I have been experiencing a total 'lock-up' problem with my DS- this has been happening for the past 5 months now (have had the canmera for 6.5 mos).
About 25% of the time, when I turn the DS on, the system will not autofocus and the status line in the viewfinder and on the camera display flashes on and off. There is also a slight audible sound in sync with this flashing. The I am not able ot press the shutter release as it is locked as well..
I can 'sometimes' rectify the problem by going to manual focus and trying to then fire the camera. If this works, I try going back to AF mode and it will sometimes function (not always).
I have performed the obvious, newly charged batteries, removed and remounted lens, tried other AF lenses but I am unable to control this problem.
I am not in favor of sending camera back to Pentax yet as I don't like what I am hearing regarding Pentax service in the states.
Anyone seen this problem befoire and, if so, what was the solution?
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Re: ist DS Locked up - non functioning
If you go to http://www.pentaximaging.com and click on the service link it will tell you how to send it back (in the United States). My camera had a focusing problem. It was there for almost seven weeks before it was returned. I am not sure how good their technicians are since three weeks after I got the camera back the autofocus quit working again. I ordinarily use manual focus, but no one else in the family does.
I called Pentax to complain and was told to ship the camera back (again). Finally they agreed to put out a pick up order for the camera. I was told they would pick it up sometime next week. I expect I won't see the camera again until November and that the camera will have spent a significant time at Pentax during the warranty period.
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Sounds like a linkage/cable to me. Disconnect the linkage at the transmission and move the shift actuator by hand to see if there is the same things happening. Don't try to do this with the engine running unless someone is holding the brake inside the car.
This is a know issue of the initial releases of DSS Pro 5. Downloading the update (using the Update option inside the software) will not really fix it, but will at least give you an option to override the Locked status. This "fix" appears from update 5.0.5
Best thing to do here is to remove any memory cards etc.. and do a hard reset - seems like soft reset will or has not worked...
Press and hold the power button - keep it pressed and gently press the reset button on the back of the handheld. Wait for the Palm Powered logo to appear and release the power button. You should get a message warning about erasing all data. Press up on your 5-way navigator to reset.
This will erase all data inlcuding user information from the device, but synchronizing should get it all back - but you will loose anything that was not recently sync'd
I've used Sandisk Ultra II 512M cards, a PQI 1G and a Transcend 1G card (all high speed rated) in the *istDS. I've done about 1500 exposures now, many RAW, and have done several rounds of upload to my computer. No problems at all. These same cards work flawlessly in a Panasonic FZ10 as well.
Either you have had a bit of bad luck, two defective SD cards in a row, or have a *istDS with a stuck or bad memory card controller. Try using the Reset command in the Set Up Menu, see if that helps.
BTW, always format SD cards with the camera once before you start using them.
Ive only had my DS for a few weeks, but have changed lenses many times. I havent noticed any dust yet at all in any of the 300 or so images that Ive really taken a good look at. I am pretty careful though -always cover the lenses with the rear cap and fit the lense immediately, always do it in a place "protected" from wind/dust etc (as much as possible). Just like I always did with my non-D SLR.
LOL the only time I took any camera to a shop for "cleaning" was when I stupidly blew into the focussing screen to get rid of some dust -I didnt use a blower, but used my mouth...and spat into it by accident :( $20 later it was fine.