After taking a few exciting shots yesterday, my camera completely crapped out. Basically, it would not start. It seems to be a common model with a camera of my series and people usually experience this within the first few weeks/months of purchase and thus are covered with warranty but I'm already 4 years in.
So what happened? Well, my Canon Rebel XS (aka 1000D) would not boot its display and when the viewfinder was used it'd just say "Busy". This is known as Error 99 and it's caused by the firmware 1.06. Wellll, my lazy ass did NOT update my system and this just happened. If I had updated, my camera would have been fine.
This is a lesson for all of you.
So what's the next course of action? Call Canon, see if they can repair it for free. There's not a single canon store in the area which is really fucking unfortunate. Users online said that the repairs they were quoted ranged between $200-$300 which is the cost of my camera (a used one runs $280+ and is of the same quality/wear as mine). Some users said that helpful Canon techs were able to reset/upgrade their system to 1.07 for $20 or so. That'd be fucking great but idk. I saw only 1 person say this. I considered taking the camera apart and resetting its memory somehow but i'm not sure if that's possible.
This is really shitty :/