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Some problem with the lens. Look at the lens as it comes out, and listen as well. If it does not come out at all, then internal problems exist. If there are noises, problems are inside. If the lens comes out but is not at a straight angle, you may be able to fix it by carefully pulling on it as it extends.
If nothing else, sell it on Ebay as a repair camera. List it like this: Canon PowerShot A430 Digital Camera as is repair
Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension.
Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for about 50% of lens errors, but they're worth a try:
It sound like a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended)
Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix your problem.
In any case it could not make it worse