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Hp 945 frosen with red light on

Taking pictures the camera frosen lens out en red light on and the LCD is lihten up. I tride every thing and it stil dont work.

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  • Anonymous Jul 02, 2008

    My camera locked up the same way. I contacted HP service but found they were no help. They said they do not repair the cameras but offered to send me a coupon to buy another HP camera. The coupon was worthless as I could buy the same camera elsewhere for less. I'm pissed and will not buy another HP product ever again. This was $399 down the drain. HP SUCKS!

  • dawienagel Jul 03, 2008

    The camera are stil not working

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    My HP 945 locked up the same way. I have already tried everything they are suggesting and it still will not work.

  • Anonymous Jul 16, 2008

    Same problem - view screen flashing and red eye light flashing at same time. Contacted HP and they tried to sell me a lower end unit. Camera also drains out a new set of batteries overnight. Tried taking batteries and memory card out of camera for over a day and put back in to have same problem.


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I posted on July 16 with this flashing problem and played around and got mine working again.
Originally I would charge through the docking port. What I did was pull the charged rechargable batteries out of the camera and took the charging cable from the docking station and pluged it directly into the port on the side of the camera. The camera started working again. Then while the charging cable was pluged into the camera, I reinstalled the rechargable batteries. After installing the batteries I unpluged the charging cable and the camera still works. I have shot and downloaded from the camera pictures with no more problems. Use the docking for downloading pictures and the side port on the camera for recharging the batteries.
I do not know if this has anything to do with the original problem but I did not have any problems with this camera until I placed it on the docking station with non-rechargible batteries.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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It sounds as if you must have had the lens off to get the focussing screen dirty. If not, it could be that you have dirt on the eyepiece you look through. The best thing for that is a soft brush to whisk away any dust on the eyepiece. you mention at the end of the question you need information on how to replace the focussing lens. It sounds as if you are not sure which bit of the camera is which, as the focussing lens is the one on the front of the camera where the light for the picture comes into the camera, and has rings around it which you turn and focus the picture while you look through the viewfinder at the back of the camera. If it is mucky, you need to blow the dust off the front of the camera lens with a blower brush, or a soft brush, or blow through a drinking straw onto the lens to clean as much off as you can. Don't try to clean it with a heavy hand, as it needs to be cleaned as carefully as possible, or any scratches will make the picture less good than it should be. My best advice is to take it to a camera shop and ask their advice, but first read up a book on basic photography and see how to look after a camera, and make sure you know basically how it works. You may find the shop will want to take it in for servicing, but first I feel you need to learn more about cameras. If you actually mean the screen, then I would definately take it to a camera shop to have them replace the screen with a new one - it needs you to understand the camera well though before you start, or you can ruin the screen quite easily, as they are delicate and fine items.

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Ok, here's a couple of long shots to try...
If there is a backup battery remove that also and let it sit for some time with the power switch in the on position (if it has one)
also check the battery contacts are clean. Refit both batteries and try again.

Beyond that unfortunately it sounds like a main board failure. If you have any warranty on the camera return it, if not its likely the cost of replacement would be fairly high but worth checking with HP.
If your handy and fancy a go at it yourself it may be worth opening it to check nothing has become dislodged, but this is unlikely. else pick up a faulty one off ebay, one with a broken LCD or lens and have a bash at swapping the main board out yourself.

Before opening a digital camera its recommended you let it sit for some time (like a week) with no batteries in. There ia a large capacitor (like a battery) which can be charged up to 300v if you touch the contacts or anything connected to it it really is like a shock from the mains.. I have been bitten many times...
This can damage the delicate parts within because of high voltages but more often because you almost always drop the darn thing..
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It would never be recommended to open the camera's lens on your own. That is exactly the reason why the repair shops are reluctant to open it. If you are having issues taking pictures due to the dirty lens and the camera is still under warranty, please talk to HP and they must be able to offer help on this. good luck

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