You might have the wrong cell installed. I don't remember what the '101 uses, but you can get what you are describing if you put an alkaline or silver oxide cell (1.5v nominal, a new alkaline can be 1.58 - 1.60v) in a camera intended for a mercuric oxide (1.35v) cell. I mention this because I have an Asahi meter which clips onto a Pentax H1a, it came to me with an alkaline cell in instead of a mercury cell, and it does exactly what you describe.