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Nikon 4600 Coolpix - Won't power up

by mcrhodeszz / February 17, 2007 9:57 AM PST

All of the sudden the camera won't power up. I've tried new and old batteries. It's like it doesn't realize there are batteries in the camera.

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Check the doors
by BowerR64 / February 17, 2007 6:23 PM PST

Most cameras have these little switches on the battery door and memory door. If the doors arnt closed fully these switches arnt depressed fully and it keeps the camera from powering up.

Sometimes and impact can alter the shape of the camera so the doors arnt square with the camera frame and this can cause a problem.

Look closly as the doors and see if you can see any little openings where a tab may push into the camera and depress a switch. Maybe pushing on the door in this area when its closed will get it to function. Canon has one on the memory door and battery door so if these 2 are opened when power is on it safly shuts the unit down so data doesnt get corrupt.

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Same problem
by donsmi / March 1, 2007 9:37 PM PST

I have a Nikon Coolpix L6 with the same problem. I have already returned and gotten another camera. Now the second camera won't power up either. Am I doing something wrong?

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Power Problem
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 1, 2007 10:51 PM PST
In reply to: Same problem

I have not seen the type complaint you mention.


There are complaints about the power switch being too sensitive;
letting the camera turn-on in the camera bag.

Apparently you do not have to hold down the power switch for a few seconds before it turns-on. Touch the button and boom....the camera is on.
And the button apparently is not below the surface of the camera (as on many cameras) and it sticks up a bit. Making it easy to accidentally turn-on.

I wonder if that is the real problem you are encountering.

Perhaps the camera is turning-on when not in use and draining the batteries.


For a test....I suggest you buy new alkaline AA batteries and try them in the camera.

If the camera works with the new alkaline batteries, the power switch is likely the culprit.

If that works, do not put the camera in a bag.
Set it on table where it will not be disturbed and see if it continues to work.


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by donsmi / March 3, 2007 10:59 PM PST
In reply to: Power Problem

I think that the sensitive power button may have been the problem. I have put new batteries in and left the camera on the counter (not in case) and so far, so good! Thanks!!

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Thanks for the feedback.
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 3, 2007 11:52 PM PST
In reply to: Fixed??

Looks like you have found the cause. to keep it from doing the same thing every time you put it in the case.

One person suggested putting a guard around the button and securing it with two sided tape.


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