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Old May 23rd, 2011, 03:19 PM   #1
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GL1 losing menu settings

I know the GL1 is very old news, but I'm hoping someone can help me with a problem. My school has had 2 GL1s, but they haven't been used for a few years. One of them refuses to remember the menu settings, defaulting back to the factory settings each time you remove the battery. I've seen other cameras do this when the watch battery died, but I can't find any indication either on the camera or in the manual that the GL1 even *has* a clock battery. Any ideas? Thanks in advance,

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Old May 27th, 2011, 12:57 AM   #2
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Re: GL1 losing menu settings

It's been a while since I've worked on a GL1, but the GL2 and the GL1 share quite a bit. If you open the lcd on the left side, flip it out, there should be a small door visible. Pop the door open and you should see the cell. Replace it, and should cure your problem. If you need a photo, I could take one for you, but the cell is real easy to find and replace.

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Old December 24th, 2011, 03:22 AM   #3
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Re: GL1 losing menu settings

Ended up with the same problem on one of my cams. The lithium cell checked OK. When the main battery was removed, lost time/date and all settings. According to the service manual, current from the lithium cell and main battery are "or'd" together. At this time I suspect a bad flex ribbon connection somewhere. Canon owes me a repair right now, so when I get the cam back from Canon, I'll share the solution.

Canon's still repairing GL2's, so don't give up, they are still good cameras -

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Old December 24th, 2011, 09:24 AM   #4
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Re: GL1 losing menu settings

My recollection is that the GL1 did not have the clock battery, it was an internal rechargeable. They last 5 to 10 years before they will fail to hold a charge, and in any case require that camera have a power source attached for as much as 24 hours to fully charge, and require power source connected every few months to keep charged.

Canon service support for the GL2 should continue for about 7 years after it is discontinued from the product line.
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