Question about Minolta Freedom Action Zoom 90 35mm Point and Shoot Camera

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Won't take picture though I replaced battery.

Dropped camera 2 ft. onto ceramic tile floor while in case (which is somewhat cushioned). I get data flashed, with all symbols and it won't take a picture.

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Even though it was cushioned somewhat the camera took enough damage to jam something. The flashing symbols are a generic error code it could mean the shutter, zoom, film transport, flash, or some combination of these system are not working (sorry but without tearing the camera apart I can't narrow the problem any further)

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