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Film won't adanvce

I purchased the camera used, and put in new batteries. When I first turned the camera on, I got some numbers in the window, then an "err". Now, the film will not advance and the err won't go away. Also, I'm not finding the reset button.

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Re: film won't adanvce

Needs new batteries, or the film isn't loaded properly. Check the battery area for rust too and clean the contacts gently with a pencil eraser.

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