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Camera won't turn on

I've had my canon powershot a540 for about a year. yesterday, i turned my camera on to take a picture. the first time i pressed the on button it didn't turn on, but i just pressed it again and held it down for a little bit longer and it turned on. i took a few pictures and then turned it off. i set it in my lap--there's no way it got stepped on or dropped, and about five minutes later i attempted to turn in on again. the camera turned on and the lens was in the process of coming out when all of a sudden it turned off. i thought it was perhaps the batteries even though they were new but i've switched to batteries three times and still no luck. the camera won't respond to anything. the really weird thing is that the lens is still about halfway out.
any suggestions? please?

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  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    My A540 will not turn on. I have put in new batteries, but still no luck.

    I have had the camera for about a year and had no trouble with it until now.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    Same problem. A540 is about a year old, was working fine, took some pictures, turned the camera off and now it won't turn on. Camera has not been dropped or damaged. Replaced the batteries. No luck. Replaced the small disk battery. Still no luck. We are attending a wedding this afternoon and are r-e-a-l-l-y bummed about this.

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2007

    I have the same problem with mine- except i was in the middle of taking a picture and heard a loud pop- now it won't turn on and the lens is stuck in a outward position. the camera is just over a year old as we got it right beofre halloween last year. I called Canon and because I don't have my purchase recipet they will not take it in their repair shop for the warranty. Wierd thing is if you go on there is a warning for A540's about the battery cover getting hot causing issues- mine unforttunately does not have the right serial # for that problem.

  • fishersman Dec 29, 2007

    I have this same issue with my A540. Brand new batteries, no response, like the power button is totally dead. It had been hard to turn on the last month os so, but now has finally died...right before Christmas of course...argh,,,course, my only help from canon was to put batterie sin it...BRILLIANT!!

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    a540 won't turn on in photo or playback mode. Very slight clicking in body when power button depressed. Green light on top flickers.



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One suggestion you may want to try is going to there was an issue posted there with Power Shot A540's involving the battery holder that causes similar issues to what you are describing- if your camera has the serial # starting with the #'s posted online they will repair your camera regardless of the warranty status.

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