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Camera dropped, won't zoom in or out, won't take pics

My Minolta Dimage Z3 was dropped. The zoom is stuck out and won't go back in. It will power up and I can view my pics in the LED, but when I switch to take a photo, the zoom will go partway in and out and then the camera just turns itself off. Any help is much appreciated!

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I own a Z3. I had the same problem before. In my case I tried to pull and push the lens as I switch on or off the power. Ahter several attempts, the gear was aligned. I could actually hear the gear making funny noise. I never had another problem again. There are many Z3 owners who experience this problem and many of them tried different solutions. you can go to this forum to find out more about Z3's zoom problem : http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=82303&forum_id=20

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It has detected a mechanical restriction that is severe enough for the micro to "time-out" and shut down to prevent further damage.

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