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Old Dec 25, 2010, 8:36 PM   #1
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im having trouble weeding through all the info on sensor problems, etc. all of my photos have started showing tons of horizontal red lines (see below). doesnt matter if flash is used or not, and is regardless of iso. have tried 3 different lenses to no avail. changing memory card also does nothing.

fried sensor? camera is aprox 5 years old. any thoughts welcome. cheers, happy holidays, and thanks in advance.
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Old Dec 26, 2010, 1:56 AM   #2
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Honestly i can't add much but I'd sure guess that would be a fried sensor. Does the 500 have a reset option? You'd think I'd know that since I own one If so maybe try that.

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Have you tried pixel mapping the sensor? This procedure, when engaged, self corrects the CCD sensor in the E-500. The procedure can be found on page 177 in the advanced E-500 user's manual.

You can download the manual from Olympus' website

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thanks for the responses.

i had already tried the pixel mapping - no help.

and i'm pretty sure the reset was the first thing i did - i'll try again though to be sure.
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thanks for the responses.

i had already tried the pixel mapping - no help.

and i'm pretty sure the reset was the first thing i did - i'll try again though to be sure.
Interesting, but might not be good at all. I doubt its the sensor itself, but may be some malfunction in the circutry getting the data off the sensor.

The one thing that I would do is do a hard reset. Make sure you use a different memory card to eliminate that as a possible source of your problem, and make sure that that card is from a known source.
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yep i've tried different memory cards in both slots - same issue. so it's not that.

def did the reset before and again. no help.

v frustrating!
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how would i HARD reset? the only reset i've done is the general reset from the camera menu, but thats not a hard reset as far as i'm aware. hard reset will be a combination of key presses i think? anyone know?
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yep i've tried different memory cards in both slots - same issue. so it's not that.

def did the reset before and again. no help.

v frustrating!
I'd say you have covered the "easy" fixes.

You have a problem that would likely cost more to fix than the value of the camera.
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hehe that's the conclusion i've been trying to avoid I'm going to try to reinstall the firmware this afternoon and see what happens.

but camera shopping is fun, so it's not all lost. now the question is whether to stick with an olympus dslr or switch to a panasonic micro 4/3....
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how would i HARD reset? the only reset i've done is the general reset from the camera menu, but thats not a hard reset as far as i'm aware. hard reset will be a combination of key presses i think? anyone know?
I think that should have been enough. All it does is eliminate the possibility the problem arose from something you did to the settings. If you wanted to, you could leave the battery out of the camera for a couple days, which would do the same thing.
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