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Error 2 message

I have a Vivitar vivicam 8300s, when ever I put it on it keep displaying an error 2 message on the screen. what does that mean? also the lense is constantly pushed out in would not retract back. what can i do?

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  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2008

    the same realy but never like thos. i usally just turn in on then off but when i try that noting happens. anyone have a answere or my mum will kill me

  • Saveria Garcia Apr 07, 2008

    I have a Vivitar vivicam 8300s, when ever I put it on it keep displaying an error 2 message on the screen,with red light blinking. what does that mean? also the zoom lense is constantly pushed out in would not retract back. what can i do?

    Note: the solution viewed is one and not satisfactory. Please provide technical support or direct url links to solve the problem.



  • Elizabeth197 May 21, 2008

    Showing an error message 2 and the lens wont go back in and I cant take any pictures.

    Phone Vivitar and they didn't even offer to fix it just said to send it in and they would get money from me and give me an upgrade!

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    I have this problem on a Vivcam 4000


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I have the same camera, but not the error message. My lens occasionally will get "stuck" out. I have found that removing the battery for a few minutes then re-installing it will "reset" the camera and the lens will retract when the power button is pressed. This "fix" does not always work.
A call to Vivitar only results in the suggestion that you send it in for repair.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007

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first off there are a few questions I have for you regarding what is going on with your camera.

What does the screen to your camera look like, setting aside the error message you are getting? Do you see any vertical bars or blotchy looks on it?

What was the last place you used your camera before it stopped working? Do you recall dropping it at all or possibly accidentially bonking it against something else?

Lastly, will it not opperate at all for you and only gives you the error message, or is that during a special operation on your camera?

Thanks for your inquiry. I'll be waiting for your reply.


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The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.


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