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I am not getting any information come up on my screen. The screen just remains blue. I recharged the unit all night. When I put in an SD card, it makes a sound for a few minutes, then shuts off. I have no idea if the material has been copyed to the internal hard drive.

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This sound like a frustrating issue for you. The important questions are, do you have your photos backed up anywhere else? do you have anything of dire importance on the Photobank you can't afford to loose?

If you answered yes to the first question then try resetting the device and if it fails simply replace it. If you answered yes to the second question then try resetting it, then contact me with your location(Country, State, City) and I can recommend a data recovery facility near you to help retrieve the information from the internal drive.

Resetting is fairly simple, power the device on and let it run repeatedly until the batteries are completely dead, then leave it off for a day, run the power cycles again a few times to ensure it's totally dead. It needs to run completely out of power in order to reset, similar to removing the power and battery from a laptop that's stuck in standby. Once you've repeated the power cycling and ensured the battery is totally dead wait another hour then plug it in and charge it. Give it about 10 minutes then try powering it up. If it works normally the reset worked, if not, the device has actually failed. At this point try connecting it to a PC and see if you can access the files, if so, copy them off, if not, contact me with your location and we'll proceed to the next step.

Hope this helps FixYa,


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