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Old Jun 16, 2004, 2:19 AM   #1
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hello, i just found these forums and they seem like the best place to get some REAL help online

my friend gave me his old broken DC4800, it just turns off for no reason

the camera will lose all power and when its turned back on i have to reset the date

however i did find a solution to the problem, the camera will stay on and work fine when it is held upside down, but there are neumerous downsides to using the camera upside down of course (all pictures will be upside down, and the buttons arent very to use while upside down)

does anybody have ANY idea why it would be losing power while rightside up?


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Old Jun 17, 2004, 4:59 AM   #2
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aww c'mon nobody has ANY input on this?
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 4:07 PM   #3
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Okay,,,here`s my input,,,i really have no clue why this would happen,,,unless there is a problem in the sensor that tells the DC that you are using it sideways,,,,the only other thought is a loose connection,,,,,either way,,,we really can`t help you,,,you have to send it in for repairs,,,,,or buy another DC,,,the cost of repairing a DC off warranty is usually more than the DC is worth...



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Old Jun 17, 2004, 5:02 PM   #4
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yeah im aware at the costs to repair, i checked kodak's site and the said it would be $150 plus S&H to repair it or replace it with adifferent model

i just dont have that kind of money which is why i have the broken camera in the first place
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 7:07 PM   #5
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Well,,,if you can`t afford to fix it,,,are you handy with small tools,,,if i was in your place,,,i`d take it apart,,and check where the battery contacts are,,see if slightly bending them too add more pressure to the contacts on the battery makes any difference,,,you can probably do this without taking it apart,,,,another try is to take rubbing alcohol to the battery contacts in the camera and the battery itself,,,use a cotton swab,,like the ones you use to clean your ears,,,slightly dampen it,,,don`t get it soaked,,and rub the contacts well,,it could be just a bad connection,,,and when you tilt the camera the battery/batteries move,,,and make it worse.....you`ve really got nothing to loose if you don`t want to get it professionally repaired....

I`d have it torn to pieces in minutes,,,might not find anything,,,but since i fix everything,,,including my old SLR lenses,,,,i`d give it a go,,,,,but i warn you,,,,if you`re notmechanically inclined,,,and enjoy tinkering,,,stay away from it,,,or the trash can will be the result...



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Old Jun 17, 2004, 9:01 PM   #6
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i tried taking it apart but i cant get the screws out because theyre too tiny for a normal sized screw driver and my small screwdriver i have is too small to get a good grip on (those screws are in there very tight)

and it is not a battery problem because it will evenlose power with the AC adaptor plugged into it

i really wanted to pop this baby open and see its guts and see if i could find any problem (im no expert but i am familiar enough with electronics to open it up to check it out)

thanks for your posts brianhare, and keep em coming if you have any other input
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 10:45 PM   #7
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well i finally got a decent small screwdriver and got this baby open and i "think" i found the problem

there was a loose screw just hanging around inside (i think, unless i accidently dropped it in there unknowingly)

i took some pictures with an old digi cam, ill post them a bit later to show you what was where and if i indeed did fix this camera
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Old Jun 18, 2004, 12:47 AM   #8
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alright i fixed it!!!

heres some pics

the first shows that the green arrow is pointing to where the screw was and the red arrow is where the screw ended up which makes sense why it would only work when held upside down



heres a closeup of the same area



im surprised the screw didnt do any real dammage, i would have thought it would short something out and wreck it for good
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Excellent work,,,,good to hear,,some people would be afraid too tackle it,,,i had a feeling that you might find the problem,,,never know till you try right,,,did you CA the screw in too be sure it would not happen again,,,and check any others,,,,,,i have a feeling this is an on-going problem with these DC`s..

Just saved yourself the money/time of sending it in for repairs...

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did i CA the screw?
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