December 29th 04, 01:42 AM
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Yes, sounds like it could be. One of these cold rainy weekends I'll take it
apart and check all the solder connections, etc. Thanks, Ken, for your
correspondence and help!
"Ken Weitzel" wrote in message
Looks like we're making progress -- thanks to that real nice feller who
posted and suggested I try using the camera with an AC adapter.
[Note to the "try a new battery" crowd: No, it wasn't the batteries.]
I picked up an adapter at Frys Electronics for $19.99. I saw some on
and elsewhere online cheaper, but by the time you add the $5-10
and handling" and wonder what kind of adapter you're "really" going to
and when.... I thought this one was the best choice. And it's a
job - all kinds of voltages, and current up to 2500 mA, so that's fine
the C700 and my other junk too.
First I tried the camera as is - that is on good (new) alkaline
only - to be sure that it was giving the same problem. Sure enough,
problem - one shot or moving the zoom lever and "battery bad" message
Then I plugged the AC adapter into it and first time every time, the
works again, just like it's supposed to, time after time, zoom in, zoom
click, click, click, click, click....
Then I removed the AC adapter and used it with the same batteries only
and it worked every time, zooms in/out, etc. just fine and no battery
Someone also said that there might be charging problem -- might be it.
be still a partially open circuit, bad solder joint or failing component
somewhere between the batteries and the power circuit. AC adapter may
temporarily charged up capacitors enough to get a few shots from the
Time will tell -- will see how many photos I get out of a new set of
batteries and report back.
Thanks again to all for all the dozen of constructive help! It took
several months, but saved me $155 in repair charges and I gain a great
of knowledge about how these things work.
And a special thanks to all the whiners, complainers, know-it-alls and
"just buy another one" boys. Without your endless jabs and ignorant
comments, I probably would've dropped this months ago! B^)
I guess leaving the only realistic possibility a
high resistance connection in the switch portion
of the adapter input plug.
Ah, well, I guess in this case tenacity paid off.