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Align film leader at mark, then close the camera back for prewind loading. Film rewinds as each shot is exposed. Built-in motor for automatic winding/rewinding. Film advance: Automatic. Single-frame and continuous (1 fps). Automatically rewinds film leader into cartridge when designated number of frames have been exposed (midroll rewind available).
Get a heavy coat and zip it shut, take it and the camera into the darkest room in your home, put the camera in the coat and reach through the sleeves backwards, Grab the camera and open it and take out the film, wind it back into the cannisteer by hand.
Sorry to hear you're having troubles with your Minolta. First thing I would do is make sure that the batteries you put in our good and that you do have power coming out of that battery box. He didn't mention whether the batteries had corroded or if there had been any corrosion previously. The rewind button on this camera will not reset until the camera again advances. In other words it is an automatic release on the camera fires the first time after a rewind. So as an beginning answer to your question I would check the batteries again make sure that all contacts are absolutely clean and as you may have noticed the battery boxes on the Minolta do pivot. The contacts under the pivot points also have to be clean. If you checked all of these issues and you're still having problems please feel free to e-mail me at, Dave@advancedcamera.com. Thank you good luck
Not All camera do it the same way.
Some have an electric rewind - usually those that automatically advance the film after each picture.
They will have a catch somewhere that lets you open the back - it's normally at the right hand side (as you look at the back) or..
Cameras that you advance the film with a lever under your right thumb usually have a rewind crank at the left hand end of the camera . Generally it is on the top folded into the round thing but sometimes it is on the bottom in a matching place. You unfold the crank so that you can wind the film back into its can. However, You must first operate a little button that will be located in a small recess on the base of the camera - this disengages the wind-on machanism inside the camera so that the film can go the other way. Normally you have to keep this pressed all the time you are winding.
When the film is all in the can you will feel the wind ease off and the noise will change . now you can open the camera. Again this is done in different ways on different cameras, but the commonest is to take the winding crank and pull it upwards as if you are trying to pull it out of the top of the camera. It will come so far than suddenly the back will release and open a short way.
Some cameras have a slider hidden at the right hand end on the side, that looks like a small silver bar that you pull down with your thumb-nail.
Have you rewound the film? If you rewind the file completely and pull out the rewind know, it will pop the back open . . . and can remove the film cassette. While the back is still open, complete the cycle on the winding crank. The winding crank should return to "Normal" arter you complete the winding cycle. When you close the back, everything should go back to normal.
manual rewind is next to lcd panel right side. hold the button down for 3sec. the re-wind symbol will be displayed on the lcd panel.while holding down the re-wind button depress the shutter button. film will re-wind.