I've got a FinePix S1, and it seems that the little sensor that detects whether the cover of the compactflash/smartmedia slots is closed is broken. The camera behaves as if it were always open, displaying the "Err/full battery" message.. looking in there with a flashlight doesn't reveal any kind of switch for the plastic nib to depress.
Is there any way to tell the camera to ignore this latch? Alternatively, is there any way I can fix this myself? I'd be comfortable opening up the camera back myself, but there's some sort of latch or catch in the upper right of the back that I can't figure out how to release.
In the bottom corner of the latch there is a little piece of plastic on the hinge that pushes a switch that tells the camera the latch is shut if thats broken off thatll be the problem id shove a piece of a matcher in to see if it does the trick and if so its a new latch or leave the matcher :)
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I've had same problem. Dealer refused to replace hood latch under their extended warranty despite the Toyota Bulletin on the problem. I just DISCONNECTED the hood latch sensor. To get to the hood latch get under the plastic covering over the hood latch by removing the plastic retaining buttons attaching the cover to the frame. Do this by using a sharp edge to pull up the center piece of the retaining buttons, which then lets the outer button pop out. After you get under the plastic cover find the wire coming out of the latch assembly (not the latch release cable you used to open the hood). The sensor wire couples with other wires for the alarm right there. Just disconnect it.
The dealer said I may not be able to lock by car as a result of disconnecting the hood latch sensor. But that hasn't happened, and the alarm hasn't gone off since.
If the 'CARD NOT INITIALIZED' error appears: First check that the SmartMedia is inserted in the correct direction. You can also try wiping the gold-colored contact area on the SmartMedia with a soft cloth. Remove the batteries from the digital camera, leave them for at least an hour and then reload the batteries and check whether the camera recognizes the SmartMedia. If the 'CARD NOT INITIALIZED' error still appears, contact the store where you purchased the camera or the nearest FUJIFILM authorized service center in your country.
Removal & InstallationUpstream HO2 S1To Remove: NOTE: If the engine temperature is lower than 120 °F (48 °C), the HO2 S1 sensor may be difficult to remove. Excessive force could possibly damage the threads in the exhaust manifold.
If necessary remove the fuel injector cover.
Disconnect the HO2 S1 sensor electrical connector.
Using an oxygen sensor removal tool carefully remove the heated oxygen sensor.
Coat the threads of the oxygen sensor with anti-seize compound
Install the HO2 S1 sensor. Tighten the HO2 S1 sensor to 30 ft lb(41 Nm).
Connect the HO2 S1 sensor connector.
If removed, install the fuel injector cover.
Downstream HO2 S2To Remove: NOTE: If the engine temperature is lower than 120 °F (48 °C), the H02 S2 sensor may be difficult to remove. Excessive force could possibly damage the threads in the exhaust pipe.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Disconnect the H02 S2 electrical connector.
Using an oxygen sensor tool carefully remove the H02 S2.
Coat the threads of the H02 S2 with anti-seize compound.
Using an oxygen sensor tool install the H02 S2. Tighten the sensor to 30 ft lb (41 Nm).
This is the classic symptom of a failed CCD sensor. The only fix is to
have the sensor replaced, but as the camera is around six to seven years old
now any repairs will not be cost effective and you will likely have trouble sourcing the parts as Fuji stopped making their 3MP sensor many years ago. New, old stock sensors may also have degraded to the point where they are either faulty straight out of the box, or will develop the same fault within a few months of being powered up.
Sorry, but your
camera has reached the end of it's useful lifespan: five years is
pretty good going for any digital camera and six to seven is really exceptional. Digital cameras simply do not last
anywhere near as long as many of the film cameras which they replaced.
only real choice is to buy a replacement, but if all you need is a
similar technical specification to your current model then there are
plenty of cameras for less than £100 (around $175 in OzDosh) which will do at least as good a
job as your present camera. Just don't expect a sub £100 camera to last
anywhere near even five years though.
One other advantage of an update is that you'll finally be ditching the expensive and highly inferior xD memory cards which were basically repackaged and slightly tweaked SmartMedia cards. If you buy a new Fuji then you'll find that they all take SDHC cards now (back compatible with SD cards) although they often still accept xD cards as well.
Sorry I can't be more positive, but I hope that I've still helped you. All that I ask in return is that you take a moment to rate my answer.
Loadable memory card
This product features three memory card slots.
The types of memory cards loadable for each slot are shown below. Slot Card
Memory Stick/MagicGate Memory Stick/Memory Stick Duo*/ Memory Stick PRO/Memory Stick PRO Duo*/SD Card/miniSD Card*/MultiMediaCard
* An adapter is required.
The CompactFlash card may have caused the batteries to drain. Some solid state CompactFlash cards consume power while inserted in the FinePix S7000 even if the camera is turned OFF. Fujifilm recommends removing the CompactFlash card when the camera is not in use. Microdrives and xD-Picture Cards do not exhibit this problem.