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My Nikon d40 build in flash not working after fall

My Nikon d40 camera fall from about a foot to the ground. The strap got cought onto the edge of a church seat as I was walking by. So this in turn prob broke it. Relly pis about this as it is only new and not coverd under guaranty for accidentally damage. How do I fix it, where and how much will it cost. Cheers. Any other info welcome and want should I do next.

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  • gball Oct 04, 2007

    Hi, Mykel thanks for the reply. I had just finisned takeing a pic, when it fell. The build in flash was still open when it fell, but did not fall on the flash so itself didn't get damaged it fall more to the bottom of the camrea. So as a result of this the flash will not popup even if you press the side button for it to popup.

    When you go to take a pic now, i.e in a dark lite room the flash will not popup. The settings on the camrea seems fine as all the icons are there even when you change flash modes. When you shot a sounds like the it is trying to but cant i.e a clicking sound. I have tryed to restore the settings as in the mannuel, but still notting. The lightmeter works and all icons show up when you change modes.
    Hope this is a bit more info, and you can surget an ideas.

  • gball Oct 05, 2007

    Hi Mykewl,
    I have made the flash popup by using my finger, it goes up ok that fine. The problem is it will not flash fire in low light at all and the pic sometimes comes out blury. Even with all the settings set up right for it to flash in the menus it still will not.

    Thank you for your time in trying to help me with this problem, who knows it could be anything, a rang the repair centre and I am sending it in to them to fix the problem, their is a centre not far from me. They said it would take anything up to 2 weeks to fix.

    I am just really anyoned with myself for letting this happen, but on the under hand feel that the money I paid for the camera I feel that it should not go pear shaped at the first outing. I know that it fell and should have being more careful with it, but I have other things that have gone through worse things then this, and was fine. Just thought it would be made of harder stuff then to fell on carpet and brake for the price of it.

    Anyway Cheers for that.

  • vellin Dec 04, 2007

    basically i had my nikon d40 for 2 days, today (the second day) the flash suddenly stopped working, i tried every mode possible to make the flash fire but nothing seems to help ! any help ? :/

  • moby man Jan 03, 2008

    We dropped the d 40 from about 3 feet onto a kitchen floor. The flash is not working now, it pops up , makes the sound of a click but no flash. Is the flash bulb replacable?

    thanks for the help

  • Anonymous Jun 27, 2008

    so i had my nikon for a couple months and ive never droped it or anything and the flash will pop but make a clickin sounf and not fire i didnt get the warranty so i was wondering if buying a external flash will work or if it is the camera

  • perchy Aug 02, 2008

    Yesterday shooting at a hardcore show somebody hitted my camera and the build in flash stopped working too. Mine does pop-up but is not firing anymore, instead it does this clicking sound like trying to pop it up again. Seems like the camera doesn't know the flash is already up, i don't know. I've just tried and external flash and it works fine.

  • dstighe Aug 09, 2008

    my 13 yr old daughter used my camera brings it back and now the flash does not work.  It just makes a popping noise and that is from the release lever, like the camera thinks it needs to open the flash but it does not flash.  I have had this camera about 3 months and am devastated.  I should not have allowed her to use it as between her and her mother I have been through 3 cameras with leaving them outside to dropping them in the tub.  Maybe I just need a new family

  • Anonymous Oct 29, 2008

    My wife thinks my camera is a toy and took it on a dancefloor at a wedding. I have everything working fine again except that the flash will not fire.

  • smnhoward Nov 30, 2008

    Kid knocked camera off ... My flash still pops up but think bulb is blown How do I change bulb?????



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I have also had the problem of flash not working on my Nikon D40. I found out the problem and I made a quick video to help those who are having this problem. Here's the link to the video: Hope this helps !

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  • jen0218 Dec 08, 2010

    You are a LIFESAVER. I followed your video and the flash is working again! Nikon wanted $180 to fix it!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

  • ryujon Feb 04, 2011

    I knocked my D40 over, flash wouldn't work and fixed it using your solution. You saved me a lot of cash. Thanks so much man. :)

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    Jorge Riley Jan 04, 2014

    You didn't mention in your video that the bulb was soldered...


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Could you give me a little more information about what exactly happened when the camera fell: I.E. the flash is crushed, dented, doesn't pop up any more. I really don't have too much info to go on. If you want me to continue to help people, please rate me!!!

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  • Mykewl Oct 05, 2007

    Give me a day to check out my camera. I have the Nikon D70s. It's kinda the same. I let you know ASAP what could be the problem.

  • Mykewl Oct 05, 2007

    O.K. First, Does the camera make a click when you take a picture and the flash wants to come up?
    Take out your camera and stick the nail of your finger under the flash and try to make it pop up. It should come up pretty easy. When it's up, try to take a picture. Does the flash fire in low light?

    If so, then you have one of three problems: One the camera has a loose connection and it has to be opened or the main board of your camera has a crack in it and does not pass the connection to the solenoid, or lastly: the release lever is stuck. In any case fire off a few shots with the flash up and look and the lever. On my camera it's on the left hand side. See if it tries to move when you fire the flash. It probably won't because the flash is in the up position. Who knows, just by you forcing it up, you can get the flash to work again. Good luck


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Mine was replaced immediately by nikon after a faulty flash 

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

My D40 flash has stopped working also.  It pops up but doesn't fire at all.  However, the same thing happened on my D70 and I brought it to a photographer who works at a camera shop and in a few minutes he figured out what was wrong (not sure what it was, though!). There must be some way to fix this, no?

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