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01-16-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Help! Pentax K-r won't turn on?

It was perfectly fine until a few days ago. I lent it to a friend for a project and she couldn't use it because it wouldn't turn on. She said she didn't do anything to it...
I assumed the battery was empty, but I charged it and it's still not working. All I see when I turn it on are a some red flashing lights in the viewfinder. I tried starting it without the lens or without the memory card, still nothing... I checked the user manual and there's nothing about this in there either
As far as I can tell, the flashing lights are the focus points. (they're pretty faint and hard to see)

Please help, I'm really worried

01-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #2
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That sounds strange. So you can't see info in the viewfinder either? It doesn't sound like this is the problem and sorry if it sounds dumb but has she turned off the screen (info button I think). I simply got no clue sadly and no K-r to check.
01-16-2013, 07:10 PM   #3
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No, the screen isn't turned off... :[ I can SEE through the viewfinder, of course, there's nothing obstructing it or anything. But absolutely nothing else works. I tried just pressing all the buttons and nothing happens...
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Obviously you tried taking out the battery wait a second then put it on again and turned it on, I guess?

01-16-2013, 07:34 PM   #5
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Yes, of course.
01-16-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Are you sure your charger is charging the battery? Are the battery contacts clean? I would check that. Then remove the battery and let the camera set over night with out the battery installed . This lets the internal memory battery run down. Then insert a battery I knew was charged. Sort of like rebooting a computer. If it restarts then you will need to reset the date and time. I don't have a K-r but My DL did that once ( Wouldn't start) and the reboot did the trick.
01-17-2013, 08:27 AM   #7
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I just did that last night
It didn't do anything... I'll have to go to the service guys and try on a different battery, maybe. But I doubt it's just that.
02-09-2013, 12:27 PM   #8
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I wish someone knew what was happening with this issue..

I'm having the same issue. I've owned the camera for a couple of years now and it seems to do this after I use it for awhile. Very unhappy about it as I would like for my camera to be very reliable.

02-10-2013, 01:25 PM   #9
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Um.. are you sure the friend didn't just drop it or rattle it during transport? Was it a very cold or very hot day?
Also, can you try with a different battery?
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try replacing the lens, just a thought.

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