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My camera won't switch on!

Erm, my camera wont switch on. when i press the power button, the 'camera status lamp' (or so it says in the manual) just flashes but nothing comes on on the screen, as if it was turned off. I've tried changing the batteries, and trying it without the memory card (Fujifilm 128mb SD card) but nothing seems to work. Is there a simple solution to this problem and I have missed something massive, or is it something bigger?

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    When power button is pressed, the camera status lamp only blinks



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Hello, There are 2 possible problems with your camera. Either the lens assembly can't be initialised properly or you have a problem with the main board's power circuitry. The first situation, a lens assembly problem happens because of some shock received by the camera or some small components in the actual lens mechanism that can get loose and therefore jam the lens or some servomotors. Even if a small error or calibration problem is detected (the camera will run these tests allways when it's being powered on) the main board processor woun't allow the camera to initialise. This is a fairly common problem with digital cameras and will require a service intervention to either check the lens mechanisms or to attemt to rewrite the camera's firmware in order to bypass this problem. The second situation will occur if some components on the power circuitry block (on the camera's main circuit board) are damaged or don't make a proper electric contact. Any digital camera uses about 8-9 voltage values to power on different components. A flash will require about 300Volts in order to charge, but as the battery provide only about 3 volts an inverter circuit will be used to raise the voltage value. If this or another circuit aren't responding properly your problem may occur. In both situations you will have to send the camera to a service center in order to have it examined. If your camera is in warranty it will be good to send it to an authorised service center for repairs. If not, try instead the smaller generic "camera service" centers. They will be more cheaper with the diagnostic. Then you may choose if you want to make the repairs or not,depending on the price tag. Just remember to ask them for a price estimation before they actually diagnosticate or repair the camera. Good luck, sorry for not being able to provide a quick fix for this, but feel free to ask further questions.

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