HP Photosmart M307

edited February 27 in Hardware

I have the HP Photosmart M307 camera with me, unfortunately there is a problem.
I can not get it to work. For this, I will put much info here as I can. (I even have the drivers for the camera)

When I opened the battery compartment, the batteries... well... they've made a mess.
So I cleaned it out and with a alcohol cotton swab, I cleaned everything off.
I put new batteries and tried to turn it on, nothing worked,
Next I tried to plug the USB to my computer (using the USB port on the camera),
waited an hour or two. Nothing worked (again). There was a 3.3V port there,
but I had a 5VDC connector which is not the right voltage, and I did not wanna damage the camera.

So. I have nothing to try anymore, so. Can anyone help me out with this?
(Plus I do not want to throw away this camera.)

My main goal is to get this camera to working state.

Comments

  • I also got the old SD Card out of the camera.

  • Alkaline? Make sure battery terminals are completely free of oxidization. Also, look at the door holding the batteries. Point and shoots often contain a small mechanism in the door to make sure you can't close the latch or blocks current when the batteries are inserted wrong. The circuitry inside may have been damaged by the acid.
    Acid may also have seeped into the camera itself and wrecked havock on its innards. Not to mention those HP point and shoots are sketchy enough already.

    Point and shoots are not the easiest to dissasemble and repair. It may be beyond saving.
    I could offer to fix it, but I don't think you'll favor shipping to Germany and I make no guarantees. Cost < what it's worth.

  • @yourepicfailure said:
    Acid may also have seeped into the camera itself and wrecked havoc on its innards. Not to mention those HP point and shoots are sketchy enough already.
    Point and shoots are not the easiest to disassemble and repair. It may be beyond saving.

    That sucks, the acid thing may be the case and it isn't easy to take this camera apart anyway.

    Welp. I can't do anything. And it is really sad because this camera is from 2004, it was last used in something like 2012. After that the camera was put somewhere and forgotten for 6-7 years (with the batteries inside).

    Moral of the story is: don't keep the batteries (mainly alkaline) inside of electronics if you are done using them and forget about them.

  • But hey, that SD Card could come in handy one day if the files are compressed down to fit the 256 MB that the card can carry.

  • Hence why all my electronics use either rechargeables or disposable lithiums.
    Lithiums lose far less charge idling than alkalines. And they don't leak if you forget about them.
    The slight price increase is more than worth it.

  • But some of the lithium family are meant to burn when they get deep discharged. After two-three years in a drawer every li-cell is empty by self-discharging.

    I already had a iphone 4 getting a big belly in my pocket.

  • Yeah that's why I mentioned the disposables. Those energizer disposables keep quite well.

    Lions are poor at long-term energy storage. The higher the capacity per volume, and they get worse.

  • For fun, if anyone has a HP Photosmart M307, please do video test clip and post it here as a link to download. I never took a video with this camera and want to know what videos look like recorded from this camera.

  • @Windows99SE said:
    But hey, that SD Card

    Correction, not an SD Card, a MMC card.

  • OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I noticed there was some shit in the positive terminal,
    after cleaning the shit, I turned it on AND IT WORKED!!!
    IM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • edited March 24

    Ok, camera is working, gonna install the drivers for this thing.

  • edited March 24

    So a new problem has arrived... It relys on only the AA batteries, I thought it could charge via USB but apparently not. I will now need a working powerbank to fully charge these AA batteries or just buy new fully charged AA battieres. :(

  • edited March 24

    Bought myself some good ol' Duracell batteries and these off-brand batteries are shit.

  • edited March 24

    Got yet another problem here... the dumb camera spits back "CARD LOCKED" whenever I try to load the 256mb mmc card. And there is no lock switch on the card, nor is it locked at all. I can write perfectly to the card. I need to know how to format on the camera, which button should I hold while turning on the camera to format it? Also got to read the service screen and found that the firmware is "v1.00_N v3.7", gonna update the firmware.

  • Also found out that it drains batteries fast (or so I think). After I bought the batteries and inserted them in, it said battery depleted after 2-3 minutes. I guess I will do need a working powerbank so I don't spend alot of money on this camera.

  • @Windows99SE said:
    Also found out that it drains batteries fast (or so I think). After I bought the batteries and inserted them in, it said battery depleted after 2-3 minutes. I guess I will do need a working powerbank so I don't spend alot of money on this camera.

    If your camera is draining batteries after 2-3 minutes, there's something seriously wrong with either the camera or the batteries.

  • Technically you are supposed to use "high energy" AA batteries, but what is available on typical store shelves these days has gone downhill the last few years. Regular batteries, as you discovered can not keep up with that level of drain, and the camera thinks they are dead within minutes.

    Get yourself some Duracell AA 2500mAH NiMH rechargeable batteries and a charger. This is exactly what they were designed for, and will run almost all day depending on how you use it. You will save a ton of money in the long run. (BTW, they used to be labeled 2450mAH but they are the same thing). MicroCenter, carries them.

  • Never get those "Industrial" and "Heavy Duty" batteries. They are really misleading and go flat in seconds in things other than a tv remote or a fire alarm.
    Either the disposable lithiums from energizer or as SomeGuy suggested, rechargeables.

    Last time I went to the USA, I went to this battery store "Batteries plus" or something and picked up a pack of these. A full charge lasts me between 6 and 8 36exp rolls in my f90x. Lithium ultimates from energizer last almost the same(cost the same, but not rechargeable), and duracell quantums or something and pretty much any other allakaline pushed 3 rolls.

    Make sure you reasearch a good charger nimh though.

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