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post #1 of 10 Old 12-07-2009, 03:05 PM - Thread Starter
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My Sanyo VPC-CA9 only turns on when the screen is paralell to the camera (like closed position but showing the screen) Please see picture.

In any other position of the screen, the camera turns off automatically.

In this position, I can film video and take pictures, but it's very difficult to make a good composition of the image. I bought this camera on September 2009.

Does anyone have a problem like this? Is there a way to disable auto-turn off? I have tried resetting the camera. I also look for firmware updates, and I'm using what I understand is the last one (SBM 1527A).

Thank you for your help,

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-07-2009, 04:41 PM
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The switch in the 'hinge' is obviously broken.

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Did you get it fixed somewhere? Don't know where to inquire in the US for a Sanyo repair center.

Same thing happened to me after only 17 months of light use. Appears to be a common defect in the design.
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After 15 months mine will not power on at all. Sanyo has a pretty pathetic 90 day labor warranty. You can get it repaired at your cost by calling Skokie at 847-537-6666.

For a $300+ camera this is bad. If you want a reliable camera buy another brand.
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Your problem is almost certainly a bad flat cable from the camera body to the display. Each time the display is opened, it bends the flat cable in one particular place quite nastily. After some time, the conductors in the flat cable break causing a variety of problems - depending on which conductors break first.
The replacement cable from Sanyo also comes with the hinge assembly @ a cost of around $125 +shipping and maybe tax, THEN it has to be installed. That entails dismantling the ENTIRE camera, which requires some small tools, and a great deal of care, finesse and skill, or, further expense by a repair specialist. In that case, hey-presto, it's not worth it!
I've seen this happen to E1's, E2's and CA9's. Around 8 of them.
I'd write to Sanyo and ask them to explain why they continue to manufacture this product with this obvious defect then ask them what they can do for you to remedy their mistake. If a satisfactory answer is not received, I'd suggest to NEVER buy anything Sanyo ever again and advise all friends and family to do the same. Get the message out. As said previously in this thread, this is/was not a 'cheap piece of s*#t' and should be better!
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I have a similar problem with my Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1. It is completely dead, does not power on anymore, neither by opening the display door nor by the regular power switch. Battery was charged and I also used a replacement battery, no change of this fail behavior.

 

Taken the comment by 'cavu' above I assumed that the switch in the 'hinge' is broken. I disassembled the camera to look for this switch but could not find it. Here is an image of the camera after disassembly.

 

Could anyone please help me where to find this switch, which turns on the camera when the display is opened?

 

Could it be in that cylinder in the display door hinge? How can I find out?

 

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Nobody here has an answer to my question? That's too bad :-(

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Nobody here has an answer to my question? That's too bad :-(

I have no idea, but here's the schematics manual:
http://elektrotanya.com/sanyo_vpc-fh1_dual-camera_sm.pdf/download.html
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Thanks a lot, xfws!!!

That's very useful information!!!

I am very grateful to you!!!

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After reading the service manual I have found an interesting fact which helped me to start looking for the root cause:

 

In the camera there is a little rechargeable backup battery of the type ML614-TZ14 (3 Volt). It's voltage is below 300 mV indicating it may be defective. Since the cam has been powered down with main battery removed for some time I currently try to recharge this battery. Over night the voltage has increased to 600 mV, which still supports a root cause hypothesis of a defect of this battery. I will continue charging and see which voltage can be achieved. This is my hottest track to the root cause for the moment.

 

Anybody here who has dealt with the replacement of a defective rechargeable backup battery in such a cam?

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