the camera worked fine for half a year and suddenly after a battery change (which I did a several times before with the same batteries) it started to ask me for Language, Timezone, Date, Time, ... each time when I turn on the camera instead of instantly being ready for photos as it was before.
I was searching the manual and the FAQs but didn't find a solution. ThenI was searching for a camera setting in the menu but didn't find one. Then I installed the new firmware 1.02 but that didn't help either.
Can someone help me?
Thanks in advance
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Re: Have to go through settings at each camera start
If you take ur batteries out for more than 15 minutes your going to have to do those settings each time. If it does it while you still have batteries in I would first take the mem card out and then format the internal memory. Then I would reset the camera before finally putting the mem card back in.
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Yes the CMOS battery needs to be changed. Then you can go into the BIOS and set the Date & Time. The CMOS/BIOS will be set back to the defaults when you remove the CMOS battery and this may fix your problems.
dang I thought it was just me. I put so many brand new batteries in the camera,all kinds, no matter what it completely dead in about 2 minutes.. its frustrating b/c I got the camera last year as a xmas gift, so I really thought I was just an idiot when it came to operating the camera.. glad to know its just a crappy product; I still don't have a resolution though... sorry
Have you tried cleaning the battery contacts inside the camera? The problem that you describe is frequently due to a corrosion buildup that prevents the full power of the batteries from flowing to the camera. Remove the batteries and wipe the camera contacts firmly with a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush, steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen into the battery compartment during the cleaning, then wipe both ends of the batteries and reinsert them into the camera. This cleaning clears the problem about 90% of the time, and I hope it works for you.
I had the same problem. I fixed it by gently dropping the camcorder on the carpeted floor. I know it sounds silly, but it really works. I've had to do it twice, and it worked both times. I hope it works for you.
I have this problem as well. I thought it was a problem with my NiMH batteries. So, I bought a volt meter to make sure the batteries worked. I have 8 AA NiMH batteries. I charged them all up and tested them with the volt meter. They were all good to go. However, no matter what I put in the camera one of two things happens: 1. I get the "change batteries" message. 2. I don't get the message, but the next time I check the camera (a few days later), one of them is totally drained. Something is very wrong and I plan on contacting Canon.