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My Flip Ultra Mini Camcorder Won't Switch On
Oh Flip! You Press 'Power On' and... Nothing Happens
Flip Ultra Power On Problem
The Flip Ultra is one of the most popular mini-camcorders available. However, one of its known problems is that sometimes it won't respond when attempts are made to switch it on. If the camera is within the warranty period, contact the retailer and manufacturer for advice. Occasionally, this problem doesn't appear until the warranty period has expired. If you have checked the Flip Ultra user manual and followed the troubleshooting instructions, don't panic -- there are several procedures you can try.
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Change the Batteries - Obvious but Essential
Change the batteries and test the camera. If the camera is unresponsive take the batteries out for 72
hours. This will discharge all residual power from the camera.
Replace batteries and test again. If the camera won't turn on,
proceed as follows:
There is a Way to Reset the Flip Ultra
Remove the batteries again. Look for a square metal component with a protruding piece of plastic attached. Use a pencil to push this gently down. Wait for a minute. Replace the batteries and test camera.
Check the Flip's Battery Terminal
Check battery terminals are holding the batteries firmly. Remove batteries (yes, again - sorry!) and use a small screwdriver to gently prise them back into place. Check camera.
If All Else Fails
Remove the batteries. Leave camera for 72 hours. Do not replace batteries. Connect camera via USB connection to computer. Launch the Flipshare application and update. Use Windows “Safely Remove Hardware” facility to disconnect USB port.
Replace batteries. On the camera, press Record, Delete and Power simultaneously. When the serial number appears on the screen, power off. Wait a few seconds then switch on as normal.
- Tip Keep a record of the camera's serial number, as well as all packaging, in case you have to return it during the warranty period.
- In the UK, be aware that the retailer, not the manufacturer, has responsibility for replacing the item if defective, so contact the retailer first.
- Cisco Systems Inc: Flip Video Support