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The auto focus does not work

I have tried other lens and new batteries - no luck.If I go to manual focus the appropriate symbol appears. When I change the button to AF, no symbols light and there is no indication of even trying to focus. The shutter can be released. I have checked the lens I most use and by turning the focus ring the drive scew at the lens base turns. I saw a suggested fix for a similar problem that involved reflashing the firmware, but there was no expanation of how to do this.

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Try the Pentax tech support they may have an idea But if it is a board fault- will it be an economical repair proposition? They may also offer a 'swap out' option if it is an on going issue.

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