In a moment of empty-headedness, when the battery re-charger for our XT went missing, a very bad decision was made to experiment with a regular battery from an SLR film camera (apparently NO ONE saw the NB-2LH only warning on the XT battery door!!). The dry-cell battery was in place only momentarily, but the damage was done -- the XT no longer functions (i.e., even after re-installing the proper, fully-charged battery). I believe the motherboard was fried (if only because of the heat and the smell!). Perhaps even the memory card was damaged. Canon suggests that perhaps only a fuse would have been damaged. So, here are my questions: 1. Does anyone have a FRIEND (!!) who likewise placed a dry-cell battery in the camera, and if so what were the results? (Fried fuse? motherboard?). 2. Is it worth attempting to have the camera shipped back to Canon for repair? My fear is that it will never work "right" again, if it will work at all, and I don't want to waste two weeks waiting for a verdict from Canon about its fixability if it isn't likely to be restored to its previous condition. 3. Replacing the camera - XT or XTi? I am perhaps beyond a being a beginner, but hardly an advanced photographer. That said, I do manage some good outcomes and want to be able to produce good quality printed images (possibly even in large format). I know the XTi is superior, but is it worth the difference? 4. When one buys the body-only XTi via Amazon, does it come with a battery and recharger? Does it come with the bundled software that is apparently included when you buy the lens as well?