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My Maxxum 7000 won't power up with new batteries

The batteries in my Maxxum 7000 were accidentally left in place for too long. They had leaked, so I removed the battery holder, cleaned it, and shined up all of the contacts, but the camera won't power up. I checked with a DVM and I read six volts out from the holder and the mating contacts on the camera body are clean. Any ideas?

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Good Afternoon,
it's very possible that you're still having a battery supply issue. When the battery compartment is tipped out to replace the one inside AAA battery you'll notice a small sliding contact it's very easy to overlook. I would suggest cleaning always contacts again using vinegar. Then wash it off completely, dry well and then reattach your batteries and try it again. Remember that the battery box has to be firmly in place and the retainer screw completely screwed in to activate the switch on the side of the camera to allow the camera to function. If you try this and it again fails it's also possible that your particular maxim had a used metering link installed just underneath the battery compartment that metering link can also fail when it does get acts as a crime or refuse and the camera won't function. The last thing I would check would be your primary backup battery which is located under the stainless steel plate that your batteries set up next to on the side of the camera it's held in the position by six screws. This is a 2025 battery and is easily replaceable. Please be sure and check your power supply first as this is 90% of the problems that we see in the shop good luck if you have any other issues feel free to contact me directly at Dave@advancecamera.com

Posted on Jan 15, 2010

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  • alicefalls Aug 14, 2011

    OH! The backup battery! TOTALLY forgot! I could KISS YOU!

  • 87kicks Sep 09, 2011

    was it your backup battery then? cause im having the same scenario.

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