06-08-2004 05:19 AM
06-09-2004 02:22 AM
06-15-2004 05:58 AM
The NiCd battery voltage is probably just marginal at best, and becomes unuseable as the cells age.
06-15-2004 07:12 AM
Thank you for your response.
No, the camera does not work with alcalines. The only time it will work with ANY battery is if it started working magically after the one - two week period of playing around with it.
Perhaps if I used a 6v adaptor, do you think it would start working then?
06-15-2004 07:42 AM
Another thing that occurred to me is that I'm noticing that sometimes my mode switch is a little finicky. I've had my 850 for about a year and a half, and it's been used heavily. Sometimes, I turn it on and it starts to turn on but turns back off. I'm convinced it's a switch problem. Does your camera behave any differently, with respect to power-up, if you switch it to the timer mode or the mpeg movie mode?
06-15-2004 07:57 AM
I was thinking some more on what you're seeing, and I'm thinking you have a hardware problem that needs HP service. Have you spoken with an HP service tech at all? If not, why not try an online chat with an HP tech? Here's a link to the (US English) support page for the 850:
From here, you can click the link for "Solve a problem", then "Connect with an online technician". I've not actually done this on HP's web, but it looks like the chat process I've used with other vendors.
Let us know what happens!
06-16-2004 01:28 AM
The camera does not act any different when the timer or video option is selected.
I have talked to HP support and they reccommend service but since it is out of warranty, they want $230CAD! I am determined to use the servicing as a last resort.
06-16-2004 07:40 AM
If I was in that spot and determined to not spend any additional money, I'd probably try to open the camera and check for anything that doesn't look "right", like loose components/cables, cracks, corrosion.
If you don't want to open it yourself, maybe you could find a camera repair tech at a local shop who'd help investigate, for a reasonable charge.
Good luck, and please let us know if you're able to make any progress.
06-16-2004 07:56 AM
Thank you for your help. I will keep you posted should anything surface. I am going to try using a 6v adaptor hoping that it will "boost" the camera and then allow it to work with the batteries. (Because once the batteries do start working, they never fail until I recharge them).
12-21-2004 03:41 AM
I hope you still get notifications from this forum. I am having the exact same problem. The camera blinks at me and then nothing. I bought the dock, tried to use rechargeable NiMH batteries that came with the dock, and now nothing. I hope it works in a week. Let me know if you have had any luck. Thanks a lot
Here is my thread