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Old Jul 15, 2002, 6:13 PM   #1
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Default C2100 "sudden death?"

it's a different twist on the "sudden
death" issue with some of the earlier Olympus 2100 models. Hoping someone
here can shed some light on it.

I think the final answer from someone was that when batteries were allowed
to sit and drain in some of the earlier models, this is what caused the
"sudden death" of them. The final burst of drain caused a short in a
circuit.

Well, this person (neighbor who I talked into buying one of these early on)
has an early model 2100. Hearing about this problem, he took the batteries
OUT of his camera since he wasn't going to use it for a while. A month goes
by. He then puts in a freshly charged set of NiMh batteries, and poof -
nothing. Trying some other NiMhs, nothing still. Duracell Ultra
alkalines... nothing. No battery will work. Nothing comes on, not even the
top LCD, even for a second.

His call to Olympus of course got him a 30 minutes wait, and a "level one"
tech who knew less about this camera than he did. He's got a message in to
a higher tech about it, but I was just curious if anyone had heard of this
happening in a situation like this - where the batteries were left out of a
camera, but it dies as a result??


Greg


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Old Jul 16, 2002, 9:44 AM   #2
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I have, on occasion, installed the batteries wrong. Is it possible that this is the problem? If not, please give more info, and I'll try to help.
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Old Jul 16, 2002, 12:35 PM   #3
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I have, on occasion, installed the batteries wrong. Is it possible that this is the problem? If not, please give more info, and I'll try to help.
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Heck, I aint THAT stoopid.

N o, the batteries are installed correctly, all three sets tried. None of them work. Even tried one more set of freshly charged NiMhs last night to no avail. Dud. Nothing. Not even a flicker on the LCD.

I just find this VERY odd. I mean, the camera was working for him just great until he took the batteries out and let it sit for about a month or less, then poof, it won't work anymore. He keeps them in a dry storage box for cameras, too.. so nothing wrong with the way he stored it. It's driving me nuts.

Of course, his warranty ran out about two months ago. He does have an extended warranty from Circuit City, but chances are if they can't fix it, all they'll offer is a store credit for the purchase price or a "comparible" item - which there are none of course. A 10X zoom with Image stabilization? Grr. Anyway, that's more info.
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Old Jul 16, 2002, 1:22 PM   #4
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Strangest case I've ever heard of. Sounds like having a camera without batteries installed killed it. But then since no camera has batteries installed when purchased it's a wonder any of them work
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Old Jul 16, 2002, 2:13 PM   #5
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The failure mode reported (ie, electrical circuit
malfunction due to camera sitting w/o batteries for
a month) is highly unlikely. I've watched the
store display/demo UZIs (with & without batteries)
be abused by customers for months on end & not
fail either mechanically (internal) or electrically. People
constantly plugging the power connector in and out
with the camera switch already set to on (usually
a no-no), plugging in the wrong power cord, even
snap parts off the camera etc. It is one of the
considerations which went into choosing C-2100
- mainly, that it is demonstrated to be a hardy
unit.

Go ahead & plug the power adapter into the camera.
If the unit functions via the power adapter,
then with the camera set to "off", unplug the
power adapter from the wall. Insert & remove the
power adapter connector at the camera. Do this
six to eight times (maybe even wiggle it a little
as you are removing it). Then retry battery power mode.

There is an outside chance that the make/break
switch integrated with the power adapter connector
in the camera has oxidized. I have a lot of trouble
with these make/break switches in radios,hand held
tape recorders & stereo equipments which have
been sitting inactive (eg, a month or more).
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