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Camera frozen, emits a buzz and "E18" in the lower left hand corner

I was trying to plug my s410 camera into the computer but I may have stuck the connecting cord into the computer hard drive's wrong socket. The minute I plugged the other end of the cord into my camera, the camera started emitting a buzzing alarm, the shutter is frozen halfway out and I get an "E18" in the lower left hand corner of the window. What did I do wrong and how can I fix this? Thanks - Teresa

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  • vas7 Dec 25, 2007

    I have the same problem. It was working just fine (have had it for over 2 years, used it a lot) and suddenly when I tried to click a picture it froze with the lens open. Now it won't shut or do anything else. It buzzes and displays E18 in the lower left hand corner.

  • Hyden Banda Feb 29, 2008

    The camera was working okay. Took some pictures. Then it starting giving problems of "freezing" which I would round by switching it off and then on. This time it just hang and gives a buzz sound when switched on, a few seconds later it gives an E18 error message.

  • creepstarr Oct 09, 2008

    I have this same problem. The lens is stuck retracted, closed inside the camera. I start it in picture taking mode and it beeps three times, buzzes, and goes to e18. then it turns off. If I start it in picture review mode, it just says e18 and won't let me look at my pictures. I don't know why a lens error would have anything to do with reviewing pictures...

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Assuming you have tried the repair people on this site first, and need to follow it up further, I have found a site which gives some insight and proposes a fix if you would like to view it, it's at www.e18error.com They explain the problem like so:

Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend. The camera will beep a few times and the LCD will display a little E18 in the lower-left corner. The lens gets stuck in the extended position, and refuses to move either to focus the lens or to retract when powered off.

Apparently, people who posted about this incident on forums say they had to send the camera for repair and that Canon has horrible customer support and response time.

They also say how you may be able to fix it yourself - which is nice - well worth a visit! Hope this helps

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