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EOS 300D won't work with hot shoe anymore - I get an error 99.

I've used the same camera many, many times before with studio lighting without problems - suddenly, it has decided not to work anymore and I just get an 'Error 99' and no image taken. I changed the hot shoe - no difference - and then borrowed a friend's '400, which works perfectly, so the fault can only be with the camera. I carefully checked the settings I have on manual - it definitely should be working.
I have also tried cleaning the contacts on the camera flash interface in case it is a bad connection, but no joy. When I plug the hot shoe in, the lights flash in acknowledgement but that's it. Help, anybody?
Incidentally, I have a 300D but that wasn't an option on the pull-down product menu so I had to select the 350. Apologies for any confusion.
For reference, the firmware on the camera has been updated to 1.1.1 through downloading it from the Canon website.

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Error 99 is the generic error message for something serious has gone wrong. Probably only recourse is a general service at £175 or thereabouts, but for that price of course you could buy another one from an auction site of your choice and still have change!

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