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In low light my flash stops working, pictures are fuzzy and dark

I shot a wedding reception in a medium lit high ceiling hall. My E-500 worked well when the lights were on for about 1 hour for family pics, Then when I did candids and they turned the light down, it started acting up. I just got a larger external flash that mounts to my camera, but I had it on an extemed arm attached with a shoe cord. (Sometimes it would not go off or it would delay and the pictures would be blury and dark. During the first hour its would delay and the flash wouldnt go off, I changed the batteries on the camera and the flash, that helped for a few mins, then it would be very random, it would work perfect one min, then I would move to the next shot and it would freeze..Im new at this stuff so I need any suggestions on what might be happening. It only does it when its dark and low light. I have a wedding in March at the same Hall and want to get this fixed. I didnt know if its something that needs to be fixed on my camera or what. I shot very fast and not sure if Im over working the camera and flash.. Please Help.

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Change to center point focussing and boost iso a little

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