Left the camera on the ON cycle and placed in draw. Came back a week later, realized the mistake and camera would not come on. Got new batteries - same problem. Camera is blank and nothing happens on the ON cycle. Help!
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Re: Camera won't come on even with new batteries
The DC-DC converter which distributes the internal voltages within the camera could be at fault. Check to see if any of the pins in the CF card media bay are bent over, if so, this is the cause of the power supply failure.
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Overnight for the first charge, then let it run empty.
The biggest mistake most people make is to use the camera for an hour or so, and then plug it back into the charger...Batteries have a memory of sorts, and eventually this habit causes the batt to only last for an hour or 2.
Rechargeables need to be stretched out and used to their full potential, inorder to realize their full potential.
After the first full charge-full discharge cycle, let it charge for 4-8 hours (depending on the type, charger, and manufacturer's specs, of course) and then allow it to sit for a few hours after use (to cool down) before putting it on the charger.
Your problem may be due to corrosion on the
battery contacts inside the camera
which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the
camera. Try this free fix before you do anything else: 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 cleaning, then wipe both ends of
the batteries and place them back in the camera. This cleaning clears
the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, your camera may have
a problem that requires professional repair.
Open the battery door and check the contact between the camera and the batteries. Most often then not there is just a bad contact and it's ruinning your baterry life.
Make sure that the contact are well placed and that there is no rust or dirt build up around there.
There's a chance that the drop is irrelevant to your problem.
You could try using a small eraser to clean the battery contacts down in the chamber (make sure to dump out any eraser particles) and try a new CRV-3 battery, which because of it's slightly longer body produces a little more pressure on the contacts. If that doesn't work to improve things then your cam might need a repair, your call there.