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The camera will not stay on. When I turn it on the screen says "green mode" and will not stay on l;ong enough to take pix, change settings or anything. I have changed the batteries several times, thinking I got a bad pack, but that doesn't work. Help, I love the camera and want to use it again.

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When a problem arises such as this it is a half and half so to speak to find what is happening.
If the camera has a small battery similar to the bios battery in a computer, then remove that battery. Leave it out for at least one day. Some cameras don't have this removable battery, and have internal caps or batteries. In any case remove the main battery or batteries. Let the camera sit for at least 24 hours. That should drain all power. Then after that period, put in a fresh battery or batteries, and see what happens.
I have had problems like this, and ended up using the camera for parts. That may be your choice if all fails. Sell it for parts/repair/AS IS on a site such as Ebay or Yahoo. Then you can get another camera. You may have the joy of finding one like it on a site.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008


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Found the following on a website about these cameras...
"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.
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But it does seem to be a lens problem. Possibly the lens is out of sync as mentioned in another post here.If there is a grinding, the lens is probably damaged by dirt or sand.
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i got it!!! on my cam i hold down the menu button at the same time power on, it will showup a " ver 1.00" and lens move a little maybe u have to do it 2 times but second time it should work

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i just had the same problem....

here's how i fixed it...

turn it on... then as it's loading up... hold the "menu" button
i think this forces it to stay on...
i changed the green button to be something else... not green mode
then i just turned it off and on again

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