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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Sam Kaan, Aug 22, 2003.

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  1. Sam Kaan

    Sam Kaan Guest

    Is it easy to repair a digital camera? Mine seems to act weird after
    I tried using Nimh 1800 types of batteries in it. Now it seems to
    take picture just whenever it wants to, and won't obey commands
    entered through the pressbuttons.
    Model: HP Photosmart 215
    Status: 1.3Megapixel
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    If you used batteries with the wrong voltage type, you damaged
    components on one of the circuit boards. These cameras use very high
    density surface mount technology. Many use flexi type circuit boards
    with embedded component technology. The boards in these cameras are
    considered non servable. The service people change the complete board
    as a module, and then do the necessary adjustments for calibration if
    necessary. You would have to send the camera out to the HP service rep
    who is properly trained and equipped to service it.

    Considering that this is an older model and is of only 1.2 mp, I would
    strongly suggest you consider a newer camera. The 3 and 4 mp cameras
    are much better, and far improved. The higher the mp of the camera, and
    the better the lens, the sharper the pictures will be.

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    Is it easy to repair a digital camera? Mine seems to act weird after
    I tried using Nimh 1800 types of batteries in it. Now it seems to
    take picture just whenever it wants to, and won't obey commands
    entered through the pressbuttons.
    Model: HP Photosmart 215
    Status: 1.3Megapixel
     
  3. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    I've had 'some' luck in repairing the mechanicals...stuck gears, loose
    ribbons, etc. Board level repairs are usually confined to replacing the
    board itself....

    jak
     
  4. << Is it easy to repair a digital camera? Mine seems to act weird after
    I tried using Nimh 1800 types of batteries in it. Now it seems to
    take picture just whenever it wants to, and won't obey commands
    entered through the pressbuttons. >>

    Sam-

    Unless the manual tells you NOT to use rechargeable batteries, it may only be a
    coincidence that the problem happened after trying the NiMH batteries.

    As far as repairing it, can you figure out how to get into it without messing
    it up? If you can, you might find loose connections or notice burned
    components. Beyond that, you may need a service manual and/or a custom test
    set for troubleshooting.

    One thing to try is to remove the batteries and let it set a while. This might
    reset the CPU and return everything to normal operation.

    If you don't find something simple like this, it may be time to upgrade.

    Fred
     
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