E-PL1 IBIS problem FIXED!! finally!!

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by coaguloso, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. coaguloso

    coaguloso New to Mu-43

    6
    Nov 27, 2013
    Hi, i recently fixed the blinking IBIS indicator in my camera,

    i have the E-pl1, i live in chile and we don´t have repair service, so since the camera is really old, i decided to fix it myself.

    My camera apparently was dropped while on, so the battery moved and the camera went unpowered, the thing is that when i turned it on again the IBIS was nos functioning and the camera was making a loud noise when initiating.

    I think that what happen was something like this.

    The IBIS has 2 axis, vertical and horizontal, and these movements are made by stepping motors, everytime the camera boots it needs the sensor to be positioned in a determined position, that is why we hear sounds when we turn it on and off, when i dropped it, the IBIS was cut down from power so it was unable to return to the "rest position" (where it should be when the camera is off) so when it was turned on the camera would make these lousy noises and show a blinking red IBIS symbol on the screen.

    So i opened the camera, and removed the sensor assembly which have the IBIS attached, and i looked to position of the sensor.


    and moved the sensor to the position indicated in the file.

    Then the camera booted with no problem and i had fixed the problem.

    Ask me for photos if you need to see more close the process (i didn´t take any)

    I guess that all cameras are similar, so maybe this work around will work with more cameras.

    Coaguloso
     

    Attached Files:

    • Like Like x 6
  2. Yohan Pamudji

    Yohan Pamudji Mu-43 Veteran

    462
    Jun 21, 2012
    Mississippi, USA
    Brave man, and good work!
     
  3. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    What did you use to move the sensor?
     
  4. coaguloso

    coaguloso New to Mu-43

    6
    Nov 27, 2013
    well i used a screwdriver to make the stepping motors spin, so it would move the sensor assembly to the desired position
     
  5. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    How did you make the motors spin?
     
  6. coaguloso

    coaguloso New to Mu-43

    6
    Nov 27, 2013
    by force, i just rotated the cranes with the screwdriver.
    The metal case for the cranes has a little aperture that shows the crane from the motors, so it is easy to move them.
    sorry i didn´t take pictures of my camera. But in the picture with the red circle if you see that zone you can see that it has some apertures that able you to mode the cranes with a wire o something pointy.

    Cheers
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. Zhono

    Zhono New to Mu-43

    3
    Feb 23, 2014
    I'm not sure I am doing it right. Do I need to disassemble anything on the sensor assembly? Or just pull out the whole assembly and turn the gears? Following the instructions, I pulled out the whole thing, and turned the gears until the slider on the top one was pushed all the way to the right, and the slider on the bottom one was pushed all the way down. See my picture below. But the instructions I used for taking apart the camera, the images show those sliders as being in the center. Other pictures I have found also show the same. Have I misunderstood, and I was supposed to get the sliders into the center? Or are there steps I seem to have missed somehow? All I know is that what I did so far(in the pic), did not fix the problem.

    And just to clarify what my issue is, in case my problem is actually different than what this fix is for: the icon "IS1" or 2-3 is always flashing red, no matter what I set it to, even off. If I press the shutter button, the screen goes black and stays off. I have to press the power button to shut down, and then turn it on again. I also do not hear any loud noises when I turn the camera on. Just a short quiet sound, that I assume is the dust cleaning system. While the camera was open, I also turned the gear for the shutter. It popped down into place just fine, and then I turned it some more and the shutter went back up fine as well. I had thought maybe there was a shutter issue, but it seems okay.

    So I cannot take pictures at all. I can shoot video just fine, but no photos. I don't even want to use the IBIS anyway, but it seems I have to fix it, even if I don't want to use it. I am going to take the thing apart yet again and put the sliders in the center and see if it works. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Has this fix worked for anyone else that has tried it?

    *EDIT* Setting the sliders in the center did absolutely nothing. I also just discovered something else. If I set the dial to movie mode but don't record, I can press the shutter button, and it will take a picture(saved to sd card, so I know it's there), but I never hear the shutter. If I then press the shutter button again, half way or fully, the screen shuts off just like before and I have to power off again. However, if I start recording, then try to take a picture, the camera freezes with the screen on, and the only the battery icon, and the only way to shut it off is to remove the battery.

    IMG_20140223_220359.
     
  8. coaguloso

    coaguloso New to Mu-43

    6
    Nov 27, 2013
    Hello, sorry to hear about your problem, it seems that the solution i presented is different from yours,
    i once installed the kit lens and the camera started to behave akward, so i cleaned the contacts from the lens and the camera started working again.

    maybe you can try that, and about the ibis you can try all combinations of the positions, up down, left and right, hope it helps.

    coaguloso
     
  9. Zhono

    Zhono New to Mu-43

    3
    Feb 23, 2014
    Hi coaguloso,

    Thanks for the response. Right now I the only lenses I have are older manual focus ones with an adapter, so the contacts aren't even being used. I have the problem even if I don't attach a lens. The original owner had the problem with his kit lens, as well as a few more expensive m43 lenses. That's why he sold. I bought it because it was all I could afford and I thought it was an easy fix(I saw a post about a much different fix on another forum.)

    Since it seems like the IBIS motors are not moving at all, and the shutter isn't moving at all, you're right, I must have a different problem. I checked the hidden menu, and I have damage codes 8903 and 8222. Another post on this forum says that an Olympus service rep told him those codes are the same, and mean it's either a motherboard or firmware error. I checked my firmware and it is outdated, but I don't have the stupid proprietary usb cable to update. I ordered one, but who knows when that will arrive. Hopefully a firmware update will help.

    Either way, your guide was helpful, at least I know how to adjust the IBIS if I need to. I might have to do it yet again, if the firmware update helps. lol Thanks for the help.
     
  10. coaguloso

    coaguloso New to Mu-43

    6
    Nov 27, 2013
    You are welcome, i glad that more people were able to find this article helpful.

    Good luck with the firmware.

    coaguloso
     
  11. Zhono

    Zhono New to Mu-43

    3
    Feb 23, 2014
    Just want to update: I finally got the USB cable and updated the firmware. The IBIS immediately started working, but when I took a picture, the camera froze with the screen on. I simply pulled the battery, put it back and turned it on. I think the shutter was stuck because I messed with it when the camera was open. The first shot that froze the camera, also cleared up the stuck shutter. It now works 100%. I also did a hidden menu full factory reset(same as removing the battery for a few days). It wasn't really needed, I just wanted it to start from factory defaults.

    I did not have to open the camera again. The sliders were in the center before I updated the firmware, and the camera functions perfectly now. So I assume having them in the center is fine. If I have any issues with the IBIS and have to open it again, I'll post back here and let you guys know.

    So basically, I got a perfectly good E-PL1 for $40 usd. Sweet. Again, thanks to coaguloso for the helpful info.