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I am unable to recharge the battery for my Alba D31H camcorder. I have noticed online that many people are having the same problem. Does anybody out there have a solution? Your help is much appreciated

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I have looked all the internet for a solution and have found NOTHING. Many people have had this problem. If you search on the internet to buy particular camera a curious amount are refurbished... now this is just a guess, but im guessing there must have been a massive batch realised from the factory which were faulty and were sold off cheap to various companies.
I am yet to find a full fix for the problem HOWEVER i have found a temporary solution...
While messing around before i noticed that the camera lights up when plugged into the mains, it does this whether you have the battery in or not. After much F'ing around a noticed that if you hold down the capture button when you turn the camera on it sometimes takes a photo before turning back off again.
Instead of trying to sort the problem with charging the battery i messed about until found a way to use the camera without using the battery....
1. Plug the camera into the main electricity supply using the charger provided. (Im guessing this also works if you plug into your PC using the usb cable)
2. When the screen turns on you will see the green startup screen which lasts about 2-3 seconds. Once you see the green screen you will need to repeatedly press the following 2 buttons: *The OK button (press the dial in) *The return button (the bottom button of the 3 smaller buttons, its has a small triangle next to it. Its just above the hole u put your headphones in) You will need to repeatedly tap these 2 buttons.
3. If done correctly you will notice that the screen stay on, although usually you wont be able to see an image. When you get to this stage simply tap the OK button again a few more times and you will then get full access to the camcorder and its menus. (sometime you wont need to do step 3 as the camera will turn on automatically with step 2)

Please note, the above does not work everytime. It usually takes me a couple of tries before switching on. If you dont get sucess just pull out the cable, plug it back in and try again.
This is only a temporary fix, the downside being that it has to be connected to a power supply constantly which is abit ****! I have no idea why this works, i guess thats just technologhy for you!
Please let me know if the above solution works for you, and if anybody out there finds a better solution, or can take it 1 step further and get the camera working fully then please let me know. I can be contacted on http://www.facebook.com/dean.gresty
I dont think i need to say it, but for anybody out there who is thinking about getting this camera. DONT. lol its not worth the hastle.
Please vote this up if this solution works for you, it would be interesting to see how many people out there have the exact same problem.
Cheers

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

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Please let me know if the above solution works for you, and if anybody out there finds a better solution, or can take it 1 step further and get the camera working fully then please let me know. I can be contacted onhttp://www.facebook.com/dean.gresty
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