I'm sure this won't work for everyone but I used a long thin flathead screwdriver to scrape some corrosion off of the contacts that would be touching the positive side of the battery and then it fired up fine. I'll use some swaps dipped in alcohol to give them a better cleaning later but after the scraping (gentle) it fired right up.
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If you cannot release Standby from within the menu options, here is one thing I did: removed all batteries then pumped the on/off button numerous times. Upon replacing the batteries the issue is solved. If that does not work then it may need to go to Nikon. The SB600 seems to have more issues than the SB800 and up.
Make sure there is no battery corrosion on the battery contacts. If there is rub it off with a pencil eraser (nothing abrasive or it willget worse) until bright and shiney. If this does not fix the problem it should be sent off for service.
seems like the batteries have gone dead. Replace the batteries. Get a set of good capacity rechargeable NiMH batteries (I recommend Sanyo Eneloop). Also try cleaning the battery and flash contact points with an eraser.