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Olympus fl-50 powers up but flash does not fire / work

Hello, need some help with this one.
the flash was set on auto, and used with an e-300. it was working fine and out of the blue the flash stopped firing. the display is on, pushing the ''TEST/CHARGE'' button gives not response except one of the LED's on the quantum battery, the last one from the end, dims slightly as the TEST button is pushed. the green light that comes on or blinks while recharging between flashes is not anymore.
If I were to guess: the energy to fire the flash is not releases for some reason, so recharging is not happening.
I reset the unit, still, powers up, display is on, have access to controls, the amber ready light is on, the auto check light does not come on at any point now, mode, zoom, control dials, and light button are functional.
It's out of warranty.
what could have gone wrong?
how can it be fixed?
can I fix it myself?
any instructions on how to open this unit?
other approach:
who can fix it? and how much does it cost?

I need my flash, please help.

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  • sanmitesho Feb 17, 2009

    the flash powers but doesn't emitte lite any more. i think the bulb needs to be replaced...


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I too was having the same problem. After trying several different things, I decided to replace the batteries. Eventhough the old ones would power it up and all looked normal, I'm guessing they just didn't have enough "umpf" to get the flash to fire. With the fresh batteries, it seems to fire consistantly every time I release the shutter now.

I have my fingers and toes crosse that this takes care of it.

Try this and let us all know....

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I have the same problem, I have looked every where even on the Olympus site and have no luck finding anything, I paid £280 pounds for this unit and have hardly used it. Took it to a few repair center's & they reckon £200 pounds to repair it (how can that be) I only want it repaired and am sure it is the bulb I don't want to buy a new one this could happen again at great cost to me. I have to say I am not very happy with Olympus at all, bad service, & lack of help with this problem.

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