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Canon SX 130IS problem

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Canon SX 130IS problem
« on: 23 / February / 2013, 15:17:06 »
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Hi there,

I have tried CHDK earlier today and it worked at first. But now my camera does not boot (it stops at the welcome image and keeps blinking with the green LED). Moreover, the clock that shows up after pressing [Func.Set.] + [Power on] buttons works correctly, showing the correct time.


I only used the HDR script and turned on the script autostart option. I was using the "Firmware Update Method"


What can I do with it?

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Re: Canon SX 130IS problem
« Reply #1 on: 23 / February / 2013, 15:43:54 »
- Which firmware revision does your camera have?
- Does the camera start with the card removed?
- Try to remove the batteries AND the backup battery for a while.
- Try to install CHDK on a card ( http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Bootable_SD_card#Bootable_SD_Card_Method_Preparation ) and see whether the splash screen shows up.

Re: Canon SX 130IS problem
« Reply #2 on: 24 / February / 2013, 05:08:44 »
Yesterday (don't ask me how, I don't really know) I managed to move a little bit foreward with it. Now, when I turn the camera on using the [turn on] button, the Canon logo appers for 15 secs and then appears the "Lens error". When I turn it on using the [playback mode] button, the Canon logo appears for 15 secs and then camera goes to playback mode. However there is no firmware update option when either Canon firmware or CHDK software exists on the SD card. At this point, pressing the shutter button causes again the "Lens error".

Nevertheless, I'll answer your questions:
- Which firmware revision does your camera have?
1.01C
- Does the camera start with the card removed?
- Try to remove the batteries AND the backup battery for a while.
No, it doesn't. Also removing batteries for an hour does not help.
- Try to install CHDK on a card and see whether the splash screen shows up.
Only the Canon welcome screen appears.

Re: Canon SX 130IS problem
« Reply #3 on: 24 / February / 2013, 09:20:28 »
... the Canon logo appears for 15 secs and then appears the "Lens error".
If you google "Lens Error" or "SX130 Lens Error", you will get thousands of hits like this :

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110723122104AAeFnv8

The lens mechanisms on P&S cameras are a little delicate - especially for cameras in the "megazoom" category.

This is my favorite page about how to try and fix the dreaded "lens error'".  It has helped me save two of my cameras.

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Having said that,  of all the CHDK supported cameras, the SX130 seems to have the worst record of lens errors.  More details about that are here :

http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Camera_failures_suspected_to_be_caused_by_CHDK
« Last Edit: 24 / February / 2013, 09:22:55 by waterwingz »


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Re: Canon SX 130IS problem
« Reply #4 on: 24 / February / 2013, 09:37:33 »
Now, when I turn the camera on using the [turn on] button, the Canon logo appers for 15 secs and then appears the "Lens error". When I turn it on using the [playback mode] button, the Canon logo appears for 15 secs and then camera goes to playback mode.

When trying to go into shooting mode, can you hear any mechanical activity (noise) from the camera? Does the position of the lens appear normal?

You could try to get some more information out of the camera (it can give a hint about the kind of failure).

You could do this two ways:

1) Set up an SD card for Canon Basic scripting, and run the attached script. It should result in 2 or 3 new files on the card:
 - firminfo.txt: firmware information along with some diagnostic codes and the list of recorded errors
 - romlog.log: only appears if the camera's firmware or CHDK crashed at least once
 - primary.bin: dump of your camera's firmware

2) If Canon Basic doesn't work, set up an SD card to autoboot CHDK, and run a script from CHDK (that will require a different kind of script)

To proceed with 1), set up a card for Canon Basic
- if you're on Windows, use EOScard: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/EOScard (tick the "SCRIPT" box, then create a text file named script.req as explained here)
- on a Mac, use MacBoot: http://www.zenoshrdlu.com/macboot/macboot.html (click "Make Canon-scriptable")

Copy the attached extend.m file to the card, and leave the card unlocked. Start the camera with the playback button, and press SET (press it several times during and after the splash screen to be sure). Switch the camera off (wait for some seconds for the script to complete before) and see whether there's any new files on the card. You could zip them up and upload them to some file sharing site.

If the Canon Basic method doesn't work, we could try again from CHDK.

 

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