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Pentax Optio M20

I took the camera on vacation and used it frequently. It was dropped once and now when I turn it on, it won't stay on. The screen says "green mode" and I cannot get it to stay on long enough to change the mode, take pix or anything. What is the problem and can it be fixed? I love the camera and want to use it again.

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  • tomward88 Jul 02, 2008

    I have the exact same issuepgreen mode seems to be locked. I have tried holding down the gree button then turning it on---but it has not helped. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    when i switch the camera on the lenz comes out the camrea trys to focus. The screen shows that the camera is in green mod then the camera switches off again

  • jlatrice77 Aug 17, 2008

    I have the exact same issue. I have tried holding down the green button then turning it on---but it has not help. Still need help.

  • Anonymous Aug 24, 2008

    When I turn on my pentex optio M20, the lense comes out and then back in again. The camera will not stay, on can you help?

  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    I turn my camera on it makes a weird noise shows the green mode tries to focus then closes. it happened once before and i somehow got it to work for a while then it just did it again and now i cant get it to work for the life of me.

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Found the following on a website about these cameras...
http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Pentax-Optio-M20-Digital-Camera-Review/Modes.htm
"The second, and previously mentioned automatic mode, is the Green mode that restricts the camera controls to two flash settings, three AF options, zoom, and a self-timer setting. This mode locks out the menu systems, manual focus, mode menus and other options. It’s definitely easy to use, as all one can really do is point and shoot."

This may be a internal software confusion problem. If it is, the following may help.
Make sure your buttons or dials are not on AUTOMATIC, that appears to set the green mode.
I think I would remove the batteries. Next, if the camera has a small battery (similar to the bios battery in computers) remove that as well. Let the camera sit over night. You will need enough time for the capacitors to discharge. Then put the batteries in again, and try.

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