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Red light flashes and LCD turns off and on

When I turn the camera on it just flashes a red light and the LCD screen turns on and off and on and off continually. I have tried resetting by leaving the batteries out for more than ten minutes but that doesn't seem to do anything, anyone have any suggestions? thanks

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  • susan flock Jul 24, 2007

    How would I fix that problem then? Which part needs to be replaced?

  • susan flock Jul 29, 2007

    The problem is definitly NOT the batteries. I have tried several dozen different sets of batteries that all work in other digital cameras and have had no luck making this camera stop flashing red. The LCD screen does flash off and on as well. I appreciate the help so far, if anyone has any other suggestions I would definitly appreciate them! Thanks

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A guy named David was redoing the bathrooms in my house. He likes to take pictures of his work, and when he went to take final pics, his 945 started doing this. He tried 2 different sets (set=4 batteries that the camera needs) of standard Energizers, and got this error. We tried my Energizer rechargeable NiMH batteries (2500mAh each) and it worked again.

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I have had a HP Photosmart 945 for a few years now. A few days ago was the first time I saw my camera experience the problem described above. I thought something is wrong with the on-bard logic.

Replacing my batteries (4x2300mAh NiMH AAs) with four other freshly charged batteries of the same kind didn't fix it. The camera's LCD kept flashing on and off for almost an hour until my family got tired of it and turned it off by removing the batteries.

I just replaced the rechargeable batteries with four regular alkaline batteries and now suddenly it works. Go figure.

The moral is that changing the batteries sometimes helps. When it works, it will get your camera going for a while. The problem, however, doesn't seem to be battery-related or I would have seen it a long time ago with smaller-capacity batteries like alkaline AAs. Something is very wrong with the camera itself, that much is clear.

Best-case scenario now is that I have an unreliable camera that can give out at any moment. For example today it died in mid-shot and almost spoiled a family event. For me the solution was "get a non-HP camera".

I hope this helps someone out there.

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

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A quick test would be to purchase a set of Duracell Ultra Digital batteries and try them. They won?t last for very long; however, if they make the red light go away then you problem is either the batteries you are using or the charger. More often than not its going to be the batteries so we?ll start there: Check your batteries, you should be using Nickel metal hydride (Ni-ME) that are rated at 1450 (I use 2500) mAh or better. If the batteries are more than one year and you?ve used them a lot then its likely the batteries just aren?t holding a charge anymore. Purchase a new set or borrow a working set from a friend. Charge them in your charger and try in your camera, if the red LED goes away use the batteries till they need charging again. Charge them in your charger and if the red LED stays off then the batteries were the problem. If the red LED returns then try charging your batteries in someone else?s working NiME charger. Put them in your camera and if the red LED goes away then your charger is the fault.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007

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Changing batteries did the trick here. Weird problem though, we used the same rechargeable batteries all the time and suddenly this error. The batteries do work in other machines.

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

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This happened to my HP Photosmart 945xi camera and the problem ended up being bad batteries. When I reset the camera and replaced it with new rechargeable batteries, all was well! I hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007

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This problem relates to internal circuit Sangita

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