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Date/Time Reset Every Time I Turn the Camera On

Every time I turn my A540 on, I have to reset the date and time. I've had the camera over a year and this problem just started.

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    I started to set the date and time and had to stop.

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Open up the battery door of your camera. There's a little slide drawer labeled CR1220. Use your fingernail or small screwdriver to pry and slide it open. This little button battery runs your camera's clock. Remove and reinstall it to see if that fixes it. If not, time to buy another battery. The CR1220 battery is very common, inexpensive ($2 to 3), and available at most stores (try your local drugstore). Take the old battery with you to the store to make sure you buy the right one.

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http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=221&modelid=12942

I would have typed it out, but I think you will be able to print it out and keep it this way. Good luck.

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