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My hp m22 won't turn on

I have had this camera for 1.5 years and all of a sudden when you slide open the view finder the dumb thing won't even turn on!!

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  • otksbebegrl Dec 11, 2007

    i just bought this camera and put batteries in it but the batteries were almost dead so i got new ones and put them in and now the camera wont start

  • aceman008 Dec 26, 2007

    Hi, Ive had the hp m22 camera for about a year and a half and ive had the same problem when i slide the camera lens back, it wont work! I dont understand. Ive even brought new energizer e squared lithium batteries, and the thing still wont start.Any solutions any body?

  • Howard Bowman Jul 25, 2008

    Camera won't turn on. I have two of the same model. One stopped working two weeks after the fisrt.

  • Howard Bowman Jul 25, 2008

    Camera HP Photosmart M22 won't turn on.

  • Anonymous Nov 07, 2008

    me 2...you can find tons on E-Bay for sale...I seen groups of like 8 up for bid...lol...4th down and punt!!!

  • gjvk Apr 12, 2009

    camera won't come on when I slide the door to the left. Tried the trick with the magnet-didn't work.


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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!

Posted on Mar 24, 2007

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2007

    just noticed the date on your post.
    hope you didn't throw it out and get a new one in the Jan sales?!

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2010

    try slamming it on the table - worked for me. There's something really screwy about these cameras



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