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FE 170 OLYMPUS digital camera

When i turn on the camera the screen would be blank and it immediately goes off and the lences do not go back into the body of the camera

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  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2007

    when i turn on the camera the screen would be blank and it immediately
    goes off and the lences do not go back into the body of the camera

  • jimkong Apr 18, 2008

    same problem.

    turn camera on, screen stays blank, camera shuts off and lens does not retract.

    can still access picture review mode.

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    I went to pick up the camera and noticed the lens were out, but the camera was off. I tried turning it on and got a blank screen. I thought it might be dead batteries so I changed them, but still no luck. It turns off by itself but the lens does not retract.Is there another solution other than what is posted?

  • pinelopisiaf Jul 14, 2008

    i have a FE-310 Olympus, i recently bought it and when i turn it on the screen is dark,but i can see the menu on it. the battery is full. when i turn it off the lens don't close as well.

  • Anonymous Aug 02, 2008

    The first power on will allow the 1st picture to be taken, but before taking the 2nd picture is taken the camera will power down. Sometimes the first power on will shut down the camera and the lens remains extended.

    I have replaced batteries multiple times and this behavior happens with fresh batteries.

    Is there a recall on this camera. I have barely taken more that 100 pictures with this camera.


  • bigantone Oct 14, 2008

    I got the camera for my mom, so I feel responsible that it went KAPLOUEY the first time she takes it on vacation. In a nutshell, the camera continues to say the battery is dead even though they are brand new. I'm not as brave as Mr. Toilet Fixit (read other reviews), so drilling holes into the camera is not an option. He did say that the problem was in the lens and not the brains of the camera, so that is a lead of some sort.



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The lens need to be replaced or repaired. It is not fully extending. It may be that one or more of the plastic gears or plastic rods that hold the gears in place, are broken. I repaired two plastic rods in my lens, by drilling holes for new plastic rods,(I cut plastic rods from a plastic toilet bowl chain!!! It fit inside the gears perfectly), and super glue the rods in place. Replaced gears, put camera back together and BAM in worked! Nothing like a perfectly working refurbished rig job. Camera takes great pictures to this day.

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