware folder and turn on the camera in play mode. The current version of the firmware will appear and an OK, press "OK" and the firmware will start to update. Do this after a factory reset as you stated that it was stable for 30 minutes. Good luck. Contact me pishta68 at hotmail dot com if you have any questions. I have 2 and a "half" of these cameras. I think the most current firmware is v757-78

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