I cannot access the menu or memory card in any of the manual modes. It also will not auto focus. It will take pictures randomly. While in automatic it seems to work fine. I have found and downloaded an update but I cannot install due to the lack of access to the menu in manual and the menu in automatic does not have an update option. We pulled the camera out of storage, in a closet, and it worked fine for about a week but now...
The X-Ti is a good camera for its time, but it's about 16 years old now. Cameras in long-term storage can degrade from lack of use, and if the humidity is not controlled the circuitry can degrade - so that may be what has happened.
You could try using Av mode to see if you can access the menu functions and thus do an update, but this behaviour is not typical of the things the update would have resolved.
That said, I would suggest seeing if you can find a new battery for this unit - there are some compatibles available to day. If the battery is degraded that may cause the camera to misbehave.
If none of that works, then it is far too old to get Canon to fix it, and even if they could, the cost would be much more than it's worth. In that case, it sounds like it might be time to go shopping.
Thanks for the reply. I think it maybe the battery. I ordered a couple new ones of Amazon since I could not locate the charger. I just found the charger and put in one of the original batteries and it immediately starting working. Now it it is back and forth to working and not. I’m worried I fried it with the new battery. I know it’s old and it only came out because my daughter decided to take photography classes in school. We also have a film camera but I looked at film online and my goodness.
You, and she are much better off using a digital camera. One can see results immediately, it's free to shoot as opposed to the costs of film and processing. Hopefully, you can get it to work with a different battery. If not there are lots of great DSLRs out there second-hand as people move to the Mirrorless platform. DSLRs still take great photos: I shoot with some that are 20+ years old.
Well, given the OP has invested in a different battery, let's hold fire until we find out if that does the trick. I totally agree in principle though, as I have said, but I respect that they may not want to spend any more money than necessary. I would also be interested to know what kind of glass the OP has with the camera. Likely that is old too, but I shall wait to see how the first try works out