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Typically, when an electronic or electro-mechanical device - such as a computer or as in this case - your camera - is powered up; it goes through a "boot up" so to speak. Like your computer, the camera electronics performs some quick, basic checks on the electronic and mechanical systems during the boot up sequence. This often includes checking for the presence of a memory card, battery charge state, connection to a computer via USB cable - and - checking the lens position; and if it can be extended and reversed to a "home" position or not.
Because you're seeing a "lens" message, this is a clue that the camera boot up sequence has detected some sort of problem with the lens. Most often, the problem is tied to the lens not moving or not moving *fully* due to grit or sand lodged between 1) moving parts of the lens or 2) between moving parts of the lens and the stationary parts of the camera body itself. When you turn on the camera, does the lens move in and out - like it did before? If not, that is probably the cause. You can 1) send the camera to be repaired by Canon, 2) have a local repair shop attempt to fix it, 3) replace the camera with new - if it is older than a few years as it may not be worth the cost of investing $$ in old technology - or if this option is your plan, 4) attempt repair yourself. You have nothing to lose - you can try to help the lens extend by pulling while it s"boots" up if it is retracted - or pushing in on it if stuck in an extended position. That is the NORMAL test at boot - to extend then fully retract. You may get it to work, abd save the cost of repair or replacement - or you could damage the mechanism even more.
you may have accidentally put the battery in backwards look at the top off the battery you will see 3 copper connections now look into the camera you will see there are 3 connections in there.. line them up and drop it in until it clicks if you still cant power up you may have to charge it first.
plug the camera into its charger and leave it to charge for 20-30 min remove it from charger and try to get it to boot if it boots great you can put it back on the charger and let it finish if it still wont boot you should take the camera, battery and charger to the store you purchased from they will most likely try a new battery in it if it still wont boot it needs to be returned. I hope this helps
You can try booting your Win98 PC with the camera already connected to the USB. Sometimes 98 has a hardtime detecting if and when a USB device is connected to it when it is already running. By booting with it already connected, 98 at the onset sees it and boots with all the needed support files. Further, by booting with the camera already connected, you can verify if drivers are really needed since 98 will auto detect with "New Hardware Found" message.
It might just be that you have to reinstall the drivers all over again.
Hope this be of some help to you. Pls post back how things are or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.