I recently acquired a HP Photosmart M22 Digital Camera & it worked for a couple of weeks then all of a sudden it started to malfunction the nature of the problem is as follows. Whenever the camera sits for a couple of hours & is turned it takes anywhere from 5-15 minutes (sometimes longer) to power up. I have downloaded the latest firmware & the batteries that I am using are Energizer e2 Lithium that test at 2.7 Volts.
I am very upset about this malfunction & consequently I am using this medium in order to ascertain whether anyone has a fix for this problem, all advice/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: HP Photosmart M22 Malfuction
Use different memory card, most troubles i always encountered in digicam are caused by memory cards, many cards works in pc but not in digicam.
hey tapping side by side always takes away the trouble. [;0)
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The M22 won't work with your 4GB SDHC card. It only works with MMC and SD cards up to 1GB in size. Having said that, if after cleaning the battery contacts and putting in new batteries, it still doesn't work, I'd toss it and get a newer camera. Giving its age and (lack of) capabilities, it just isn't worth repairing.
You can try switching over to 2500 mAh Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries and you will see a difference.
Digital cameras with zoom lens need more power than what can be supplied by ordinary batteries.
Read 'nightdivers' earlier answer
The problem is that there is a small, less than 1 cm rectangular magnet, embedded in the slide cover just to the right side of the "HP" logo and above the "M22" marking, the magnet activates a metallic reed switch on the circuit board when the slide is move to the right to "turn on" the camera and take pictures also exposing the lens. When the slide is moved to the left, the reed switch contacts are off. This would be an easy fix for a camera shop (as long as you tell them what the problem is) and they would not be able to overcharge you with the knowledge you now have... This is a great camera, and would be well worth the fix
My addition is:
I used a magnetic ended screwdriver and lightly tapped the magnet end over where the badge/logo covers when the slider is opened.
hey presto, my camera sprang back into life!