Lens goes out a little way then goes back in and shuts off
When i turn on my HP Photosmart 945 the lens will go out then go right back in whiuch will turn off the camera. I have had this problem multiple times it was working for a couple days but then shut off again I already tried new batteries ive had it for 3 yrs this same problem happened 2 yrs ago so i just stopped using it then it started working again and now I have the same problem
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This is probably THE single most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
Looks like the large lens cannot get it's lense out with the electric drive. This is operated by a little motor with gears. The clicking sound is from gear-teeth. Your guide shaft (3 of them) may be blocked by sand or dust or broken guide-pins.
Once the large lens is fully out. The small internal lens will be moved in and out for zoom. I have recently fully dissassembled my broken HP945 which was fallen on its lens in extracted mode (under charge from docking station). If you want pictures how it looks inside, let me know. email@example.com