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Having to reset date and time

I have a Canon Powershot A520,everytime I turn the camera on I have to reset date and time?? Of course this is not diffcult to do but it is a pain.
Can anyone tell me why this is happening??
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Solution: Replacing the date battery PowerShot A510 and A520

Replacing the Date Battery If the Date/Time menu appears when the camera power is turned on, the date battery charge is low and the date and time settings have been lost. Please purchase a lithium coin battery (CR1220) and replace it as follows.
Please note that the first date battery may appear to expire relatively quickly after you purchase the camera. This is because it is installed in the camera at the point of manufacture, not when you make the purchase. caution_a70.gifBe particularly careful to keep the date batteries out of the reach of children. Seek medical assistance immediately if a child swallows a battery since corrosive battery fluids could damage the stomach or intestinal wall.

  1. Confirm that the camera is turned off.

  2. Open the terminal cover and use your finger nail to pull out the battery holder.

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  3. Pull open the battery holder in the direction indicated by the arrow (1). Remove the battery by pulling it up in the direction indicated by the arrow (2).

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  4. Insert a new battery with the ( ) side facing up.

  5. Replace the battery holder back and close the terminal cover.

  6. When the Date/Time menu appears, set the date and time.

note_icon_a70.gif After purchasing the camera and turning on the power for the first time, although the Date/Time menu will appear, you do not need to replace the date battery. If you ever dispose of your camera, first remove the date battery for recycling according to the recycling system of your country.

Posted on Sep 03, 2010

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When putting in new batteries the "change battery" sign comes on

Low battery comes on. I change the batteries and another sign comes on saying "change battery". I change the batteries and after 2 seconds the "change battery" comes on again. I tried new batteries and the same thing happens.I changed the lithium batttery and the same thing happens. I don't know if the memory card is full as I can't get the camera to stay on. Any ideas??

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try new Alkaline batteries or fully charged NiMH batteries, you may need to clean and adjust the springs in the battery compartment
this tips may give you more details
http://www.myfixtips.com/blog/digital-camera/why-my-camera-keeps-saying-%e2%80%98change-battery%e2%80%99-even-with-new-batteries-176.htm

Posted on May 14, 2009

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The time and date setting

The time and date setting of my canon powershot a520 always pops up in the window of the camera eventhough i set it. It usually shows when I on the camera,shot a picture and playback the picture.

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CoolJoe72 only posted one answer, but it was a good one, and it applies directly to you. Check it out here: http://www.fixya.com/support/t313710-having_reset_date_time .

(The short answer is that you need to change the date battery, which you'll find under the terminal cover; it's a CR1220.)

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

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SD Card Stuck

I just bought a Kingston SD/512-S 512 MB memory card. It went into the camera with no problems and records pictures properly, but it only pops out about 1/8" - 1/4" or so. I can't pull it out and I don't want to force it. The 16 meg Canon card that came with the camera appears to be much thinner than the Kingston. Kingston's web site says that this card is compatible with my A520. Does anyone know what brand SD card will REALLY work? Any suggestions? How can I remove the Kingston card? Thanks in advance.

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There are only two types of SD cards. MiniSD and SD. No matter what brand of SD card you buy they are all the same size and compatibility and same thing goes for the MiniSD cards no matter what brand MiniSD card you buy they are all the same size and compatibility. It is the wonders of standardization, anyone that uses the SD or MiniSD name they must produce all their cards to certain specs. I know you did not buy a SD card and try to put it into a MiniSD slot, that is impossible (unless you used a hammer). The card just got stuck, or maybe you put the card in the wrong slot? My camera's ION battery looks close to my SD card. Anyway your going to have to remove it and you are going to have to use force if needed. I would use needle nose pliers (just don't squeeze THAT hard) use just enough force to pull it out and try not to wiggle it out.

Posted on Jan 25, 2006

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how to remove date on picture

how to remove date on picture

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While in Postcard Print mode, use the Menu button to navigate to the Date Stamp section in the Rec Menu.
Select [Off], [Date] or [Date & Time] then select 'Off'.
Press the Menu button again to get back to shooting mode.


Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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internal memory - will my A520 take or keep pics with no memory card in camera?

internal memory - will my A520 take or keep pics with no memory card in camera?

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The A520 doesn't have internal memory. It usually ships with a 16Mb SD card

Posted on Feb 17, 2017

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Powershot A550

Am trying to find out whether or not I can hook my camera up to the computer and use it as a webcam?? Have accidentally thrown out the manual, but I have been informed that it may be possible to download a program off the internet.

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I've researched this heavily myself, and came to the conclusion that yes it can be done. There is certain software, but the software is very involved and not worth the trouble. In reality, using a digital camera is way overkill as a webcam. Really, just buy a webcam. In fact, here's a very inxepensive but high quality camera (bought one for myself at around 8 bucks including shipping). Just make sure to read the user reviews about downloading updated driver software for it. That's why it's so cheap. It's store returns of a high quality camera that just needs an updated driver off the internet:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000P9T5SO

Posted on Nov 22, 2007

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how

how do i take a picture by myself using the self timer

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Switch top dial to "P" or some other mode, but not "AUTO"
Press FUNC then scroll down two steps to "Drive Mode"
Then press right from single shot, to multi-shot to 10 second count-down.
Then compose the shot, press the photo shoot button and listen for the countdown beep from 10 seconds.
All done.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

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i dropped the camera -it fell on it's lens which

i dropped the camera -it fell on it's lens which was zoomed out, the outermost part of the lens went in sideways which i pulled out to it's fully 'out' position. but now on switching on/off the lens does not retract at all, the display becomes blue without any pic, cost of repair by the authorised canon service center is out of my reach, can i repair myself ??

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I wouldn't recommend trying to repair yourself, camera repair is a very specialized skill. You would be better off looking for a replacement. Here is a cheap one from Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-PowerShot-A520-4-0-Megapixel-Digital-Camera-/190478338526?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item2c5964c9de#ht_3166wt_905

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

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Cannon power shot A520 Wont save time and date

Cannon power shot A520 Wont save time and date stamp when turned off, I did replace the small battery by the USB Port but results are same.

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hi, there's a capacitor on the main pcb that you need to change just to save the time and date even you turning off your camera. bring to service center and maybe the service charge is cheap.

thank you

Posted on Jun 22, 2010

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