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My Nikon D40X won't take pictures, only makes squishy sound

I've tried 2 batteries, 4 memory cards from 256 meg, 2 gig & 4 gig. The 2 gig worked fine previously (can review pics), menus all seem to be there& work. Screen left to right says AUTO, F5.3, ISO -A, musical note, full bat icon, 514, lightning bolt (flash),and bottom left has a ?

On right side column: qual:NORM, L in a box,iso AUTO, S in a box, AF-A, last is a gray box in a brackets. Center bottom shows black small letter " i SET". Any tips are appreciated.

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  • kgearhart Feb 01, 2009

    I have the same problem. I took it back to the store where I bought it and they confirmed something is wrong with it. It has problems communication with the lens and just quits trying to focus, and hence no picture. If I turn off the autofocus on the lens, it works fine (but I have to manualy focus). I have tried several lenses and get the same problem. Sometimes I can get it to work for a few pictures, but all to often the problem reappears. I have over 13,000 pictures on this body and the problem was very rare until recently. The contacts on the body and lens appear to be in good shape. Any help would be appreciated.

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Take the batteries out of the camera and the memory card..verify that the memory cards are good by trying them in a printer or another cam..
other thing is you might not be in picture taking mode..you might be in the settings mode..check the user manual if you don't know if you are.

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