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Not turning on

I put new batteries in just yesterday, turned from off to any setting really and nothing. Got any ideas I can try troubleshooting from?

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SOME IDEAS, MAY SOUND SIMPLE BUT, FIRST ARE THE BATTERIES IN CORRECTLY? + & - POLARITY CORRECT? ARE THEY GOOD? SOMETIMES YOU GET DEAD BATTERIES. ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE BATTERY CONTACTS IN THE CAMERA? IS THIS THE FIRST TIME THE PROBLEM HAS SURFACED? LOTS OF QUESTIONS BUT I HOPE THIS GIVES YOU SOME IDEAS! IF I CAN HELP MORE JUST REPLY.

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Posted on Nov 03, 2008

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