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D300 DEAD won't power on

Don Clayton Bell , Feb 04, 2009; 11:29 a.m.

There's been a lot of owners, on this site and other photo sites, that had their D300 go completely "DEAD" for no apparent reason. I'd like to hear from YOU, if you had this problem, repaired it thru Nikon Service Center, what it was contributed to, how long have you had it back, and any further problem? Mine's at Nikon now. With less than 100 shots at 5 week. My serial number is 3159521 I like to know if camera serial nos. are close? Read a lot about the trouble, just not about the fixes...........Thanks


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Lil Judd , Feb 04, 2009; 11:35 a.m.

I've not heard about a lot of dead D300. Jim Fenton went to almost every forum on the Internet & made a huge deal about his. Yes there were issues with some battery stuff. Nikon has fixed that with firmware updates. So as far as I know - that's all taken care of.
If you have not updated your firmware - than that's probably the problem....
Lil :-)

Joseph Braun , Feb 04, 2009; 11:36 a.m.

wow, i've never heard of this problem b4.

Shun Cheung , Feb 04, 2009; 11:39 a.m.

"There's been a lot of owners, on this site and other photo sites, that had their D300 go completely "DEAD" for no apparent reason."

Don, I see this is your first post. Welcome to photo.net.

But sorry, I am not at all aware of this. Early in the D300's cycle, there were a few cases of the so called "False Battery Low" issue. But as far as I know, that only affected a small number of D300's, and that was fixed via a firmware patch. About 2 weeks ago, we had the following thread in this forum, and most D300 owners reported no problems at all: http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00SCGt

Could you provide some links to existing threads on photo.net to support your claim?

P.S. Here is a long thread on the "False Battery Low" issue: http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00OT2O

Richard Armstrong , Feb 04, 2009; 11:40 a.m.

Don, I have not heard of "a lot of owners" having this issue. I have read of people updating their firmware incorrectly and having trouble. Please define what you mean by "a lot of owners". The dead battery indicator problem was fixed with the firmware update.

Don Clayton Bell , Feb 04, 2009; 12:00 p.m.

Sorry guys, but the Battery problem, fixed by firmware gave a "low battery" warning. I'm talking about completely DEAD nothing Not Even Shots Remaining Count. And, yes there's documentation including this site. I'm not real good on computer and posting......just learning how. But Google search served me on investigating problem. You've got several here. But, I can't find followups. Give me a little help. I loved my camera! And yes I updated my firmware the day I rec'd my camera, have 5 batteries all charged, disconnect lens, turned on and off, and walked Nikon Tech thru it on the phone. Now being a new owner of a great camera with a problem and it maybe small to some but it's huge to me.
On on Jan. 9, 2009 Dead then the one at the State Capitol with 6 out of 9 cameras. etc. Not knocking D300 just looking for answers. Thanks And, YES I'll agree a FEW out of millions is not a LOT except for those few that have a DEAD camera.

Rene' Villela , Feb 04, 2009; 12:09 p.m.

Sorry Don! I read every thread here that concerns to D300's and I have never read one of a D300 going dead!
Sorry to hear a bout your problem! Good luck!

Don Clayton Bell , Feb 04, 2009; 12:25 p.m.

Reme' you just had one posted on Jan 9, 2009
I hope this is how you add a insert. Sorry, but the many post on sites are "er"r errors and a few if you read on are completey DEAD. Could be just wording ,not sure.

Don Clayton Bell , Feb 04, 2009; 12:41 p.m.

Lil Judd - Yes, I've read, Jim Fenton's post. and out of the 3-4 million D300 there's many that have had NO problems.
Joseph Braun- Do some searches .... changing your wordings
Shun Cheung - I read your postings every time I'm on the Website, Thanks!
Richard Armstrong - First thing I did the day I got my D300
Rene' Villela - Sorry, I didn't mean to sound so hard. Please forgive me......being a old (64) Southern Gentleman I know better. It's taken days for me to join this site due to problems that Ms Ball and the Technical Dept. couldn't fix to get it to let me signup. I just needed to VENT..........not make anyone Mad.
Thanks again for all those coming back to me!

Hans Janssen , Feb 04, 2009; 12:58 p.m.

What is a lot compared to the total amount of sold camera's? Only people that have no problem don't shout: "I have no problem".

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